Last year I moved back home with my mother after she got really sick to take care of her.
The house is in the middle of nowhere and it is almost an hour drive in to the nearest gym.
I love to work out so that is a problem for me! But I ended up making it all work for me. The house is pretty old, so it does not have new HVAC technology. Our HVAC equipment is OK, but I figured it was not up to making the whole house cold so that I could make my one room gym cold. And of course I had to think about my mom! After speaking to an HVAC professional, I decided that I would convert the garage to a gym, and I would add ductless mini-split cooling to the garage. This was sort of like having HVAC zone control, but way cheaper! It looks pretty easy to do, but I wanted to make sure it was done correctly, so I had the HVAC company do it. I figured I was saving money on gym membership anyway too. I am glad that I did too, because the ductless mini-split works really well to cool the garage. I have some weights, a bench, a punching bag, a cable machine and a stair climber all in the garage now. My cooling system works really well no matter how hard I work out. I save a lot of time driving to and from the gym too. Sometimes I do get lonely working out alone though that is for sure. But I know it is not forever, and it is good to be able to be with my mom while she is sick.