No matter what type of exercise you prefer, there are several things you’ll want to do whether you lift weights, walk on a treadmill or do yoga.

The first is to find good flooring. Wood flooring is a good all-purpose choice, but weight equipment can damage the floor over time. At the very least, place mats underneath your exercise equipment.

Rubberized floors are the most preferable option for their traction and easy maintenance.

Look into interlocking gym mats that you can use to outline your gym or your gym space. These mats are terrific for almost any type of exercise and will give your feet and gym equipment added cushion and stability — and give your space the look and feel of a real gym.

You don’t want to put a treadmill into a carpeted room, as carpet fibers can get into the interior and mess up the works.