With New Year resolutions in full swing, the gym never seems as popular than in the month of January. And while that’s great, it’s also not very motivating to stand around a crowded room, waiting for a stair climber or treadmill. Home gyms are the way to sidestep all that mess. They don’t have to be expensive either. All you need is yourself and some small essentials to get started. Now you won’t have to even leave your home to meet your goal of being more active.
If you think skipping rope is for children, consider this. Moderately jumping rope for 30 minutes can burn roughly *310 calories. It’s a serious cardiovascular workout and dare we say, fun? Who doesn’t love an exercise that makes you feel like a kid again? Better still, jump ropes take up such little space that they’re ideal for apartments and other small spaces. We like this one from NordicTrack.
2. STABILITY BALL
Yes, they’re a bit bulbous but these balls can give a legit workout. They force you to engage your core and can be used to make push-ups and ab work for challenging. We like to stash ours in our living room. During commercials we use it to do a few crunches.
3. MEDICINE BALL
Have you tried this workout tool? You should. Medicine balls add extra resistance to ab work and can also be used to work the upper body. They’re great to add to your strength training routine. Plus, they’re not very big! You can purchase one for as little as $20 and stow it in a corner without worrying about it being an eyesore.
4. FREE WEIGHTS
Strength training is a must if you want to maintain muscle and keep bones strong. We love dumbbells because they can be tucked away in a corner or under a bed with ease. They range in price, from $13 and up, making them also a cost-effective tool.
5. YOGA MAT
You don’t have to be a yogi to own a yoga mat. The foldable tool is ideal for Pilates, stretching and floor based exercises like planks. Let’s face it, exercise feels better when your body is not pressed against a hardwood floor. Place yours in a spot you pass every day. It will be a gentle reminder to not forget your workout.
6. WORKOUT APPS
We’ve written about apps before and we can’t encourage them enough. They can serve as an inexpensive trainer, motivator, and guide. And many of them are free, like the Nike+ Training Club app. Download one and give a try. We like to use ours at the gym when we’re not sure what to train.
Workout vids may seem retro but when you’re snowed in and can’t make Zumba, having a DVD like this one will help you get your fitness fix. If joining a gym is too expensive or not your style, they’re a valuable resource to take advantage of. They provide variety and guidance in the privacy of your own home. If you have a streaming device, we recommend checking out Daily Burn which not only offers a variety of workouts but allows you to upload your personal stats so you can see how many calories you burn after a session.
What home fitness tools do you use? Tell us in the comments!