For many people going to a gym is just impossible. It may be transportation, working hours, fees, embarrassment, etc. For others it’s simply they don’t want to go somewhere to work out when you can do so much outside or even at home. If you do choose to work out at home, there are some key pieces of equipment that you really should have. If you’re saving all sorts of money by not paying gym membership fees then you can afford to spend a little money and make sure that you’re being as efficient as possible. Luckily you won’t have to spend too much to get a good workout.
Resistance bands are just what they sound like: bands that are resistance. They often come as a long, thin piece of rubber that you use to work on your muscles in different ways. Whether you’re well on your way when it comes to your routine or you’re new to exercising, these bands can build long, lean muscles when you use them. They also store easily considering they’re just large rubber bands. Start with a medium resistance band and tie it to an anchor. You can tie a knot in the middle of it and shut it in a door if you don’t have heavy furniture like a couch. Plus the door lets your anchor change easily. Then you can pull each side and strengthen all parts of your arms. Take the anchor away and you can even use it to work on your legs. Simply put your foot in the middle of it, hold the ends, and then do some leg raises.
Even if you’re not going to use it for yoga, having a mat to lay on the floor will keep you more comfortable. This means that you can keep going longer, burning more calories. It also keeps your joints healthier by protecting them from hard surfaces, including carpeted floors. You can of course choose to actually try yoga, but that’s up to you. The mat can also be rolled up and used to massage the back after workout. Simply lay down on it and roll it from your shoulders to your lower back. Repeat as often as you need to.
Dumbbells can be as cheap or expensive as you want them to be. Five pound weights are about $5.00 at a local big-box store, but you can order sets of dumbbells that range in their weight for $500.00. These are easier to store and with a click of a dial they’ll go from weighing 10 pounds to 45. This is something for the more enthusiastic weight lifter to consider. But even on a small scale it makes your workouts, like lunges, more effective by targeting more of your body.
Sometimes you just don’t know what to do when you’re working out at home. You know that you should do pushups and sit-ups, but that can lead to a very boring workout routine. When you get bored you’re less likely to want to continue, so shake things up a bit with a DVD. There are so many free ones online or physical ones in the stores that you can find just about any type of workout. If you like dancing you’ll have tons of choices. Or you can go with some of the popular TV show DVDs like The Biggest Loser. By changing up your routine you’re not just going to stay more entertained, you’re going to confuse your body. That’s a good thing, as you build more muscle and lose more weight that way. You’ll also find that if you have a workout partner it’s easier to decide what you’re going to do and make your meet-ups more efficient since you won’t have to come up with your own routines.