In an ideal world, everyone would have access to a gym in which they can get healthy and work on their health goals. Unfortunately, we don’t live in an ideal world and gym memberships can get way too expensive. Thankfully, most of us have a low cost alternative available to us – working out at home. Whether you’ve got a ton of space or just a little bit of space, there’s still a way to make it work for you if you really want it.
If you’ve already identified a space that you can use for your home workouts, then you already have the first step covered. The next is to pick up some exercise equipment that will help you maximize your workouts and hit your goals faster. Of course, not all equipment is made equal and we don’t always have the space for the exercise equipment we want. If that’s the case for you, check out our list of the top exercise equipment you would benefit from having at home.
Everyone’s Got to Have a Yoga Mat
This is probably one of the simplest pieces of exercise equipment that any person should have at home. An exercise mat/yoga mat gives you cushion from the hard floor, support if you’re on a carpet, or a means to stay balanced instead of slipping and sliding all over your floors.
You can use your mats for your early morning yoga session, a simple warm up stretch, floor exercises and more. Bonus points? If you roll the yoga mat up, it makes a fantastic DIY lumbar support to like on after a particularly difficult day. At the end of the day, a yoga mat is just a great multi-use piece of workout equipment that you can use at home or outdoors for a great sweat session.
Make Sure You’ve Got Some Dumbbells
Now it’s true that we’ve got to increase the weights we use regularly and so it might not make sense to have pick up just a pair of dumbbells for the home, but they’re still great for maintenance. Dumbbells help us build muscle and tone our bodies, plus you can accomplish a large range of exercise for all of your muscle groups with just this one piece of equipment.
We recommend picking up at least 3 pairs of dumbbells to have at home – a 3-pound pair, a 5-pound pair and either an 8 or 10-pound pair. Trust us when we say you’ll never take a dumbbell for granted again once you really start building your workout routines around this simple and humble piece of workout equipment.
Build Your Endurance and Strength with Resistance Bands
It doesn’t matter if you’re just a beginner at working out or if you’ve been working out for decades, exercise bands or resistance bands are fantastic to have around your home gym. They’re available in several different resistance levels so that you can build your strength and resistance gradually and keep yourself challenged at all times.
If you’ve only got one band, you can fold it lengthwise and shorten the bands to increase resistance and make your workout much more challenging. Similar to hand weights, these rubberized bands help build muscle mass and tone the body. It’s also worth mentioning that because they’re bands, they’re super easy to pack up and bring along with you so you can still get a decent workout in when you’re away from home.
Sweat It at Home Out with a Stability Ball
Most people think that a stability ball is only useful for ab workouts but that couldn’t be further from the truth! While they definitely are fantastic for toning up your abdominals and attacking that spare tire around your waist, it’s capable of so much more and is something you should consider having around for your home workouts.
Stability balls can be used for various exercises, stretches and even in conjunction with dumbbells or hand weights for killer compound exercises. Remember that you’ll have to get a different sized ball depending on your height.
For example, if you’re under five feet tall, you’ll need to get a 30 centimeter ball while those who stand over 6 feet and two inches will need to get a stability ball that’s at least 30 inches in diameter. Make sure you consult the salesperson before picking up your stability ball at the store.
Make It a No Brainer with Workouts DVDs
This might sound like a cop out since workout DVD’s aren’t really exercise equipment per se, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t consider picking some up to have at home. This is a great way to add variety to your workouts, which is crucial especially if you’re working out at home all the time.
Why? Well, home workouts can get boring when you’re doing the same thing over and over again. Better yet, why not subscribe to a workout app that gives you access to a number of different classes like Zumba or kick boxing? The great thing about workout DVDs is that there are a ton of different kinds that will suit your fitness level and interests and help you take your weight loss to the next level.
Mix Up Your Workouts with a Soft Medicine Ball
If you want to avoid breaking your TV or accidentally smashing up your glass coffee table while still getting your weight training in at home, then you should definitely consider picking up a soft medicine ball for your home. Soft medicine balls are available in several weight variations with the lightest one being four pounds and the heaviest one being forty pounds. Additionally, soft medicine balls are usually made of great durable leather so you can throw it against a wall or drop it to the ground for your explosive exercises. Try using the soft medicine ball to make your abdominal exercises more challenging or as a way to add more movements to exercises like squats and lunges.