Even though we’ve been through a lockdown and gyms have been closed to the public for months, there’s obviously still great demand for exercise options. If the increase in joggers and walkers on the street aren’t evidence enough, check out the number of views some of the online fitness coaches have been getting. People still want to work out; even in the midst of a pandemic. Because we don’t know what the future will bring, it might just be best to bring the gym to you. The best equipment for exercising at home is readily available, you just need to decide what works for you. In this article we’ll begin with some very simple pieces of equipment and work our way through to the more complex.
The Skipping Rope
Skipping ropes aren’t just for young children. There’s a reason why you’ll see fully grown, professional boxers spending hours jumping rope. Not only is it a great cardiovascular workout, skipping rope will add to your coordination and focus – things that help people of all ages. If you’re looking for a simple, cheap, fat burning, high intensity exercise you can’t get much more basic than skipping. And if you need some extra motivation, there are actually several YouTube channels devoted to skipping workouts.
The Yoga Mat
Although yoga mats are an indispensable part of any yoga program, they can be used for many other exercises as well. A yoga mat can make your planking, crunch or sit up sessions much more comfortable. If pilates is more your style, a yoga mat will make the routine much more bearable. And there are plenty of non-exercise related uses for your yoga mat as well. Camping anyone?
Dumbbells are one of the best places to start when it comes to strength and endurance workouts. Depending on their weight and how you use them, they can benefit muscle tone and/or growth, cardiovascular fitness and endurance while helping you lose weight and increase the density of your bones. Whether you opt for fixed weight or adjustable dumbbells will depend on your budget, available space and the types of benefits you’re seeking.
Kettlebells are relatively new to the Western weight-based workout scene, but they’ve been used in Eastern Europe for centuries. Kettlebells are preferred over dumbbells when it comes to dynamic, explosive movements. If you’re working out to improve your hockey, basketball or football skills, kettlebells may give you an advantage. There are now adjustable kettlebells which means a single piece of equipment can allow you to access a wide range of weights.
With the popularity of spin classes, setting up your bicycle in the comfort of your own home has become a popular alternative to stationary bikes. A turbo trainer allows you to use the same bike for both indoor and outdoor workouts for both familiarity and comfort. Combine the turbo trainer with one of the popular workout apps and you have access to a spinning class in your own living room.
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