This past year has forced many people to forgo their gym memberships and turn to doing home workouts. However, you don’t need a gym full of equipment to get a full-body workout, you can still achieve your fitness goals using simple pieces of equipment. These pieces can work for people of all fitness levels, are affordable, and are easy to tuck away if you have limited storage space.
Here are 5 pieces of equipment we recommend for your home workout sessions:
- Exercise Mat: these are great to use for any type of workout – whether you’re doing yoga, HIIT, pilates, etc. A foam mat can provide a smooth non-slip surface for your workouts. A thick mat can also provide enough cushioning and help reduce the risk of injury by making it easier on your back, knees, and wrists.
- Dumbbells and/or Kettlebells: hand weights are excellent for effectively building muscle strength. Depending on your activity or exercise, you can choose between using a dumbbell or kettlebell. Both are available in a wide range of weights, so you can choose the appropriate one for you with ease.
- Resistance Bands: these are a great and convenient alternative to using weight training machines. Resistance bands are versatile at building strength and activating many muscle groups. These bands work by providing constant tension that pushes against your muscles throughout an exercise. Bands come in a variety of resistance levels with differing weights, so you’d easily be able to choose one that matches your fitness level.
- Exercise Sliders: you can get a great core workout using sliders; these create an unstable surface, forcing you to engage your core muscles the entire time. With continued use, you’ll see an improvement in your body’s balance, stability, and strength. Workout sliders are usually dual-sided to work on most carpeted and hard floor surfaces. They’re also extremely lightweight and travel-friendly.
- Jump Rope: jumping rope is a great way to do cardio and get your heart rate up. There are many benefits to jumping rope; it improves coordination, builds bone density, boosts cardiovascular health, and more. In just 15 minutes of jumping rope, a person can burn 200-300 calories. Beginners can start off using a light rope and as they progress, can work their way up to using a heavier weighted rope for a more challenging workout.