There are going to be times when you can't make it to the gym for your regular workout. It could be a lack of time, a family commitment, and dozens of other reasons.
But not going to the gym doesn't mean you have to skip your workout altogether, especially if you have essential workout gear in your home.
Here's a look at 8 pieces of fitness equipment that will allow you to stay on track when you can't hit the gym.
Dumbbells are a classic component of any gym. Having a set of dumbbells in your home will allow you to work different parts of your body.
In fact, some would argue that dumbbells are the most useful type of home workout equipment. Better yet, they're easy to store.
2. Yoga mat
If yoga is part of your fitness routine, then investing in a quality yoga mat for your home is a must. While the best yoga mats don't come cheap, they'll last a lifetime.
3. Resistance bands
Resistance bands offer many ways to challenge your muscles while allowing you to increase the intensity as you progress. They're also compact and easy to store away.
4. Doorway chin-up and pull-up bar
Chin-ups and pull-ups are a great way to tone and strengthen your upper body. A quality chin-up bar that fits securely into a doorway should be part of your home gym equipment.
5. Foam roller
A foam roller is the perfect tool for cooling down after a workout. It enables you to massage almost every part of your body and is also great for stretching. Moreover, it can give you a great ab and core workout.
6. Exercise mat
Yoga mats often aren't thick enough to provide the type of cushion you need for cardio workouts, Pilates, or circuit training.
A quality exercise mat will make floor workouts more comfortable and reduce the stress on your muscles and joints. They also roll up for easy storage.
7. Jump rope
There's so much that you can do with a simple jump rope, from warming up for weightlifting exercises, to adding bursts of cardio in your circuit training, to burning calories in a short period of time.
It's another piece of home exercise equipment that doesn't take up much space and is easy to store.
8. Cold-hot pack
Injuries can happen and it's wise to have a cold-hot ice compress on hand just in case. It can be used as cold for pain and swelling, or hot for muscle aches and stiffness.
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