Even if you have a gym membership, there are times when you are going to need or want to work out at home. If scheduling means you can only make it out a couple of times a week, you can still maintain an effective workout schedule at home.
Do I Need Equipment To Work Out At Home?
No, you don't. There are plenty of exercises you can do at home that don't require any special equipment. Body weight squats, push ups and lunges are effective moves that can get you in great shape. Add the calorie-burning power of mountain climbers and burpees, and you are good to go. There are some items that are good to have, though.
Keeping one or more of these items will help you vary your workout and add difficulty. Here are five items that should be in your house:
1. Free Weights
Simple, affordable free weights are great for working out your arms, chest and shoulders. You can have one set, or several in different weights.
2. Resistance Bands
As an alternative to hand weights, or in addition to, resistance bands are a great way to increase strength and balance without a bunch of heavy equipment. In fact, resistance bands are not only ideal for home use, but are great to take on the road, too.
3. Yoga Mat
Even if you don't practice yoga, a mat is an ideal place to perform many of the exercises in your routine. However, yoga is a great way to stay flexible and strong in between trips to the gym.
4. Physio Ball
Wonderful for working the core and building balance, a physio ball is a good addition to your home fitness arsenal. Adding the ball to even the most basic moves creates a different level of challenge. For example, a simple crunch engages the core muscles in an entirely different way, making the exercise much more effective.
5. Jump Rope
Jumping rope is a great way to get in some good cardio at home. Perfect for rainy days when you don't want to go outside for a run. Jump rope blasts calories and it's fun, too. Not only that, but they are inexpensive and take up almost no room. They are another item that can be packed for exercise on the go.
As you can see, you don't need to invest thousands of dollars in equipment to get a good home workout. Contact Ralph Roberts, a certified personal trainer who can custom design a workout plan just for you.
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