Hi FitFluential Friends,
I know I am not the only one who had to cancel my gym membership when life changed. When my son was born it just wasn’t financially in the cards for me to pay the extremely high fee for my gym. Being active is still extremely important to me so I needed to find a way to workout at home so that I could still push myself.
When I started working out at home I didn’t have thousands or even hundreds of dollars to start my home gym, so I am going to give you my top five items to get in a good workout, but are also items that are not extremely expensive.
1. A good pair of sneakers!
Just because you are at home does not mean that you don’t need a good pair of shoes on your feet. Make sure that your shoes are not worn out and they are properly supporting you! Plus some days all you need is a good run, and you can just go outside and do that!
2. Bosu Ball
I can’t stress this enough. You can do so many different types of exercises on the bosu while you balance on it. You can also do planks, push-ups, sit-ups, etc.…the options are endless. I use my bosu every single day at home.
3. A few sets of weights or resistance bands.
These items you can get for a relatively low price at Target or Marshalls or any similar store. I would suggest getting two different sizes; when you are working different muscle groups, I find that some areas are weaker than others and I can’t do the exercise properly with a heavier weight.
4. Workout DVDs.
You don’t even need to buy DVDs! Netflix and On Demand networks have a plethora of options for you, and if you fall in love with a certain DVD you can go buy it. Also make sure to check your local library; they may have DVDs for you to rent as well. DVDs are a good way to switch up your routine from time to time and not get bored.
5. Yoga Mat.
I hate working out on the hardwood floor or our (very wooly) living room carpet, and you can transport it anywhere if you need to. I sometimes use mine to do intervals during track workouts, or I bring it to my in-laws to get workouts in.
Now, if I had all the money in the world there would be other items to include. I have a treadmill in my home because it was a gift. If I could I would certainly be adding a TRX and kettle bells.
What items do you think are essential to working out at home?