I am a huge believer that everyone should move their body every day and that everyone should incorporate both strength training and cardio. I know some people don’t like to workout at gyms, they feel more comfortable in their home, while others don’t want to spend the money to go to a gym.
I thought it would be helpful to share different types of equipment that you can buy for minimal cost and get a great workout in at home! You can build your at home gym one piece at a time!
Yes, dumbbells are great to have at home, but they are expensive (usually a dollar a pound) and they take up a lot of room, but if you have the space and can afford dumbbells I would start with 3 pairs, a light weight, medium weight, and heavier weight. Light weights for arms, medium weights for shoulders, legs and chest, and heavy weights for back, chest, and leg exercises.
Resistance bands are a great alternative to dumbbells! There are two kinds I really like, the ones that are loops and the ones that have different resistances and attachments. Another great thing about resistance bands is you can do a full body workout and they travel well!
Resistance bands- https://www.amazon.com/Resistance-Workout-Exercise-Training-Physical/dp/B098N91J37/ref=sr_1_5?crid=1L1RPBBR1HODO&keywords=resistance+band&qid=1656893550&s=sporting-goods&sprefix=resistance+%2Csporting%2C94&sr=1-5
A yoga mat, even if you don’t do yoga it is always good to have a mat to workout on. You can do your core workout and a lot of chest exercises as well are done on the ground. If you do yoga you definitely need a mat! https://www.amazon.com/Gaiam-Essentials-Fitness-Exercise-Easy-Cinch/dp/B07H9P7QYC/ref=sr_1_16?crid=1YWVY623LNZG4&keywords=yoga+mat&qid=1656893467&s=sporting-goods&sprefix=yoga+mat%2Csporting%2C92&sr=1-16
Rope less jump rope- It’s really hard to jump rope inside but it is a really great cardio workout. These rope less jump ropes are in expensive and a great workout! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B089VTJWHR?pd_rd_i=B089VTJWHR&pf_rd_p=7672bfb7-93b0-4322-b745-2104db09c4df&pf_rd_r=E7Y3FXFB22FZFVJENW4C&pd_rd_wg=NCkbv&pd_rd_w=YTyQN&pd_rd_r=dbd6cd0d-df1c-4727-9011-0d1959d677cf
A step- Aerobic step is a great addition to your home gym, it helps make a lot of exercises a little more intense. Plus it’s a great way to get a cardio workout it. Amazon.com : Movement God Aerobic Workout Step for Fitness & Exercise W/2 Risers : Sports & Outdoors
If you want to spend a little more money and have some extra room in your house a weight bench is another great investment. You can get one for about $100. https://www.amazon.com/PASYOU-Adjustable-Workout-Foldable-Exercise/dp/B07S7NRZL4/ref=sr_1_4?crid=QFBE1J15U0WC&keywords=weight%2Bbench&qid=1656893623&s=sporting-goods&sprefix=weight%2Bbench%2Csporting%2C84&sr=1-4&th=1
If you like to walk but want to add some intensity to your walk, I suggest getting a weight vest to wear while you walk. I started with 12lbs and now use a 20lbs vest, I feel like I am getting a better workout while I walk my dog. Amazon.com : Prodigen Running Weight Vest for Men Women Kids 8 Lbs Weights Included, Body Weight Vests for Training Workout, Jogging, Cardio, Walking, Elite Adjustable Weighted Vest Workout Equipment-Black,8lbs : Sports & Outdoors
I am a huge fan of at home workouts, I personally love the Beach Body on Demand workouts, I believe it’s $9.99 a month or $99 for the year and it has hundreds of workouts. I think it’s worth the money if you don’t want lots of choices when it comes to your workouts.
These are just a few of the items that will allow you to get a great workout in at home and take up minimal amount of space in your home.