It's hard to have a full-body workout in the living room. But these basic pieces of equipment can help you stay in shape without joining any judgy gyms.
Exercise not only makes you feel better physically but also helps raise your endorphin levels, which helps with your mental health. I don't know if there are any "Legally Blonde" fans out there but she was right.
Anyway, these items can help you turn your living room into a yoga studio, or frantically look for Zumba videos on YouTube.
The first thing people buy when starting to workout at home is a pair of dumbbells, and there's a reason. Any workout can be adjustable to dumbbells. From squats, to taking a walk around the walk these make it an upper body as well as a bottom one. Especially squats.
Your arms will be looking good in no time.
A yoga mat is also a classic. Don't mess with the classics. You don't have to do yoga to use it. It also helps with situps or any other workout you do while laying down.
Since we're on the topic of yoga, exercise can also help you relax. Find your balance center and align your chakras while also strengthening your whole body. Talk about taking care of your mind, body, and spirit.
Most of us have not used a jumping rope since middle school, but it's an amazing total body workout. Basically, all the perks of a rowing machine without having to actually purchase a machine. I might be making this up but, don't professional gymnasts actually train using jumping ropes?
Anyway, this is a tangle-free jump rope with memory foam handles. It is as fancy as it gets. It is meant for speed and endurance training without having to leave your house.
This half exercise ball and resistance bands will help with core workouts. I know we all want those six-pack abs. It doesn't happen after only one session, but I'm sure you will be seeing results in no time.
It also helps improve your balance. Take it from someone who falls down when standing. We could all use some help with our balance.
And a whole exercise ball. I know some people work from home, and you can use this ball as a chair to engage your core while filling out spreadsheets. It's a stabilizer for muscles.
This is also an anti-burst ball which means it won't pop. So, that's helpful.
Okay, some of you are going all-in. So, instead of buying ten different pieces of equipment and spending hundreds, here is a full home workout package. This package includes resistance bands, a resistance bar, and handles. And the instructions to turn those pieces into all different workouts based on your training system. It uses your body weight for strength training and any other fitness goals you might have.
A step might be a really simple piece of equipment, but it's effective. I haven't used one, but I see them in every workout video so they must work.
If your exercise is mostly walking your dog, these ankle and wrist weights will take it to the next level. get that cardio workout and weight training at the same time.
It's perfect if you are one of those morning joggers that track their heart rate and use a wrist band for their phone and music.
They are also perfect if you just walk around the park once and then go for some ice cream.
These suspension bands help build muscle, burn fat and improve cardio. Plus, it includes six months of video training so you can understand how to better use the equipment without having to look up YouTube videos.
These are used for resistance, throwing, catching, and my personal favorite, Russian twists. I am not sure why they are called medicine balls, but they are worth the investment.
This kettlebell is awesome. You can adjust the weight from 8lbs to 40lbs with the twist of a dial. You can see how much stronger you are getting by slowly turning the dial with each workout.
If you are getting bored repeating workouts, rolling the dice might change things up. Workouts can be boring if you do the same thing every week.
These blocks are perfect for meditation and to help stretch. The blocks help with stability and balance to make sure every yoga pose increases strength.
This strap is perfect for warming up. It also includes an introductory exercise book to give you a start. It also helps if you need some physical or athletic therapy.
The most important thing during a workout is to remain hydrated. You should be drinking 8 glasses of water a day, and particularly if you're sweating.
Trust me, your body will thank me later.