Whether you’ve been working remotely and you need to make sure that you’re taking care of yourself while you do it, or you need to tighten up your budget, which might include leaving your gym, it’s perfectly possible to get everything you need to manage your workouts at home. Here, we’re looking at the essential equipment for your home gym.
Weights are essential for your home gym. Strength training is not only going to help you to build muscle but it’s great for bone health and longevity. You don’t need a rack of huge weights in your home or complicated home gym apparatus. A good set of dumbbells and a kettlebell to go with them can help you to get a full body workout, from curls to swings to squats. Kettlebells are particularly versatile and there are plenty of kettlebell exercises you can do with them to exercise virtually every muscle group.
Weights aren’t your only strength training option. When you want to add variety to your routine or just don’t want to work with weights, you can work with resistance bands which also create tension on your muscles effectively. There are a lot of resistance band exercises you can do, and many of them can be done easily within a few minutes, so they’re great for taking an active break from work, as well, so consider getting yourself a few.
A Good Treadmill
Another essential component for your home gym is equipment to do cardio. There are not many better ways to get your cardiovascular needs met than going for a good run. Additionally, using a treadmill gets you sweating and helps you manage your weight. It’s a reliable exercise that you can vary depending on how hard or light you want to go. Yet, always remember to have a decent warmup for whatever kind of routine you’re doing. Treadmills for home environments tend to be lighter and smaller than those you would see in the gym, and it’s easy to find the space for them.
An Exercise Bike
Running isn’t the only kind of cardio you can do. If you want an exercise that’s a good bit of cardio as well as some muscle building for your core and legs, then the right home exercise bike is going to do a lot of good for you. You can set the tension to simulate different cycling environments, whether you want a quick and easy cardio ride or a tough hill to really stress out your leg muscles. There are many ways to take your cardio fitness to the next level.
A Foam Roller
Cooling down and taking care of your body post-workout is just as important as getting a good workout. If you don’t work on muscle health and recovery, you can run the risk of injuring yourself. To that end, you should make sure to get your hands on a foam roller. Foam roller exercises can help you work out the tension that builds up in your muscles. It also helps stretch your muscles and joints so you can recover faster and more efficiently, getting you back into the game promptly.
As you can see, you don’t need a ton of workout machines nor a lot of space to make sure that you’re able to get the exercise that you need. Hopefully, the information above helps you choose the essential equipment for your home gym.
To A Fitter Healthier You,
The Fitness Wellness Mentor