If you can’t go to the gym, it’s time to bring the gym home. Literally. If you’re serious about your health and fitness, as you should be, a home gym is a worthwhile investment. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t require a lot of space or money.
1. Figure out your fitness goals
Before you start adding equipment to your online shopping cart, hit pause. It’s imperative to figure out what your desired fitness goals are first. Most goals can be categorized under the following:
To look good: Improve how the body looks which may include weight loss, body toning, building muscles and so on.
To get fit: Improve the body’s overall performance which may include building stamina, functional training, improving strength and flexibility.
2. I need some space
Now, the good news. Regardless of your fitness goals are, both require weight training. So if lack of space at your home is an issue, consider that problem solved. Speaking of space, figure out how much you can spare for a home gym. The least you require is enough to spread a yoga mat for stretching and floor exercises. If you have a spare room, an outdoor garden, or an empty garage, you’ve hit jackpot.
3. It’s all about the money
Once you’ve taken care of that business, finalise a budget. Your home gym can be as economical as you want it to be – it all depends on what equipment you need. Remember, you can always start out small and build up your gym, kettlebell by kettlebell, over time.
4. Go on a shopping spree
Here’s a list of essential equipment you need to set up a gym at home:
Step one to getting into shape at home is an exercise mat. From mediation to headstands, squats to planks, this faithful companion is a must-have as you work on strengthening and stabilising your core.
Often used in lieu of weights, resistance bands require very little storage space, are easy on the wallet and very effective at building strength and improving mobility. An added benefit is that you can carry them with you when you travel so you never have to worry about missing a workout.
Skipping is not only a fantastic cardio workout but also improves your coordination. It gives you a full-body workout as it utilises your upper body (forearms and deltoids), core (abs) and lower body (calves, hamstrings and quadriceps). And just like resistance bands, a skipping rope is economical and easy to store.
You can choose between dumbbells and kettlebells, but if you can afford it, get both. Adding a 2-kg kettlebell to your squats or push-ups not only burns more calories but also helps you get toned. You can perform a multitude of exercises with dumbbells and kettlebells that will improve your strength, help you lose weight and build muscle. There are tons of online tutorials by certified fitness professionals so make sure you follow them to avoid injuries while working out with weights.
5. Create a storage plan
If you have additional space and a big budget, you can always invest in cardio equipment such as a treadmill, elliptical trainer or rowing machine. Here’s the final step – you need storage space for your equipment. It can be as simple as sliding your exercise mat, resistance bands and jump rope under your bed or couch while your weights can be stacked up neatly in a corner. Or you can always invest in a compact weight rack for your dumbbells and kettlebells and a storage container for the other equipment.
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