We’re a big fan of mixed workout routines. Classes and gyms are fun and offer a great sense of community and support, but sometimes, nothing is better than keeping your workout in the comfort of your own home. See our 10 best at-home workouts for ideas. Although most at-home workouts are perfectly effective without equipment, there are a few keys pieces we recommend investing in that can take your at-home workout to the next level. Check out the benefits of the recommendations below to see what equipment best suits your needs:
Stability or Bosu Ball
Stability balls are more than just fun to sit on, they can be use to enhance almost every workout and improve strength, cardio endurance and balance. The full sized option, called Stability or Swiss balls can be used in a number of different workouts, but the half-sized option, called a BOSU ball is also worth looking into. It’s far easier to store at home and also opens up some beneficial workout options.
One of the most effective and run ways to get your heart rate up, a skipping rope is a powerful little tool you can fit in your purse. Perfect for travel or workouts with kids.
Pro-tip: Skip outside for greater benefits; fresh air means you have to breath harder and deeper during your workout, increasing cardiovascular benefits.
A must-have for working out at home, a yoga mat protects your limbs and transforms any floor into a comfortable workout area. Luckily, this essential piece of equipment can be found nearly anywhere and have some very affordable options. Check out our favourite options below:
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Although you can perform a foam-roller type massage with your hands, investing in a foam roller allows you to easily access the areas that tend to give us the most trouble, like lower back and shoulders/neck. By applying pressure to specific points on your body you are able to aid in the recovery of muscles and assist in returning them to normal function, meaning your muscles are elastic and healthy, not tight and painful. Check out how to use a foam roller, here.
Although not widely known, trampolining or ‘rebounding’ exercises are a remarkable way to increase circulation and stimulate your organs and metabolism. It’s also a great form or cardio that has no negative impact on your joints, not to mention it’s a fun, feel-good workout that instantly boosts your mood. Added bonus, it helps tighten skin elasticity, diminishing the look of cellulite and varicose veins.
Dumbbells or Kettlebells
The more you workout at home, the more it’s worth investing in some simple 5-10lbs dumbells or kettle bells. These smaller weights can be added to workouts like lunges, squats and stairs to increase intensity and build additional muscle.
Tension or Resistence Bands
These versatile little bands are made of strong rubber and come in a variety of resistances depending on your fitness level. With resistance bands, you can do a variety of strength training exercise like chest presses, rows, shoulder presses and bicep curls without the need for heavy weights.
Strap and Block
For those who love at home yoga, a strap and block can be used in a number of different poses to decrease and increase intensity and deepen your stretch. Check out the best uses for your strap and block to determine which, or if both are right for your practice.
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