For those who can no longer get to the gym due to coronavirus quarantine orders, now is the perfect time to splurge on equipment to build a home gym. We know switching to a home workout routine is not easy, so we have created a guide to help you get a full workout with minimal equipment. Whether you live in a small apartment or want to turn your garage into a fitness area, here are some great options to help you stay healthy and in shape:
If you have a limited amount of space, dumbbells are a good tool to tone your arms, back, and abdominals. We recommend purchasing light and heavy free weights.
A Medicine Ball
Medicine balls can be used to work your arms, shoulders, and core by twisting and lifting one. These spherical weights can intensify exercises and improve muscular power. They can even be caught and thrown in exercises that improve overall athletic ability and endurance.
What is not to love about resistance bands? They are lightweight, multipurpose, and easy to store. They are an ideal choice for those who want to conduct strength training without using heavy equipment like kettlebells. You can get a few bands with varying resistance for a full-body workout that increases strength and mobility.
A Workout Bench
A classic exercise bench will exponentially increase the possibilities for dumbbell exercises. They allow you to perform more exercises that target specific muscle groups than you would be able to do in a standard standing position. There are even versatile benches that can be adjusted to numerous inclinations. While these benches may take up some space and can be pricey, they are well worth the investment when it comes to your health and fitness progress.
A Yoga Mat
Exercising on a hard floor is uncomfortable and can hurt your back. Practicing yoga is much more enjoyable with a cushion for your spine, knees, and elbows. Most mats are also made of a double-sided, no-slip material that prevents sliding around the floor.
A Stationary Bike
Many fitness trends have come and gone, but indoor cycling is here to stay. Spin is one of the most enjoyable ways to get endorphins circulating while remaining socially distanced from the public. If you are considering adding a bike to your home gym, chances are it will be put to good use in the future. Bikes range in price from budget-friendly to top-tier, depending on the features of each one.
An indoor treadmill is the centerpiece of any gym! It allows you to go for a run without the outdoor Florida heat. You can also adjust the intensity of your run with features that increase the speed and incline for all fitness levels.
In response to the shutdown, many group fitness studios and companies are offering fitness program free trials online. Beachbody, one of the most well-known fitness streaming companies, is offering a 14-day free trial for its P90X series, Insanity, and more. Barry’s Bootcamp has started airing workouts on Instagram and other social media platforms. Peloton is offering a free 90-day trial for its app, which includes strength training and outdoor classes, independent of its stationary bicycles and treadmills. Luckily, these platforms offer plenty of options to stay active outside of the gym.
Combining cardio with weights can lead to effective training. While a home gym may be costly up front, you can reap the long-term benefits of saving time and a monthly gym membership. A home gym will remain useful even after life returns to normalcy. For real estate information on the finest homes in the Palm Beaches, contact a Tauber Real Estate Services specialist at 561-626-4633.