Similarly to Kory, I constantly fall on and off when it comes to my fitness journey. Between turning 30 this year and a recent doctor visit, I decided that I NEED to make this healthy living thing part of my lifestyle. In addition to creating a weekly gym schedule, I’ve started CIZE at home, joined a facebook group to get fitness tips, encouragement from women like me and invested in some workout equipment that I can use at home. If you don’t have the time or funds to go to the gym or still want to get into fitness in the comfort of your own home, here are some great workout equipment for beginners that you can use at home and portable enough to use while on vacation.
Use resistance bands to do leg raises, pull ups, and weight machines for bench presses, shoulder presses, squats and so much more.
Being new to strength training, I can be intimidated by the weight machines in the gym, purchasing a dumbbell set to use at home is great for lazy, rainy days when you don’t want to leave the house and to still get some strength training done.
I initially went wild over my Jawbone Up 24, but the Fitbit Flex 2 is my new bae. It tracks my steps, my sleep, my workouts and is waterproof for up to 50 m. A huge win since I swim and take part in water activities when traveling. Not sure if a fitness band is for you? Read about some pros in Kory’s post.
Use foam rollers to give leverage for floor exercises like crunches or massaging when you have a case of DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness).
Medicine ball training is one of the oldest forms of strength and conditioning used by the ancient Greeks. They’re portable and easy to use working out with a partner.
My new favorite for at home strength training. Kettlebells are great for building strength and endurance in the lower back, legs, and shoulders.
Not comfortable with group fitness classes? You can purchase or stream workout videos right from home. My favorite right now is CIZE. It’s simple dance moves and doesn’t even feel like you’re working out.
If workout DVDs aren’t your thing, stream some music from your phone through a Bluetooth speaker. According to our Instagram followers Beyoncé, Soca and Trap Music gets them moving the most.
One of the cheapest ways to get fit is by jumping rope. Take it back to elementary school and use it as an easy form of cardio. Jumping rope is also great if you want to get the kids involved in your fitness journey.
Not only are these good options for your own home gym, they’re great gift ideas for fitness enthusiasts.