Here we go again starting a post talking about being stuck at home and not being able to go to the gym because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
If you haven’t already purchased some at home fitness equipment and now you’re starting to think you won’t be able to hit the gym for another 3 months or longer, this may be the time to pull the trigger!
I will walk through a few of my favorite, cheaper items, that you can order online. It really seems like that is how we are going to be handling things for the summer, online shopping with home deliveries. All of these items are available online and I either own them myself or have read numerous reviews and picked what in my opinion are the best for the value.
I did a post already on how to use resistance bands that you can read here, and in that post I talked about the Ripcords Resistance Bands which in my opinion are some of the best bands on the market. But let’s say you don’t want to spend that much, maybe you plan to ditch them once the gym is open again, or you aren’t sure if they’re right for you so you want to try them first.
Well if that’s the case than you can get a set of resistance bands or exercise bands from amazon for under $35 and they should do the trick for now. Another option is to get a set of loop resistance bands which you can use in different ways to work out, these are great if you don’t have an anchor point to attach them to.
Jump Rope or Trampoline
Let’s say you don’t like running, or you don’t have the space for a big piece of cardio equipment, what are you going to do for cardio and conditioning? If anyone were to ask me that I would first say get a jump rope; which is just a fitness industry way of saying skipping rope, or a trampoline. Both can be a great piece of at home fitness equipment that won’t take up a lot of space and doesn’t cost all that much.
I know, I know, both of these sound like a kids toy and you’re wondering how you will even get a workout from these toys you used to play with in middle school. Well I can assure you that if used properly you will get a better workout from these than lots of the big expensive pieces of at home fitness equipment.
Don’t stress about not being very good with a skipping rope or worrying about bouncing right off that little trampoline, cause like anything in life, practice makes perfect and it won’t take long before you are jumping around like Rocky with Mick yelling at you. Trust me when I tell you that when I first used a jump rope I was probably more reminiscent of Scooby Doo tangled in a net.
Ankle or Wrist Weights
This is another one of those old school pieces of at home fitness equipment that is still around in 2020, there’s a reason for that, they are cheap, you can use them anywhere, you can do a lot of different exercises with them and most importantly, THEY WORK.
Ankle Weights are available in a few different weights and are adjustable to fit ankles and wrists of all sizes. This makes them good for anyone in the family to use and you don’t even have to stop your day to day activities to use them. Strap them on any time during the day, vacuuming the house? Put them on your wrists or ankles and add a little resistance. Walking the dog? Same thing, strap them on and make it just a little harder. All this will eventually add up and pretty soon you won’t even notice you’re wearing them.
When that happens you can grab a weighted vest and start wearing that throughout the day, don’t worry, I’m not talking about the bulky 80 pound bulletproof looking vests.
Not all fitness activities have to be a planned work out for you to see results, it happens one day at a time, just try to be better today than you were yesterday!
Here we go with another couple of items that look and sound more like a toy than at home fitness equipment, but I can assure you a set of gliding discs or an ab roller have the potential to become one of the hardest body weight exercise, pieces of equipment you can get for under $40. There are several workouts available online from beginner to advanced showing you how to use these to hit every muscle group in the body.
Now What’s Stopping You?
If you purchased any of the above pieces of at home fitness equipment you could start down the road to being fit, or maybe it’s getting back to fit. If you buy more than one it adds some variety and changes things up to keep you motivated and interested. It doesn’t look like the gyms are going to be open for business any time soon, and after reading this you don’t have that as an excuse to skip the workouts.
Pick something that you enjoy, something that fits your budget and maybe even something other people in your household will enjoy using as well. Kids need to stay active in these times too!
One day at a time, we will all get through this! Let me know in the comments if you have any other suggestions for at home fitness equipment or if you want more information on anything.