Creating a Basic Home Gym
Here are some things you might want to consider purchasing based on the space you have and what will work best for you.
- Jump rope, step, cardio equipment, punching bag, exercise DVD
- Resistance band/tubing, hand or leg weights, weighted ball
- Mat and towel for stretching
- Exercise or stability ball
At Home Tips
Identify usable space and keep equipment within easy reach. The less visible your exercise equipment (out of sight, out of mind) or the harder it is to get to (more trouble than it's worth), the less likely you will be to exercise.
Be creative. Set up a circuit routine throughout your house. For example, jump rope in the living room, march in place in the hallway, do push-ups in the dining room, run up the stairs, do squats in the bedroom, crunches in the home office, run back down the stairs and do bicep curls in the kitchen. Repeat the series five times.
Build an exercise routine around commercials while watching your favorite show!
Specify an exercise for each break and keep a record of what you do. The options are endless—squats, jumping jacks, push-ups. Make a bet with yourself or family members to make it fun. For example, how many crunches can you do during a fast food commercial?
Go outside. Look for parks, fitness facilities, swimming pools, tennis courts, malls to walk, school tracks, church gyms, community recreation leagues and classes that may be close to your home. These can provide some great options for your exercise plan.