It is a well-known fact that working out regularly is essential for health and wellness. Keeping a healthy body is of utmost importance, most especially during this pandemic. And since we are all stuck at home and can't go to the gym yet, staying active by doing home workouts will help achieve and maintain a fit and healthy body. You may do exercises with or without equipment but using a piece of equipment intensifies your workout.
Down below, we prepared a guide on how to choose the best home workout equipment and present our top picks of items for beginners to more advanced users. Whether you are just starting out your fitness journey, easing back into working out, or already have made exercising a part of your lifestyle, there's surely an item for you! We also included a full-body workout video you can easily do at home.
Is chosing the best home workout equipment make you break a sweat? Wipe that off and let us help you by looking at key factors to consider.
Before diving right away into buying a piece of equipment, first asses your level and set a clear goal. What do you want to achieve? Do you want to lose weight? Gain muscle and strength? Tone your body? All these will help you find a piece of workout equipment that will be effective for you to reach your goal.
Cardio workouts are a great way to speed up your heart rate and get you started with burning fat and calories. Doing cardio is also a good exercise to condition your lungs, heart, and it improves blood flow.
The good thing about cardio is that you can do it with or without the use of any equipment. Exercises without the use of equipment include marching or jogging in place, jumping jacks, dancing, and many more.
Most well-known cardio equipment like treadmill, elliptical trainers, rowing machine, and stationary bikes come with a hefty price, but if you decide on buying these kinds, make sure that they are from a trusted brand so that they last you a long time.
If you prefer something more affordable, you can opt for a jump rope, aerobic step, a pair of dumbbells, and many more.
Strength training is not just about getting buff or packing on rock hard muscles, although they sure do look good! Strength training is important because our muscle mass depletes as we age. Regular training keeps us capable of doing even the simplest daily activities like going up the stairs or standing up from a chair.
A few examples of equipment to build up muscles include ankle weights, weighted vests, dumbbells, kettlebells, barbells, and pull up bar. If you’re a total beginner, we recommend getting weights that you know you can easily carry.
Don’t worry if you think that it’s too light for you because once you do the actual exercise for a few minutes, you will start feeling the burn!
For those who have a more advanced or intermediate level in exercising, consider a complete set that includes different weights so that you can switch it up and have more variety.
Whether you are a total beginner or a certified yogi, yoga poses range from as easy as a standing tree position to complicated ones like one hand tree pose so don't think that you won't break a sweat!
Practicing yoga or pilates is great for stretching to help maintain flexibility, it improves balance, posture, and some poses allow you to get a good deep stretch. These types of workouts emphasize breathing, promoting relaxation.
Generally, you only need a yoga mat. However, you can also opt to use straps, blocks, foam rollers, and yoga balls for a deeper and more intense stretch.
Getting started or getting back in track with your fitness journey is one thing. However, to achieve your goal and maintain it, you have to continue working out and never stop challenging yourself.
It’s important to choose a piece of equipment that you know you will enjoy so that you can continue using it while you’re having fun. Otherwise, you’ll quickly lose interest and get back to square one of your fitness journey.
If you are a fan of playing games, why not consider buying gaming consoles or buy games that you can use for workouts as well?
For instance, you can do Zumba or have a dance party with Just Dance on Nintendo Switch or throw some jabs and punches with Fitness Boxing. You can also join a workout class at the comfort of your home using VR headset!
If you’re a beginner and you need a workout guide, try looking up home workouts on YouTube. They're free, very accessible and there's no viewing limit! There are millions of content to choose from that range from beginner to intermediate level, low to high impact, and you even have tons of choices on the type of work out!
Aside from YouTube, there also Android and iOS apps available from popular sports brands like the Nike Training Club app and Adidas Training app that offers free workout guides according to your level and goals. You can download these for free but you may need to purchase in-app to unlock other content.
Scroll down below to learn about our best picks of workout equipment!
|Space Required||High Ceiling, Better Done in Open Spaces|
|Workout Type||Muscle and Strength Training|
|Workout Type||Strength and Muscle Training|
|Difficulty Level||Intermediate - Advanced|
|Workout Type||Cardio, Strength and Muscle, Toning|
|Workout Type||Strength Training, Cardio|
|Workout Type||Strength Training|
|Workout Type||Core Training, Stretching. Cardio|
Fitness & Athletics
Fitness & Athletics
GRID Foam Roller
Kettlebell X Ab Roller
Ultimate Power Tube 25 lbs
Non-Slip Yoga Mat
Tone Dumbbells Twin-Pack 2 Kg
Weighted ToneBall Medicine Ball 3 Kg / Diameter 22 Cm
Trax Jogger 2.0
|Features||Adjustable Jump Rope Perfec...||Recovery Tool That's the Cl...||2-in-1 Equipment for a Stro...||For More Intense Squats, Ro...||Eco-Friendly Non-Slip Yoga ...||Get that Peach Bottom in No...||Intensify Your Strength Tra...||Explosive Training for Expl...||Improve Balance and Stability||Foldable Treadmill with All...|
|Workout Type||Cardio||Recovery||Muscle and Strength Training||Strength and Muscle Training||All||Cardio, Strength and Muscle, Toning||Strength Training, Cardio||Strength Training||Core Training, Stretching. Cardio||Cardio|
|Difficulty Level||All||Beginner-Intermediate||All||Intermediate - Advanced||All||Beginner-Intermediate||Beginner||Beginner-Intermediate||All||All|
|Space Required||High Ceiling, Better Done in Open Spaces||Little||Little||Little||Little||Little||Little||Little||Little||Moderate|
Try this full body workout from Adidas Runtastic's YouTube page featuring FC Bayern Munich's David Alaba. This workout does not need any equipment however, you may try using a pair of dumbells for a more intense burn!
This workout routine is in the following order:Warm-Up
20 seconds exercise, 20 seconds pause
Down below we have more recommendations for products home like yoga mats and foam rollers to help you achieve your dream body. Just click on the link!
Now that you know the points consider when choosing your home workout equipment, we'd like to mention that perhaps from all of the points we discussed, the most important thing you should keep in mind is to choose a piece of equipment you know you will enjoy. Also, try looking up new ways on how you can incorporate that equipment to other workout routines for a variety of uses.
Just because we are all stuck at home doesn't mean you can't get fit. There are all sorts of ways to get your body moving and stay active even in the comfort of your home. Take this time to focus on yourself, your body, and your well-being.
Author: Issa Honda
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