What are the best home workout tools that can help you get fit – with or without a gym membership? Choosing the right at-home workout equipment will maximize your exercise routine so you get the weight loss, strength training, and fat burning results you want.
Here are five simple tools to get you started. Choose the ones that appeal to you. Resist the temptation to pick up a few random items on sale. If the item is poorly constructed or doesn’t really interest you, it’s not a bargain. Stick with these basics and you’ll have a home workout routine that gives you real results.
Exercise bands are useful for beginners and advanced exercisers alike. They come in different resistance levels, which are usually represented by different colors, so you can choose what you need depending on your ability and what type of moves you’re doing. Rubberized resistance helps you build muscle just like hand weights, and these bands are easy to store and handy for traveling.
To start, choose a medium-strength resistance band. Increase the resistance by folding it lengthwise or shortening the band by holding it closer to the anchor. Make it easier by attaching one end to an anchor point instead of folding it, and hold the other end in your hand. (An anchor point is a sturdy place that holds the center or one end of the band.) For a high anchor, simply put a tight knot in the band and close it securely in a door. For a low anchor, slide it under a heavy piece of furniture, like a couch. Be sure the band is taut when you begin a move.
Control is key to maximizing muscle toning and avoiding injury. Don’t let the band snap back once you’ve reached the top of the move; pause, then release slowly, resisting against the band’s pull.
You can also incorporate resistance bands when you’re walking to lose weight, or try a targeted body-sculpting routine.
Exercise balls can be used alone for ab workouts and stretches, or used in conjunction with hand weights as a balance-challenging weight bench. When you sit on or lie across a stability ball, you engage all the muscles in your core to keep yourself supported.