exercise, lifestyle

3 Must-Have Home Workout Tools

You don’t need fancy gym equipment to get in shape. All you have to do is choose the right at-home exercise tools to help maximize your progress. And I don’t mean purchasing one of those huge home gym sets… we are keeping it simple today. Here are my top three pieces of exercise equipment that you should keep at home.

Resistance Bands

Resistance bands come in many shapes, sizes, and resistances. And they are great for both beginners and advanced exercisers. They build muscle just as free weights do, but are much easier to store than dumbbells. I have a few different types of resistance bands including mini bands and Black Mountain full-sized resistance bands.  If you are a beginner opt for some lighter resistance bands if you are advanced you can grab the heavier ones or double up bands for even more resistance! You can get a great total body workout with resistance bands and store them away in the corner of your closet so your guests don’t have to stare at them.

Balance Trainer

This could be a stability ball, Bosu ball, or anything of the like.  These are great for adding variety to your workout and making seemingly simple exercises not quite so simple. Use them to challenge your core.  You can perform exercises like planks, lunges, bridges, and more with a balance trainer. Even if your goal is to get “huge” and gain lots of muscle, you need to have a strong core. So incorporate balance training into your at-home workouts. The only downfall here is that these objects are not the easiest to store. So, if that is a concern of yours, try deflating your ball after each use or pass on purchasing this one.

Foam Roller

I don’t care who you are, you better have a foam roller at home.  Even if you go to the gym regularly, you should keep this at home.  You can use this tool in a number of ways to help realign, stretch, roll out sore muscles, and more.  I use foam rollers as my form of corrective exercise. When I have tight muscles, I attack them with the foam roller to release any tension and knots. The chart below shows a few ways to use the foam roller to roll out commonly tight muscles.

foam-roller

Don’t feel like purchasing anything? Here are a few common household objects you can use for your workouts —

  • Canned food, bottles, books for extra resistance in workouts
  • Pillows for stability and core exercises
  • Pool noodle, tennis ball, any round object in place of a foam roller
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