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. 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. I have a list of all of my favorite brands and exercise tools in the MFit Amazon Store, so if you are interested in expanding your home gym or buying any of the products I mention today, you can get them there!
Resistance bands come in all shapes, sizes, and resistances. They are a great tool for both beginner and advanced exercisers. They build muscle just as free weights do, but are much easier to store than dumbbells. They are also incredibly easy to travel with. I personally have tons of resistance bands at home. As I previously state, mini bands come in different resistances. If you are a beginner, opt for some lighter resistance bands. If you are advanced, you can grab heavier ones or double up bands for even more resistance! The good news is resistance bands, especially mini bands, do not cost very much. So as you get stronger and need new, heavier bands, it will not break the bank to buy more. You can get a great total body workout with resistance bands. In fact, I have a whole playlist filled with follow-along resistance band workouts that you can do from your living room on the MFit YouTube channel and the MFit Membership. A few brands that I love are: Black Mountain and Kamileo. You can find both, and many more, in the MFit Amazon store.
A balance trainer can mean several different things. Objects like stability balls, Bosu balls, or anything of the like are great for adding variety to your workout and making seemingly simple exercises not so simple. Incorporating these into your home workouts will challenge your core a lot. You can perform exercises like planks, lunges, bridges, and more with a balance trainer. You need to have good balance and a strong core to move effectively in your workouts and in real life. So incorporate a balance trainer into your at-home workouts to help build those stability muscles. Try this Bosu workout or this Stability ball workout for some inspiration.
I don’t care who you are, you better have a foam roller at home. You can use this tool in a number of ways to help realign, stretch, and roll out tight muscles. Foam rollers are an essential part of corrective exercise. Foam rollers, and other self-massage tools, help release tension and knots in the muscles. If you do not roll out these knots, you will experience joint pain and can more easily hurt yourself doing day-to-day activities. Read this blog of mine about the benefits of stretching and foam rolling for more information. I actually don’t love using a conventional foam roller, I much prefer using a roller stick like this Kamileo one. I find it is easier to use and extremely effective. But you should find the roller that works best for you. As always, I have put my preferred brands in the MFit Amazon store for you!
One more thing…
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