According to the CDC, only 23% of adults in the U.S. get enough exercise. At the same time, getting to the gym can be tough, especially if you’re working or raising a family. Don’t let that keep you from reaching your fitness goals.
Instead, think about building a home gym. It’s convenient and surprisingly affordable! Not sure where to begin? Make sure you have these 15 home gym essentials for the best possible workout:
- Workout Clothes
Who says you can’t look good while working out?
Proper workout attire gives you the full range of motion you need to flex, glide, move, and stretch. Your workout clothing should ride the line between comfortable and practical. Try and choose attire that’s loose, but not so loose that it becomes baggy (and therefore, a hazard).
- Yoga Mat
There are a ton of misconceptions out there about yoga, like how it’s mainly for young people and barely counts as exercise.
These outdated ideas couldn’t be any more wrong. Studies show that yoga improves flexibility, boosts mood, aids with pain management, and increases one’s overall fitness level. You’ll also burn a surprising number of calories!
And even if you don’t think you’ll stick with yoga, hanging a mat on hand is great for warm-up and cool-down stretching. Plus, they’re affordable and you can snag them just about anywhere.
- Yoga Blocks
No one ever talks about how difficult improving your flexibility can be, especially if you’ve been away from the gym for a while. Yoga blocks make stretching easier by allowing you to hold positions comfortably for longer.
Plus, you can squeeze a block between your legs while doing crunches to add some extra resistance.
- Medicine Ball
Medicine balls are an awesome way to take crunches, situps, squats, and other basic exercises to the next level by providing resistance and strengthening your core.
Though traditional medicine balls have some serious weight and heft to them, you can always substitute a basketball if you’re on a budget.
Working out is great, but you’ll need a way to measure your progress.
Though there isn’t a shortage of fitness trackers on the market, Fitbit has a great track record of releasing reliable, functional, and affordable tech. There’s a Fitbit out there for every price range, so don’t feel as though you have to spend a fortune on a fitness tracker.
- Resistance Bands
Resistance bands prove that big things come in little packages. You can do a ton with even the most basic band.
And there’s no need to worry about storage space, so you can maximize your workout while minimizing the amount of clutter in your home gym.
Truth be told, resistance bands can do a lot of the same things that dumbbells do. However, you’ll stick want to pick up a starter set of these tiny weights.
While resistance bands are smaller, lighter, and easier to store, dumbbells allow for deeper workout customization.
If you’re okay with spending a little extra cash up front, we’d suggest investing in a set of adjustable dumbbells. They’ll take up less space than a rack of weights and you can adjust on the fly.
- Foam Roller
Rollers might just be the most essential workout tool you’re not using. When it comes time to call it a day and hit the showers, cooling down with a foam roller can help alleviate soreness in your calves while allowing muscles to adjust back to normal. A few minutes of rolling can prevent cramps and speed up your recovery.
Don’t have a foam roller? No worries! You can also use a frozen water bottle, a pool noodle, or any solid, cylindrical object.
- Jump Rope
In terms of cardio equipment, it doesn’t get much more affordable and useful than a jump rope. Incorporating a jump rope into your workout can strengthen muscles in your legs while steadily increasing your heart rate.
And when you’re done, just fold it up and you’re good to go.
On the other hand, investing in a treadmill might not be the worst idea.Treadmills bring all of the benefits of a high-octane cardio workout to the great indoors. You do not need to spend a fortune on treadmills as there are cheap electric treadmills available in the market that are good as well.
Though you might expect treadmills to go for a pretty penny, you can typically pick one up for as little as $195 on Amazon.
As efficient as treadmills can be, they’re not exactly great for your knees. But that doesn’t mean you’ll have to skip cardio.
If you have pre-existing knee pain, you’ll want to buy an elliptical instead. You’ll still get a great workout, but ellipticals have less of an impact on your knees, so you can work out for longer.
Like treadmills, they don’t have to be expensive, either. You can find a used stepmill for sale online and save quite a bit.
- Adjustable Pull-Up Bar
You don’t need much space or money to improve your upper body strength. All you need is a door frame and a pull-up bar.
Installation is easy. Just connect the bar to your door frame, make sure it’s secured, and you’re off to the races.
- Spotify Premium
Working out can be fun, but it’s so much better when you have your favorite tunes to push you through the pain. Spotify Premium gives you access to a near-limitless number of songs, all commercial-free.
Plus, Spotify has dozens of workout playlists designed for every type of exercise under the sun.
- Adjustable Weight Bench and Weights
Weight benches are an essential pick for anyone looking to add some muscle and you can pick one up for about the price of a six-month membership to your local gym.
Now you can do lat curls and bench presses without ever having to step foot outside of your home.
- Power Tower
Rounding out our list is the power tower. Think of it as the Swiss army knife of home workout gear.
Though power towers are bulky and take up more space than people tend to want, they’re an all-in-one machine for push-ups, pull-ups, endurance, and knee raises.
With these 15 home gym essentials, you’re more than ready to get a great workout! And remember, you can always substitute certain pieces of equipment if you’re on a budget. Emptying your wallet is less important than a healthy life, so do the best with what you have.
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