If you want to get fit at home, it might seem impossible to you at the moment. There are many reasons people don’t want to go to the gym, so much so that it can give them anxiety. The truth is, you can actually get fit at home using no equipment whatsoever! It’s true – with exercises such as planks, burpees, bicycles, tuck jumps and mountain climbers performed at an intense pace, you can really tone up your stomach area and notice a tighter silhouette! You can use equipment too though, to get faster results. Here’s a list of the only equipment you’ll ever need to get fit at home:
A stability ball can be used for various exercises, and is a great piece of kit to include in your workouts. You can hold it tightly between your feet while lying down and bring your feet up to your hands, take the ball, straighten back out, and then reach back up to give the ball back to your feet. You can also perform simpler exercises like crunches and pushups.
You need to get some cardio in, even if it’s just 2-3 short sessions per week. Many people don’t like running outside, either because of the people who will see you sweating or because you get shin splints from running on the pavement. An elliptical can help with this, as it’s much lower impact than running while offering a great cardio workout! A foldable elliptical is perfect for the home as it’s so compact and can be put away after use.
Kettlebells are perfect for a variety of exercises, especially if you put them into a circuit including kettlebell swings, clean and presses, Turkish get ups, squats, lunges, and more! Make sure you choose a weight that’s challenging for you, but don’t hurt yourself. 8kg is probably a good starting point for females, while 12kg could be good for men. Remember, heavy weights are much more effective than light weights no matter what sex you are!
Resistance bands are great for doing resisted squats, lunges, planks, pushups, and more. You can actually get really creative with the help of a resistance band, and they don’t take up a lot of space either which is a bonus. However, you need to keep in mind the proper form of any of these exercises you are doing. If you are unsure, it would be best to take the advice of a professional trainer. In case you can’t afford to pay the trainer as of yet or he isn’t available at the moment, you could also take the help of various online resources such as this: How to Do Front Squat Like a Pro: Tips and Proper Form. This is important because a wrong form could cause injury.
Dumbbells and other free weights are perfect for building muscle mass and getting that lean, ‘toned’ look! You can work your chest, arms, back, stomach, and even legs with the help of dumbbells and a few good exercises. You can do any exercises you like, just remember that squats, lunges and deadlifts are essential!
With these items, you can put together an effective circuit workout to be completed in 15-45 minutes. Make sure you do a 5 minute warm up, then give it your all in the workout. You should be worn out by the end! You can then do a relaxing cool down and relax in the knowledge that your workout is done for the day, and you didn’t have to step foot in a gym!