We’re a week into the New Year, and many of us have our goals and intentions in gear. However if your new year’s goal is to get in shape, and your local gyms are still shut down, you might be a little discouraged from getting started.
But don’t let that stall your progress. One great thing about 2021 is that there are plenty of at-home workouts and even fitness equipment available for every budget.
In this article, we’ll share all the best at-home fitness equipment to keep you in shape without needing a trainer or gym membership.
Cycling (or spinning) is a great way to build up your cardio and endurance. Not to mention, it’s low impact so it’s gentle for your knees and joints. Spin Bikes are normally compact, so it’s a great space saver if you don’t want it to take up your entire apartment.
Many spin bikes also now have built-in holders for your tablets, or monitors, to make your ride as entertaining as possible.
Under-the-Desk Steppers or Ellipticals
If you live in an apartment building, you could always just take the stairs, which is actually a great workout for both cardio and toning.
However, if you’re looking for a compact option that you can also multitask with while working, these options can be used under your desk.
This is the most compact out of all the options and can be easily stored away so it’s out of sight. Jumping rope is a full-body workout that on average burns 10 calories each minute.
Although treadmills aren’t necessary to get your heart rate up, some folks just love to run. And if you’re one of them, we applaud you!
While running outside is always a solid free option for cardio training, those who live in a colder climate with snowy winters (or an area without good running trails), might want to consider investing in a treadmill. You can also set an incline to mimic a stairmaster workout, so it’s like a 2-in-1.
Ellipticals are another common cardio equipment found in the gym. It’s a great full body workout, as it works both your upper and lower body.
Rowing is a low-impact workout that can torch calories, and like the elliptical, work both the upper and lower body at the same time.
However, with rowing, more muscle groups are engaged (like your abs and back), so it can be argued that it’s a better full body workout than some of the others.
Suspension trainers, like TRX, provide an all-in-one gym that uses suspension and bodyweight for strength training exercises, in lieu of a cable machine. They can be secured to a door, or even a tree in your backyard, or if you want to take them on-the-go.
Since most traditional strength exercises utilize dumbbells or kettlebells, investing in a set could be worth the investment. For smaller spaces, they have “space saving” dumbbells where you can adjust the weight on a single pair.
Ankle weights are good if you’d like to add resistance to lower body strength training, but prefer a more compact option. These are especially great for glute toning and strengthening, or even taking them on a walk for an extra calorie burn.
Like suspension trainers, these are compact, lightweight, and easy to transport or stow away. Resistance bands add resistance to your strength training workouts to activate and tone the muscles without needing any additional weight.
If there is one piece of equipment that you should invest in your at home gym, it’s a yoga mat. It will provide you with cushioned support for your joints (if you’re in a plank or doing sit ups) and a dedicated space for your sweaty workouts.
No need to invest in plyometric boxes for tricep dips or step-ups when you’re limited in space. If you have a chair handy, it will get the job done.
Pull up bar
Pull up bars can be easily secured to a door or hallway, and some don’t even require screws. It’s a great space saver and if doing a pull-up is a goal for the new year, try investing in one of these. For beginners, pair it with a long resistance band to provide extra support.
Pilates enthusiasts will love gliding disks. They can provide the same lengthening while strengthening movements, and extra toning in smaller muscle groups for stability.
Exercise benches are extremely versatile and useful if you have the space for one. It can be helpful for strength-building exercises like presses, rows, etc. It can also be used for step ups, glute bridges, elevated push ups, and even as a resting place in your at home gym.
If you have the space for it, having a set of dumbbells or kettle bells at different weights is great as your building up strength for different exercises. That way, if you start to plateau, you can always go up in weight but start slow with a lower one.
Keep in mind that fitness equipment is not needed to stay in shape, although it can help add some variety to your routine. There are plenty of bodyweight exercises you can do that target your full body.
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