In a time when the pandemic has changed how you live your days, going to the gym is not always an option. Fortunately, you can set up a home gym in the garage, basement, or spare room with relative ease. Even on a limited budget, you can invest in a few essentials that will help you get started. Along with a couple of exercise mats, here are the other things that you need immediately.
There are a number of exercises that you can perform using one or two plyometric boxes. They’re great for adding a little height that mimics the action of walking up and down steps. Use them for routines that involve jumping. You can even sit on lower plyo boxes to do stretching exercises. Invest in a set that includes different heights. Rest assured none of them will go to waste.
A Weight Bench and a Set of Dumbbells
A set of dumbbells paired with a weight bench also opens a whole world of exercises that will help tone your upper body. If the bench will recline, you can also use it to perform sit-ups. Go for one that does have a place to eventually use barbells and free weights. In the meantime, concentrate on simple lifting and stretching exercises using the dumbbells.
A Jump Rope
Jumping rope is one of the simplest and most beneficial ways to manage a decent cardiovascular workout. It’s also great for improving coordination. Stand on one of the exercise mats while you jump rope. To pass the time, listen to a song or two and don’t stop jumping until the music ends. You can increase the routine by adding more songs to the music sequence. Along with getting your heart rate up, jumping rope is also good for the legs and the middle section of the body.
A Chin-Up Bar
Mounting a chin-up bar in a door frame takes only a few minutes. Once it’s in place, you have a simple but effective way to use your own bodyweight to tone the shoulders, arms, and upper back. Make sure there’s enough room for your chin to clear the top of the bar. Start off with a few repetitions and use the time to improve your form. As you get used to this type of exercise, add more repetitions.
Chin-ups can be a great way to wrap up a workout or to warm up before you move on to other parts of the workout. Feel free to vary the routine a little so that it doesn’t get stale. You’ll still get all the benefits no matter what sequence you use.
Are you ready to begin putting together a home gym? Fitness and sports equipment can be found at Fitness Avenue stores that are close to your location. You can also order your first pieces of equipment online and have them delivered to your home. Once you have them, make sure you set aside time to work out at least three times a week. You’ll be surprised at how much better you feel and look after a few weeks.