Stronger muscles, lower stress levels, better mood, a more athletic physique—these benefits come with a good workout routine, but you’ll need more than just a few trips to the gym to experience them. A strong fitness level is something that must be built slowly and steadily, improving incrementally as we introduce our bodies to new and harder challenges.
Exercising every day is the best path to a fitter body, but most of us don’t make it to the gym that often. Sometimes, we find ourselves too worn out from a long day of work, or too busy helping the kids with their homework to sneak out for a 30-minute workout. On days like these, it will help immensely to have a simple way to work out at home.
You don’t have to build a state-of-the-art gym room or spend thousands of dollars on equipment to start taking advantage of at-home workouts. If you simply keep a few exercise tools around your home, you’ll make it easy to pick them up and squeeze in a quick workout whenever it’s easiest, and this can be a big help in making consistent progress towards your fitness goals as you lose weight.
Try picking up gear like:
- A yoga mat
- A set of adjustable free weights
- An exercise ball
- A resistance band
- A jump rope
Each of these is fairly inexpensive, but a set of simple tools like these can help you work out in countless different ways. Think about the tools you’ll get the most use out of and plan your equipment budget accordingly. If you have some extra money to invest and think you’ll use an exercise bike, treadmill or other more expensive piece of machinery daily, it might be worth it.
It works best to keep your gear in a room of its own—this way, you can get uninterrupted workouts whenever you please. However, you can also keep your equipment in a spare corner of another room of your home, like the garage, attic or living room. Six square feet is usually plenty of space, so start looking for a place to keep your gear around the house.
Of course, using your gear is the most important part. Once you’ve spent some time and money giving yourself a way to exercise at home, don’t let your equipment gather dust. Even if you only have a minute to spare, that’s one more minute you could be using to improve your fitness.