I enjoy variety. In every aspect of life… I like many different flavors of ice cream. I never discriminate with my tacos. But, you all know that by now… What’s another area of life that I like a wide range of possibilities and variety? With my workouts!
One of my favorite ways to work out is at home. I don’t do it often, but when I have the opportunity I can always squeeze in a great workout. Many people are afraid of working out at home and feel like they won’t be able to get in a good workout if they aren’t in the gym with a lot of equipment. Working out at home can be great for the seasoned fit person or can be great if you are just getting used to fitness and may have some nervousness about working out in front of others!
**Disclaimer: I did an arm workout one time with a glass container of pickles in one hand and a jar of peanut butter in the other and it worked surprisingly well. I’m a firm believer that peanut butter will never disappoint us.**
Getting in a good workout at home can be a challenge if you don’t have the right equipment to make it happen. I am going to make a list of the items that I like to use and link them below so that you can start building your own personal home gym. The items listed below are all focused on a budgeted-lifestyle. I’m doing the research for you to find the best products, all you have to do is spend the money. That’s the easy part…. right?
You don’t have to buy all of the items below to begin building your “perfect” home gym but they are all staple pieces to have at your house. Buy a bin or have a designated space where you can keep them all (you don’t have to have an entire room dedicated to it)! Don’t be afraid to move a couch to give yourself more room. Make your living space adaptable to a healthy lifestyle and get rid of those excuses!
- Yoga Mat
- Yoga Mat Cleaner
- Resistance Bands
- This is probably one of my favorite things! I bought myself a set of resistance bands that were un-looped and got a set of loops for Christmas and they have really changed the way that I do some of my favorite exercises. I keep a set in my gym bag to use while I am there too! I really recommend getting a set of these! Personally I prefer the looped version that I included in Option 1.
- This is another really dynamic tool for getting in a good workout because they’re so versatile. For kettle bells, you are better off buying a set so you have some variety in your weights and can execute multiple different exercises. You can knock out abs, legs, booty, and arms just with this one thing!
- I don’t have a set of these yet, but I want some so bad! These are great in homes that have carpet to give you the ability to slide easier to work on core exercises and glutes/legs. Here is a link to a video in case you aren’t sure what these are capable of doing! (Shoutout to Kelvin for the inso.. holy strong abs)
- Dumb bells
- I don’t think you can actually have a home gym without a set of weights. Don’t feel like you have to buy an entire rack of weights to be able to work out at home. I only have one ten-pound set of weights and I have been able to make most exercises work. If they’re too heavy I just go back to my jar of peanut butter. Buy a set that you are comfortable with and then you can get more as you get more used to the weight. Weights are an at-home gym product that can get pretty pricey so I recommend starting with one set and working your way up!
- Step Up
- This is not a necessity if you live in a home with steps! But, if not, having the ability to do some exercises incorporating a step can really help to increase the burn and get your heart rate up. If it’s cold, I use the fireplace stoop and when it’s warm I just use the outside porch steps! Here are some options if you don’t have that ability:
- Foam Roller
- A foam roller can really help to make a difference when it comes to muscle health and reduction of soreness. It doesn’t feel like it’s working whenever you do it (ouch) but after you are finished there really is a relief down in the core of your muscles. You can find these just about anywhere these days including TJ Maxx. Incorporate a roller into deep stretching sessions or a yoga day.
- Fanny pack
- At-home workouts are also a great excuse to get outside! If the weather is even slightly bearable I will try to do my cardio outdoors. Another perk of a yoga mat is having the ability to lay it in the driveway or grass and workout in nature. Worst part about working out outdoors… what are you supposed to do with all of your stuff? I bought one of these and I am obsessed with it because it’s the perfect size for all of my essentials but is still athletic and not bulky
- One of my favorite parts about working out at home versus the gym is that I can blast my music instead of worrying with headphones. There’s just something fun about having the music blaring all around you… I’m sure my neighbors really love it too. I got a Google Home Mini for Christmas and it has a great sound and I don’t have to stop working out to ask her to change the song or make it louder.
Well there you have it.. 10 items that will forever change the way that you work out at home. You don’t need all of these things to have a great workout & and you definitely don’t have to buy them all at one time. Start slowly working your way up to having what you need. My first recommendation is buying a yoga mat, the resistance bands and a set of weights. With just those three items you can get in a full body workout without ever stepping out of your house. Fitness is all about making your lifestyle work for you and finding a sustainable way to do it. Happy shopping!
P.S. I don’t own anything or work with any of the links that I shared. I just kept my eye out for some discounts and shared some of the great products that have worked for me!