At home fitness programs are easy to do in the comfort of your own home, plus they’re more affordable than a lot of gym memberships or fitness classes. All you need is a few pieces of home workout equipment and some motivation to get your started.
There’s no need to go overboard and buy one of everything. So before you start filling your home up with kettle bells, medicine balls, stability balls and more, let me tell you what you actually need. These are my top four home workout equipment must-haves. (Though really you can get away with just number one and two!)
Must-have home workout equipment to boost your fitness routine
1. Exercise mat
An exercise mat is a must-have since you’ll need it for bodyweight exercises, floor workouts and weighted exercises as well. My top tip is to choose one that inspires you. Exercise mats come in all kinds of colours and patterns, as well as different textures and thicknesses, so you can easily find one that’s perfect for your needs. They also come in a range of prices to suit anyone’s budget. I recommend investing in a mat that feels like good quality since you’ll likely be using it a few times a week.
When it comes to choosing the thickness and material of your floor mat, there are a few things you might want to consider:
1. Do you do a lot of floor work or suffer from achy joints or past injuries? If you do, a thicker more cushioned mat might be a better fit for you.
2. Will you be sweating a lot? If the answer is yes (which I hope it is!), than make sure you’re choosing a material that can easily be sprayed and wiped down after each workout.
3. And lastly, are you doing high intensity workouts in an apartment or condo? If you are, keep in mind that any cardio-based movements including jumping action, running or skipping might create a lot of noise for your neighbour below. In those cases opt for a thicker more cushioned mat to minimize the noise your workout creates.
Investing in some dumbbells will help you build on your resistance training at home. I recommend getting two different pairs of dumbbells, including a lighter and heavier pair to use for different exercises. For most woman starting out, choosing from a range of 3-10lbs is usually ideal, but it depends on your current level of strength. Dumbbells are pretty affordable for home workout equipment and versatile enough to use with almost any exercise.
As you get stronger and you’re committed to your at home fitness routine, you might want to upgrade to a broader selection of weights, typically up to 30lbs for most women.
3. Resistance band
Resistance bands are user friendly and easily help you switch up your home workout routine. You can get attachments like door anchors and ankle straps that give your resistance band the ability to act like cables you would use at a gym.
Of course if you have a set of dumbbells and you’re on a tight budget, you can skip the resistance band to start off. But I do love it for that extra versatility it brings to my home workouts, so it’s definitely worth considering.
4. Bench or step
If you get a bit more serious about your home workouts I would recommend investing in a bench or step. Choosing one that inclines and declines is best to accommodate a wider range of exercises. If you don’t have a lot of space in your home for a bench, you can also find ones that fold-up to make for easier storage.
If a bench isn’t in your budget though, a step can also be beneficial for a number of exercises. Ideally you want to be able to adjust the height so you can add more challenge to your workouts.
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There are a lot of options for home workout equipment, but don’t stress about getting them all. If you can’t afford the money or space in your home, focus on bodyweight exercises or learn to improvise with things in your house. A lot of women start off using a couch, table or stairs to do exercises like step ups or tricep dips instead of buying a bench or step for example.
If you could only choose two things, I would recommend getting an exercise mat and some dumbbells. You’ll be prepared for a wide range of moves so you can start crushing your goals sooner.
What home workout equipment do you use most often? Tell us in the comments below.