When it comes to starting an exercise program, it can be pretty confusing trying to figure out what you’ll need in regard to fitness equipment. There are however three must have pieces of exercise equipment that can help you.
And if you don’t currently belong to a gym, or have any intention of joining one any time soon, then having something useful around the house to use for your workouts will definitely come in handy.
So what are some of the best pieces of exercise equipment to own regardless of cost, space or current level of fitness?
Here are a few ideas.
1 Resistance Bands
Resistance bands offer an excellent way to add resistance to your workout. Not only are they relatively inexpensive (a high quality set can run approximately $25-$30), but they take up little room and are portable.
Another benefit to using them is you can alter the level of difficulty during the exercise by adjusting your speed or your base of support (ex – standing on one leg or two, or parallel stance vs. staggered).
Look for a set that comes with a door strap to maximize your workout options and keep them out of the sun and heat. Always check for frays and tears and replace when necessary.
Dumbbells add a lot of variety to your workouts and like resistance bands, they really don’t have to take up a ton of room unless you’re really looking to keep a large amount of equipment around.
If you’re new to exercise, you can start with a “tree” of different weights that will usually fit perfectly in a closet, but will stay out of the way the rest of the time.
When you’re ready to start lifting heavier weights, consider getting a set of adjustable dumbbells. These may not be cost effective for everyone, but they don’t have to break the bank either. You can usually pick up a set for about $50 and up.
3 Your Own Bodyweight
Now this may seem obvious, but the truth is that you can get an effective workout using nothing more than the weight of your own body.
Exercises such as squats, push-ups, the plank and fitness walking do not require any specific tools – and will serve to keep you fit regardless of your current level of fitness.
Well-being doesn’t have to be complicated, nor expensive.
As in most things in life – simplicity can be a beautiful thing.
* Source- http://www.nsca.com/uploadedFiles/NSCA/Content_Categories/Events/Conferences/National_2013%281%29/Friday%2011%20Carlos%20Santana.pdf