Top Tools For The Perfect Home Workout
From air bikes to combo gym fitness kits, here are some must-have fitness tools for those looking to lose weight, build strength or simply stay fit without breaking the bank
Life may be super busy but there’s no excuse for not staying fit. You may not want to be a gym rat, but today there are other simple ways of working out from the comfort of your home. And it is increasingly becoming popular, what with the state-of-the art home workout equipment available at the click of a button. Many fit people swear by the benefits of the flexibility and convenience of home workouts. Also, no parking stress or jousting for a machine in the community gym.
From air bikes to combo gym fitness kits, here are some must-have fitness tools for those looking to lose weight, build strength or simply stay fit without breaking the bank. Only be careful about your posture—it’s best to follow a reliable fitness trainer on you tube or start with a trainer’s guidance and then fly on your own.
First, unlike a regular stationary bike, an air bike comes with a fan that generates wind resistance, so the harder you pedal, the harder it gets, the better you work out. Second, also unlike other types of stationary bikes that have fixed handlebars, an air bike’s handles can move while you peddle, making it ideal for an upper body workout, even as you work on your legs and glutes. So it actually engages your entire body and is best for interval training.
Dumbbell, Barbell, Curl bar
Easy-to-use, versatile and inexpensive, these three items can help you curate a complete workout from the comfort of your home. Depending on the weight and number of repetitions, free wights can help you build muscle and cardiovascular strength, reduce stubborn arm fat and side bulges, tone up and burn calories--all at the same time. Weight bearing exercises are also known to help increase bone density, thereby reducing the risk of fractures.
Albeit a little traditional in terms of choice, the treadmill never goes out of fashion when it comes to those who love walking and running but have no safe means of doing so. A great cardio equipment to start your workout routine, it is easy to use and helps keep the full body in shape. Its greatest benefit is the impact of running on your knees and joints. A treadmill is way less taxing in comparison to hard outdoor surfaces that can cause harm to your ankle, knee and back. And it helps keep track of your cardio health while you are at it.
While you may think that it is not necessary to have one, in fact, a quality anti-skid gym/exercise mat is a must-have for a safe floor workout such as core training. The thick rubber in the mat helps provide balance, protects the knees, elbows, the spine and joints and provides cushioning in case of a fall.
One of the most sought-after workout machines, the elliptical trainer is perfect for a good aerobic workout. A 30-minute workout can help you burn anywhere between 200 to 400 calories, depending on your intensity. Offering a low-impact cardiovascular workout, this machine is especially safe for those who have joint problems, unlike high-intensity ones such as running or jogging. It’s great for exercising the muscles of the lower body: done correctly, it can help strengthen the glutes, hamstrings, back, chest, core muscles and triceps and help you lose weight and muscle up.