HINT: None of them contain the word dumbbell, barbell or kettlebell.
It's not hard to get a great workout in at home without a whole gym setup. Hell, I've been doing the majority of my workouts at home for the last few years.
Here are the only things you ABSOLUTELY need to get in a great workout at home.
1. A Good Pair of Runners
- This is number one, because looking after your feet is really important. There’s no point wearing crappy street shoes and ruining your feet. Also, there’s no need to buy the most expensive, latest version, celebrity inspired runner either.
- Seriously, spend $100 on a good quality runner with a cushioned sole (unless you have specific foot problems, then go by what your podiatrist tells you!)
- Below is the website I use to buy mine. They have almost all the latest designs for a fraction of the retail cost AND they have FREE shipping! Winning! AND they only take a couple of days to arrive!
- http://wiggle.com.au (Note: This is NOT an affiliate link, I just love this website!)
2. Comfortable Workout Clothes
- Again, there is no need to go all Lorna Jane on yourself. You basically want a comfortable t-shirt or singlet. The dry wear ones are great if you sweat easily, but not essential.
- Leggings or shorts. Tracksuit pants aren’t great because they are quite heavy and the bottoms get in the way.
- My personal preference for cost savvy workout clothes is Kmart. I know. You are probably thinking, “Is she serious?”
- But I have heaps of tops, leggings and shorts from their ‘activewear’ section and it has lasted me for years. Not to mention, they’re trying to ‘copy’ the look of some of the BIG brands, so another win as far as I’m concerned.
3. A Chair or step - unless you have just moved into a brand new house with no furniture and no steps, I’m pretty sure you’ll have this covered.
4. A Resistance Band
- This is a brilliant piece of inexpensive exercise equipment that is highly portable, very low cost and opens up a whole new range of exercises that you can do.
- You can pick one up from as little as $10-$15.
5. Exercise Mat (or carpet)
- If you have carpet in your house, then you don’t even need a mat!! However, if you are like me and have floorboards, you are going to want a mat to make things a little more comfortable.
- You can pick one of these up for around $10 too. I wouldn’t recommend the $4 camping mats though – they tend to rip apart quite easily.
- Seriously, splurge out and spend the $10-$12. Your knees will love you for it!
6. MOST IMPORTANT – YOU!!
You need to bring yourself to every workout you do. Be in it. Learn to love it (it doesn't take long to start feeling this way, trust me!)
Extras, but not essential:
7. Music - Do you have an iPod and speakers or a CD player? I don’t know too many people who don’t… Plug that baby in and crank up the tunes! Nothing gets you motivated more than some pumping jams when you workout.
8. Interval Timer (either GymBoss or phone app)
- This comes in really handy when doing intervals, rather than trying to keep an eye on your stopwatch/timer and remember when to stop and go.
- There are several free phone apps, with the option to upgrade if you want. Here’s a couple of suggestions that I have used – but there are literally hundreds out there!
- iWorkout Muse
- I also use an actual physical GymBoss timer. I use it during my bootcamp sessions and I love it! Costs around $20 + shipping and very easy to use. Here’s the link if you want one of these….
9. Skipping Rope
- Another ripper piece of exercise equipment that is small, portable and inexpensive.
- It gives you a fantastic HIIT workout, but you can still skip without one, so I would definitely put this on the ‘optional extras’ list
10. An actual workout plan
- This should probably be in the Top 6, however I wanted to keep that list full of equipment only.
- To make the most of your exercise regime, you should have some sort of plan or workout to follow that has been designed specifically for your goals. If you want to lose fat, there’s no point doing a workout that is aimed at building muscle. If you want to increase your strength, there’s no point doing just cardio. Know what results you want from an exercise program and find one that suits. As it so happens, I am an expert in creating fat loss programs for mums. You can get my FREE 30 Day Home Workout Challenge HERE! Otherwise find one from somewhere else that is relevant to you. But get moving!!