If you were an avid gym-goer before the COVID-19 pandemic, we feel you. It’s been two years, and you’re still not sure if it’s safe to go out to your public gym. You want to exercise and stay fit but you also don’t want to risk your health or the health of your loved ones.
Do you know the solution to staying fit while also staying safe? Compile exercise equipment that you can use in the safety and comfort of your home.
Of course, you might be confused with all the exercise equipment you can actually buy. You have the option of buying dumbbells, barbells, treadmills, and so on. Which ones should you actually purchase?
You actually don’t need a lot of fitness tools.
We have good news for you. You don’t need to buy everything you see off of any gym equipment catalog or website. Buying so much equipment can actually be counterproductive.
Think about it: when you wake up in the morning ready to get active, and you see all your gym stuff, where will you start? It can get pretty confusing having to think about where to start, to the point that you actually just might give up and not exercise.
Do you see what we mean?
In our case, we advocate just having a minimum amount of fitness equipment that is useable for different kinds of exercises. Once you have these, you won’t need anything else!
Don’t believe us? Well, let’s take a look at our list of recommended equipment and the different kinds of exercises you can do with each one.
First things first
Of course, before you start exercising, you’re going to need three things: a water bottle, proper exercise clothes, and the proper shoes. These might seem to be of little importance since you’re just at home. Can’t you just go to the kitchen and get water? And can’t you just wear whatever? Why bother?
For one thing, having a water bottle nearby is very handy. You won’t have to interrupt your momentum by having to keep going to your kitchen, pouring water, then heading back to your exercise area. Also, a water bottle is usually breakproof, so in case you do get tired from all the physical activity and you drop it, it won’t break.
For your clothes, it’s best to wear pieces of clothing that give support and make you feel comfortable even while you work up a sweat. Sports bras, yoga pants, and dri-fit shirts and shorts are all recommended.
As for shoes, it’s to help protect your ankles and knees from any impact you might feel once you start exercising. They’ll also help you keep your balance during any movement and let you avoid any serious injury from slips or falls.
Now let’s move on to the actual exercise equipment that you’ll truly need.
Doing yoga or any kind of exercise on a hard floor, whether wood or marble, is not exactly ideal or comfortable. And if you try using a towel or a carpet to make your surface softer, they don’t exactly cling to the floor. You might end up slipping and injuring yourself. And it’s hard to find ones that are bigger than you or will cover your entire exercise surface.
The yoga mat answers all those concerns. One is usually an inch thick, which means it can comfortably cushion your body as you do your exercises. Plus, one side of the mat is made of non-slip material, which means it will cling to the floor and not move with you as you adjust positions.
And yes, a yoga mat isn’t just for yoga. If you have one, you can also use it as a surface to stretch, do bodyweight exercises (like pushups, leg raises, or glute bridges), cool down, or do other core work movements on the floor.
One last great thing about the yoga mat is that you can just roll it up, put it in your bag, and bring it anywhere you want to go. You won’t have any excuse to not exercise!
Speaking of which, check out our Yoga and Train Mat here.
Resistance bands are easy to store and pack, making them a go-to item not only for home workouts but for people who go out of town a lot. Not only are they portable, but they also come in different sizes and tension levels and can be used by anyone.
These bands are also highly effective for strength training, athletic performance, stretching, rehabilitation, and so much more. After all, you can use them to work essentially every muscle group. Wrap them around something stable and you’ll get even more options.
Speaking of bands, you should see our Move Bands. They’re super versatile, lightweight, and are way cheaper compared to other gym equipment. Check out our Move Bands here.
And if you want a resistance band that you put around yourself for external resistance that your muscles have to work against, we have that too! Check out The Better Band here, the only band that effortlessly hooks on and off your body.
Isn’t it annoying that after you enjoyed a workout the previous day, you wake up the following morning with various aches and pains? Well, you can avoid that if you have a good routine after working out. It will help keep you from overworking your muscles and reduce soreness. And of course, the use of a foam roller will help, too!
Using a foam roller is especially important if you are not the type of person who does stretching or warmups. This essential fitness equipment will soothe your sore muscles while keeping your body limber and loose. It can be used on your back, legs, neck, shoulders, legs, quads, and even your stomach. You’ll get increased blood flow and less tension.
If you find that the usual foam rollers just aren’t doing it for you, check out our special, adjustable kind: The Moball Roller.
As you can see, you don’t need a lot of fitness equipment to start exercising. With just three pieces of equipment, you will be able to do a lot of exercises that can get your heart pumping and help your overall health. Not only will you save money by not purchasing a lot of equipment that you might not be able to use all at once, but you can also be sure that you’ll have efficient, effective workouts even with a minimal number of fitness tools.
And that’s why when it comes to Committed HP’s products, we designed them to be usable for many different kinds of exercises. We don’t believe in gimmicky products that claim to be useful but don’t actually help you work out or are hard to use. As long as you know how to use our fitness tools, you will be able to thrive and exercise to your heart’s content.
And at the end of the day, what’s important is that you want to be healthier and that you start.
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