With many gyms closed or operating at minimum capacity, a home gym has never sounded more appealing. You can even find affordable home gym equipment that gets the job done just as efficiently as a commercial gym can.
THE RISE OF AT-HOME FITNESS
Some people are just simply bored and have replaced pre-Covid outings with working out safely from their home. This healthy decision does come at a cost but includes overall savings compared to a gym membership. To help with your home gym efforts, I’ve gathered some resources and low-budget products that will help you get fit without breaking the bank.
SPACE SAVING IDEAS
We all don’t have a dedicated fitness room in our home, so it can be beneficial to find compact home gym equipment and dual-purpose products. Try a door pull-up bar or punching bag that’s discreet and doesn’t need any complicated installation. You can also take advantage of mini steppers that help you meet your cardio goals while taking up limited space in your home, and resistance bands can adjust the difficulty of workouts while being applied to numerous types of equipment and exercises. I recently bought these resistance bands and I can feel the burn!
DIY GYM EQUIPMENT
If you’re feeling handy, you can build your own workout equipment from the comfort of your own home. You can use pipes to create a pull-up bar, squat rack, gymnastics bar, weight rack, and even monkey bars if you want to turn your home into a home gym playground. If you have carpentry skills, you can make a dip station or pull blocks out of plywood.
DIGITAL PERSONAL TRAINERS
The modern digital era has made it easier than ever to receive fitness training from home, and even on a budget. We’re not all familiar with the proper workouts for our particular goals, so training sessions are a great way to receive instructions on how to safely and effectively achieve the results you’re looking for. Personal trainers can cost a lot each month, but now you can access free Youtube videos, affordable online training subscriptions, and technology products that keep track of your activity and health. More and more people are purchasing fitness watches such as Fitbit and the Apple Watch, and these devices are great at helping you stay on track with your fitness goals. Personally I find that at home yoga/pilates workouts on YouTube, or at Alo Moves can be really challenging and require little to no equipment. A bunch of local yoga studios and pilates studios have virtual classes you can join as well.
GET ACTIVE FROM HOME
Technological advances and the rising market of home gym equipment have made it easier than ever to create a home gym. You can use this time in quarantine to work on some DIY projects to create your own equipment, and also find some great deals on compact and dual-purpose products that can safely be delivered to your home. If nothing else a good old walk will give you the activity you need, relieve some stress, and get you out into nature for a short time! Take advantage of your time at home to improve your health and wellness, and save some money too.
Source: Coldwell Banker Blue Matterwith personal contributions by Jillian Moore