It takes some creativity to keep home workouts interesting, especially when you have limited equipment and not a lot of space available.
Here are 4 ways in which you can pump up your home workouts and make them a little more challenging.
I’m not saying to equip a full-blown home gym but there are so many affordable options out there. If so far you’ve only been relying on bodyweight workouts, you’ll find that something as simple as a resistance band, set to dumbbells or kettlebells can be a complete game-changer for your at home workouts.
1. Resistance Bands- Inexpensive, lightweight and easy to store away. Maybe not as practical as dumbbells but a great option none the less. There are a lot of exercises that you can do with a simple resistance band. They allow you to increase the resistance of practically any exercise, whether it’s a lateral slide, a biceps curl, or a seated row. Resistance bands are also excellent tools if you’re in rehab or just starting a weight training program. You can get a full workout in using nothing but the bands. Grab light, medium, and heavy resistances for about $40.
2. Booty Bands- There are a few different types of booty bands/loop band. You can get a rubber or fabric material band. I recommend going with a fabric material. The rubber bands tend to stretch and roll up and down your legs. Also don't underestimate this little babies, they will get your legs and booty on fire.
3. Dumbbells- There’s a reason dumbbells are staples at gyms around the world: they work. They’re easy to incorporate into practically any exercise, and when used appropriately, they help build total body strength. Dumbbell pricing varies greatly by brand, style, and weight, so shop around and test out a few brands before buying. It’s a good idea to start with at least two sets of dumbbells varying in weight from 5 to 30 pounds. You can usually pick these up at your local Walmart or Target but I've also seen them at TJ Maxx and Ross. I don't recommend buying dumbbells online unless you are getting free shipping because shipping can become expensive.
4.Yoga Mat - A yoga mat isn’t a fitness tool like the rest of the items on this list, but it’s still an important purchase. You can pick up a high-quality mat to provide cushioning as you perform yoga, stretching, or ab exercises. Mats are also great for taking your workout outside, enabling you to do pushups and planks without worrying about sticks or stones.
As you can see you don't need to go overboard to make your at home workout more fun and challenging. I hope they have helped give you a little inspiration for getting fit this year. If you have any other MUST HAVE items to add to the list please let me know in the comments below.