With many budgets feeling the pressure, spending money on exercising and staying in shape has been pushed to the backburner. Gym memberships, personal trainers and pricey home gym equipment are often the first things to go. Although a gym membership gives access to a wide variety of exercise options, it is not a necessity to getting fit. You can use the privacy, convenience and budget-friendly benefit of home to create a workout routine that works for you. Here’s how.
What Kind Of Equipment Will You Need?
The first thing to consider is what kind of equipment, if any, you will need for your home workouts. A set of resistance bands, a stability ball, and a set of hand weights (or even your own body weight) can give you a well-rounded and challenging strength training routine.
Try Workout DVDs
Workout DVDs are great for keeping you motivated and there is no need to get bored of the routine either; swap with your friends to vary your routine.
Use Online Videos
Online videos are another great way to get a workout done in the comfort of your own home. Sites like, Fit Sugar, Fitness Blender, and my personal favorite Tone It Up, have a variety of free full-length workout videos to choose from, including cardio, strength training, yoga, Pilates and more. Most of the workouts are easy to squeeze into a busy day, ranging from just 15-60 minutes each.
Got a smartphone? Then get downloading on that app store right now! There are loads of great, free apps out there which will help you track your progress, workouts and trackers to show you where you are running. Some of my personal favorite apps are Nike Training Club, Nike + Running, and My Fitness Pal. Check out the complete list of fitness apps from My Fitness Pal to help you reach your fitness goals.
Remember that there are a lot of ways to get fit without ever leaving the house or spending a lot of money. Let us know some of your favorite ways to get fit at home, below.