It’s hard enough fitting in the normal day-to-day activities like making dinner and giving the kids a bath around that grueling hour-long commute you have every morning and evening, so it’s even harder to think about sneaking out to the gym when the family is distracted enough. Instead, let the gym come to you.
The first is the yoga ball.
This simple, underrated piece of gym equipment is starting out the at home gym on the less expensive end of the scale while also offering a multitude of uses for it as well. Beyond the standard cardio and stretching exercises that a yoga ball offers, it can also become the perfect replacement for that tired old computer chair that’s not doing your posture any favors. A yoga ball can work your gluteus and save your posture at the same time.
The second is a classic –
the treadmill. Jumping a little in price, the treadmill is a dearer but worthwhile investment to have permanently at home if you’re somebody who is serious about exercise but doesn’t want the gym fees or to go back and forth everyday on top of everything else. Additionally, if you’re using a treadmill at home two or three times a week, it will quickly pay itself off and be better value than a continuous gym membership that just seems to grow ever so slightly by the year. Visit Treadmill Trends for more facts on the treadmill.
The third and final is scaling back a bit on price and into the simple but practical category with weights.
Weights, depending on size, weight, and branding, can again be a worthwhile investment to have at home base and, if used regularly, will quickly pay themselves off and wind up better value than a gym membership. There’s a surprising variety in what you can use weights for – from leg exercises to core workouts that strengthen and tone at the same time. Getting a full-body workout from a couple of weights is easy.
If you didn’t think there was a way to get around paying upwards of $40 a week going to the gym, which realistically you’re barely going to use anyway, having gym equipment at home is the solution. All of the benefit, none of the ongoing payment. Win win.