The sun’s rays are just breaking through the horizon as you jog along the tree-lined paths in the park near your home. You feel beads of sweat forming on your face with every step you take, trickling down your neck and finally seeping into your shirt. Suddenly, you feel other drops falling on you, the coldness sharply contrasting with the warmth of your perspiration. The drops, which began as tiny pinpricks of wetness, abruptly get bigger as you run looking for cover. But you’ve already reached the open ground in the park and there’s no tree or shed near you. Just minutes ago you were drenched in sweat. Now, you’re soaking wet in the rain.
Unpredictable weather is just one of the things that make exercising outside your home a little less fun. One minute you’re running with rays of sunshine on your face, and the next you’re being pelted with hail. Or you may be calmly jogging in the streets of your neighbourhood until you find yourself running for dear life because you’re being chased by an excessively territorial dog.
On the other hand, if you’re not into exercising outdoors and instead prefer the gym equipment in a public fitness centre, your problem will not concern weather; it’s the cost. Gym memberships can be a little expensive, and having to pay for your daily dose of drills seems a little unreasonable if you can achieve the same things with some inexpensive equipment of your own at home.
Creating your own home fitness hub is not a difficult undertaking, nor should it involve lots of money and space either. The usual fitness paraphernalia you see in a local gym includes lots of space-consuming objects like racks of weights, lengthy barbells, and various types of benches. However, for your home, you can use small, cheap gym equipment and still get a vigorous workout.
Foremost in the list of equipment that you should have in your home is the hex dumbbell. You can do a variety of workouts that can tone your entire body using dumbbells alone. You can get them in various weights as well depending on your gender and level of fitness.
Another must-have gym equipment for your home is the aerobic step. This gym gear is simply a longer kind of step stool. However, for its small size, you can get an excellent cardio workout and it can also double as a bench for lifting weights.
Other fitness gear that take up very little space include resistance bands or tubes and jump ropes. These can provide a dynamic cardio workout that exercises your core, arms and legs. What’s more, you can just stash them in a drawer or a small box when you’re done exercising!
Being fit and healthy need not be inconvenient or expensive. With these low-cost and undersized equipment, you won’t be sweating through a storm outside your house; you’ll be sweating up a storm right in the comfort of your home.