Habits of Fit People: Keep Fitness Equipment at Home

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By: , SparkPeople Blogger
6/19/2009 5:50 AM   :  141 comments

You want to be a fit person, right? That's why I'm sharing my own habits for keeping fit and staying healthy in the ongoing Habits of Fit People series.

Here's one that works for me: Keeping exercise equipment around the house. So why does something like this matter?

Just like you, I have those days. The days that are so busy and filled with to-do's that you blink and they're over. The days so hot and humid that you'd rather not leave the comforts of climate control for a walk, jog or even a bike ride outside. And the days that, for one reason or another, you just don't feel like going to the gym. Although we all need downtime occasionally, the stress, weather or monotony of the gym makes the couch look that much more comfy. These are the days that you need some type of fitness equipment at home—so "not wanting to leave the house" doesn't become an excuse to skip your workout altogether. On these days, you'll be glad to have some at-home exercise options, because it will help you stay on track with your fitness goals.

I don't have a REAL home gym—there's no special room dedicated to fitness in my modest home. But I do have an array of small, portable workout equipment stashed here and there that, in a pinch, becomes my makeshift home gym.

Since I teach classes five days a week at the gym where I also work out, I often associate the gym with work. There are many days that I don't want to spend any more time "at work" (even if I'm just exercising on my own), so I exercise in my own living room instead! The simple change in scenery and the creature comforts of home make it easier to stay on track. And because I have plenty of workout options I can do there, my desire to stay home doesn’t have to mean I miss a workout. Plus, working out at home is how I keep things fresh. Because gym workouts are staples for me—Spinning and Pilates classes are my faves, as are walking, biking and running outside—I add variety to my program by working out at home. That's where I experiment with new exercises, test new products, and follow workout DVDs (which I only do occasionally so that they never become boring or predictable).

You don't need a lot of stuff to work out at home—and you don't have to spend a lot of money, either. I don't have any big, expensive equipment, but I do have several small ticket items that really pack a punch: Resistance bands, dumbbells, a stability ball, my new kettlebell, my favorite fitness DVDs, and a jump rope offer endless workout options. Here are some more ideas for setting up a home gym, and here are 25 different ways you can work out at home for less than $25! Even if all you have is an inexpensive jump rope, that's something. Start with what you like and what you can afford and build from there!

Even if you belong to a gym or live for exercising in the great outdoors, a home gym (whatever shape it takes) can help you stay on track on "those days" that you can't leave the house (or would rather not). Now you can do biceps curls while you curl up on the couch and watch your favorite show—talk about making fitness a part of your everyday life!

What kinds of fitness equipment do you have at home? Do you think the option of working out at home helps you stay on track and make fitness a habit in your life?


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  • NELODRA
    141
    Because I have mobility issues, I set up my own gym in my bedroom. For starters, I liberated my husband's unused brand new exercise bike from the loft. Then I went shopping for fitness equipment with DD-14. She wanted pushup bars, while I went for the exercise ball. We also added a resistance band and a stress ball to our shopping cart. Back at home, I remembered we still had two pairs of dumbbells lying around somewhere too, so I moved those to my gym as well. Next, I had the hubby put up a shelf for my workout books, and now I can enjoy my private gym every day. No need to go anywhere to work out. :) - 11/15/2012   6:22:11 AM
  • 140
    I really don't like going to the gym, although I have a membership to one fairly close by (free, thank goodness, because my MIL works there). I would rather spend the commute time working out more or relaxing. So I run at a neighborhood park, Just Dance on my Wii, and use dumbbells, a foam roller, and body weight for strength training. I also like classes like Zumba and Aikido, which are pretty much the only way you can get me to the gym or otherwise exercising outside my neighborhood. Thinking of trying Pilates, too.

    And I live in a small one-bedroom, so don't think that you don't have space to work out at home! - 8/24/2012   10:43:55 AM
  • 139
    Treadmill, mini trampoline, resistance bands & Pilates DVD. I definitely stay on track using what I have at home. :) It's convenient for me. - 3/11/2012   3:07:42 PM
  • 138
    I have a treadmill, dumbbells, a swiss ball, and a total gym. Working out at home is my ONLY option as I can't afford a gym membership of any kind - 8/12/2011   10:07:26 AM
  • 137
    Concept 2 Rower, stability ball, door frame pull up bar, weights, foam roller for my "gymless" days. - 8/11/2011   5:35:28 PM
  • 136
    I own my exercise equipment like ( Tony Little Glazel Glider ) and some Exercise Tubing and some weights and I have two X-box 360 Exercise cds and that is it - 7/12/2011   11:44:32 AM
  • 135
    I love working out at home. I have a 2-year old so I don't like to always have someone watch her for me to get exercise. - 3/3/2011   3:43:03 PM
  • 134
    I cannot afford a gym membership, even if I could though, I would work out at home. It is more convenient for me. I have weights, dvds, I am able to dance around without being embarrassed, I can do pushups, etc. - 2/5/2011   5:15:59 PM
  • 133
    i really believe in this. i have a treadmill + a paddle (like a stationary bike, but without a seat) + weights + a swingball set + a workout mat & i'm gonna buy a mini stepper. this might seem a lot , but they barely take up any space. Only the treadmill takes up space & i fold it up when i'm done with it :) having a mini gym at home makes all the difference in the world for me :) - 1/26/2011   7:27:17 PM
  • 132
    Bands wieghts balll dvd's and step machine. I prefer to b eoutside if possible and use the gym at work. but the step machine I use when watching Jeopardy! Exercise the brain and the body! - 1/26/2011   9:11:57 AM
  • 131
    I make my own gym in the living room - 10/24/2010   9:32:18 PM
  • KEYLADY78
    130
    I have resistance bands, hand weights, DVDs(mostly Leslie Sansone), and a stationary bicycle. Now I need the motivation to use them regularly! - 9/2/2010   12:32:08 PM
  • 129
    I have a flat to renovate at the moment. Paintstripping etc... uses muscles I never knew existed, let alone that I had lol. All that bending and stretching too, and all in a good cause!! - 9/2/2010   1:49:47 AM
  • 128
    I keep all my gym equipment at the living room, drives my parents nut- mat, dumb bells, skipping rope, resistance band, even a ball that need more air. The only thing not at same place is elliptical machine which less 1 minute walk away. The living room is the only place that I can think of to do all my exercises - spacious, have tv if I want some company and right in the middle of the house so hard to ignore the equipments! - 9/1/2010   9:39:44 AM
  • 127
    My weight loss so far has come from walking outdoors and my Leslie Sansone Walk At Home DVD's. I also have a couple of Coach Nicole's DVD's to add something different and work on strenth training. I really enjoy these DVD's and they will get even more use soon when it's too hot and the snakes are already out there too!

    I also started gathering some of the items that I've bought over the past couple of years, but never got interested in like hand weights, Jump Snaps, and even the Wave! Oh, and an ab lounger too. When I started listing all of these items that are just stashed away, along with the newer DVD's, I really do have alot at my disposal and quite a few possibilities for mixing things up. Now that I've lost weight, it is a little easier to use the jump snaps and I used them after the mile walk DVD so I was limbered up some too.

    So it's like a mini gym. I love working out at home. - 4/30/2010   10:50:18 AM
  • 126
    Gym is out of the question. I now have a ballroom floor in my living room,. over 100 great DVD's,. a bosu, two steps, bands, stackable dumbbells, a yoga mat, tap boards, a ballet barre, weighted gloves, balls, etc.

    The only problem is forcing myself to exercise. But it's all right there, all day long. The floor (I have carpeting) is the very vest part of my home 'gym'. - 3/13/2010   11:45:34 AM
  • 125
    I recently joined the Y and just love the atmosphere. This week all classes are free and I am going to try Pilates. Thank you for the info. Have a great week! - 1/4/2010   6:00:00 AM
  • 124
    I have a stationary bicycle, dumbbells, stability ball, resistance bands, pedometer, ski machine, and exercise tapes. I ride the stationary bicycle almost daily, and alternate the others. - 12/27/2009   6:25:56 AM
  • 123
    I used to just work out at home and ahve added a gym, I am working on balancing the two - 12/5/2009   10:39:44 PM
  • 122
    I have my treadmill that I use in the winter months and I power walk the rest of the year outside. I also use my 10 pound weights. In the summer I do water aerobics in my pool. - 12/5/2009   10:34:10 PM
  • 121
    My home is my gym. I used to belong to a gym but find I exercise more often at home since I do not have to go anywhere. I get up in the morning and exercise before I do anything else.

    When it is warm outside I like to go for walks, bike rides, hikes in the hills. Otherwise I have some equipment at home which includes.... a variety of fitness DVD's ( mostly Walk Away the Pounds Series by Leslie Sansone), but I do have some pilates DVD's also. Other equipment include ankle/wrist weights, stretchie/resistant band, dumbbells, yoga mat, weighted balls, heart rate monitor, pilates circle, stability ball, and the Wii with a variety of fitness games ( Wii Fit, Wii Fit Plus, My Fitness Coach, Pilates, Gold's Gym).

    I find that working out at home I am able to fit exercise in easier. Also I feel more energized doing these type of workouts than working out at the gym. I guess the gym equipment is not for me, lol. I would rather workout with Leslie Sansone's DVD's than walk on a treadmill. I find I am more energized and have more fun! - 12/5/2009   12:03:52 AM
  • 120
    I have a nordik track, a bike, a power rider and ab machine,the red xl and a cheap home gym. I love having equipment at home because chemo sometimes prevents me from going to the gym. I love going to the gym and for me it keeps me more on track then exercising at home. - 12/4/2009   10:56:28 PM
  • STERRACE
    119
    I love working out at home! Sometimes I just get bored going to the gym every day. So now what i've started doing is for 30 days I'll work out at home with weights, resistance bands, stability ball, and a small ball and either Sparkpeople work outs or work out DVDs. This is great when I get really busy because it allows me to get in a great workout while not having to leave home, so working out seems less like a task. Usually during the 30 days I work out at home I do a lot more resistance coupled with cardio. Then after I get bored of working out at home then I go back to the gym where I usually do more cardio, like running on a treadmill. This way I never get too bored and I'm making sure I get both a good amount of cardio and resistance excercises!

    It's been working so far! - 11/3/2009   11:24:54 AM
  • MODREAMWEAVER
    118
    I have a treadmill , which in the next couple months and up grading to a Golds GYM one, I have an ab lounger , a mini trampoline, exercise bands, yoga blocks mat and videos, and several other work out videos. I also use SP strength exercises. - 10/24/2009   8:41:44 AM
  • SHERI1969
    117
    My "gym" is also at home or outside on the sidewalks. I have light weights, resistance tubing, hand grips, a skipping rope and more. I gave my exercise bike to my mom and dad so my mom had a way to exercise at home. I can't use it because of my back now and I didn't want it to go to waste so she is using it now...or I'm trying to get her used to using it! lol. I have many workout DVDs and Videos that I can adjust to what my limitations are. So my gym has always been at home. On a disability fixed income, you have to do with what is within your budget. - 7/5/2009   1:11:03 AM
  • 116
    I like having a workout area and some equipment at home as well as my gym membership. I really like the idea of running/walking outside when the weather is nice as well as classes like pilates at the gym, but having equipment at home helps, too. When the weather's bad, I go to the gym and run/walk there and do my strength training there, too. When it's nice out, I'll run/walk outside and use my strength training equipment at home. I go to class to mix life up, too. I love that I can't get away from my workout, because it's everywhere I go (there's even gym equipment and a track at work). - 7/3/2009   10:35:05 AM
  • 115
    Dumbells, ankle weights, resistance band, DVDs and pedometer - and since I had to freeze my gym membership due to finances I have been using all this stuff for the past two months and lost 18 pounds - which is 18 more than I EVER lost going to the gym religiously for six months! - 6/27/2009   10:24:19 AM
  • PADRAIGHA
    114
    Dvd, weights, pedometer are all the equipment in the house we have and use. - 6/24/2009   6:38:29 PM
  • 113
    I gave up paying for memberships at gyms I don't use long ago. I bought myself an Ironman Treadmill that I use in the winter or when the weather is really bad. I jog/walk and mountain bike outside the rest of the year and I love it! Best of all it's free! - 6/24/2009   1:48:42 PM
  • 112
    I used to have a Gazelle (my first piece of equipment that really, really worked for me) and I sold it when I moved. I didn't realize how well it worked until I tried other things, and it was a bit of a bugger to move around the apartment.
    I am now prefering going to the gym over working out at home because I think I can do way more at the gym!! - 6/24/2009   10:20:59 AM
  • 111
    I love working out at home! I would never regularly wish to waste the time to drive to a gym and back, which would double the time required to exercise. It is far easier to go down into my basement. I've been steadily putting together a good collection of equipment, and yesterday got my first 'real' weight bench, as a safer substitute for the step I'd been using for two years. With adjustable dumbbells, band, large screen tv for a suite of dvds, kettlebell, stability ball and bosu, barbell, mats, kettlebells, pullup bar, weight vests so as to cut down on the need for a spotter, and now a true weight bench with dip rack, and the great outdoors for my cardio, there's little I can't do safely and efficiently at home. Although it would be great to add a power cage one of these days, and my husband is wishing for a WII :) - 6/24/2009   7:04:18 AM
  • 110
    Dumbbells - 3# and 5# (I use canned vegetables for 1# weights).
    Stability Ball
    WATP DVDs
    A walking track I've developed around our property.
    Within 5 miles there's a State Park and two county parks. If I want to go further there are over 25 hiking trails that go from easy/flat to difficult/steep. All of them are documented by the county both in pamphlet form and on the internet. - 6/23/2009   11:44:14 PM
  • 109
    2 different size weights, two stability balls, and resistance bands. Plus a Wii fit and some fitness DVD's.
    I love it because I can sneak in a workout even if I can't leave the house! - 6/23/2009   9:03:33 PM
  • 108
    I have an elliptical machine, a Soloflex machine, free weights, and a few other small pieces of equipment.
    I don't think I would be as dedicated to working out if I had to go to a gym. I love the flexibility of being able to work out at home. - 6/23/2009   8:19:56 PM
  • 107
    I have one set of dumbells, but eventually will be buying more.

    I miss the gym and being able to use all the strength training machines - but I'm gonna try out a local small gym that's not as costly as a big corporate gym. - 6/23/2009   3:03:06 PM
  • 106
    Several decades ago a neighbor suggested that I join a local gym with her, and I did. Even back then, it cost me over $300. I went a few times, and then decided there was too much mold growing, and their pool was too small for me to get a really good workout. I will never join a gym again. I have dumbbells at home, and I keep them by my pillow so I can use them before I even get out of bed in the morning. I live upstairs in my big old house. I carry everything up the steps, including my drinking water, and I carry water for my potted plants down the steps. I can use my stairs themselves for good exercise as well. I own a bicycle, so I can save gasoline and the environment by riding to nearby events when the weather is decent, and there is a very nice rails-to-trails that begins only a few blocks from my home. I fail to see what any gym can provide that I cannot do for myself with very little expense involved. I think all this gym culture is hooey! People need to get up and walk and bike. Oh, and my resting heartrate is 61, which is excellent for my age. - 6/23/2009   2:21:57 PM
  • 105
    We're moving to MI from CA in 2 days (YIKES!) and I know we'll be getting a rowing machine and an elliptical, since we'll lose the ability to work out outside year round (we'll miss that pool, for sure!) For strength training/flexibility I have my yoga & pilates dvds, SP's videos (LOVE the bootcamps!!!), a balance ball, resistance band, and dumbbells. Absolutely abhor the gym, so my fitness equipment is very important to my life. - 6/23/2009   11:59:11 AM
  • 104
    Well, I'm not "at home" right now (we are living in Oklahoma for a year) but at HOME I've got a stability ball, dumbbells, barbell, and other things I forget right now.
    But HERE I've got my resistance bands, not to mention SP Videos!
    In a "pinch" a canned food can become a light hand weight, too. You don't HAVE to have special equipment. - 6/23/2009   8:09:11 AM
  • 103
    I love working out at home for all the reasons you have listed.
    My equipment consists of:
    a stability ball
    a medicine ball
    resistance bands
    yoga mat, block and strap
    a variety of dvd's so I don't get bored
    a pilates magic circle
    and my new favorite, a cable box to watch exercisetv. I get to check out the videos before I buy them.

    I also consider these items part of my workout gear.. a playground ball to play handball against my house if I don't feel like leaving, a jump rope and a frisbee. Working out can be a lot of fun in your backyard! - 6/22/2009   6:21:13 PM
  • 102
    I have a treadmill a friend gave me and I have an exercise band. But I also belong to a gym but am thinking of droping my membership. I get better instruction from the Spark videos that at the gym. If I want to do a group session I have to go to another gym anyway. - 6/22/2009   4:43:01 PM
  • 101
    I have a jump rope, resistance band, dumb bells (3lbs) and my kettlenetics kbell (4lbs). I've got a couple DVDS - Tae Bo, Pilates (not a big fan, I like to move move move), 6 kbell DVDS and a aerobics one. I want to get a Zumba or other dance DVD soon, too. :)

    I usually run outside but on my cross training days I use the kbell for strength and cardio all at once. Saves me time and the workout is fun. :) I'm really loving the kettlenetics stuff. - 6/22/2009   2:26:50 PM
  • 100
    I have to many items for working out to list them. I keep many of the simple equipment in convinent places: dumb bells near my workstation, stepper near the kitchen lunch counter, a step board near the television, weight bench in the TV room angled so the television can be viewed while working with weights, and all other equipment out, in easy reach, ready to use in the exercise room.

    While the location of exercise equipment throughout the house doesn't at to the decor, it is functional. visiting family and friends mount, sit on, or pick up this equipment and start using it. If I could find more places to leave more equipment without endangering the grandchildren, I would. If I hung a jump rope on the door knob, someone will be out skipping rope on the sidewalk. People see it, put their hands to it, and uses it. As long as they don't break something, it's all good. - 6/22/2009   1:51:25 PM
  • 99
    I have a total gym 1000 and some free weights that I keep sitting up in my bedroom,unless company is coming. I also have some tapes that I don't use.I can use the Total gym at anytime,I can't fit going to the gym everyday into my schedule,so I don't even try. - 6/22/2009   12:15:09 PM
  • 98
    I am definitely singing the praises of at home equipment. I HATE the gym, tried it and just found it irritating. I have a park I walk around in, but since I live in a small town I don't get my HR up because I get stopped to talk. I could get up early and go but I like to exercise at night and after dark the park is closed. I had a gazelle sitting folded up in my living room for 2 years. I put it together, used it a few times and then didn't touch it. In February of this year I got it back out dusted it off and got back on it. I now have a stationary bike, resistance bands, stablity ball , yoga gear, and dozens of videos. From a non-exerciser to 50 minutes of cardio 5-6 days a week (still increasing) coupled with, yoga, and strength training. I slap my ipod on, and go. - 6/22/2009   11:54:49 AM
  • NO-41_RAZZYS_PL
    97
    I own a rowing machine, a mini trampoline, a sports-hoop, the Ablounge, free weights, and a few DVD's on yoga...
    but I have an elliptical trainer, WiiFitness Trainer, a stationary exercise bike, stability ball, and jump rope on my WISH list.
    Wouldn't mind adding a treadmill, resistance bands, and an assorted selection of exercise DVD's...
    but a Golds Gym membership, a Total Gym, Bowflex, Thigh Master, ski machine... c'mon... my realistic WISH list will have to 'do' since I seemed to have mis-placed my Fairy Godmother!! hahahahaha!! - 6/22/2009   10:50:21 AM
  • LAURI13
    96
    I have had an elliptical trainer for about 2 1/2 years - it's been used on and off in spurts, more lately. This weekend we cleaned out the garage (!) and moved it to the living room in the process. It looks even larger as a decorative nightmare.
    I use WiiFitness Trainer and have a stability ball and hand weights. We unearthed some resistance bands that I have never used - but I will this week.
    - 6/22/2009   9:17:06 AM
  • KYANGEL4U
    95
    I've just started dieting and really exercising since my husband joined the army. i know that by eating healthier it helps him follow his diet for weight loss and muscle building which he must do before boot camp. i have an ab roller and kick boxing video which i use for 30 minutes a day, in the morning. it gives me tons of energy and at night me and my husband walk/jog. it is a great opportunity to talk, catch up and bond. i suggest it to everyone. plus the kids love it tooo - 6/22/2009   3:53:25 AM
  • BARBIEGURLYGIRL
    94
    I love having exercise equipment at home, since at times i get lazy to drive to the gym. I have a punching bag, globes, jump rope, 2lb and 5 lb weights, and my DVR is full of workout shows. That include yoga, pilates, kickboxing, salsa, belly dancing, and hip hop dancing. - 6/22/2009   2:16:17 AM
  • 93
    I use resistance bands, hand weights, dvds and a step. There is never an excuse for not working out. - 6/21/2009   10:47:36 PM
  • 92
    I have bands, stability ball, stair stepper, stationary bike, row machine, ab machine, a fitness video library, netflix, yoga mat and cds. I like a variety because it keeps me from getting bored and I stick with my routine a lot longer. I am 35 minutes from a gym and it's just not practical for me to join. Membership fees benefit me more in buying a new piece. - 6/21/2009   9:21:21 PM

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