I've worked out exclusively at home for years. You don't need the fancy equipment. Just a few dumbbells, DVDs (or free workouts on the internet) and a mat! I have an exercise ball and recently bought a resistance band as well, but I only use those occasionally. I also go for runs outside.
Love working out to Jillian Michaels, Jessica Smith, and FitnessBlender.
12/11/2013 11:10:03 AM
I live in a 32 foot 5th wheel. I have several work out D.V.D.s Ones that are for strength building, walking, cardio, stretching and breathing. I also have graduated dumb bells, stretch bands, ball and mat. I have a treadmill in the shed. It really does not take a lot of space to get a good work out. I also have an oxygen concentrator I must use while exercising. I do belong to a fitness center that I use for the pool aerobics, I do not need the oxygen to do that.
After falling off the fitness/weight loss wagon HARD over the last year, I decided to get back on my program. I recently purchased a few Leslie Sansone DVDs which I *love*! I have a multitude of small pieces of equipment for weights/resistance workouts and a mat. The only thing I don't have is a stability ball which I may get some day. I do have a gym membership, and I'm trying to get there two days a week after work so I can use the rowing/elliptical/Cybex machines. But I know that I can get a really good workout at home with the equipment/DVDs I already own.
I have all of the things listed in this article, plus a few more in a very tiny house and IT IS really all you need to get a great work out! And workout DVD's or the internet, like one person commented, is a GREAT tool. Even free exercise apps are great. I have a free yoga app that I absolutely love. So, if you are feeling discouraged...you dont need a whole gym in your house to get fit. These small effective items REALLY work. I have all of my workout equipment in one corner of a room in my house and use them frequently.
I have a 3 lb and 5 lb pair of dumbbells, resistance bands, resistant sash, and a tricycle. I have several different DVDs. As for SP, ALL my DRs have approved of SP and I have given them cards to pass out to other patients. DR Carney, Art Carney's nephew, has given me high praise as did my neurologist, even though I am on a plateau. They know that the road to Thinsville can be rough, but have kept supporting me.
I had a treadmill in my home but it broke so now I am looking forward to getting another one plus I want to get me a bike. I have a extra room so I was thinking about making that my gym room. Then I think about when the folks come where will they sleep.
In my "lessons learned" buy good quality equipment, even used, is better than cheap, rinky-dink stuff whether it is weights or an elliptical. I wasted between $200 and $600 on inexpensive exercycle and elliptical and learned I won't use equipment that sounds or feels rickety. There's a place near us that sells reconditioned Precor equipment and it makes all the difference. My husband weighs over 200 pounds and when we got the Precor elliptical he started using it every day and it's now been over 3 years.
We started very basic years ago with just a ball and resistance bands (got a Nike kit for $30). They were very effective and we gradually added a mat (to replace the beach towel), rubber coated weights (more comfortable than just plain metal and easier on the hands if you don't wear gloves), a Bosu balancing board (which also comes with resistance bands and makes for an excellent all around work out). Craig's list is a great source and there is an amazing amount of barely used equipment - go figure (grin).
One last note, storage is an important factor for us as we don't have an entire room to dedicate. The elliptical is in a room where we can put a light weight screen in front of it and we reorganized a closet to fit everything else in - it did require prioritizing fitness at the top of our list because we did end up having to get rid of other things to make room.
Taking out and putting away the workout gear is part of our routine and it helps get our mind focused on what we're doing - not as much "mindlessness" as when we tried leaving it out where we would trip over it and eventually not really "see" it anymore.
I really hate going to the gym so I have accumulated an exercise bike, a set of bands, a set of weights of three sizes, a fitness ball, a mat and various DVDs - most Coach Nicole's. I also have a thigh exerciser and a gadget to help with abs strengthening. I have no room for any other large machines without taking up the spare room. A mini-stepper would be useful though as mentioned above.I live on the top floor of a mansion block and there are 175 stairs to my apartment - so I don't need a stepper. I also walk a lot - generally by the sea although I tend to be a fair weather walker!
I am lucky to have a treadmill, and of course I have some videos too. What I would love but would never buy (because of cost and because I am afraid I wouldn't use it) would be a home gym. That would be so cool!
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