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Home Gyms are Practical and Affordable


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I built up my dumbbell collection over a year or so. All were second hand weights and so much cheaper than shop bought. Of course, weights don't early wear out so you can't go wrong buying used. Report
Since this article was written, free weights are a lot cheaper' made out of better stuff and they even have material on them so they don't slip out of your hand or roll around. Exercise bikes are cheaper, we have two kinds, they are in our tv room, we can use them any time day or night! Dancing to music is easier, too, if you have Amazon Echo, you can ask Alexa for any darn song or even exercise music. Easy to do exercise at home these days. Report
Use to do videos at home and now do Orange theory once a week,out in park with a group 2x a week and treadmill at home on breaks as I work from home Report
Did Sparkpeople videos as my workout today, did jump rope and arms. Then quickly 3 ab moves to have total body focus going on. Report
I love my stability ball! Especially for back pain! Report
Thank you will try these workouts. Report
I have some weights, bands, ball, and treadmill. Now I just need consistency in using them! Report
Thanks for these ideas! Report
When I tore my rotator cuff, I was introduced to resistance bands. They are great for working that upper body esp my aged arms and I get results IF I am consistent.
Good information Report
I will get an adapter to use my own bicycle as a stationary bike for the winter. Going out for resistance bad/sn and higher dumbbell weight/s today So far have 1, 2, and 5 pound hand weights. . Report
I also use my own home stairs to walk up and down 5 times then moderate paced walking for 1-3 minutes, then 2 more such sets. I also use one bottom step to step up on one leg 15 times, then other leg 15 times, then same 1-3 minute moderate paced walk in between set. Saves space and money! Report
Cardio equipment is expensive for a home gym that you may not use. An adapter that will convert your regular bike into a piece of stationery equipment however is not. It's a great investment and will keep you in shape for the next "century" race. Also good is are pieces of ergonomic equipment. And don't forget the Total Gym - if you use it for nothing else you can row - I had forgotten what a great workout that could be until I could not do many other things. Report
One of the best ways to exercise at home is martial arts. All you need is a space where you can move; it can be on carpet or a hard floor or grass or whatever you have; flat surface, up and down a staircase, or about anywhere. Martial art movements employ the entire body, with certain areas being the main focus of certain movements; all of them start with and strengthen the midsection, and together they provide an exceptional whole-body workout. They can (and usually should) be done at a very high intensity, with a cycle of intense activity and rest; this gives you a lot of exercise in little time, but can be done over a greater length of time if you want. Resistance comes from velocity, with the practitioner always trying to move faster. They can also be done very slowly, as in standing on one foot while going slowly through a kicking motion with the other; this exercises the muscles that stabilize the knee (among others), which can prevent knee injuries. They are a very good meditation too. And you get more bang for your proverbial buck, because in addition to their exercise value, they also leave you better able to defend yourself and your loved ones if you are ever forced to do so. Report
I began my journey to wellness as a morbidly obese woman. I had two fake knees, buckets of doubt and angst, and zilch for inspiration and motivation. All the nonsense I filled my head with held me back from doing the work, mentally and physically, to change my life's trajectory. Initially I purchased DVDs and walked with Leslie...I shed some pounds as I gained some strength and confidence. Next, I began exploring YouTube and working out at home with some amazing personal trainers: Jessica Smith, Shelly Dose, and AngieFitnessTV. SparkTV is also loaded with individual workout options that take working out at home to another level. Seriously, how can you argue with or beat free?! My workout space is a 6x8 ft section of floor in my family room...minus my kitchen peninsula, stools, and other furniture. My point being it does not require oodles of room or equipment. I stow all that I use in a small cupboard, except for my step, BOSU, and stability ball. I workout at least five days a week, and often I do a different workout each time. Invest in yourself and your health...limitless options and possibilities. Exercise your strong, becoming fit at home is a worthy endeavor...your only limitation is you. Report

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