Home Workout Equipment
During these tough times, it is crucial to keep moving. Adopting a sedentary lifestyle while practicing social distancing can lead to increased anxiety, depression, and weight gain! Luckily it is easy to find ways to work out from the comfort of your home. There are so many awesome workout apps and live stream workouts available today. I put together a list of equipment that can be used to enhance your home workouts. Every piece of equipment can be easily ordered from my Amazon shop page!
1. Resistance Bands – Resistance bands are great to use for leg workouts, arm workouts, and to stretch. I love using resistance bands while doing booty workouts, such as donkey kicks, to make them more difficult. These bands are very versatile, and they come in a pack with five resistance levels.
2. Ankle weights – These ankle weights come in different weight sets. They are very comfortable, and they don’t slip off, which I love. I use these all the time during my Melissa Wood health workouts. They can also be used as wrist weights!
3. Dumbbell Set – Dumbbells can be used to make any workout more challenging. Most of the app-based workouts that I do ask you to use dumbbells during the workout, and they make a huge difference. This set comes with 3, 5, and 8-pound dumbbells for a variety of exercises.
4. Magic Circle – The magic circle can be used for a variety of exercises. I use the magic circle to work out my inner and outer thighs and my abs. The Magic Circle is used frequently in Pilates classes and will make toning muscles much easier.
5. Togu Ball – This Togu Ball can be used for a wide range of exercises to build muscles and improve flexibility. I use a togu ball when I take a virtual Pilates, yoga, or barre class. It is meant to be used for support under your back to strengthen core muscles. It can also be used between the legs for inner thigh exercises.
6. Gliders – Gliders can be used for a challenging full-body workout that engages and strengthens the core. Many of the app-based workouts that I have been doing incorporate gliders. This set is dual-sided, so they can be used on multiple surfaces.
7. Bosu Ball – This piece of equipment is designed to improve muscular strength, flexibility, and balance. I use my Bosu ball to do squats and to make planking more difficult. This Bosu Ball comes with downloadable workouts for you to follow along.
8. Yoga Matt – A yoga matt is a great first purchase for your home workouts. I use a yoga matt during most of my workouts. This 1” thick mat is extra thick for improved comfort and balance.
9. Jump Rope – Jumping rope is an easy way to incorporate cardio into your home workouts if you do not have a treadmill, and you aren’t able to run outside. I like to start my workouts with some cardio, and jumping rope has been a great way to do this.