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Creating the Perfect Home Gym
Creating the perfect home gym has been on my mind these last couple of weeks. With being at home a lot more due to the Coronavirus, I’ve been looking at increasing my home workouts.
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Gyms around the country are closed right now, and I’m missing that a lot. But exercise and weight loss can still easily be achieved at home. It doesn’t take a ton of money or space. I love both aspects of that! Because I can still exercise.
Lately I’ve had a severe lack of energy and that is what prompted me to create this list after a conversation with a friend this morning. I’ve been frustrated because I’m eating healthier than even normal because I’m making all of my own meals, and I don’t eat a lot. But I’m not exercising, and it is catching up to me. Here is a list of my essentials to get me moving again for creating the perfect home gym!
A yoga mat is essential for any home gym because it is a designated place to exercise. I use mine for stretching, which is imperative before any exercise. This also helps me get into the right mindset to start working out at home. I absolutely have to start with the basics, and this is perfect.
A stability ball is one of the best investments in any home gym. I use mine for stretching, sit-ups, and even working. The stability ball encourages me to do more with sit-ups, because I hate doing them on the floor. It is just uncomfortable. A stability ball also encourages better posture. I have this great habit of folding myself into my office chair and working until I can’t feel my feet anymore. Using the ball, I am forced to sit upright and maintain good posture.
These stability pads are excellent for core training and strengthening. They come in three levels, beginner, intermediate, and advanced. I am the special kind of person who can trip just walking on flat ground. Can anybody else relate? These stability pads really help me control that special talent by improving coordination so I don’t hurt myself as often.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a big fan of push-ups. But arm exercises aren’t my favorite anyway. These stands make it much easier to balance and have the proper form. They also don’t take up any real space in my office either.
I don’t know who invented risers, but they are a genius! This is something I’ve used in the gym many times and love it. Standing on a treadmill or stair machine is just tedious. Using this, I can do step-ups and increase my heart rate to start burning calories. I ordered these earlier in the week and my favorite part about them is that they don’t take up much space. Where a treadmill is a whole extra piece of furniture, these just sit in a corner next to my yoga mat and stability ball.
I use a foam roller to loosen tight muscles before I stretch and it really helps. This is an excellent low-impact way to exercise. Some of the most popular exercises are printed on the roller itself, making it easy to follow. This roller takes up no space either. It is currently sitting upright next to my desk when it isn’t in use.
I’ve been starting to do more yoga lately, but it can be really intimidating for a beginner. These yoga blocks really help me to complete the exercises I want to without hurting myself. I think they are an essential tool for any beginner who is just starting yoga.
Creating the Perfect Home Gym Notes
All of the things I’ve talked about here are great tools to be able to exercise at home when the gym isn’t available. Anybody else desperately needing to put together a home gym of your own? This is a form of self care for me because my physical health is still an important part of my life, even if I can’t go to the gym.
What tools do you deem necessary for your home gym? How are you creating the perfect home gym? Tell me about it in the comments! Have you created the perfect gym at home yet? Read more about my tips on productivity.
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