Let’s be honest, we might make new years resolutions, with good intentions, but not all of us can afford to go to the gym, me might not even want to at the end of the working day. Heck, sometimes, we might not even be able to find the time in our schedules to exercise.
Well lady, I’ve got news for you ! There’s no need for those excuses. There’s some great kit out there these days which mean you can exercise at home just as effectively, making the most of your time, saving money along the way AND if that wasn’t enough, you can even choose your own TV channel (Shhhh, I won’t tell if you don’t)
But what kit should you buy ? Well, that’s what I’m here to tell you ladies, so why not take a look and get yourself fit this year in the comfort of your own home ? For the cost of a months gym membership (£65) We’re going to get your home gym started with some great kit for a great workout !!
Item 1 – Dumb bells (£14.99 Amazon)
First things first, we’re going to need some weights. Nothing major, but we just need something for our muscles to feel some resistance and work against to give us a good tone and shape.
These weights are a good starting kit for a novice and beginner alike and at this price are an absolute bargain ! I really like the colour idea too – allows you to easily identify which weight is which, without having to look at each of them individually
Item 2 – Stability Ball £16.99 (Amazon)
A stability ball is muts for some of the exercises I’ll be sharing with you and they also help to improve your core strength and stability. They’re also good to sit on every now and again instead of an office chair. Seriously ! Try it, it can really help stop you slouching and having back pain.
It even stops you doing that weird roll along the floor thing when someone calls you over (that I know you do) plus it’s also fun to take your ball to a meeting and watch everyones faces when they see !
Item 3 – Yoga Mat (£7.99 – Amazon)
Yoga is a great exercise for clearing the mind and body – I’m a huge fan of its benefits. Low impact, accessible to people of all ages and abilities, there’s really not much to like about it (well maybe one thing, but that’s a whole different story of embarrassment on my part)
Although you can do it without a mat, in my view, its better if you have one. It adds to the ceremony of performing the exercise and getting you in the right mindset for a good session. It also doubles as a great camping matt for all those summer music festivals I know you love !
Item 4 – Yoga block (£7.99 – Amazon)
If you’re going to have a yoga mat, you really need a yoga block. They’re not just used for support during your session, but they can also help you achieve some of the posture positions which your practice will involve at some point.
Although I have shown rectangular ones here, they come in a variety of shapes, so its more a case of personal preference and comfort, but in general, most people will prefer these or the round ones.
Item 5 – Infuser water bottle (£7.99 – Amazon)
Another thing I am a huge fan off is infused water. You may have heard all the raving in the exercise world about the benefits of drinking lemon water, but if not, it’s worth taking a look. Although there are lots to choose from (my friend swears by adding strawberries) my personal favourite is lemon or lime. try it for a month.
You’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll feel and the difference it makes to your skin – promise !
Item 5 – Massage Balls (£7,99 – Amazon)
One of the most important parts of any exercise regime is the post exercise warm down and taking care of your body. Even if you are lucky enough to be young when you are going through your transition, there’s still huge benefit in allowing your muscles to calm down afterwards.
Spiky balls like these have a relaxing and stimulating effect on the muscles, depending on the pressure you use and I promise you, after a day on your feet, the joy you can feel from just rolling your soles across one of them a few times has to be felt to be believed !
So that’s it ! £65 for a new you – how does that sound to you ? We’ll get into buying some more equipment later, but for now, this will be enough to give you a good work out and toning.