Do you love working out, but can’t afford a gym membership at the moment? Well don’t stress, with some simple equipment and know-how, you can have the same benefits a gym offers, but for a fraction of the cost.
So how can you set up a home gym without breaking the bank? The answer is obvious – keep it simple!
First, never buy equipment that you don’t need. This means that you shouldn’t rush out and buy a treadmill, go running in the park instead. Not only will you save money, but the entertainment factor much larger when running outside. This can help you stay focused and motivated to achieve your goals.
Choose wisely when you do buy equipment. Identify what your goals are. Are you trying to build muscle? Cardio endurance? Or perhaps flexibility? Only buy gear which is specific to what you are trying to achieve. Below are the basics that everyone should buy when starting to exercise at home.
Yoga Mat: People tend to forget how important a good, soft exercise mat is. A huge part of any workout is stretching and warming up, and a comfortable surface is a must if you are to enjoy it. They can be found from around $10 online.
Gym Ball: Whether you call it a Swiss ball, exercise ball, or gym ball, this is one essential tool for your home gym. It can be used for stretching, flexibility exercises, and to work out different muscle groups. You can purchase a gym ball from $10.
Jump Rope: Use a jump rope to develop your cardio and full body muscular endurance. Since jumping rope gets your heart-rate up quickly, it is also a great calorie burner. It is something that you may want to spend a little more money on rather than buying the cheapest option: try and choose a jump rope which is durable with comfortable handles. However, even a quality one shouldn’t cost more than $10-$15.
Dumbbells: These will form the basis of a lot of your muscle building exercises, so it is important to choose the right weight. Usually, around 10 pounds is a good size, but don’t choose to heavy – you can always upgrade later! Alternatively, buy a set with three or four different weights. A set should cost around $40-$45, while a single pair will be about $15 (depending on the weight).
You can also include simple body weight exercises such as squats, push-ups, and sit-ups to vary your workout even more and keep things interesting. With under $50, you can buy everything you need to begin developing that summer body!