There is a misunderstanding that in order to get a good workout in at home you need to spend a fortune on equipment and other stuff. The truth is there is a very minimal list of things you need to achieve great results while working out from the comfort of your own home.
Three years ago I cancelled my gym membership and got fit doing my own YouTube workouts.
Here are the basic things you need to start your own home gym:
- Yoga Mat.
A yoga mat is great for a variety of floor exercises to provide cushioning. Good yoga mats also help from slipping and provide traction while doing movements like jumping. You can get them on Amazon for around $30, or you can splurge for a Lululemon one!
Everyone should have a set of light 3-5lb and a set of medium 5-8lb dumbbells when beginning to workout at home. Dumbbells can be used interchangeably with a barbell. Dumbbells are used to help tone muscles. Don’t worry, weights this light won’t make you bulk up. Weight training can actually help you lose weight!
- Clothing you can move in.
A couple pairs of yoga pants and some sports bras are essential for a great workout. You need to be able to move comfortably. Also, a cute outfit gives you confidence, which helps with motivation. Check out one of my favourite brands of active wear.
- Water Bottle.
Hydration is very important when getting active. I love my huge Nalgene bottle. During a workout I never have to refill it because it holds so much. I also take it with me everywhere I go.
Music keeps me motivated. Having pumping tunes playing makes me want to move. I love my AirPods because there are no cords to get in the way, and they are easy to take anywhere.
- Device to play YouTube.
I have used my own workout videos on YouTube to lose all of my baby weight after my 4th baby. I also enjoy Yoga With Adriene. You will need a TV, phone or tablet to play your workouts.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money or have a huge space in order to get fit at home!