5 Must Have Pieces of Fitness Equipment
We all know that having a pile of unused fitness gear lying around not only is a pain because of the clutter it actually hinders our chances of getting motivated by taunting us and reminding us of our failures. The following 5 pieces of equipment are small enough to be tucked away and pulled out for workouts and fun enough that they won’t ever get banished to the basement.
Jump rope – It’s not just for little kids. Jumping rope is an effective cardio workout, less damaging to joints and also helps strengthen arms and shoulders. It also is a great way to work on coordination and balance. Jumping rope is also a great workout for all levels of fitness.
Interval Timer – I never saw the value in an interval timer until I got more serious about fitness. It’s a great thing to have on hand if you are doing circuit training, jump rope, running and so much more. In a pinch it makes a great egg timer too.
Yoga Mat – A yoga mat is something everyone should have on hand. It’s not just for yoga anymore. Use a Yoga mat for pre workout stretches, while jumping rope to add a bit of extra cushion, yoga, Pilates and more.
A good pair of shoes – Unless you are into barefoot workouts like the Ugifit, Yoga or Pilates having a good pair of shoes is an absolute necessity. I am guilty of going cheap or buying shoes on clearance not realizing that they were last year’s shoes or even older making the cushioning brittle and weak. I paid for my mistake with joint pain and injuries. I’m going to save you from the same fate by offering this advice. Go out to your local fitness store try on a selection of shoes suited to the type of workout that you are planning. Pick the pair that is the most comfortable, jump in them, and run a couple of laps around the store. You’ll feel like a fool, but you’ll thank me later.
You – Your body and its weight is a great piece of equipment. By using your own weight as resistance you can do a variety of workouts like Zumba, yoga, and circuit training without ever having to buy anything. One of my favorite workouts to follow is BodyRockTV. Every day she puts up a new or old video for you to try, diet tips and more. Most of the workouts require no equipment and I tell you, looking at her physique will motivate you to get up off the couch. There are many of these types of workouts online and with a little research you can find the one that is right for you.
There are so many different fitness options out there; these are just a few of my favorites. You have to find the workout and equipment that suits your needs. These are ones I found keep me interested and none of them broke the bank or cluttered up my house. Before starting any workout it’s a good idea to discuss it with your physician.
I would love to know what your favorite workout or piece of equipment is.