When we first thought about working out, I was not really willing to go to a public gym. It was embarrassing for me.
It is so different for men and women. It seems that it is ok for guys to ‘put on a little’ but I never got that feeling from anyone. So, there was no way I was going to go to the gym and jiggle in front of total strangers. What would these people think? Would they stare? Would they laugh? Probably not, they would ignore me because I was the one passing judgment, not them. But, the idea did burden me and so, we bought equipment for our home. We were fortunate that we had both the resources, the time, and also the space.
Once we got into a routine and we got better at what we were doing, we finally left our own gym to go to our trainer’s gym. We still used ours, but for the most part, we went to their gym. They had so much more space, weights and equipment that it made sense. But, the other day we were thinking back to the pieces of equipment that we would recommend for people to use at home with either one or both of these issues, lack of space or limited budget.
My 3 picks are;
These come in a variety of lengths and resistance levels. They can be used instead of weights in most exercises that you would use a dumbbell. They are so amazingly small and super versatile.
The reason I would invest in a mat is because it gives you a space to use that you mentally treat as your ‘workout space’. You don’t need to stress about sweat on the carpet or floor. It doesn’t matter if your floor is clean or dirty. You can use it for anything that you are on the floor for, abs, or on your hands and knees.
You can use this ball for anything that you would sit while doing. This is the biggest piece, but it can be used so many ways. When not using it to work out with, they make great seats while at the computer. The ball forces you to work your core.
Aside from these pieces, I would encourage you to check out online at home exercises. There are a lot out there. They use things you have at home to make working out at home so much easier.
I really don’t think I need buns of steel. I’d be happier with buns of cinnamon. – Ellen DeGeneres