ome is always a great choice when you don’t have time to hit the gym. But to maximize your results as well as ensure safety during workout time, making some investment on training tools is a must.
Surely you don’t have to buy all the equipment as at the gym. Just own the following 5 workout tools and they will suit most of your needs. These tools don’t cost you much or take much space, and they can be incorporated in many exercises to vary your workout routine.
What else can you ask for? Let’s check it out if you do miss one for your equipment:
Though usually named “yoga mat”, this exercise mat can give you support in any exercise that includes sitting, standing or lying position. It works as a cushion to protect your body, especially your joints and sensitive areas, from the hard floor during the exercises. With Yoga and Pilates enthusiasts, the firm and non-slip surface of this mat is really useful as it keeps their body stable while performing difficult poses.
Tip: Due to being made of EVA, PVC, or TPE, the prices and qualities of yoga mat will be varied. Choose the mat that fits your workout purpose as well as your body’s size.
No one can deny the versatility of this ball. Besides there is a range of exercises to incorporate with this ball, you can use it as an active chair or a toy for your kid. Not to mention that somebody even uses it as a furniture to make their house look more dynamic. For health benefits, this ball gives a significant help to work your core, improve your balance and flexibility.
Tips: The right ball size will allow you to sit with your knees bent at 90 degrees and your thighs parallel to the ground, or you can consult this:
- 4’11” to 5’4″ height: 55 cm ball
- 5’4″ to 5’11” height: 65 cm ball
- 5’11” to 6′ 7″ height: 75 cm ball
Health professionals always suggest us include more strength training exercises in our routine. Dumbbell is a simple tool for anyone and it has enough variations to work your whole body. Weighted exercises have various benefits for your health like: increasing your strength and endurance, building stronger bone, toning your physique as well as burning more fat.
Tip: You should have at least two pairs of dumbbells at your house. Try pairs of 3-pound and 5-pound weights if you first start and move on to pairs of 8-pound and 10-pound weights when you get stronger.
Of course you will need some guide and instructions to ensure safe and effective workouts. The workout program from those DVDs are often checked by professionals to make sure they teach proper forms and technique. But if you can bear the risk, there’re also a lot of free tutorial videos on Youtube that you can try.
Tip: To get your achievement in the shortest time, choose the training program that mainly focuses on your targeted muscles . As those DVDs are usually set in a general program so that most people can follow through, you can skip some unnecessary sessions and move on to harder ones if you want.
After a hard and intense workout time, there’s nothing more pleasant than receiving some recovery and rehabilitation treatment. Even when you are not working out, using self-massage tools is an unmissable step. They help you loosen your strained muscles, increase your blood blow to boost nutrient and vitamin supply, enhance toxin elimination, and maintain your muscles in their best condition. The best thing is you can use them all by yourself without anyone’s help.
Tip: A Spiky ball will relieve neck tension and back pain as well as give you some extra acupressure effects. Use a massage stick to relieve the strains and tensions in your thighs and calves. To hit all the trigger points and get deep massage, try a foam roller.