4 LOW-COST ITEMS YOU ABSOLUTELY NEED FOR YOUR HOME WORKOUT SESSIONS
A home gym is always a worthwhile investment if you have space and the funds. And even if you don’t have the funds and space, it is still very important to have workout sessions at home if you are living the fitness and healthy lifestyle.
And the good news is that even if you cannot afford to build a standard home gym and are constrained by funds and space, you can still have workout sessions at home that are effective and bring you the desired results of a fit body.
All you need for effective home workout sessions are four items, and the good news is that they don’t cost too much and don’t make up much space.
Here are the 4 low-cost items you absolutely need for your home workout sessions:
A pull-up bar
Pull up bars are relatively easy to install. You can buy a premade one and have someone install it for you, or you can have someone build and install one for you.
And these babies do not take up much space. You can have it in the doorway, in your garage, in the backyard, in your room. Fitness experts often swear by pull up bars, and many of them call it their very favorite piece of workout equipment, ever.
Pull up bars are incredibly efficient, and no matter how you use them, they help you take steps closer to the fit body you desire.
Here are 2 great exercises you can do with a pull-up bar:
Pull-ups: Of course, it is this exercise that pull-up bars are named for. Pull-ups work your upper body and your back muscles, and also help to strengthen your core muscles and arms. To do pull-ups, begin from a dead hang with your elbows straight and your palms facing away from you. Make sure to keep your chest up and your shoulders back as you tighten your core, then work to pull yourself up until your chest touches the bar.
Chin ups: This exercise works your biceps and your back muscles while forcing your entire body to work together in a bid to pull yourself up to the bar. Begin from a dead hang with your elbows straight out, and your palms facing towards you. Keep your chest up and your shoulders back, while tightening your core, and pulling yourself up until your chest hits the bar. Then lower back down.
A jump rope
The jump rope is a special and amazing training tool. It is very versatile which means that it can be used at anytime and anywhere, which cannot be said about many other fitness and exercise tools. You can use your jump rope as an exercise machine all by itself or you can use it in conjunction with other training tools to achieve a wide variety of fitness goals.
Jump ropes engage you physically as well as mentally and is a self-limiting tool. This means that it enforces good form. If you are doing a jump rope exercise with poor form, you are immediately corrected with a whip. This makes it the safest training tool, as most exercise injuries come with exercising with a poor form without knowing it.
And jump ropes do work, helping you to burn fat while improving endurance and athleticism.
It is better to use weighted jump ropes rather than plastic ones as it allows you to feel the rope turning, and this resistance allows you to feel where the rope is at all times.
A few guidelines for using a jump rope
Hand positioning: Focus on symmetry and movement when it comes to hand positioning. Make sure that your hands are both roughly the same distance away from the center line of your body. You also need to ensure that there is minimal movement of the elbows and shoulders and that the jump rope rotation is generated by your wrists.
Bounding and acceleration: Consistent bounding is key when jumping rope. To do this, minimize the space that you create between yourself and the ground and make sure that your bounds are roughly one to two inches off the ground. Don’t pull your feet back or tuck your knees in. Rather, keep your toes pointed down.
The dumbbell is a kind of free weight piece of equipment typically used in weight training. You can use it individually or in pairs, with one in each hand. Dumbbells are usually comprised of a handle in between two weights and are typically made from chrome, iron, steel, or concrete-filled plastic. Some dumbbells are adjustable, so you can add resistance by adding more weight to the dumbbell.
Dumbbells are safe to use, allowing you to move through a much more natural range-of-motion and are great not just for weight training but for staying in shape and fit.
Here are 2 great dumbbell exercises you can try today:
Dumbbell goblet squat: Grasp the top of the dumbbell with both hands, while holding one dumbbell at the center of your chest, and keeping your feet a little wider than shoulder-width apart. Then squat. Inhale while sitting, and exhale as you drive through your heels to return to a standing position.
Dumbbell walking lunges: Hold a dumbbell in each hand by your sides while stepping your right foot forward in a way that it creates a 90-degree angle when you bend it. Your left foot should be planted at the start position while your chest is kept high and your torso tall as you lower down to the ground. Make sure to drive through your right heel as you take one huge step forward so that you only repeat the motion with your left leg as you move from one point to the other.
It might surprise you to find out that your stairs are great fitness equipment. Research shows that stair climbing strengthens and tones your leg muscles while keeping your leg arteries flexible, so that blood moves more easily, and this equals a healthier heart and body.
Here are 2 quick stair exercises you can try today
Stair pushup: This exercise works your core. Place your hands firmly on a step, making sure that your hands are directly under your shoulders. Push your toes into the floor while extending your legs into a plank position. While inhaling, bend your elbows and lower your body until your chest is just above the stairs. Breathe out as you straighten your arms and raise your body back to the starting position.
Stair crawl: Start at the foot of the stairs on your arms and legs, with your arms under your shoulders, your knees below your hips, and your feet resting on the ground. Gradually raise up to your toes while lifting both knees off the floor, and keeping your back in a neutral position. Start crawling up the stairs by moving your opposite leg and arm forward at the same time to the next step.
You don’t need a ton of money or need to have the biggest home on the block before you too can begin to benefit from home work out sessions. Begin with what little space you have and what little funds that you have.