Over the past few months, our homes have become hybrid versions of our everyday life. Home offices have taken over dining rooms and living rooms have turned into gyms.
If like us, you value personal wellbeing, one of the ways we like to do that is by being active. With some restrictions surrounding the attendance of gyms, pools and tracks, we’ve been exploring fitness equipment that will help us stay active, but requires a limited amount of space. Below are some suggestions that we’ll be adding to our own home gym setup!
Yoga mats, not just for yogi’s
A versatile piece of gym equipment, a yoga mat can also be used for Pilates and mobility stretching – very handy if you spend your day sat at a desk!
Most yoga mats are now made from recycled or vegan foam with cost-friendly options for all budgets. Once you’re done, just roll them up and pop them in a cupboard.
What’s more is once they’re past their best, they also have a myriad of other uses. Use them as a non-slip mat for plant pots, they’re great bases underneath sleeping bags when camping and you can also cut them down to use as liners for your shoes. Very handy if you ask us!
Use resistance bands
Adding resistance bands to your workout has become increasingly popular due to a number of lifestyle influencers choosing them for their own workouts. And with good reason.
Most bands come in sets of four with different strengths ranging from light to extra heavy. Available in 2 lengths, they’re extremely handy for exercising in areas with limited space due to their compact storage and multi-exercise function. They’re also ideal to pack up and take away with you when travelling.
Pilates core set
A favourite workout among dancers, the benefits of Pilates have been documented for many years. Not only does it strengthen your core, but it can also be used to improve mobility and posture.
With the wealth of online Pilates tutorials available, it’s an excellent choice for working out at home, and if you want to step it up a gear a Pilates core set could be your answer. Most sets come with a band, ball and ring. Excellent for stowing away behind the sofa!
Dumbbells or Kettlebells?
Popular among regular gym-goers, dumbbells and kettlebells are a staple go-to for those who are following a weights programme to increase lean muscle mass and tone their body.
Perhaps a more bulky piece of equipment to store, weights of this shape and various sizes may be harder to keep at home however they’re versatility comes in useful if you don’t have a lot of room to exercise, indoors or out.
Do you remember when you spent your break time skipping in the playground as a child? Well, what goes around comes around, right?
Skipping rope workouts are now regarded as a highly effective method of exercise due to its cardiovascular benefits. Short, sharp bursts of skipping can increase muscle strength, improve stability and boost your mood – Ideal for all levels of fitness.
If you’re struggling for space, and indeed time also, skipping ropes may be a great solution. But if you do try indoors, just watch out if you have low ceilings!
Door pull up bars
Looking to focus on upper body strength? This bar is for you. Door pull up bars are ideal if you struggle with minimal workout space because once fitted, you’ll barely even notice it’s there! Fitting nicely around your doorframe, there are a range of variations available so consider them in detail before deciding which one is best fitting for you.
Most importantly it’s essential to make sure it’s securely fastened. Remember the frame has got to hold the bar and the weight of you. We don’t want you becoming the next viral meme!
Ab wheels for your core
If you really want to feel the burn, an ab wheel could be the perfect solution for your small space.
Ab wheel rollouts are tough but very effective. All you need is enough floor space to lie out flat. Purchase this wheel if you’d like to work your abdominal muscles, shoulders and back. However, they’re not suitable for everyone. Avoid them if you have lower back pain.
You, your bodyweight & your trainers
If you’re really tight for space in your property, lace up your trainers and get outdoors!
Although it’s nice to have additional equipment for exercise, it’s certainly not necessary, and if you don’t have the space there’s a whole world to explore outside. Walking, jogging and running require no additional weights, they cost nothing and have a really positive impact on mental health and wellbeing.
In getting outdoors, the issue of home workout space becomes irrelevant. The only issue is how far you’re willing to challenge yourself!
Please note this does not constitute professional health and fitness advice. Ensure you speak to a doctor or fitness professional if you are considering a new type of exercise.
There we have it, those are some of our favourite pieces of gym equipment that we can hide away and use in small spaces. If you’re still struggling for space, why not check out our previous blog, stylish ways to hide household clutter.