If you’re short on space like I am, keeping in shape with your own home fitness equipment becomes a real challenge. Chances are, if you own any at all, it’s probably packed away somewhere so well, you’ll never get to it. But you don’t need one of those gigantic home fitness gyms to get a good workout. There are plenty of great home fitness options (beyond hand weights and yoga mats) that are small on size but big on results. Try some of these top suggestions from the pros at Livestrong and HomeGymAdvisor.com.
Probably the easiest item to store, exercise bands offer a wide variety of resistance levels and exercise options that will turn regular moves into multi-muscle strength builders. All-purpose bands allow movement of more than one joint and one plane for common moves like presses, rows, and sit ups. Mini bands are smaller and tighter, and will help you to target your core muscles more effectively. By activating the abdominals and lower body muscles, mini bands are a quick and easy way to see improved results. Most varieties of exercise bands sell for around $20.
These large, air-inflated exercise balls are a great way to up your home workout’s effectiveness without dedicating half your closet space as storage. You can improve some of your moves by sitting on or lying across the ball, positions that help build core strength. Many physioballs come with a booklet of suggested drills to try, all for under $50. Try the Everlst 24-inch Inflatable Ball by Everlast, available at Amazon for only $15.95.
Folding Exercise Bikes
For a little more cardio in your living room, try a fold-up exercise bike to get you moving. These are small, compact, and usually without all the bells and whistles, but if exercising is your goal, who cares? You’ll get all the workout you want without sacrificing all that space. Fold it out to get moving, fold it up when you’re done. I recommend the Stamina InTone Folding Recumbent Bike (available on sale for $189 with free shipping at Exercise Bike Superstore!)
Yes, you can buy folding treadmills as well! There aren’t many varieties out there, but they do exist. I tracked down the Body Solid Best Fitness Treadmill at Fitness Equipment Select for $1000 plus free shipping. With programmable trails, variable incline, and built-in hand grips for heart monitoring, the treadmill doesn’t sacrifice any luxuries for its fold-away powers. Get the workout you need and track your speed, time, distant, and calorie burn with this convenient space-saver.
Okay, so I saved the most fun for last. Want a personal trampoline for your home gym? Stamina’s inMOTION Folding Trampoline is a great accessory to get your routine to new heights… It’s $49 with free shipping and only twelve pounds. Fold it up and hide in almost anywhere, then get it out whenever you need a good bounce in your workout. To me, this one just sounds like a good way to break out the grueling cardio routine.
With these great options and many more, you can get all the results you’re after from your space-saving gym equipment. So what are you waiting for? Get moving!