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For years, I didn’t workout and used the excuse that I couldn’t get to the gym. There came a time that I had to get over my excuses and get into action.
With 2 kids and running an in home daycare, I had no time for the gym.
It’s true that I lost my first 20 pounds without ever stepping foot in a gym. Read more about how to fit in your workout.
A gym is not required to lose weight or workout. Not everyone has access to a gym, based on location, schedules or if you have childcare. Even if you don’t have access to a gym, you can build your at home gym, with these equipment upgrades.
With a few small investments, you can have everything you need at home, to get an effective workout for burning fat. Whether you are just starting out or if you are looking to add new workouts to your routine, start adding these essentials to your at home gym.
Here are some recommended tools to have in your home gym:
Dumbbells. I recommend having dumbbells in several sizes, anywhere from three all the way up to twelve pounds. If you’re just starting out, you might want to start with maybe a five or eight-pound dumbbell and as you get stronger, you can increase the weight, up to a ten, twelve, fifteen-pound dumbbell. You can use it for everything from upper body work out, bicep curls, to shoulder press squats and lunges. Dumbbells are very versatile, you can work up multiple muscle groups at the same times unlike a lot of machines at the gym that usually works only one muscle.
Kettle Bells. They are a free weight and very similar to dumbbells but can be used differently, like kettlebell swings.
Medicine ball. A medicine ball is just a weighted ball and this is great for your core. Sometimes, if you’re working out from home, it can be a little hard to target the back and one move that a personal trainer taught me: bounce the ball off of the floor, or on the ground, or off a wall. It really works your back in a way that dumbbells just don’t.
Your body. Your body is such a great tool, and you can do a lot of workouts just with your body alone. If you know how to use bodyweight exercises, you can work out anywhere: at the hotel, at the park with your kids, which I do quite often. If the kids want to play and I just didn’t get time to go to the gym or get my workout in, I can do some workouts right at the park with my kids.
Jump Ropes. Jump rope is great for getting your heart rate up and getting you into the fat burning mode. You can get jump ropes and most any Walmart or Target, but Amazon has some cool ones, like these.
Yoga Mat. Yoga mats are great for stretching. Stretching is so powerful, and just doing a couple yoga moves, or when you first wake up, can really make or break your day. Just getting on your yoga mat for a few minutes to stretch out your body is great.
Mini-Trampoline. The mini-trampoline is great for getting in that little bit of cardio and it doesn’t take up a lot of space. It is great for winter time when you don’t go out or to the gym as often as you want to. It is also great for multitasking and you can do it first thing in the morning while listening to something positive.
And even my kids love it!
So if you’re having trouble getting to the gym, maybe you work crazy hours and you can’t always get there, or you’re too tired, I encourage you to go to your local store or Amazon and get these tools and start losing some weight.
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