It seems like January’s the time when all the people you know (and quite a few you don’t) are shouting from the rooftops about their new diet and fitness routines. You want to join in of course, but there’s no way you’re splashing out for a gym membership. If you’re wondering how to get fit at home, I’m here to tell you that it IS possible, and I’ve got 7 easy home gym ideas to get you started.
Ok, so getting rid of your gym membership made it onto our 11 fantastic money saving New Year’s resolutions list, but I don’t expect you to do that without being able to get fit away from the gym! Take a look at these home gym ideas; you’re bound to find something you like in your budget. And the best part is, they’re all easy to install and small enough to fit most rooms.
Home Gym Ideas – Cardio
1. Confidence Power Plus Motorised Treadmill from Amazon – £139.99
2. Everlast EV410 from Homebase – £129.99
3. York Active 110 Treadmill from Gym World – £399.99
or York Active 110 Treadmill from Amazon – £314.99
The first home gym ideas I’ve got for you are all based around cardio exercises. These are the machines the majority of us casual gym users miss the most and make us wonder how to get fit at home if we don’t have them around. These are cheap enough to fit low budgets too; take a look at the majority of the prices for gym equipment if you don’t believe me!
If these are still out of your price range, just pick up a skipping rope. Obviously you can go for walks or jogs with no equipment, but if you still want to stay in or around your home then skipping ropes are incredible home gym ideas for cardio. You can pick a budget skipping rope or hula hoop up for under a tenner, and there are tons of great Youtube videos which will walk you through how to use them properly.
Home Gym Ideas – Weight Training
4. ResultSport® Aerobic Excercise Step from Amazon – £20.99
5. Hardcastle 30KG Gym Dumbbell Free Weights Set from Amazon – £29.95
6. York Fitness Bench from Sweatband.com – £69.99
or York Fitness Bench from Amazon – £69.99
Next up, the muscle-building home gym ideas. Of course you’ll need your own set of weights. You can either opt to get a rack of separate weights, or an adjustable single dumbbell. The racks of separate dumbbells tend to cost more, but offer more convenience (and what I mean by that is you won’t have to be fiddling around mid-workout trying to put more weight onto the bar!). The adjustable dumbbells are less expensive, and more space saving. Either or, it’s your choice, but they’re essential if you’re wondering how to get fit at home!
You can use the step to do a whole variety of workouts, with or without weights. It does tend to be essential for some workout DVDs though, so if you’re planning on using on (or specific Youtube workouts, it’s your call), make sure you do or don’t need one before thinking of buying.
And finally a bench. This is integral to a lot of different weight-based exercises, so again figure out what your routine will be and whether you’ll need one. You can find some surprisingly low bench prices on Amazon, so have a search before committing to one.
Home Gym Ideas – Keeping Track Of Your Fitness Level
And finally, if you’re not Mr/Mrs Moneybags I’m assuming you won’t be buying the professional equipment you normally find in gyms. Most home gym equipment is perfectly fine for you to use and you’ll get just as good a workout; you’ll probably be missing the stats from it though. One of the ways prices are kept so low is by losing the electronic screens and fancy figures you find on a lot of gym machines, which means you’ll just be timing yourself and getting no in-depth statistics on what you’re doing.
If you’ll desperately miss this, consider investing in a fitness tracker like the Fitbit Flex or Jawbone UP. These track your steps and workouts, giving you all the information you need to know on handy charts for your smartphone or computer. They handily remind you if you haven’t been active enough too, and even track your sleep and calorie intake.