Did you know for less than $100, you can put together a home gym that is just as effective as those expensive gym memberships? It's true. Don't let the cost of expensive gyms keep you from achieving your goal of fitness and weight loss. Follow these tips and start working on the body you've always wanted.
Home gym equipment
So, what do you need to get in shape at home? If you're just starting out, the answer is, 'not a whole lot.' Let's face it, if it's been a while since you've exercised, you don't need to go all out in the beginning. The best way to make exercising a habit for life is to gradually ease into it -- start too fast and you'll injure yourself and get burned out.
Here's what you need to start a basic, beginner's exercise program:
If exercise DVDs give you visions of Jane Fonda in leggings with an 80s hairstyle, think again. DVDs have come a long way baby. Search online and you'll quickly find inexpensive DVDs to do just about any exercise you can imagine. Some choices are:
- Cardio - walking and running in place
- Tai Chi
- Belly dancing
- Biggest Loser programs
Choose one or two of these and you'll have plenty of variety to keep you from getting bored. Plus, you can get in shape in the convenience of your own home and without feeling self-conscious in front of others.
For about $6 to $60, you can get dumbbells to do weight resistance exercises. Start out with a weight that you can comfortably lift for 8 to 12 times. If weight lifting is new to you, you might want to get a basic weightlifting book so you can learn correctly and avoid injury. Also, search online for weightlifting exercises. There are plenty of free websites that show you how to lift weights and give you ideas for workout routines.
Elastic bands are very inexpensive, ranging from $10 to $15 each. Check your local sports or discount store and you'll also find DVDs that show you routines and exercise to use your bands with. Most of the bands you buy come with a pamphlet showing giving you exercise ideas.
What can you do with a giant ball? Plenty and it isn't as easy as it seems. The stability balls cost anywhere from $20 to $40 and come with instructions for use. When buying a stability ball be sure and buy the right size for your body weight. You can also find DVDs that help you follow a workout routine.
As you can see, home gym fitness equipment isn't expensive at all. To begin, just choose one of the above ideas, get used to working out. Then, gradually add in the others for variety. By following this plan, a home fitness gym is easy, very inexpensive and you'll soon have that body and healthy lifestyle you crave.