On days that I can’t get to the gym to fit in a legit workout, I like to workout at home. Whether it’s a quick 15 minute strength circuit, or random exercises while I’m folding laundry or emptying the dishwasher, I like to have equipment I can grab whenever I want to use it.
Because of this, I have a pretty decent ‘home gym’ building up.
Besides the several workout programs we own, I have a set of dumbbells ranging from 5-25 pounds. I’ve also got several resistance bands for strength training.
I dream of the day when I have a whole room to transform into a gym with some cardio equipment and a good barbell set. Until then, I settle for smaller additions to my home gym that I can fit into a one bedroom apartment.
I’ve recently added two new pieces of equipment. First was the foam roller. Foam rolling is amazing. I often get tightness in my legs and IT band region. Foam rolling out the tension helps so much! Along with reducing muscle tension, foam rolling can help prevent injury.
Tina at Best Body Fitness has a great post on foam rolling. She shows a few different types of foam rollers, and some techniques for using them.
Want to find a foam roller? This one is similar to the one I own.
The second piece of equipment I purchased was a jump rope!
This was $3 at Walmart. I hadn’t used a jump rope in what seemed like forever. I forgot about the fabulous cardio workout you get from jumping rope.
It’s easy to pull out when you have 10 free minutes. Jumping rope for 10 minutes at a moderate pace can help you burn at least 100 calories. It’s not only a great leg workout, but can help tone up your arms and shoulders, too.
Try this 10 minute jump rope workout from Fitness Magazine.