Our clients and followers frequently ask about whether they need to buy any fancy equipment to start getting fit at home. When you’re just starting out, or if you’re a busy stay at home parent, it’s easier and more comfortable to start your fitness journey in the privacy of your own home.
Truth is, not necessarily. There really are plenty of exercises you can do without the need for any expensive equipment at all.
Exercises with No Equipment
- Push Ups
- Stick Ups
- Wall Sit
- Bicycle Legs
- Jumping Jacks
- Total Body Extensions
- Front Kicks
- Calf Raises
Exercises with Stuff Around the House
- Step Ups
- Tricep Dips
- Sit to Stand
- Incline/Decline Push Ups
- Upper body exercises with bottles/tins of food
As you can see, there really are a lot of things you could potentially start doing around the house without spending a cent. And this is a far from comprehensive list. However, if you wanted to buy a few items over time, there are some fairly inexpensive options that we would recommend to invest in first.
Your Home-Based Fitness Starter Kit
- Skipping Rope: This won’t be for everyone but if you’re keen to give it a go, a skipping rope can be picked up for a few dollars and takes up next to no space.
- Exercise Mat: You can exercise on the carpet, grass or on a think towel or blanket but if you are struggling for a soft spot to do your floor work, an exercise mat is a great addition to your kit. You can pick one up for $10-$12 often.
- Medicine Balls: There are a range of upper body exercises that can be performed with the use of a medicine ball. Start off with a light one if you’re new to exercising (2-3kg is often enough) and build up over time.
- Dumbbells: Another great option to add variety and some resistance is dumbbells. Try to get a couple of pairs at different weights. You will be able to manage heavier weights with your large muscles and lower weights for smaller muscles.
- Resistance Bands: Resistance bands are another great addition to your kit. They can be great for back and arm exercises and can be relatively inexpensive.
- Fitball: Fitballs can be picked up pretty cheaply and can provide additional variety and are great for core and balance work.
You may find that eventually you may need to get additional equipment or join a training facility as your fitness improves, depending on your goals down the track. However, when you’re starting out, it’s certainly not essential that you spend a fortune to start improving your fitness.
If you’ve got any questions about home based exercise options, pop on over to our Facebook page for a chat 🙂