Looking to buy a gym membership? You might not have to. In fact, you might already live in a potential gym – all you need is a bit of space in your home and the right equipment. (Setting aside some time for exercise is also key).
While exercise equipment at gyms can be high-end (and out of reach financially for some people), it doesn’t have to be that way when you’re choosing equipment for your home. You can create an ideal setup without breaking the bank, while still getting all the health benefits of an effective workout. Here are some ideas…
Start By Grounding Yourself
The exercise mat is one of the most versatile – not to mention inexpensive – items you can add to a home gym. It serves as a way to make floor exercises a lot more comfortable and easy on the joints, and that includes everything from doing yoga to sit-ups.
SELF suggests you should look for an exercise/yoga mat that has sufficient thickness for a hard surface. (If you can feel the surface of the floor pressing hard against your knees through your mat, then it’s probably not the best choice). The source says an exercise mat is also ideal for working out in the backyard – in this case you might want one that’s designed for this purpose made of thick rubber (which also works better on uneven surfaces).