Don’t have time to hit the gym today? Wish you could just workout at home in your PJ’s? If you’re looking to start an easy, DIY home gym setup complete with all the equipment you need to take care of your body from head to toe, we’ve got you covered!
Today we’re sharing 8 essential and inexpensive products to complete your home gym. Keep reading for more!
As a physical therapist, I specialize in exercise prescription for keeping your body in top working order. Many times, we’re tasked with developing home exercise routines for individuals coming off of an injury. But what about you? If nothing ails you, can home-based workouts be worthwhile enough to get you in shape and prevent injuries? OF COURSE!!! It doesn’t take 1000’s of dollars worth of fancy home gym equipment to build muscle, strengthen the core, tone your body and rehab, or prevent injuries. Here are the 8 products I recommend that everybody own to outfit a pretty amazing home gym.
1. Exercise Ball
There are so many ways you can use a good exercise ball, it could merit its own post! An especially great way to work your core, an exercise ball can even double as a calorie-burning, ergonomic home office chair alternative! Turn a short exercise session into a total body workout with an exercise ball.
2. Yoga Mat
This is another one of those universal fitness tools that both guys and gals can benefit from using. Whether with yoga, Pilates, stretching or strengthening, a comfortable mat can completely change the way you work out at home! Here are some of our favorite core strengthening exercises you can do with the help of a comfy yoga mat.
3. Pull-up Bar
Getting a multidirectional grip pull-up bar allows for building some serious arm strength with just your body weight. Rather than using that questionably small tree limb or testing out your newly built deck awning, try using a well secured doorway pull-up bar as part of your next “arm” day. You won’t be disappointed!
4. Foam Roller
Investing in a foam roller big enough to lay on (around 36”) can have great benefits for your back, shoulders or even your legs. Poor posture, stiff shoulders, or low back pain can all benefit from daily foam roller use as well as leg knots that come on after a good run. The more common black colored, compressed foam rollers will provide a little more aggressive treatment while the softer white foam rolls can be more comfortable, but might get a bit flattened over time.