The cost of gym membership can seem like a luxury in these cash strapped times – especially if you don’t go as often as you should. But getting enough exercise – weight bearing and cardio – is important for anti aging health.
Even the most committed gym bunny may want to top up at home between visits. Setting up a home exercise area can be a great way to stay fit without spending a fortune.
The key thing is not to try and reproduce what the best gyms offer. That’s really what a gym membership buys – use of expensive exercise equipment without the outlay.
But do you really need the high cost hardware to keep fit?
It certainly didn’t used to be that way – go back fifty years and no one would have thought a rowing machine or vibrating plate were essential to keep them fit.
Even high calibre sports men and women years ago trained in a much more simple way – using exercise routines often based on army keep fit manuals.
High tech fitness equipment back in your grandfather’s day was a ball or a skipping rope.
So – find a space in your home to make your own and get started with these ten great tips:
- Store equipment out of sight – use a large storage crate to keep your exercise equipment in so you can keep it tidy and out of sight. A large wicker basket is ideal.
- Keep a music source close by – exercising to music is much more enjoyable and feels more sociable. Music keeps you moving and energetic.
- Work out on an exercise ball – an exercise ball is a great bit of starter kit – not expensive and easy to use. It stores easily, doesn’t take up much room and can be used in all kinds of routines. Buy a good quality ball that will last and make sure it’s the right size for your height and weight.
- Try skipping – a simple skipping rope is great for a cardio workout the old fashioned way – who needs an exercise machine? It’s cheap (or you can even ‘borrow’ one from the kids), stores easily and most of us know how to use one without instruction.
- Buy a hula hoop – follow the first lady and try hula hooping which combines core strength exercise with cardio. You need to get a weighted hoop designed for adult exercise – a child’s version is too light and is actually more difficult to use. You can buy collapsible hoops which store away in a drawer for very little and Hoopnotica do DVD’s to show you how to workout or hoopdance. YouTube does the same for free.
- Throw in a set of dumbells – for resistance and strength training. A set of dumbells take little room and won’t cost a lot. Dumbell training can also be incorporated into your cardio exercise routine or core exercise program.
- Exercise on a mat – a good mat is essential. The mat will absorb impact during aerobic exercise and give you a a comfortable surface for floor exercises. Exercise mats roll and store easily and don’t cost much. Save money by using an old rug or carpet but make sure it has a no slip base.
- Add weights to your exercise routine – Weights for strapping to your arms and legs are good to aid muscle and bone building exercise – essential for anti aging health. You can start with a set and see how you go – again they cost little compared to large pieces of equipment.
- Use tins instead of weights – try out weight training before you spend any money – replace your weights with tins from your store cupboard – choose itns you can comfortably hold in your hand.
- Don’t buy exercise kit – just raid your closet for some comfortable clothes to wear to exercise in – you don’t need special expensive kit. Cotton stretch leggings and a tee shirt are ideal. It’s much easier to do this at home – who cares what you look like?
With this simple set up – you can start a great home exercise routine and maybe find you can give up gym membership for good