Tuesday, May 4, 2010

30-Day Fitness Challenge - Day Seventeen

More tips from Sparkspeople.com

Tip of the Day: Keep Exercise Equipment Around the House

Just like you, I have those days. The days that are so busy and filled with to-do's that you blink and they're over. The days so hot and humid that you'd rather not leave the comforts of climate control for a walk, jog or even a bike ride outside. And the days that, for one reason or another, you just don't feel like going to the gym. Although we all need downtime occasionally, the stress, weather or monotony of the gym makes the couch look that much more comfy. These are the days that you need some type of fitness equipment at home—so "not wanting to leave the house" doesn't become an excuse to skip your workout altogether. On these days, you'll be glad to have some at-home exercise options, because it will help you stay on track with your fitness goals.

I don't have a REAL home gym—there's no special room dedicated to fitness in my modest home. But I do have an array of small, portable workout equipment stashed here and there that, in a pinch, becomes my makeshift home gym.

You don't need a lot of stuff to work out at home—and you don't have to spend a lot of money, either. I don't have any big, expensive equipment, but I do have several small ticket items that really pack a punch: Resistance bands, dumbbells, a stability ball, my new kettlebell, fitness DVDs, and a jump rope offer endless workout options. Here are some ideas for setting up a home gym, and here are 25 different ways you can work out at home for less than $25! Even if all you have is an inexpensive jump rope, that's something. Start with what you like and what you can afford and build from there! 

Even if you belong to a gym or live for exercising in the great outdoors, a home gym (whatever shape it takes) can help you stay on track on "those days" that you can't leave the house (or would rather not). Now you can do biceps curls while you curl up on the couch and watch your favorite show—talk about making fitness a part of your everyday life! 

What kinds of fitness equipment do you have at home? Do you think the option of working out at home helps you stay on track and make fitness a habit in your life?


  1. Did you forget to link? I don't see links to the 25 ways to work out. Just sayin'.

  2. Amanda - Sorry about that. I corrected the link problem. I had those links when I first created the entry, so I assumed they were there when it posted. Sometimes Blogger is not my friend!



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