Health & Fitness
A Quick Guide to Buying the Essentials for a Home Gym A lot of people are now working from home and whilst this can be great for work –life balance, it can have a few downsides too. You might have enjoyed the company of colleagues at work either next to your desk area or over coffee. You may have liked the commute to work on public transport to gather your thoughts for the day or do a little work on emails. For those of us with more energy, a brisk walk or cycle to the office might be invigorating and a good way to energise our thoughts. But these aspects of our life are not available with working from home. The lines between work and home life become blurred. One thing that can help is to create a structure in your day. We recommend doing a little exercise routine at some point in the day and keeping to it. This has many benefits for both a healthy body and mind. Getting to the gym might not be possible anymore with various restrictions in place or with concerns about disease spreading in gyms. Creating a mini home gym could solve all these problems. Here’s a short list of things by that might be useful in creating your own mini gym. Spin Bike As far as cardio goes, spin bikes are ideal for a home gym as they are quite compact and they provide a fantastic opportunity to burn some calories and use loads of energy. Upright Bike An upright bike is also quite easy to push into a corner. It is an excellent way of strengthening legs and glutes. Indoor rower These are slightly a little bit more intrusive in space but they provide a fantastic workout – and if you can get one second hand then they are definitely one to get. Gym Accessories Kettle Bells are a good all-rounder. A set of different weights will mean that you can adjust your exercise and progress as you get stronger. Dumbbells are also very versatile and provide the opportunity to strengthen lots of different sets of muscles. These are relatively inexpensive and using them routinely will show great results. Resistance bands are one of the cheapest things that you can buy for your home gym. These bands come in different colours and thicknesses which provide different levels of resistance. They are great for agility and rehabilitation purposes. Core bags are a good addition as they are easily stored and provide a good way to strengthen the upper and lower body. They provide variety to your workout and can be challenging so that you will be able to see progression with your training. Gym Flooring Gym flooring is very important in order that you do not damage the floors of your home and do not need to repair them if you move house. Overall, a home gym doesn’t need to be too fancy or overly expensive. There’s good second hand equipment around for the bigger gym equipment machines. For the smaller accessories or free weights, try second hand too or splash out new. Get fit at home and stay healthy in mind and body.