Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Build your own gym.

I talk quite frequently about various pieces of equipment at the gym, but the truth is—you don't have to join a gym to gain access to excellent fitness equipment. Simply heading outside can lead you to a number of different options. All of which are free, but require Mother Nature's cooperation. If you live in a snow belt (as I do), then you know what I'm talking about. Enter stores like Target and Dick's Sporting Goods, both of which stock great selections of affordable fitness equipment. Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not suggesting you run out and buy a treadmill, though they are worthwhile investments. I am, however, suggesting that you start with the basics and build up as needed. But before you head out, let's take a look at your humble abode.

If you stash fitness equipment in the corner of your bedroom, it'll stay there forever. Take a quick stroll through each and every room in your house or apartment and decide which area will be your own personal gym. Choose a room that's spacious, well-ventilated, and if you can claim an empty wall for a mirror—consider it the perfect spot. Give it a good clean, and find something on or in which you can store the goods you're about to purchase. You want your home gym to be inviting, because only an inviting spot is truly inspiring.

On that note, let's shop! I popped on Target's website to find the images in the following collage. Admittedly, this collage could have contained a hundred different items, but I stuck to the basics. And really, all you really need is the basics.

1) Exercise ball. Use it for abdominal work,
    as a chair or even as a weight bench.

2) Hand weights. Pick a light, medium and
    heavy pair to give yourself some variety.
3) Resistance tubes. They mimic machines
    you'd find at a gym and help you stretch.
4) Yoga mat. They make any floor comfy,
    and they keep sweat out of your carpeting.
5) Jump rope. It's the cheapest piece of
    cardio equipment you'll ever buy.

Question: What kind of exercise equipment do you have at home? Is there something on your wish list?

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