Most of us are trying to stay fit and healthy in some way or another, but when it comes to exercise, sometimes we tend to overcomplicate things. There are so many misconceptions out there about what the most effective ways of exercising are and we’re here to help.
We’re here to present to you the best exercise equipment to stay fit and healthy all yearround. You’ll be able to add these to your home gym, maximizing your space while also seeing real results in your mental and physical health.
1. Inversion Table
If your spine isn’t in good shape, then the rest of you won’t be either! That’s why we’re starting out our guide with the inversion table. These tables are seriously like miracle workers, allowing you some relief from most back pain. As we have gravity pushing down upon us all the time, it’s incredibly relaxing to allow this to disappear essentially.
Some models even come with infrared heat and/or massage nodes inside to further relax and treat tight muscles! It’s kind of like an all-in-one device that can seriously change how you feel on a daily basis.
If you’re an absolute beginner and are feeling a bit nervous about hanging upside down, then you can rest easy knowing that these models allow you to place the back in various positions to get yourself accustomed and figure out what works best for your body.
2. Suspension Trainer
Suspension trainers are wonderful pieces of equipment that may be very trendy right now, but are sure to be around for many years to come. No matter what your budget is or what kind of space you have available in your home, you should be able to use these trainers without any issues.
Even if you’re an absolute beginner to this type of exercise, you’ll be able to use them and feel comfortable.
They’re nice and durable, and many sets even come with exercise videos or access to videos online so you can have someone kind of leading you through various workouts so you’re not left just hanging there (literally).
The purpose of suspension training is to allow you to work with your own body weight and build strength and balance. As they’re so compact, they’re perfect to keep at home under the bed or in your closet when not in use.
3. Squat Rack
Even if you aren’t trying to gain muscle, squat racks are invaluable to anyone who is serious about their health and wellness. Squats are multi-joint movements which work the lower body, the core, and the upper body when you are squatting with a barbell.
Squats are one of the most functional exercises you can do, which can help you feel more limber and mobile throughout your daily life.
Not only that, but they help you develop strength and power, while also improving balance and posture. However, squat racks aren’t just limited to squats! While we probably wouldn’t recommend curling in the squat rack at a public gym, when you’re in your home gym you can do whatever you want!
Dumbbell curls, for example, are still nice to perform in the rack as if things get too heavy you have a kind of safety net, and a place to rest the weights when you’re not using them. That way, you don’t have to essentially perform a deadlift (also great in the squat rack) every time you are about to do a set of curls or squats.
4. Home Gym System
Home gym systems have been around for a while, but really exploded in popularity when Bowflex came out with their signature model. Why are they so popular?
Because they are able to address just about every part of your body while still remaining a relatively compact piece of equipment! Instead of having to go out and purchase weights, benches, etc. all separately, you get a kind of all-in-one deal.
The type of home gym system you select is up to you, as they do vary widely. Some will use resistance bars (as seen on the Bowflex), while some use the traditional steel plates, and others use resistance bands. The latter is going to be the least expensive most of the time, so if you’re not a heavy lifter or are on a budget, these are a great option.
Last but not least, we have the rebounder! These are basically small trampolines which you can use either indoors or outdoors, depending on what you prefer. They offer incredible benefits to the human mind and body.
Not only are they fun to use, they have been proven to increase circulation, improve immune system functionality, boost metabolism, and even lower cholesterol levels!
If you’re looking for a more entertaining way to burn some calories, then we can’t recommend rebounders enough. Not only that, but if you don’t like the idea of running outdoors or even walking on a treadmill due to the wear and tear they can invoke on our joints, rebounders are excellent alternatives. They offer very low impact on the joints.
Now that you’ve read all about the best exercise equipment to stay fit and healthy, which one are you going to add to your home gym first? The great thing, is that you aren’t just limited to one! They all work together well and each one offers something a bit different from the others.
To stay fit and healthy, though, it has to be something that you at least enjoy doing. As the pieces of equipment up above are so varied, we’re sure that you’ll find at least something that suits your tastes. We hope our guide has helped you to do just that. Thanks for tuning in, and we’ll see you again soon!