Home Equipment Worth a Try

Home Equipment Worth a Try

There are a ton of great exercises you can do at home without any equipment. We’ve even made a post about staying fit in quarantine (https://covid19central.ca/for-adults/). If you find yourself feeling in a bit of a rut or losing steam though, you may want to try using equipment to enhance and expand the workouts you can do at home!

We’re not recommending going out and buying a full treadmill; these are low-cost small pieces of equipment that offer great versatility and won’t take up too much space in the house. These are great for those just starting out who aren’t sure how invested they want to be in this whole “home fitness” idea and also for die-hard fitness junkies who want to make their workouts more challenging.

If you are considering purchasing equipment, please consider purchasing online through Amazon to avoid unnecessary contact.

Jump rope:

An old school classic that is guaranteed to give you a good aerobic workout while taking up almost no space! Try out some cool jump rope variations if you’re daring enough: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSYkJIOnT78. Just make sure to jump lightly if you’ve got thin floors.

Pull-up bar +/- resistance bands:

Pull-ups can be intimidating for those who haven’t done them before. To ease into them, we recommend buying resistance bands that can make them easier. (Resistance bands are also arguably a worthwhile purchase on their own). A pull-up bar isn’t just for pull-ups either. Look here for just some of the things you can do while hanging: https://www.coachmag.co.uk/bodyweight-exercises/8114/the-best-exercises-to-do-on-a-pull-up-bar.

Adjustable dumbbells:

Dumbbells are extremely versatile and the exercises that you can do with them are endless. Just google search dumbbell exercises if you don’t believe us. The problem is they take up a lot of space. Fortunately, adjustable dumbbells exist! These are designed so that the weight can be adjusted while using the same handle, effectively saving a ton of space. They can be a bit pricey depending on the number of weights you want, so we would recommend starting out with only a few if you’re new to dumbbells.

Lacrosse ball:

Great for massaging tender muscle points at a low cost and take up almost no space! The technique may require some time but there are a lot of videos to guide you (e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fwbsv_0_C3s). Another option is a foam roller but they can be a bit more expensive and take up more space. The upside is they are a bit easier to use.

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Sylvie Bowden
Written in collaboration with Kelvin Ng