Take Your Workouts to the Next Level With These Fitness Tools
Exercise is all about improving mental and physical health. If we atomize it further, it’s about bulking up, lifting weights, improving your stamina, shredding, and improving your mobility. But what most people continue to neglect is that like everything in life, exercise can too become dull. This is precisely why most people come across spells of no motivation to go to the gym — regardless of how motivated they initially were.
The key to countering that is by aligning exercise with your lifestyle. Keep exercise equipment at home so you can exercise whenever you feel like doing so during the day. The other step for making it exciting is by introducing cool practices, games, and fitness tools in your home gym.
We’ve highlighted some fitness accessories in this guide and some fun-filled tips that’ll benefit you. Let’s get started!
Exercise balls, also known as stability balls, are an exciting, easy, and versatile gym accessory. You can utilize them to improve your balance, core strength, back muscles, and pelvic muscles!
These balls are made out of anti-burst PVC (polyvinyl chloride) plastic. Exercise balls also help reinforce muscles that support your spinal structure — helping you improve your posture.
If you’re unsure about the exercises, a simple YouTube search would do the trick
Improved flexibility and better abdominal muscles are some other benefits. Many manufacturers market their exercise balls as furniture items too!
ANKLE AND WRIST WEIGHTS
Putting on wrist and ankle weights when doing your regular exercises can give you super strength. Imagine doing a three-mile jog with ankle weights of five pounds on each leg. You’re basically carrying 10 pounds of extra weight on you just to get your body used to it. Make sure to not overdo the weights. We suggest that you only use ankle and wrist weights for cardio exercises.
A punching bag is an excellent accessory to take out your day’s frustration. That’s what it’s made for. The correct way to utilize it is by imagining all the frustrating scenarios of your day and punching the bag like there’s no tomorrow.
A yoga mat saves your carpet and floor from your sweat and it saves you from getting dusty in the process. It gives you a dedicated place to meditate, do cardio, do yoga or even jump rope!
Whether your purpose is to warm up, cut fat, find an alternative to running, or improve your dancing skills, a jumping rope delivers it all!
How? When you’re using a jumping rope, you’re moving your legs, your arms, and your shoulders. You can easily jump rope for five minutes to warm up your body before the actual workout.
Most people find it easy to jump rope when losing fat too — it works like a magic without you having to ever go out. It’s easy and accessible.
There are hundreds and thousands of fitness enthusiasts flaunting their rope-skipping skills on the internet. Their coordination is unrivaled and they look extremely good while doing so. When you do it with music in your ears, things become even more fun!
Just like a skipping rope, battle ropes are excellent if you want to work up a sweat at the gym. With just one exercise, you’re working out multiple muscle groups.
Battling ropes are basically thicker-than-average ropes and are tied on one end. You hold the ropes from the other end (one rope in each hand) and you move them in a to-and-fro motion to work out your muscles.
Working out the entire body using just one tool? Take our money!
RELIABLE RUNNING SHOES
Be it weight training, running, rope skipping, or just cardio — you cannot give your 100 percent to your fitness routine if you don’t have reliable shoes for the job. We suggest buying running shoes, in particular, because you can use them while doing all other exercises comfortably.
PULL UP BAR
Lastly, a pull-up bar installed right above your bedroom’s entrance door or on the terrace is a must. Children should be introduced to it from the beginning so that by the time they’re teenagers, their arms have enough strength for pull-ups!
When you exercise, your mind tells your glands to release upbeat, happy hormones. It disciplines you. The sense of breaking resistance in your brain prepares you for life. It tells you that you can do more than you give yourself credit for. Exercising contributes to the overall quality of your life and so it should be a priority!