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8 Inexpensive Fitness Tools Every Home Should Have

8 Inexpensive Fitness Tools Every Home Should Have

You don’t have to waste a fortune in order to look good. Being in shape is just a matter of will; you can hire the finest trainers and go to the best gyms, but if you don’t previously decide to dedicate yourself to your health, all of that will be for nothing.

With the right motivation, you can achieve that figure you always wanted in the comfort of your home and without worrying about unrealistic gym bills. Establishing a home workout routine is beneficial for several reasons – this small investment is here to stay and you’ll have every tool at your disposal forever. The whole family can use your little home gym, so that cuts bills significantly for your household, and you will have more time because there will be no home-gym-home traveling every time you want to exercise.

With this in mind, you should be feeling inspired to create your little home gym, so check out the following nine fitness tools that will boost your confidence and help you get fit in no time.

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1. Jump Rope

Although people avoid jump ropes because they usually have only two associations when those words are mentioned – little girls in pink dresses or tough boxers – using jump rope in your exercise routine is highly beneficial and it’s relatively easy for beginners to get used to the different exercises.

Apart from helping you burn a huge amount of calories (it actually can be more efficient than jogging), jumping rope makes you lighter on your feet. This means that your coordination gets significantly improved because this exercise is all about focusing on your feet. The more jump rope tricks you discover and learn, the more coordinated you’ll get.

2. Dumbbells

You should know that when compared to the barbell, dumbbells can be a bit more versatile, giving you a larger choice of exercises, and they are cheaper than a full barbell set and rack combo. They will provide you with plenty of variety in your workouts and they offer a more natural selection of movements, because unlike fixed machines and cables, they can move freely in all different directions.

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This exercise tool can be used to train both the lower body and the upper body, which makes them a worthy addition to your home gym, and one that’s quite efficient and simple to store at that.

3. Yoga Mat

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    The only difficult thing about yoga is starting to practice it – after that I’m sure you’ll fall in love with it just like everyone else. Of course, you should start with a beginner’s program and move up from there gradually. The list of benefits of practicing yoga is quite extensive. Other than the obvious benefit of increasing flexibility, it has a positive impact on your isometric strength and muscle tone, improves your respiration, decreases stress and increases your energy levels.

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    4. Foam Roller

    Your post-exercise routine is as important as the actual workout, and it’s quite important for you to take good care of your muscles. My suggestion is to go with a foam roller in order to prevent sore muscles and cramps, especially when it comes to your back. Lifting weights can burden your lower back muscles and if you don’t do something about it, you can be in pain for weeks.

    5. Stability Ball

    Speaking of spine alignment – stability balls are highly beneficial solution for this problem. It’s quite simple really. Because of ball’s instability, you need to work on balance and thus practice and achieve a proper posture. You can use it for stretches and simple workouts, but you should know there’s a ton of different tutorials that show you how to do a full body exercise with it.

    6. Ab Wheel

    Did you know that each rollout using an ab wheel actually moves over 20 muscles in your body? This smart tool is unbelievably efficient; if you’re persistent with repetition, you’ll get that six-pack you always wanted quite quickly. You should also know that using an ab wheel isn’t any more difficult than doing crunches – you’ll just need some time to get used to it.

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    7. Decent running shoes

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      The greatest problem I had with running is discipline – the most difficult part of this type of training is getting your mind in the zone and staying motivated, and if you do manage to be persistent in it, you will not only strengthen your body but your mind as well. Obviously, running helps you lose weight, but it also firms up your muscles equally and gradually. With a relatively decent pair of running shoes – which you can often get on sale – you’ll be ready to hit the road any time you feel like it.

      8. Mirror

      Having a mini gym is a pretty smart move, but you already know that you can hurt yourself by doing the exercises wrong. I’m sure you’ll go online and consult various tutorials and programs until you find the one that works for you, but you need to make sure your posture and your movements are reflecting those that you see – which is why a big mirror is an essential item in your home gym.

      Did you know that working out makes you happy? When you exercise, your mind tells your glands to release happiness hormones, because you’re doing a good thing for your figure, your health and your confidence. Exercising really contributes to the overall quality of your life and if you actually go through with your little home gym project, you’ll be a lot happier.

      Featured photo credit: https://www.pexels.com/u/scott-webb-39047/ via pexels.com

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      Last Updated on April 2, 2020

      10 Quick Easy Workouts To Lose Arm Fat At Home

      10 Quick Easy Workouts To Lose Arm Fat At Home

      Flabby arms are something a lot of us have to tend to. If you find yourself buying a sweater or cardigan to go with your tank top or usually opt for the long-sleeved dress, then you’re not alone. Usually a result of genes, general excess fat or just ageing, it seems difficult to lose arm fat. The fat in our arms accumulates mainly around the triceps – the muscles on the back of your upper arm – and are prone to getting flabby if not exercised regularly.

      What we eat can also play a part in the extent of the jiggle so eating a good, healthy balanced diet as well as keeping well hydrated can put you on the right track. Resistance exercises are the most effective way to blast that underarm fat as well as strengthen, shape and tone your muscles. You can always go down to the gym and work up a sweat but who has time for that? If you want a convenient and quick alternative then you can easily manage an effective routine in the comfort of your own home. All you need is a set of dumbbells and you can start toning up those bingo wings with these 10 easy workouts.

      1. Tricep dips

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        Works: Triceps

        • Hands must be positioned shoulder width apart on a secured chair or bench.
        • Position your bum in front of the bench with feet hip-width apart on the floor and legs bent.
        • Straighten out your arms a little, keeping a slight bend from the elbow so to put more emphasis on the tricep and less stress on the elbow.
        • Keeping your back close to the bench, slowly lower your body so that your arms are at a 90-degree angle.
        • Once in this position slowly push off your hands back to the starting position.
        • Do 10-15 reps.

        2. Bicep curls

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          Works: Biceps and shoulders

          • Start off with your feet hip-distance apart, holding one dumbbell in each hand with your palms facing out.
          • Starting with your left arm, bend your elbow to slowly bring the weight up to your shoulder holding the position for 5 seconds.
          • Slowly release the elbow and straighten your arm back down to the starting position.
          • Repeat the moves on the right side.
          • Complete 3 sets of 10-15 reps for each arm.

          3. Push ups

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            Works: Triceps and Deltoids

            • Lying face down, place your hands on the floor roughly shoulder-width apart.
            • Tuck your toes under and gently lift your body up, pushing through your hands and making sure not to lock your elbows.
            • Slowly bend your elbows bringing your face roughly 2-3 inches from the ground.
            • Slowly push back up through your arms. If this is difficult then do the same move but keeping your knees on the floor.
            • Repeat 10-15 times.

            4. Tricep Kickbacks

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              Works: Triceps

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              • Place a weight in each hand and kneel down onto the floor with your toes tucked under.
              • Bend your upper body forward from the hips up and bend your elbows to a 90-degree angle.
              • Extend both your arms backwards while your palms are facing each other.
              • Feel the tension in the triceps and return to the starting position.
              • Do 3 sets of 8-10 reps.

              5. Plank

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                Works: Chest, Shoulders, Biceps and Core

                • Start face-down on the floor, resting on your forearms and knees.
                • Step your feet out so that they are slightly apart and come into the plank position.
                • Make sure your body is straight, parallel to the floor and your bum is tucked in.
                • Pull your abs in and hold the position for as long as you can. Try to aim for 20-30 seconds and build up to a minute.
                • Repeat 3 times.

                6. Tricep Extensions

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                  Works: Triceps

                  • Stand on a mat with your feet hip-width apart.
                  • Hold one dumbbell with both hands behind your head, bending the elbows.
                  • Bring the weight towards the ceiling, straightening your arms above your head.
                  • Lower back to starting position.
                  • Complete 2-3 sets of 10-15 reps.

                  7. Lateral Arm Raises

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                    Works: Deltoids

                    • Stand with feel hip-width apart. With arms down the side of your body, hold a dumbbell in each hand with palms facing in.
                    • Starting with your left side, inhale and slowly raise your arm so that it’s parallel to the floor. Make sure not to lock your elbow by keeping a slight bend.
                    • Make sure your arm is straight and palm is facing the floor.
                    • Exhale and slowly bring your arm back down to your side.
                    • Repeat on the right side.
                    • Do 10-15 reps on each side and two sets.

                    8. Overhead Press

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                      Works: Shoulders

                      • Stand up, lining your feet with your hips and hold a dumbbell in each hand with palms facing out.
                      • Bring the weights to your shoulders.
                      • Keep your core muscles tight and straighten your arms above you.
                      • Slowly bring your arms back down to your shoulders.
                      • Do 3 sets of 10-15 reps.

                      9. Bent Over Row

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                        Works: Triceps and Biceps 

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                        • Place your feet shoulder-width apart.
                        • Bend your knees and and then bend your upper body forward from the hips making sure you keep your back nice and straight.
                        • Make sure your hands are straight and placed under your shoulders.
                        • Bend the elbows back while lifting your arms towards the sides of your chest, pulling your shoulder blades towards each other.
                        • Slowly lower the weights in a controlled movement and feel the tension at your triceps.
                        • Repeat 10-15 times.

                        10. Skull Crushers

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                          Works: Triceps

                          • While holding a dumbbell in each hand, lie on your back with your knees bent.
                          • Slowly raise your arms so they are above your chest, making sure your elbows are straight but not locked.
                          • Slowly lower both arms toward your head, bending your elbows to 90 degrees as the dumbbells reach the mat. Aim to lower your weights so they are on either side of your head  with elbows bent and pressing in toward your head (being careful not to hit yourself in the face).
                          • Lift your arms back to starting position.
                          • Complete 2 or 3 sets, 10-15 reps each.

                          Featured photo credit: Maddi Bazzocco via unsplash.com

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