Remember that time you resolved to exercise, lose weight, and get healthy in the New Year?
It’s only the number 1 resolution every year. What you need is some home gym equipment that inspires you to actually use it, right? 😉
Honestly, we don’t really make “New Year’s resolutions” exactly, but we do make goals with action plans. One trick that works for me is using equipment I actually like and that lets me reward myself for working out by watching a show while I’m doing it. (Limiting myself to watching my favorite shows only while exercising tends to be a better day-to-day motivator for me than wanting to lose weight. Go figure.)
It’s key to remove as many obstacles and excuses to achieving your goals as possible.
For me, that means mostly using home gym equipment. It’s a small home, however, and we have aspirations to go even smaller. This means that I definitely need home workout routines that work in small spaces, and there is some space-saving exercise equipment that I love because it packs a big punch.
Here are a few of my favorites.
I forgot a few other things that I really like but haven’t used lately or don’t have right now, so I’ll just break them all down below.
Space-Saving Home Gym Equipment You Can Travel With
We try to spend the winter somewhere warmer than our current “home base” in the Midwest. Last year I didn’t take any exercise equipment with me, but I really missed it, so I was planning to bring something along this year. Sadly, last minute life happened and I didn’t want to add to David’s packing stress, so I left it. I’ve regretted it almost every day since…
Now, let’s get real, I’m not a gym rat by any remote stretch of the imagination. Remember, I basically said I have to trick myself into working out. So this is my favorite simple exercise equipment that I actually enjoy using.
Circle Glide I am really jonesing to try this out and possibly replace Leg Magic. It’s the same idea, except that it turns so you can exercise your legs in all directions.
Stair Stepper Honestly, I know it’s not very minimalist of me to use a stair stepper when actual stairs would work just as well. However, I don’t have easy access to stairs, nor could I watch a show if I was bouncing up and down between floors. I don’t actually have this kind of equipment right now, but I have always loved it in the past.
Chair “Bike” Stationary bikes are one of my favorite things to exercise on, however I hate how much space they take up. I have a similar little exercise peddler that I found at Aldi and not only does it obviously save so much space, it is also SO much more comfortable to sit on a chair than have a bike seat wedged up your butt. Obviously these things can potentially slide around if you get into it, so I always just put it up to the couch or something that can steady it. The only con with the one I have is that it gets hot after a while so you have to be careful moving it around when you’re done. I don’t know if that’s common to other machines, though.
Resistance Bands Free weights are all fine and good, but they take up a bit more space and certainly don’t travel well. My arm bands are the only things I actually did squeeze in on this trip.
Ab Roller I actually just got rid of this, not because I didn’t like it, but because my minimalist mentality prefers planking since it doesn’t take any equipment or space. This really does work, though, and takes up next to no space.
Thigh Trimmer I had this for many years, but got rid of it in favor of my Leg Magic. The only reason to have this instead would be its slightly smaller size, or being able to work your thighs while sitting or laying down.
So those are some of my favorites for home workout routines – do you have a favorite that I missed?
Go kick this year’s butt, guys!