Forget the gym, this is the best equipment for working out while staying in

The best equipment for working out at home. (Getty Images)

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Love it or hate it, exercising in some way is important for our overall health and wellbeing.

Whether it’s walking the dog or signing up to some of the more intense full-body workouts at your gym, finding the best form of exercise for you is key to keeping active.

However, joining a gym doesn’t work for everyone and the daily dog walk only works if you actually have a four-legged friend to take out, so what do the rest of us do?

If you find yourself too busy, unable or self-conscious to get out of the house to exercise then a home workout is your best option.

But don’t worry, a home workout doesn’t have to mean a drab pilates DVD like it might have done several years ago. Now there are all sorts of ways to get your heart racing and your muscles working from the sanctuary of your own living room.

From versatile weights to fold-away treadmills and all sorts of fancy gadgets in between, we’ve found the best at-home exercise equipment to help you make the most of your workout.

Whether you’re new to exercise or looking to keep up a longtime fitness regime, there’s something for everyone.

And don’t worry, if you’re not sure what to actually do with it once you’ve bought it, there are a plethora of brilliant workout videos on YouTube and all sorts of at-home apps you can download to give you some structure.

For example, fitness experts Kayla Itsines and Jassamyn Stanley often share their routines for free (or for less than a gym membership, at least.)

You could be done, showered and back in front of Netflix all in the space of 30-minutes. Ideal, right?

The best at-home exercise equipment

JLL® Maze Balance Trainer | £42.99 from Amazon

Sometimes known as a BOSU ball, this balance trainer is ideal for strengthening your core and making basic exercises - such as squats, sit-ups and step-ups - more challenging. It also includes resistance bands to intensify your workout, too.

WonderCore Smart | £59.99 from Argos


Though this looks rather intense, it’s actually a pretty straight-forward way of targeting your upper, middle and lower abs, as well as your core. Just follow the DVD supplied and then fold and slide behind the sofa, or under the bed, when you’re done.

Heavy Weight Speed Rope | £6.99 from Pro Box

Jumping rope is a great calorie-burner. You'd have to run an eight-minute mile to work off more calories than you'd burn jumping rope. Plus, it’s got us all feeling all nostalgic about the school playground.

TRX Training Suspension Trainer Kit | £79.95 from Amazon

“It just looks like a rope?” we hear you cry. Actually, though, this on-trend piece of fitness equipment is the perfect exercise buddy whether you’re beginner, intermediate or pro. Google ‘TRX workouts’ and you’ll never have to do the same circuit twice.

Set of 5 Gritin Resistance Bands | £10.99 from Amazon

Resistance Bands are a great addition to your home workout because they easily adjust to your fitness level and allow you to increase the volume or the reps as you build strength and fitness.

Maxi Glider 360 by New Image | £129.99 from Argos

Low impact and easy on the joints, this machine will take you through a 360 workout from the comfort of your living room. Though you might get hot while using it, you won’t work up a sweat while putting it away as it simply folds up for easy storage.

XS Sports Aerobics Stepper | £22.99 from Amazon

If you’ve ever been to a gym class you’ll already know just how handy this adjustable step is. Perfect for cardio workouts or elevated body-weight exercises, you can adjust the height depending on the intensity of your workout or the exercise you’re doing.

Body Sculpture Aerobic Bouncer | £42.99 from Superdrug

Why can’t exercise feel like messing around? Well now it can, with this ‘aerobic bouncer’ (aka a trampoline) that will help you work up a sweat in no time.

Speed Mitts | £80 from Unit Nine

If you’ve got a willing workout buddy at home then glove-up and get involved with a calorie-burning boxing session. It’s fun, it’s fast-paced and you’ll certainly feel it afterwards.