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With the start of a new year, many of us will have set new health and fitness goals.
Not sure where to begin? You don’t have to splash out on an expensive gym membership to gain results.
Choosing to workout from the comfort of your own home has many positives: It’s more cost effective and convenient. Not to mention, gym’s this time of year will be extremely busy as people kickstart their fitness journey.
Whether you’re a stay-at-home mum wanting to take up yoga, or an office worker trying and fit a quick 20 minute workout into your daily routine, here’s everything you need to create your very own at-home gym.
Want to try out a workout DVD? Amazon’s number one best-seller remains Joe Wicks’ ‘The Body Coach Workout’. It’s packed with almost three hours of fat burning content, including seven different levels of HIIT workouts for those starting their fitness journey.
Whether you’re watching a yoga YouTube tutorial or doing a home workout DVD, a mat is most definitely needed. LuluLemon’s reversible, lightweight mat is a great option as it’s made with a polyurethane top layer to help absorb moisture for extra grip.
With 505 five-star ratings this Decathlon treadmill, which is designed for low-intensity walking and jogging, is definitely a worthy contender. It can be adjusted to up to a 10% incline, has a maximum speed of 13 km/h and has a compact design that can neatly be folded away.
Increase the effectiveness of your workout by investing in resistant bands, ideal for those practising yoga or pilates. Each of the five bands comes with a different stretch level: extra light, light, medium, heavy and extra heavy - making them great for beginners. Plus, they are eco-friendly.
Opti Vinyl Dumbbell Case Set from Argos | £17.99 (Was £19.99)
Searching for a set of dumbbells that don’t take up half the living room? This set of vinyl dumbbells gives you a pair of 0.5kg, 1kg and 1.5kg weights, all of which can be stored in a neat carry case.
Nike ATG Speed Rope from John Lewis | £15.99
Searching for a cardio-based exercise that isn’t running? Skipping is a great alternative, and with a Nike rope setting you back only £15.99, a very affordable way to get fit this year.
Ultrasport F-Bike Advanced Workout Bicycle from Amazon | £119.99 (Was £199)
If cycling is your thing, this collapsible home trainer fitness bike could be the one for you. It comes with 8 resistance levels, is easy to fold away and has over 900 five-star ratings on Amazon.
Searching for a way to ease yourself into exercise? A vibration plate could be just the thing. Simply stand on the plate while it sends high-speed vibrations through your body, which are designed to strengthen and tone.