For most people, the New Year comes with resolutions and one of the most popular is to “get in shape” or to “begin and exercise program.”

Naturally, the next step is to join the closest fitness center with a New Year’s special. Initially the excitement of the gym pays off with daily attendance and possibly results; however, more often than not by March the monthly membership fee becomes a donation to the fitness center.

One of the ways to combat this cycle is to purchase inexpensive fitness equipment that can be stored and used at the home. Having workout equipment at home is convenient, economical and motivational. With all the available equipment, however, it may be difficult to know which to invest in.

Below are a few ideas to get started; utilize all three with a workout app on your phone and get started today!

Kettlebells

Kettlebells are versatile and durable and offer cardiovascular, strength and stability workouts. With a kettlebell, you can perform almost any exercise recommended for dumbbells, and the handle is perfect for cardiovascular swings. There is no need to spend a fortune on an expensive kettlebell; rather choose moderate weight that is heavy enough to offer a challenge but light enough to remain safe with good form.

Resistance Bands

Resistance bands offer the ultimate in convenience. Resistance bands are easy to store and travel with and can be used in a variety of ways for strength training. In some cases, resistance bands can be even more beneficial than dumbbells because more muscles are recruited for stabilization.

Additionally, resistance bands are highly inexpensive; nevertheless be sure to purchase a quality band to avoid snapping of the band during exercise.

Dumbbells

An important component to weight training is a set of dumbbells. Dumbbells are a classic addition to a home gym because they offer everything as workouts can vary from exercises, sets, repetitions to different parts of the body.

Additionally, there is a plethora of free workouts available online to get you started on a safe and effective workout.

Dumbbells do not have to be expensive; most retail stores offer reasonably priced neoprene dumbbells perfect for a home gym.

Carey Stites is a certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor and a Registered Dietitian with a master’s degree in nutrition. Carey is currently the Registered Dietitian working with Wellstone in Harker Heights. Contact her at carey.stites@smchh.org.

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