By Rachel Greene
Want to get in shape for the summer but embarrassed to go to the gym? Or maybe you don’t have enough time? The good news is that you don’t have to leave your home to get a good workout. No excuses! The answer- a home gym! Here are a few great workout tools so you can stay in shape and at home :
1. The Stability Ball
Stability balls, also known as balance balls or Swiss balls, can be incorporated into Pilates, weight training and many other fitness routines. These exercise balls have become an extremely popular way to increase core balance and abdominal fitness.
Stability Ball, target.com 19.99
2. Mini Trampoline
Jumping on a mini trampoline, also called rebounding, is a low-impact cardio workout that improves muscle tone and balance while torching 160 calories per 30 minutes of bouncing
Mini Trampoline, kmart.com, $59.00
3. Standing Punching Bag
Kickboxing and boxing is a great at home workout. It can burn up to five hundred calories per hour
Standing Punching Bag, sportsauthority.com, $89.99
A kettlebell is a cast iron ball with a handle attached to the top of it (picture a cannonball with a handle on the top). This design makes kettlebells different from training with dumbbells because the weight of a kettlebell is not distributed evenly, thus creating the need to counter balance and stabilize during your workout.
Kettlebell, dragondoor.com, $65.95
5. Spin Bike
Indoor cycling is a great way to burn calories and stay in shape. The average calorie burn for a hour of spinning is 650 calories
Spin Bike, walmart.com, $247.00
Some of the treadmills provide a home workout and running experience as natural as the outdoors.
Treadmill, soletreadmills.com, $999.99
It is a stationary exercise machine used to simulate stair climbing, walking, or running without causing excessive pressure to the joints, hence decreasing the risk of impact injuries.
Elliptical, bowflexcatalog.com, $599.00
It has a big moving staircase. Like jogging, stair-climbing torches mega calories (about 10 a minute, depending on your speed) and strengthens your thighs, butt, and calves. But it goes even further, taking your legs and glutes through a full range of motion, which is crucial for sculpting.
Stepmill, stairmaster.com, $2,995
9. Bosu Ball
The BOSU (which stands for both sides utilized) ball makes exercise extra challenging. With a flat platform on one side and a rubber dome on the other, the tool adds an element of instability to your workouts, forcing you to use your core to stay steady.
Bosu Ball, bosu.com, $119.00
10. Resistance Bands
With resistance bands, you can do just about any type of strength training exercise — chest presses, rows, shoulder presses, tricep extensions, bicep curls, and even squats — without the need for heavy weights.
Resistance Bands, exercise-equipment-parts.com, $24.95
11. Free Weights
A free weight is any type of weight training equipment that does not limit the range of motion with which you can use it. These types of weights are useful for building strength, speed, flexibility, balance and muscle mass.
Free Weights, dickssportinggoods.com, $7.99
12. Jump rope
It 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.
Jumping rope, dickssportinggoods.com, $19.99
Twelve Great Workout Equipments For Home Gym