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5 must-haves for your home workout

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The right equipment will make your home workout more effective and enjoyable.

The right equipment will make your home workout more effective and enjoyable.

It’s not always convenient to go to the gym on the best days, much less when you’re busy and tired. But that doesn’t mean that you should skip working out altogether. If you’re short on time or don’t want to pay membership fees, an at-home workout is a great alternative. With a few simple items, you can get in your daily exercise from the comfort of your very own home.

1. Dumbbells
If you’re going to buy one thing, it has to be dumbbells. By having a set of weights at home, you can easily get in an arm workout in at your convenience or use them to amp up your squats or lunges. You can even hold a dumbbell during your ab exercises for extra resistance. Having a variety of weights is ideal, but if you don’t want to invest, just pick a weight that’s light enough to do reps, but heavy enough to challenge you. If you’re a beginner, a pair of 5-pound weights is usually a good option.

2. Resistance band
A resistance band is a versatile piece of workout equipment that will take up very little room in your home. Rather than challenge your body with pure weight, your muscles have to overcome resistance – hence the name – when you pull or stretch the bands. They come in a variety of strengths, so be sure to pick one that will meet your individual needs. BODYBUILDING.com suggested that resistance bands are also a great option for travel, as they’re much easier to pack in your luggage than heavy weights.

3. Yoga mat
One of the challenges of working out at home is finding the right surface. If you have hard floors or just want some extra support, invest in a yoga mat. In addition to yoga – obviously – these mats can also be used for crunches, leg lifts or any other kind of exercise where you lay or kneel on the floor. Making sure you have the support you need is a crucial part of avoiding injuries.

4. Foam roller
Anyone who owns a foam roller will probably be quick to tell you that they “hurt so good.” First-time users may be surprised by how uncomfortable it is to use a foam roller, but the results are worth it. According to Runner’s World, using this piece of equipment to roll out your muscles can increase flexibility and decrease muscle tension. Not only can this help to prevent injuries, it can also increase your performance. It’s basically like getting a massage in your own home.

5. Stopwatch 
Whatever your workout involves, it’s always good to have a stopwatch on hand. If you don’t want to be stuck counting all of your reps, just set your watch for a certain number of seconds or minutes and go until you hear the timer go off. Don’t have a watch? A BABY-G watch provides multiple trendy, sporty options that will help you keep track of time during your home workout.

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