With all gyms now closed across the UK, people are snapping up exercise tools for working out at home during this odd, social distancing time. Because staying indoors shouldn't mean the end of your fitness regime.
Knowing how to make a home gym with ideas as advanced and simultaneously stylish as these, you'll be ready to go. And who knows, you might even decide to cancel that gym membership once and for all.
Of course we all know that it's important to stay fit and healthy, but we would argue that it's now more important than ever as we're not doing as much or out and about as much as we were a few weeks ago.
Cardiovascular workouts releases endorphins, whilst helping to keep you slim, toned and strong. Plus, the mental benefits of exercise are vast: we all know how a little bit of exercise can go a long way in boosting your mood, relieving stress, improving your memory and even help you get a better night's sleep - scheduling in a work out on lunch break could become a vital part of your day.
So, whether you have a spare room, a spacious loft, or an empty garage or basement, your health will thank you for dedicating a space to set up a home gym.
No indoor space? Store some items in your shed and bring them out onto the terrace on a warm and sunny spring day. Or, at the very least, invest in a seat ball that works your core and improves your posture, all while you're sat at your desk and working from home. Now that's what we call multi-tasking.
The Leg Master® Total Body slims, tones and shapes the inner thigh, outer buttocks, lower leg, front of the thigh, and back of the thigh, and engages the lower abdominals and the lower back, plus with the addition of the new flexible handlebar it helps to tones the upper arms, upper back and chest, too. The best part? It only takes 60 seconds a day.
And did you know that skipping burns twice as much as running? Neither did we. So for a super easy way to keep your cardio up, get yourself a skipping rope. It's one of the most affordable home fitness buys you can get and it guarantees you the ability to get a sweat on wherever you are.
Cardio your thing? A spinning session is your best bet. More of a lie down and stretch person? We hear you. Avoid sore knees with a cushy floor mat.
To help you stay fit while stuck at home, we've compiled a list of the best exercise products that will ensure you get the most out of your work out.
Go on. Treat yourself.
The Leg Master® Total Body, £69.99, legmaster.co.uk
The Leg Master® Total Body slims, tones and shapes the inner thigh, outer buttocks, lower leg, front of the thigh, and back of the thigh, and engages the lower abdominals and the lower back, plus with the addition of the new flexible handlebar it helps to tones the upper arms, upper back and chest, too. The best part? It only takes 60 seconds a day. It's a cardiovascular workout and releases endorphins, whilst helping to keep you slim, toned and strong. It gives fast results and can be felt working immediately. It can also be used standing up or sitting down which makes it ideal for both active people and those struggling with mobility issues.
POWERFIT VIBRATING FITNESS PLATE WITH RESISTANCE BANDS, £288, QVCUK
Whether you’re working at a standing desk or you’re in front of the telly, the Powerfit Vibrating Fitness Plate gives you a full-body work out just by standing on it, vibrating up to 50 times a second. If you really want to up the ante, pick up the resistance bands to target those biceps.
Smart rope in chrome, £69.99, Tangram at amazon.co.uk.
Did you know that a skipping rope workout burns twice as many calories as a running workout? Plus, with this smart rope you can see your jump count in MID-AIR whilst you exercise! Sync the skipping rope to the free Smart Gym mobile app to track jump count, calories burned, workout times, and interval training. Stay motivated to keep using the skipping rope by unlocking fitness awards and competing with friends.
Stov seat ball 60-65cm, £113.18, VLUV at amazon.co.uk
The Stov seat ball challenges your posture while forcing you to work those core muscles. Ideal for those working from home. Plus, it’s a great tool for stretching.
NOHrD SprintBok curved manual treadmill, £5,295, The Conran Shop.
Powered by the strength of your own legs, WaterRower’s NOHrD SprintBok Curved Manual Treadmill is as much a fitness essential as it is a statement for your home. Available in five different wood finishes.
The Reversible mat 3mm, £58, Lululemon.
Whether you’re moving through a yoga sequence or just stretching it out after a tough workout, a cushioned mat like this reversible yoga mat from Lululemon is a must.
Ankle weights 1kg, £16, Move Your Frame
For an easy way to add some resistance to your lower-body workouts, get a pair of ankle weights (you can also use them on your wrists for upper body exercises).
Versa 2 smartwatch in Bordeaux/Copper Rose, £199.99, Fitbit.
Elevate your day with Fitbit Versa 2—the health & fitness smartwatch with Amazon Alexa Built-in, 24/7 heart rate tracking, Sleep Score, apps and more, all in a premium design. Special Edition Versa 2 includes a 3-month trial of Fitbit Premium.
White exercise bike, £9,885, Ciclotte
Cardio your thing? A spinning session is your best bet. Available in seven colours, Ciclotte is an elegant stationary monocycle with a minimal iconic aesthetic, which conceals sophisticated engineering.
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