By Lauren Denos: 9/18/2015 (Ask Lauren)

Dear Lauren,

I joined a gym with my workout partner that just kept flaking. I am not working out with that partner anymore and am quitting the gym. I was thinking of using that gym money towards some equipment for my house. What should I get?

Thank you,

Lana

Dear Lana,

First of all I am sorry that your workout partner did not work out well. But if you think working out with someone else will help keep you motivated then you may want to keep looking for someone new while you are doing your own workouts. Sometimes it takes testing out a few partners to find the right one. And you may go through periods of time when you feel like you need someone else for an extra boost and times when you just feel like working out on your own. Working out on your own can be a lot more flexible since you can go workout whenever you have time rather than waiting on someone else.

Home workouts can be awesome and can be as hard as you want to make them, but make sure you are going to be motivated enough to workout at home. I know for myself I have days that a home workout is just what I am needing and am super motivated and then there are days I just need to get out of the house for a workout. It is okay to have multiple options so that no matter what mood strikes you, you are ready.

Some of my favorite pieces of home workout equipment are:

Pull up bar- Pull ups are a great way to develop upper body strength. You can get one with multiple hand grips so you can work on different types of pull ups. These range around $30.Set of weights or a resistance band. I like weights but I usually only keep a couple sets of weights in the house and leave the majority of them in the gym. Resistance bands are great because you can adjust how much resistance you want easily. They do not take up much space, they are very portable and they are very inexpensive. You can get a whole set of bands plus extra hand grips, ankle straps and a door hook for around $30.

Swiss ball. I love Swiss balls for a variety of workouts. I do some resistance training with them, balance training and stretching. You can get one for between $15 and $60 depending on the brand.

Medicine balls, basket balls, soccer balls, volley balls etc. I will use any variety of these for balance work. Depending on how new you are to exercise this may not be necessary yet. You can get these for between $11 and $100+, it just depends on the brand and the weight.

Videos. Some people love learning from a fitness video. The benefits of a workout video is that you do not have to think of what you want to do, the routine is already put together for you. It will show you how you should be executing the exercises and it will set a pace for you. If you decide to use workout videos make sure that you switch them up at least every few weeks so that your body continues to be challenged.

You can also do so many exercises at home with no equipment and just body weight such as pushups and squats. Pushups and squats are some of the basics that are great to keep in a good workout routine. You will find you have a ton of options when it comes to working out at home. Keep in mind that just because you are not going to them gym, does not mean you have to actually stay inside your house. Go to the park or the beach. Change things up and go for swims, hikes, play some soccer or volley ball. Do what you can to always find something that motivates you and excites you and you will stick with it.

You got this! LIVE FULL OUT!





 

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