Yes, you can stay slim and fit without the gym. Here are the best fitness tools that you must integrate into your fitness routine to tighten and tone right at home.
The stability ball or Swiss ball is finding its way into homes and gyms all across the country. They can be used with Pilates, weight training and other fitness workouts. It is an effective way to strengthen core and abdominal muscles that are important for stability and good shape but are often ignored with other equipments found in gyms. Stability balls don’t require expensive equipment. All you need is a pair of dumbbells or workout bench to perform exercises with this ball.
The exercise balls are available in different sizes. To check the right size, sit on the ball and see that your upper thighs are parallel to the floor. If it is so, then it is the correct size. Also, you need to check the ball is properly inflated.
There are so many exercises you can perform with medicinal ball. You can use them in place of dumbbells for a more challenging exercise. You can use them while performing squats and abdominal workouts to increase the intensity of the exercise and resulting in more muscle mass. They are also excellent for cardio workouts as they keep your heart pumping.
Another simple exercise with medicinal ball is to place the ball on your head and hold it in position, move the ball slowly to the back of your head before returning to the original position. Doing this strengthens your triceps, shoulders and back.
The Bosu ball is a latest fitness tool that exercise enthusiasts have come to embrace it. It is crafted to add strength and instability during muscle training exercises. It is similar to a small exercise ball that is cut in half. The top of the ball is curved and soft while the base is flat and hard. You can use it alone or in association with dumbbells, medicinal balls, resistance bands or barbells. Using a Bosu ball with push-ups or other type of exercises that are done on a flat floor will result in stronger muscles. It also helps in improving balance for those recovering from injury or for elder people. Just standing on the ball with one or both foots and balancing yourself is an excellent balancing workout.
You need to be careful when exercising on an unstable surface like this ball because you are likely to get injured if you don’t have a good grip.
Resistance bands are good for those who don’t have time to go to gym or who want to enjoy their exercise when they travel. The versatility, convenience and safety of resistance bands motivate you to add them to your stock of fitness tools. Resistance bands are inexpensive and are available in different resistance levels: light, medium and heavy. Resistance band is another tool that replaces many of the standard strength training tools. Because of their small size and portability, resistance bands can be easily carried along with you to perform workouts even while you travel. When space is a problem for your home gym, resistance bands are the best option that occupies very little space.
Exercise on a Trampoline or rebounder is great and efficient way to get fit and it has lots of fun too. Rebounding is an effective way of boosting your energy, improving your blood circulation, burning calories, toning muscle and achieving a great, all over workout- right within the comforts of your home. Many people are uncomfortable with jogging and running. This is because most of the times they are disrupted by the traffic and road work. Rebounding makes it possible to enjoy the same activity with more benefits. With trampoline, your ten minutes bounce is equal to a half hour run. NASA has proved that Rebounding is 68% more efficient than running or jogging. Trampoline takes up 80% of the shock of your weight-bearing joints thus protecting your bones and muscles.