How to Build a Home Gym: 4 Fitness Equipment Items to Consider for Exercising at Home by 30Seconds Health

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How to Build a Home Gym: 4 Fitness Equipment Items to Consider for Exercising at Home

Want to try and achieve that hot summer body, or are you just trying to have a fit physique without the hassle and expense of going to the gym? Why not build a gym in the comfort of your own home? A home gym can be less expensive, long lasting and may even help you avoid the uncomfortable looks you may get at the gym while trying to burn some calories.

Home fitness has become more and more common, and home gyms took on more prominence when gyms were forced to close because of the coronavirus pandemic. Home fitness is not a new trend, though, as it has been around for decades. Individuals from earlier generations may recall watching fitness programs on TV or video tapes while wearing leg warmers as they followed along with their aerobics instructors.

If you're planning to build a home fitness gym, these are common pieces of "starter equipment" that you may want to consider in order to maximize your fitness program and help achieve your fitness goals. But before dashing out and purchasing weights and other gym equipment, check how much space is available to know which items and what exercise programs could be doable with the room you have. The larger area you have, the more options there may be.

 Here are four essential fitness items to consider when you start a home gym:

1. Yoga Mats

Yoga mats are not only for yoga, but they are also used as a cushion when you perform fitness activities, especially when you're doing a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and strength training. It's not necessary to purchase the most expensive yoga mats, but it is important to acquire thick yoga mats with a non-slip base to prevent injury during exercise.

2. Stationary Exercise Bike

For many people, riding a stationary exercise bike is an effective and productive approach to burn calories and excess body fat while getting their heart, lungs and muscles stronger. In comparison to some other kinds of cardio equipment, a quality exercise bike puts less pressure on your joints, but it still contributes to a great aerobic workout.

3. Pull-up Bar

If you're working on your upper body, then pull-ups may be the right thing for you: they may improve your overall body strength and, at the same time, they can build your fitness level. Doing pull-ups can help strengthen and enhance the upper muscles, primarily biceps, abs and back muscles. There are various types of pull-up bars, such as door pull-up bars, which you can install on your door frame, or you can get the free-standing pull-up bars if you have a large area. If you have limited space, you can buy parallel bars to mount on the wall.

4. Dumbbells

Dumbbells are great to have if you're aiming for strength and unilateral training. Having this fitness equipment in your home gym may unlock several exercise options. Working out with dumbbells can help enhance bone density and muscle strength and increase metabolism. Dumbbells come in different weights. For your body to adjust efficiently with the weights, start with light dumbbells and slowly increase weight as you go.

Now that you know which fitness items to consider for your home gym, you can start on your home fitness journey and hopefully achieve your body fitness goals. As your routines solidify, you could even consider installing mirrors and goal charts on the walls to motivate you during your workouts. Don't forget to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, and be sure to keep an absorbent towel nearby to wipe the sweat you'll generate as you commit to staying fit and healthy!

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Yoga Mats $10 & Up
Stationary Bikes $50 & Up
Pull-up Bars $20 & Up
Dumbbells $10 & Up

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Elisa Schmitz
So true that it's more important than ever to have a way to workout at home. I love all these ideas. I am committed to my yoga and light weights, and am considering a stationary bike. Thanks for the suggestions!
I really need to improve my home gym setup since were staying at home so much more. Great points here. šŸ’Ŗ
Donna John
Have the yoga mat and dumbbells. I have no upper body strength, so will skip the pull-up bar. :-) I had a stationary bike once and loved it.
Gwen Johnson
Great advice about sizing up the amount of space you have. I think I have too much in my small space and it's a little stressful.
My cousin just bought a stationary bike and Iā€™m jealous. It looks like it makes exercise a lot more fun! šŸš“ā€ā™€ļø
I'm all about working out at home these days, for sure.

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