Nowadays, everyone seems to be plagued by one health & fitness challenge or another. Some people are desperate to lose weight, while others really need to tone-up on their muscle strength. The elderly need to solidify their bones, while the younger lot is more interested in looking attractive. Whatever their reasons for exercising, the great majority of these folk can’t generally afford to take up expensive gym subscriptions. For this reason, they look to the internet to acquire some free, workout guidance. Through plans like the TDS TV offer, they check out the interesting DIY exercise tutorials on YouTube, and purchase online workout equipment.
Because nothing beats instant home deliveries of your desired goods, right?
Four Basic ‘Indoors’ Workout Equipment Pieces
As a lifelong fitness advocate and gym specialist, I recognize the great dangers that a low-workout lifestyle brings to a person’s life. Such a way of living features people taking up very little physical exertion to offset their usually wild eating habits. And when alcohol, in addition to high-carb and Trans fat processed foods, is added to the mix – personal disaster awaits!
Fortunately, with a little inexpensive exercising equipment and willpower, you too can meet all your health goals at home. In this post, I’ll list 4 types of workout tools that are both easy to use and effective. In addition, they are portable – meaning that you can have some fun with them in any location that you visit.
- 1. Dumbbells
Dumbbells are a basic piece of equipment for anyone looking to pursue an in-home workout session. As you may already know, they come in different weights. Some brands sell fixed-weight dumbbells, whose masses cannot be adjusted. Other varieties are more customized, and allow their users to adjust weights according to the intensities at which they want to lift.
Bicep curls and extensions are the most common types of workouts that you can easily manage with a dumbbell. And even if you don’t have heavier weights to put more strain on the muscles, you can always increase exercise repetitions.
When purchasing dumbbells, go for the customizable option – because then you won’t ever need to worry about spending extra on weights. And before you start with your workout, make sure to learn proper ‘form’. Because you really don’t want to end up injuring yourself the minute you start lifting – a downer like none other!
- 2. Barbells
I often like to think of barbells as the heavier and angrier cousins of the simple dumbbell. The fact that both pieces of equipment have the same basic design structure shows that they come from the same family. Their only difference lies in their sizes, as well as in their space requirements.
Barbells are usually recommended only for advanced exercisers, who already have some muscle fibers to begin with. They function by putting added strain on these developed muscle tissues, and cause them to grow further.
As the human body is designed to adapt to newer instances of stress, they ensure that muscle growth does not become stagnant.
When working out with barbells, many gym specialists encourage their clients to constantly check their hydration levels. In addition, they may also recommend the intake of big protein portions; either through the regular diet, or supplements.
- 3. Extension Cords
Extension cords look similar to old-fashioned skipping rows, but they are anything but. Their effect on muscle fibers is pretty unique; in the ‘muscle development’ sense.
Classical gym manuals used to advise workout-beginners to first train with these flexible cables, before starting with heavy dumbbells. But with the advances in sports medicine, they are now usually reserved for the more advanced exercise stages.
One of the major advantages of using extension cords comes in the ‘Triceps muscle development’ department. Dumbbells and barbells don’t allow their users to do a lot of backward extensions. This problem is corrected with the use of extension cords, which allow for both front & back workouts simultaneously.
- 4. Ground Ab Rollers
As their name implies, ab rollers play a role in developing the ab muscles, which (unfortunately) many exercisers ignore. Unless they’re interested in parading around shirtless on the beach, or in front of the cameras.
Ab rollers have a pretty easy operation. They simply require their users to lie face-down on the ground, and roll them with their hands (while keeping their feet still). The abdominus rectus (abs) muscles are repeatedly stretched in this way, leading to their perked up Hollywood look.
Developing ab muscles is also a great way to keep belly fat in check – which is a dangerous risk factor for heart disease.
If you’re just starting with your home exercising regimen, I would recommend that you first build your core and biceps muscles with a pair of light dumbbells. Recently, I was lucky to get a free pair of these tools through the TDS Customer Service Number, having won the 3rd position in their silver jubilee lottery. Now I’m hoping to get an ab-roller in this way as well – because I hate spending decent currency for something that I can get for free.
After you’ve gained some stamina with dumbells, you can think about progressing to the other three equipment pieces mentioned here.