If you live in a part of the world where winter hits hard and stops you from being able to get out and enjoy a long, brisk walk every day, then it doesn’t mean that your only two options are to buy an expensive gym membership or to just sit on the couch for a few months and watch the pounds pack on. Instead, there are many options from which you can benefit right inside your own home, making sure that the weight will continue to come off, even if the sidewalks are impassable with ice and snow, or it has been raining cats and dogs for days. Winter weight loss can be just as possible as any other season.
Creating your own home gym experience for winter weight loss doesn’t have to be expensive and it doesn’t need to take up a lot of space. You just need to be a bit savvy about what you’re doing. Don’t just buy everything that you see. The odds are that you won’t even end up using it, so while you don’t have any less weight, you will have less money and less room in your home.
Instead, think about the types of things that you can use to create a home gym that will actually work with your budget and space, and that you will use on a regular basis to force those excess pounds off your body and ensure that you will be living life feeling much more physically healthy and attractive.
By exercising at home, you’ll be happier, healthier, and you’ll have more cash left over in your wallet. When you get started, arm yourself with the basics for winter weight loss. This will help to teach you what you’ll actually use over the long term and how. It is only after that point that you will be prepared to decide whether or not you will want something larger and more expensive – like a stair climber or treadmill.
Your home gym can start with the following items and be perfectly equipped for your weight loss needs, even if it’s snowing so hard outside that you can’t see the house immediately across the street or it’s raining so hard that you are considering the construction of an ark.
• Free weights (dumbbells) – get a good set. Prices will rise with the weight of the dumbbells. To keep things affordable, buy a beginner set in the weight that you want, then wait until you have built up your strength before purchasing a heavier set. That way, if you don’t end up using them, you haven’t spent hundreds on a set of multiple weights and adjustable options.
• Resistance bands – these are easy to store, fun to use, extremely adaptable for various parts of the body, and typically run for about $15 each.
• A stability ball – these oversized inflatable balls are both affordable and versatile, and you’ll find many videos online that can teach you how to work out much more than just your core muscles. As an added bonus, you can use this to replace your desk chair in your home office to keep your core engaged as you surf the web.
• Exercise mat – this is great regardless of you’re doing yoga, Pilates, or just a few crunches to keep those muscles toned.