Not everyone has a huge room full of exercise equipment or even a set of dumbbells and many of us can’t afford to pay $30 per class at Soul Cycle or Pilates. Luckily there are other options.
Here are my top 3 must-haves to amp up your workouts.
Exercise Tubing with Plastic handles. I like the ones from SPRI (https://www.spri.com/collections/exercise-tubing). Gone are the need to have a rack of weights in your garage. These bands are sturdy as heck (I use them for my boot-camp classes) and are color coded based on weight so they provide varying levels of resistance. You can get a red and blue to start for under $50. Trust me, these babies are so versatile you can work chest, back, legs, hips, glutes, core, shoulders, and so on and so on. Love. Them. Plus they come with door anchors and instruction sheets to show you how to use them. PS. Buy the ones with the hard plastic handles, they are, in my opinion, easier to grip than the ones covered with spongy foam.
Yoga Mat. One attempt at a down dog on your carpet, or using a towel or blanket on the floor and you’ll know why I’m a fan. You need solid gription for your feet and hands so you can focus on your poses and not worry about slipping and falling on your face. You can get inexpensive ones for about $15 but the longer you practice your Asanas you will want a better mat. Manduka are the bomb but they’ll set you back $60 to $110. Just roll that sucker up when you’re done. Cats LOVE to use them as a scratching pad. You’re welcome.
Exercise or Yoga Subscription. Back in the day I subscribed to Tae Bo and would get a new VHS tape in the mail every month. I spent hundreds of dollars on those tapes and loved them. Now you can get a great workout and more variety by subscription. The Daily Burn (www.dailyburn.com) or Yoga With Adriene (www.yogawithadriene.com) offer an amazing variety of classes and options for what you’d spend on 3 lattes a month. Srsly. Bonus! You can watch them on any mobile device so you literally have zero excuses.
So add some spice to your workout regime and reap the rewards!
Now go run!