Getting in Shape at Home, the Basics

Greetings!  This blog is all about what you need to get in shape at home.  Personally, I prefer getting my sweat on at the gym or outside in the fresh air.  But many like to go the home gym route, it really is a personal preference.  Some are too busy to fit in a session at their local fitness center.  Others are on a budget and are looking for financially efficient ways to get into or stay in shape.  Whatever you reason here is what you will need to get started.

Yoga/Exercise Mat: 

Cost: $10 -$30 (even more if you go for the top lululemon mat)

Mats come in all different colors, lengths and qualities. I prefer a more plush mat for my workouts. The best thing I can suggest is for you to test different mats and then chose your preference.

Buy at: WalmartTarget, Sports Authority, or Amazon.com.  You even check out discount stores like Ross and TJ Maxx.

Dumbbells:

Cost: $20-$40/pair depending on size

Buy at: WalmartTargetSports Authority, or Amazon.com.  You even check out discount stores like Ross and TJ Maxx.

Stability ball: optional

Cost: $10 – $20

Buy at: WalmartTargetSports Authority, or Amazon.com.  You even check out discount stores like Ross and TJ Maxx.

Stability balls come in 3 common sizes (55cm, 65cm, and 75cm) although you can get them smaller and bigger.  Here is a chart to help you know what size ball best fits your height.

Click to read about the benefits of a stability ball

BOSU ball: optional 

Cost: $100

Buy at: Target, Sports Authority, Amazon ~ I would strongly suggest Sports Authority because they usually have weekly discounts if you search google.

BOSU stands for Both Sides Up meaning that you can preform exercises on either side of the ball.

dome side

flat side

Click here to read about some benefits of using a BOSU ball.

The internet:

The internet has millions of workout resources.  You can easily find workouts that only require the equipment listed above.  Here are links to some great resources:

Zuzkalight.com ~ 10 – 20 minute high intensity interval workout videos.  Some extra equipment may be needed. Keep you eyes out for my upcoming sandbag tutorial.

Shape.com ~ workout plans, exercises for each muscle group, articles about fitness and food, etc.

Fitnessmagazine.com ~ workout plans, exercises for each muscle group, articles about fitness and food, etc.

Livestrong.com ~ website created by Lance Armstrong and his team.  Full of information about food, fitness and health.

Womenshealthmag.com ~ workout plans, exercises for each muscle group, articles about fitness and food, etc.  link to workouts 

Now you are ready to burn some calories and start building muscle. Happy sweating!!!

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4 responses to “Getting in Shape at Home, the Basics

  1. I’m impressed with your blog already! We started doing exercises last week-did them 3 times so hope to keep the routine. Reading your blog helps me keep motivated to continue. Thanks!

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