Want to start working out from home, but not sure what equipment you need to start? Here are a few last-minute bits you might want to add to your Christmas list.
A good exercise mat
It’s a good idea to get a nice padded mat with a good grip – that way whatever your floor type, you’ll be sorted. There are plenty of very cheap and cheerful mats out there, but if you only need one, get a decent one. Places like TK Maxx have a good selection for less than £10.
A decent sports bra
Chaps, this one isn’t for you, but ladies – if you don’t want hurty, saggy boobs – invest. Personally, I think the best sports bras on the market are Shock Absorber, hands down. If you are on a budget and need the support (I know I do!), Tesco do a decent bra that I think makes a good alternative.
Build up your strength and cardio the old school way. It might take you a while to get back into it, but once you’ve got it, you will find skipping to be a great workout. Start simple – 1 min on, 1 min off x 5.
Not sure how heavy? Pick them up. If you are just starting out, 2 x 2kg or 3kg’s should suffice. To judge if a weight is challenging enough for you, go for 10 reps and if by the last rep you could easily keep going, go heavier. Adjustable weights are a good option also and can take you from 1kg – 10kg. I’ve been lucky enough to pick dumbbells up in places like Aldi, Asda, and DW.
Great for squats, deadlifts and beyond! Once you are ready to move on from doing certain exercises using bodyweight alone, a kettlebell is such a versatile piece of kit to get you to the next level. If you are starting out you may want to go for a 6kg, but your legs will soon prove to you that they can take over 10kg.
Happy shopping, happy sweating!