With gyms shut down, it may be time to take up exercising at home. You may be wondering where to get the equipment to maximise on your at-home workout. Below are four basic pieces you can improvise.
1. Exercise mat
An exercise mat is a must if you are planning to do any floor work. Exercising your core, doing yoga and some transitional exercises will require a mat so buy a mat of decent thickness and get going. Simple alternative: Layering two towels on a non-slippery surface will work just as well.
Dumbbells are extremely versatile as they can be used for most workouts. Adjustable dumbbells provide best value for money. Alternatively, fill water bottles with water, unopened cans or even heavy books for an easy readily available option.
Bands can be used by both beginners and experienced athletes, are cheap and easy to carry around. Bands can be used to do a full body workout or target specific body parts. Opt for a set of bands that come in different resistance. Simple alternative: Time to bring back an old childhood favourite and use ‘bladaa’ or the inner tube of a car tire as makeshift bands.
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Kettlebells are effective because they can be used in combined weights and cardiovascular exercises, great for burning fat, increasing endurance and building strength. Choose a kettlebell heavy enough to challenge you but light enough to exercise with good form. Simple alternative: For a homemade kettlebell, tie some books up in a tea towel, leso or scarf.
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