Living in a small space isn’t a good reason anymore not to exercise.
If you’re living in a small space like a studio apartment or if you’re just renting a room, there may not be ample space for you to exercise in. Logically, going to the gym or outdoors will be the best space-saving option. However, gym membership fees can be quite expensive and exercising outdoors is very dependent on the weather.
For most of us, doing push-ups and sit ups until our muscles fail us might not sound like a great idea so incorporating some equipment will help jazz up your exercise routine. Here’re a few suggestions of exercise equipment that can help elevate your routine while not taking up a lot of precious space.
With just one pair of dumbbells and assorted weights, you’ll be able to do your weight training without needing a whole shelf of dumbbells. Dumbbells can be used in many types of exercises to help intensify your movements.
The humble yoga mat is a versatile piece of exercise equipment and it isn’t just for doing yoga. Thicker mats are advisable for those with back pain and now, there are even machine-washable ones. A yoga mat can be used to lie on while you’re doing sit ups, push-ups, burpees and other bodyweight exercises.
This piece of equipment is sure to really work out your abs and after that, just store it under your bed. Easy peasy! Start at a kneeling position on a yoga mat to help cushion your knees and place the wheel in front of you. Push yourself forward with your abdominal muscles and then roll yourself back. Rolling too far forward until your arms are completely straight could make it more difficult for your to roll yourself back. Do this exercise 10 times then take a break. Remember to go slowly to prevent injury.
No space for a stationary bike? Try a mini exercise bike which is just the pedal part of the stationary bike. Put it in front of any chair you have and start pedalling! If you work from home, try putting the mini exercise bike under your desk and pedal when you’re taking a break from work. Remember to drink plenty of water especially if you’ve worked up a sweat or if it’s a hot day.
A foam-roller is great for self-myofascial release which is a technique to help release muscle tightness by self-massaging. After strenuous exercise, it’s possible to strain a muscle which could cause knots to form. This could limit your movements and cause pain. By using a foam roller to apply pressure to your knots, it could help aid in your muscles’ recovery and return them to normal function quicker.
These are ultra-portable so you can even bring them on trips without taking up much space. Stand on the band in squat position while holding a handle in each hand. Perform a squat by lowering your body until your thighs are parallel to the ground and straighten back up. Repeat for eight to 12 reps. Do make sure that the bands aren’t too long or short so you’ll be able to get the most out of the equipment.
Whatever you choose to get, remember not to get them all at once. Try them one at a time and if you’re ready to commit to a more varied routine, expand your exercise equipment arsenal.