The Best Workout Gear to Use at Home

The Best Workout Gear to Use at Home

This post will recommend the best workout gear to use at home. The best equipment for your home gym should be versatile, portable and of a decent quality. Paired with online workout routines like this one, you can effectively work out in the safety of your own home.

Staying active should be a priority in your daily routine. Making it to the gym isn’t as straightforward as it was pre-Covid. Many people have been put off because of the risk of contracting the virus, a valid fear. Working out at home has become a necessity for many people this year due to lock-downs and self isolation.   Home gym equipment is now a sought after item.  The challenge is buying the right equipment that you can use at home without the supervision of a trainer, that can be stored easily.

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Exercise at Home - a collage of images depicting women using exercise equipment. The best workout equipment to use at home includes skipping rope, exercise ball, hand weights, yoga mat, resistance bands and a kettle ball.
Exercise at Home.
A collage of women using exercise equipment at home, including skipping rope, exercise ball, hand weights, yoga mat, resistance bands and a kettle ball.

Recommended Workout Gear to Use at Home

I have been using a yoga mat for many years, not just for yoga.  Use it for stretches and floor exercises as well.  Make sure you buy one that reduces slips. Take a look at Yoga with Adriene on YouTube for free sessions for beginners to advanced.

I bought my son a resistance band set for his birthday and he said it’s the best birthday gift I’ve ever given him.  It can be used for many different exercises because it has attachments for attaching to a door and comes with a workout manual.  It’s portable and comes with a carry bag so is great while you’re traveling.   Look for ones with handles, ankle straps and a set of bands rather than a single band.

Hand weights make a huge difference to your workout at home.  Lightweight ones are great for repetitive exercises,  while heavier ones are great for strength training.  A hand-weight set of various sizes is a great addition to your home gym.

An exercise ball is great for stretches and working your core.  Sitting on one improves your posture, and it can be also used for strength and cardio workouts and pilates. Ensure you buy one that is the correct size for your height.

Kettle bells can be used for strength exercises such as dead-lifts and swings.  It takes up less storage space than a barbell and can be used in small spaces.  

For cardio there is arguably no better exercise than skipping.  A skipping rope is highly portable and takes up minimal storage space which makes it the perfect piece of equipment for home workouts or while traveling.   One with weighted handles is even better. 

Before Starting Your Workout at Home

This equipment is enough to get you started on your home gym.  Remember the most important aspect of exercising is to choose one you enjoy and stick to it.  Get into a good routine where you exercise regularly, whether that be cardio and strength three times a week or second daily yoga.  Any regular exercise is essential for your mental and emotional health. If you are new to regular exercise or have significant health problems, see your doctor prior to starting a new exercise regime (see my disclaimer – this post is intended for general informational purposes only).

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Workout Planner – use a planner like this to keep motivated. You can set your goal for the week and track your progress.
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Health Tips to Promote Women’s Health Week

Women's Health Tips

Promoting Women’s Health

Women’s Health Week is from 7 – 11 September this year. Women’s Health Week is a week dedicated to all women across Australia to make good health a priority. Every day this week I have been publishing Women’s Health tips to promote women’s health. This post will discuss each tip in more depth and provide links so that you may learn more. I am passionate about promoting health and have been using social media posts for this. Links to my social media accounts are at the top of the page.

Women’s Health Tip 1 – Exercise Regularly

Improve your health by exercising regularly. Find an exercise you love and stick to it. That may be a brisk walk for 30 minutes a day, a yoga session, or a dance lesson. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as you enjoy it and do it on a regular basis. If you are moving your body daily you will reap the benefits, both mental and physical. Don’t let health issues hold you back. In this post I explain how I overcame my health issues and don’t let them stop me from maintaining my exercise.

Exercise Regularly.  Regular exercise is essential for mental and physical health.  Find an exercise you love and stick to it
Exercise Regularly. Find an exercise you love and stick to it. Regular exercise is essential for mental and physical health

Women’s Health Tip 2 – Eat a Healthy Diet

Eat a healthy diet that is balanced and doesn’t cut out whole food groups (unless you have specific health reasons to avoid them such as allergies). A healthy diet includes food from all food groups – protein, carbohydrates, healthy fats, whole-grains and dairy or it’s alternatives. Diets that cut whole food groups out are fad diets and can’t be sustained without health issues. One of the most important indicators of health is your waist size. Eating a healthy diet can be seen to reduce the amount of fat stored around your waist and reduce your risk of health issues such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Read more about it at this post.

Eat a healthy diet.  A healthy diet includes protein, fruit and vegetables, wholefoods and healthy fats.  Maintain a healthy weight without fad diets
Eat a healthy diet. A healthy diet includes protein, fruit and vegetables, wholefoods and healthy fats. Maintain a healthy weight without fad diets

Women’s Health Tip 3 – Take Time for Self Care

Taking time for self care is important for your mental and emotional health. You may find yourself caring for others, and being so busy you don’t have time for YOU. Make self care a priority in your routine. Find something you enjoy – try meditation, singing, hobbies, dancing, yoga, massage, beauty treatments or just relaxing with a good book. Our emotional health is being tested this year, with many people finding they are more stressed than usual due to the pandemic. That means it is even more important that you prioritise your self care, which you can read more about in this post.

Take time for self care.  Self care is important for your emotional and mental health.  Take time for YOU.  Try meditation, talking to a friend, relaxing, beauty treatments, hobbies ... find something you enjoy
Take time for self care. Self care is important for your emotional and mental health. Take time for YOU. Try meditation, talking to a friend, relaxing, beauty treatments, hobbies … find something you enjoy.

Women’s Health Tip 4 – Get Health Checks Done

Make sure you are aware of what health screening is recommended for women in your age group. This may differ according to your place of residence. Ensure you attend to monthly breast self examinations and check your skin for changes. Maintain a regular schedule of screening for your breasts, dental health, eyes, and heart (blood pressure, cholesterol and other blood tests). Depending on your age, you may need bowel cancer screening, regular pelvic examinations, bone density test and mammograms. Your doctor will advise you of any further tests you may require depending on your personal and family health history. More information is in this post and I will have a post in the future on health checks.

Get Health Checks Done.  Screening for breasts, skin, teeth, eyes, heart, bowel, gynae, bone density etc.  See your doctor - find out what screening is needed for your age group.
Get health checks done, including screening for breasts, skin, teeth, eyes, heart, bowel, gynae, bone density, etc. See your doctor to find out what screening is needed for your age group

Women’s Health Tip 5 – Be an Advocate for Your Well-being

You are your own advocate. Speak up if you are concerned, or if you feel your concerns are not being addressed adequately. Those niggly feelings that something is wrong should not be ignored. See a doctor if you are worried. This post will help you decide whether your symptoms mean you should see a doctor. The head in the sand approach does not work with health. It’s easier to treat things if they are in their early stages, and it’s far better to prevent disease than treat it.

Be an advocate for your well-being.  Don't hesitate to see a doctor if you suspect something is wrong.  Your well-being is important.
Be an advocate for your well-being. Don’t hesitate to see a doctor if you suspect something is wrong. Your well-being is important.

Women’s Health is Important

Women make up over 50% of the population. Women’s health is important because we are often the main caregiver of others. We often put our own needs last and ignore health issues until we are really unwell. Stay in tune with your body, and look after it. Don’t take your health for granted because it takes all the joy out of life if you are in poor health. By following these women’s health tips, hopefully you will feel inspired to prioritise your well-being. For further information about Women’s Health Week visit the official website.

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