I’m admitting right here and now I have a fairly short attention span. I like to jump from thing to thing and keep things fresh. A big killer of sticking with a fitness plan is being bored. Once the newness wears off, what then?
My solution to that problem is having a variety of options. If you belong to a gym you probably have lots of options available to you. There’s cardio equipment and classes and free weights and machines. But what if you’re on the road? Or maybe you’re having a hard time balancing your gym time with family time? Or maybe it’s not in the budget?
These 5 things have been my fitness backbone. They are low cost, easy to store, and provide a way for you to work on all three parts of your fitness: cardio, resistance, and flexibility training. And the best part is they all can be taken on the road!
Kettlebells: Kettlebells not only provide an incredible resistance workout but also, depending on the exercise, kick some cardio butt too! They come in a variety of weights and colors. Easy to store away and take up very little space.
A jump rope: This old school cardio workout is second to none. I like to throw in a minute or two between kettlebell swings for a quick, high-intensity workout. If you’re just starting, it takes a bit of practice to continually jump rope without a miss. A great skill to master.
Resistance bands: Bands come in a variety of resistance from light to super heavy duty so even the strongest of guys can appreciate them. They travel anywhere and are super easy to use and one of the most low-cost of options.
A yoga mat: It doesn’t have to be one of those super foam ones to work. I personally like a thinner mat so I can bring it wherever I go. Flexibility training is vital to the health of your joints. Start including it now if it hasn’t already been part of your fitness; many years from now you’ll be thankful you did. A yoga mat allows you to take your flexibility training anywhere.
A good pair of sneakers: Whether you’re a runner or a walker, a good pair of sneakers is a must. You’ll avoid injuries by purchasing a good pair of shoes. Take care of your feet and invest in yourself. A good pair of sneakers will last longer. If you’re not sure of what to choose visit a local running store to get expert advice.
To be successful at consistently making exercise a part of your life, you must fit it into your life. Like any self-improvement quest, the tools have to be available at all times. And keep in mind that small changes create big results!
This post is sponsored by the fabulous folks at Sears Fitstudio.