Exercising at home has various benefits, including solving the problem of finding time for fitness. From just a few basic pieces of equipment in the living room to building a complete gym, home exercise could be the key to maintaining health and fitness.
It is more than possible to get the same quality of training and equivalent benefits when training at home. Training in a gym or leisure centre can be appealing as it provides a well-equipped place for focussed exercise. However, training at home also has various benefits.
These benefits include the absence of gym membership fees which can be expensive. There is a huge range of basic gym equipment which can be bought for the home: dumbbells, an exercise mat and a stability ball can be bought relatively cheaply. In fact, with so many options available, one of the biggest problems with purchasing home exercise equipment is deciding what not to buy.
There is also the added convenience of home training to consider; there is no travel time to get to the gym, the training facility is always ready to access, and there will be nobody else queuing for the most popular equipment. Home training is particularly popular with busy professionals such as specialist orthodontist Jonathan Alexander-Abt; people who might not otherwise be able to find time for fitness.
Of course, there are some negatives associated with exercising at home. It requires some imagination in order to maintain interest in the training regime and some people may find the loneliness boring. In addition to the social experience of belonging to a public gym, they also tend to include a larger variety of equipment to what you would be able to afford and accommodate at home. Even a modest investment in home gym equipment will require an initial outlay.
Dumbbells are a good, low-cost option for anyone starting to exercise at home. An excellent workout can be achieved using dumbbells, making them a popular choice for home training. Depending on individual goals and budget, there are various options for dumbbell equipment.
Purchasing two sets of dumbbells will be enough to begin a full dumbbell programme from home. A heavier set is good for exercises where you manage your own weight, such as lunges or squats. A lighter set of dumbbells is more suitable for joint-taxing exercises, such as curls, rows and raises.
Whatever training exercises are chosen, it is essential that safety and good practice are considered. There are many exercises suitable for most people, but everyone should ensure that they use the right resistance and proper form to maintain safe and effective training.