Do you need some extra motivation? Are you recovering from an injury? Or just not sure how to exercise most effectively?
This month I want to challenge you to eat 3-5 servings of fruit everyday. Most people do not get enough fruit intake daily and many are worried about the sugar content. If you eat the whole fruit (not fruit juice!) it typically has little effect […]
30 Day Challenges are all the rage right now and for good reason! The idea of doing something for 30 days is not too overwhelming. Setting a goal everyday for one month is the perfect challenge, not too easy but definitely attainable. The best thing […]
Clients are always asking me what the best equipment for home is so I thought I would talk about some of my recommendations. Most people do not have a huge space to workout in at home so the suggestions I am making here are for a few pieces of equipment that won’t take up much storage or workout space in order to use them. I’m also choosing items that will not break your bank. These few things should add enough variety and options of difficulty to keep all levels of fitness happy. So enough already, here is my list of “must haves” for your home gym.
TRX Suspension Trainer-This is my favorite and most used piece when working with clients at home. It can be used in many different ways to target every part of the body. The best thing about the TRX is that it constantly forces you to engage and work your core through EVERY exercise so you really get the best bang for your buck when it comes to overall strength work. The TRX comes with a video to get you started, or of course you could hire me to teach you the basics and beyond. It takes a little practice to get use to it but once you feel comfortable you will definitely love it! It can be attached to a door (with an door anchor), a tree, or you can put an anchor to your ceiling or wall to attach (also requiring another piece sold by TRX). You must be sure of how you are anchoring it to insure safety. There are many instructions available on how to do this. TRX can be purchased online through their website trxtraining.com. A basic TRX cost is $179.
Boss Balance Trainer-This is a half ball that is used for many different exercises also. I love the challenge it brings to balance and core stability. This also comes with a booklet and a video to help you get started. I use the Bosu for lunges, squats, cardio, ab and upper body work. It is another versatile piece that can really help strengthen small muscle groups, tendons, and ligaments that can otherwise get neglected. You can buy the Bosu at Target for $99.99 but I’ve also seen it cheaper on Ebay or Amazon.
Jump Rope-This is so easy! They are inexpensive (usually $10-20 for a good one) and you can buy them anywhere. I have found them at Target, Marshalls, Dicks, Amazon, and pretty much any sporting goods store. They take up no space to store and can easily travel with you. Jumping Rope burns 10 calories per minute. So just 10 minutes is 100 calories! This is such a great option for cardio work if you have no space for a treadmill or any other big piece of equipment. I like to mix in the jump rope between strength sets to burn extra calories and get that heart rate up.
Resistance Bands-Another super easy add on! These also are inexpensive (prices can range from $10-50 depending on package) and can be found anywhere (same as the jump ropes). My clients who travel frequently take these with to use in a hotel room. I use the bands with handles for upper body and the smaller flat circular bands for leg, hip, and glute work. They are typically sold in packages of 3 or 4 and vary in resistance so perfect for different needs.
Hope this information is helpful! please feel free to contact me with any questions or any other new ideas for at home workout equipment. My goal is to make exercise convenient and motivating to all!
With my newly found motivation I dusted off my spin shoes and got my butt to a new class at B/Spoke in Wellesley. After too many holiday celebrations and snow days I was really feeling the need for something new and different. I rounded up […]
Thought I’d give you a few tips for surviving the holiday party circuit. You can’t avoid it. Every year you end up attending numerous holiday parties. If it were just one party that would be easy to manage but it feels to me like a […]
Working out with someone else has many benefits. My clients who have a supportive partner to exercise with seem to stay more consistent, get better results and really just enjoy exercise more.
Knowing someone is waiting for you at the gym makes it way more likely that you will show up. Knowing that someone is standing on the corner waiting to meet you for a walk or run will force you out of your warm bed and cozy pj’s to get out there and move!
When you do meet that person to exercise you are not likely to be the one who slacks and doesn’t do all their reps. You are not likely to walk too slow and hold up your partner. It’s always a good push to be with someone else when you are having one of those lazy, unmotivated days. And we have ALL had those days!
For all those busy people out there working out with someone else is also a great way to get in some social time while getting exercise in. Kill two birds with one stone! I have signed up for races for the sole reason to spend time with a dear friend of mine. I knew we would do our long runs together so it would guarantee me an uninterrupted hour or so together a week. I love it when my kids agree to bike, play tennis or walk with me. It’s such a great way to get some one on one time together AND burn calories AND set a good example.
Whatever your needs are finding that person to be your partner in crime is key to your success. It will hold you accountable, get you motivated and you will definitely have more fun. Grab your husband, wife, friend, kids, neighbor or whoever you can find and get out there and MOVE!
The new year is just around the corner and we know what that means. People will be making some kind of resolution so I thought it would be good timing to talk about goals. Instead of imposing some lofty expectations on yourself that you think […]
My goal with this blog is to give some insight, motivation, basic knowledge, new ideas and some inspiration to get OR stay healthy and happy. Everyone is capable of making small changes in their life to feel better. Everyone can improve on how they are […]