Essential Home Workout Equipment

If you want to set up a home workout gym on a budget, you'll want to concentrate on getting the most essential, basic workout equipment. The best home workout equipment is not necessary the most expensive. As you experiment with your home workouts, you will end up branching out into more equipment that suits your particular interests, but you'll want to start out with these items. Everything on this list is inexpensive and versatile.

Workout mat
You can invest in either a yoga mat or an exercise mat, but in either case, you're going to need a mat to protect your back when you do exercises on the floor. You don't want to get rug burn or hurt yourself on a hardwood floor, so invest in a mat that will provide enough cushion and support for yoga, stretching, sit-ups or calisthenics.

Set of hand weights
Even if you've never lifted weights before, you're going to want at least one set of hand weights. Hand weights can add challenge to most exercises performed at home, and a varied set of several different weights will help you to properly execute a number of strengthening exercises. They are easy to store and very powerful when used properly.

Resistance bands
Like the hand weights, resistance bands can increase the difficulty of just about any exercise, making your body work a little harder. They are inexpensive, easy to store and portable.

Good exercise DVD
If you're going to exercise at home, you're going to need inspiration on occasion. Invest in a good yoga, pilates, aerobics, kickboxing or toning DVD for those days when you need guidance and motivation.

Jump rope
Jumping rope is one of the toughest forms of cardio exercise available. That little jump rope will challenge you more than just about anything else.

Exercise ball
An exercise ball is a pain to store, but it is inexpensive and works wonders for just about every area of your body. It can also replace your office chair, forcing you to improve your posture and strengthen your core muscles every time you sit at your desk to do paperwork.

Good shoes
A good pair of aerobics or running shoes, depending on what exercises you tend to enjoy, is essential for preventing injury and protecting your ankles, knees and hip joints. 

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If you have the drive and the determination, at home workouts can be just as effective as working out at the gym. Setting goals and keeping a workout diary can help you stay motivated, but you're also cutting down on your electricity consumption by choosing to run outside or climb your own stairs.

If you're a busy mom with kids at home, you probably find it challenging to get to the fitness club.  Fortunately there are solutions for busy mothers; try a few of these home workout plans and see if one of them works for you.

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Everyone is trying to get healthier nowadays. And the most common way people are improving their health is by following an exercise regime. An exercise regime can help you maintain your ideal body weight, retain or improve muscle strength and mobility, control blood glucose levels, reduce bad cholesterol levels, raise good cholesterol levels, and actually improve your moods.

If you want to get fit, but don't want to join a gym or buy fancy equipment, here are three simple home fitness workouts that will blast calories without blasting through your budget.

If you think you need fancy equipment or membership to a gym to get a good workout, think again. There are very effective home workout routines with no equipment required that will tone your body and burn calories.

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