Sticking to a fitness regime is a difficult task, and Covid-19 has made it even more difficult. Social distancing norms and risk of being infected has compelled many people to switch to exercising at home, considering that physical fitness is important for both mental and bodily wellbeing.
As per Harvard Health Publishing, “exercise reduces levels of the body’s stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. It also stimulates the production of endorphins, chemicals in the brain that are the body’s natural painkillers and mood elevators.” The best part is the exercise induces an alteration of behaviour coupled with a sense of routine, which improves overall health, self-image and confidence.
Therefore, the onus now shifts on us to continue exercising at home, and while we may not be able to experience the same intensity as a gym workout, certain equipment can certainly help with achieving comprehensive and effective exercise sessions.
By using the following equipments, you could add resistance and intensity to your workouts, resulting in faster fat burn and improvement in muscle strength:
1. Resistance band
Resistance bands can be effectively used to burn that belly fat and strengthen the core. Strengthening the core and burning the excess fat will help boost your self esteem, bodily balance and mobility, and performance during workouts. These bands come in the form of rubber tubes or bands, available in varying resistances depending on your strength, and with handles to provide a sturdy grip, that permits a variety of exercises.This is a cost-effective way to build muscle strength, stretch the body, and improve mobility.
2. Yoga/exercise mat
This is a helpful workout equipment, as it provides cushioning, balance and support to your body. Mats are portable and rollable, and do not take up much space in your home. The comfort and support provided by such mats, can help boost your core workouts, yoga postures, and floor exercises such as plank and bridge.
3. Ankle weights
These weights add resistance to your exercise movements, which can lead to improvement in overall body strength and mobility. When doing body weight exercises, such as jumping jacks, adding ankle weights will help boost performance, build muscle, and improve strength of the joint as well.
4. Wrist weights
Besides helping improve muscle definition and strength of the body, wrist weights are a great equipment to boost your heart rate. Additional weight on the wrist will facilitate fat burning as well, endurance, and reaction time when working out.
5. Indoor cycling machine
Investing in an indoor cycling machine is a fantastic way to burn calories, and build the legs and abdomen muscles. This equipment helps make the quota for daily cardiovascular workout, improve endurance, and consistently train and tone the lower body.
So ladies, try incorporating these equipment in your home workouts, to boost your fitness levels!