Good news, sis. You don’t need heaps of expensive equipment to crush your fitness goals at home, just a little time and a lot of motivation.
Whether you have a lot of space or a little, here's what you need to shape up around the house.
A resistance band is a great piece of fitness equipment especially for glute activation, but they are so versatile you can essentially do an entire workout with just one band.
Used for both bodyweight and weighted exercises, incorporate THE BOD x Triniti Booty Band into your lower body workouts to target and isolate glutes. It’s the perfect accessory for compound exercises and will help you tone, shape, and strengthen that peach in no time, sis.
Dumbbells are great for strength training at home. Be careful to choose the right dumbbell weight for you: good form with a lighter weight can create better results than bad form with a heavier weight.
What other piece of exercise equipment fits into your handbag, can be used by the whole family, and improves cardiovascular fitness while toning muscle at the same time? And using it for just 15-20 minutes will burn off the calories from that doughnut you just ate? The answer: a skipping rope. Convenient, easy, and effective, skipping really is a no-brainer for your overall fitness, whether it’s part of a warm-up or included in your main workout.
Hydration is SO important, sis. If you’re working out, then you need to keep your water up. Be sure to take water if you’re out for a walk or any other type of exercise. Even if you’re at home, remember you need to drink and refill your water bottle a few times a day. If you struggle to remember to drink water regularly, carry a water bottle with you and set an alarm that goes off throughout the day - from there your body clock will turn drinking H20 into a habit! You can also make a point of drinking a glass with every meal. If you aren't a fan of the taste, combine your water with fruit and vegetables like berries, lemon, lime and cucumber for a refreshing flavour.
How much water should you be drinking? For every 25kg of total body weight you should consume 1L of fluid.
A yoga mat is a portable workout zone! You don’t have to be practicing yoga to get good use out of it either: they are perfect for push-ups, sit-ups and work great as a non-slip, clean surface for workouts on the go.
Timer or stopwatch
A timer is an essential tool for interval training. A stopwatch also keeps you honest about your workout length or running time.
Put together a great workout playlist with your favorite motivational music. It turns out that listening to your favourite gym jams can actually help you to increase stamina, stay motivated and put you in a better mood.
Studies have shown that listening to up-beat music while exercising can release feel-good chemicals, such as dopamine and opioids, in your brain which can help to boost your mood, make you feel less tired, and even dull pain. It’s a natural stress reliever and an excellent way to shed negative thoughts and enter a more positive state of mind. And that’s not all. It’s believed that neurons in your brain can synchronise with the tempo of music, helping you to perform repetitive motions, such as sprints, more quickly. The more energetic and fast-paced your music is, the more likely your pace will be, too.
To help you smash through your next workout, we’ve put together 10 songs to pump you up.
A fun workout game
Mix up your workouts with a fun fitness game like THE BOD Booty Box! Wherever you are, this booty-focused deck of cards will add the perfect twist to your training regime. Create epic workouts in seconds! Loaded with a mixture of full-body exercises, plus motivational quotes to cheer you on, it’s the easiest way to add some fun and variety to your workout. Simply choose ten cards at random and get ready to sweat, sis. Play alone, grab the gals or even get the kids involved! Get fit, build strength, and HAVE FUN!
Results don’t happen overnight. As with all exercise, you need consistency with your fitness regime and following a fitness program is the best way to get started and to stick to it. A structured training program like THE BOD can help.
What’s your fitness must-have, sis?