Posted by IdealVitamins Staff

You don’t have to go to the gym to get in a good workout. You can effectively exercise at home by choosing the right at-home workout gear to maximize your routine for weight loss, strength training, and fat burning results.

Here are a few simple tools to get you started:

Heart rate monitor/Fitness tracker - Using a heart rate monitor with your at-home workouts allows you to keep track of your exertion levels, calories burned and chart your fitness progress.

Resistance bands - Exercise bands come in different resistance levels, allowing you to choose what you need depending on your ability and what type of moves you’re doing. Rubberized resistance helps you build muscle. Plus, these bands are easy to store and handy for working out while traveling.

Stability ball - Exercise balls are great for ab workouts and,stretches. Sitting or lying across a stability ball engages all the muscles in your core, which is important to keep you strong, supported and aligned.

Yoga mat - You can use it for yoga or pilates or for doing ab workouts, floor exercises, and warm up stretches. The rubbery, non-slip mat provides a will cushion from a hard floor to make it easier, safer, and more comfortable workout.

Dumbbells - Hand weights work really well for building muscles and increasing strength. A pair of 3-pound  or -5 pound weights are perfect for a beginning strength-training regimen.

Workout DVDs - There are DVDs for every level of working out and a variety of interests like kickboxing, Zumba, yoga, and more. If you like taking exercise classes but want to workout in private, invest in a workout DVD.

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