Bring your workouts closer to home for 2015 — meaning, in it. No matter how small your space or budget, it’s easier than you think to build an effective gym without breaking the bank.
Here are five ways to become a healthier homebody — and for shrinking your waistline, not your wallet — in the New Year:
1. Go weightless.
These aren’t your father’s push-ups and sit-ups; today’s body weight exercises are high-performance maneuvers designed for building and maintaining muscle strength and endurance, along with interval training. Don’t believe me? Check out this video and tell me that’s not an intense workout!
2. Think DIY.
Function often trumps form when it comes to gym gear, so before you buy it, try making it on the cheap. Use hot water bottle bladders under your feet in place of a pricey Bosu balance trainer, tap into your woodworking skills to build your own plyo boxes, and make medicine balls from old basketballs and some sand, for example.
3. Buy secondhand.
Wait a few more weeks, and plenty of New Year’s resolutionists will be hawking their (barely used) exercise equipment on Craigslist. But don’t stop there: Visit stores such as Play It Again Sports to snag a deal on pre-owned gear, scout your local gym for used equipment sales after yearly upgrades or ask for discounts on floor models at retailers.
4. Press play.
There’s an app for that — or a video game, a gadget, a DVD, etc. Whether it’s tracking activity with a Runtastic Orbit, turning your smartphone into you own personal trainer with Nike Training Club or popping in a video from home-fitness giant Beachbody, harness technology to keep you healthy and active throughout the day, not just in the confines of a gym.
5. Embrace co-op.
Finally, if your motivation comes in the form of group fitness, consider creating a co-op gym space with relatives, friends or neighbors. Split the cost of equipment (either by machine or overall, depending on how your crew wants to divvy it up), and store everything at one home where everyone can congregate for workouts.