Morning all, things have been interesting here. I’ve more or less had to give up my walks outside for a little while. Its not totally unexpected, its just a bit early. Usually the dog days of August hit and drive everyone inside for sanity’s sake. I noticed it seemed a lot hotter than I remembered from last year, but looking over my notes I saw that I was still walking until the first week of August last year. This year that’s a no go as we frequently hit triple digits or sit just under them. I have to say there is something I find oddly disturbing about seeing a digital thermometer read 99 degrees. I’m not entirely sure why, 100 is clearly hotter, but 99 manages to bother me more somehow.
My baby checked the weather data for me and surprise, record highs. We are actually ten degrees warmer where I live than we usually are at this time of year.
Because clearly that’s what this year needed, a brain melting heat wave.
After all, it’s not like anything else is going on, right?
So indoor workouts it is, at least until the heat breaks. So today I’m going to waffle a bit about my three favorite items in my at home workout tool kit. I should probably mention that my house was built in the late 1940s. While it is quite spacious enough for us, there aren’t buckets of extra space. As a result I have what I like to think of as a moveable gym. It goes where there happens to be space at the moment.
The first element in this set up is my Yoga mat. Even if your activities aren’t yoga based, I highly recommend getting one. The first thing it does is it gives you a designated workout space. So what if you had to shift aside the couch to set up your personal gym? While that mat is down, it is a designated space and makes it feel somehow more official.
I know that sounds a little strange, but it really is helpful, even if only psychologically. The mat temporarily transforms the space. Plus, it is the same mat each workout regardless if you are in the back bedroom, living room or back porch. Using the same mat each time helps signal your brain (or at least mine) that even if this is where you ate popcorn and watched bad horror movies last night (Evil Dead in case you are wondering), now it is the place where you work out.
In addition the mat is textured to keep your feet from slipping and it keeps you from sweating on the carpet. Which are things I generally like and find helpful during my workout.
My second piece of equipment is a yoga ball. There are a lot of workouts you can download that use the yoga ball. It is also easily collapsible when you aren’t using it so you can easily get it out of the way if need be. If you don’t have an electric air mattress pump hanging around your house, I recommend getting the yoga ball with the foot pump. They look silly, but they are a life saver. I think most of them come with some sort of pump, but double check before you buy.
I really like the yoga balls because first off, the exercises done with them tend to be low impact so tender joints like knees are protected. and they are great if you are just getting started on a workout plan. Plus, when you start out a workout sitting on a giant rubber ball, it is hard not to think of it as fun. And seriously, how often as an adult do you get to bounce around with a giant rubberized ball? In a way that isn’t condemned by society at large?
My third item has to be my leg/arm weights. The ones I’ve got are from ProsourceFit. They are a soft material that just feels like a bag of sand and has adjustable Velcro straps so you can move them from your ankles to your wrists. I have size medium in case you were wondering.
(And no this is not sponsored, I just really like ProsourceFit. If I can’t pick something up in person I tend to order from them so their name comes up a lot when I talk about my equipment. The products are good quality and they last a really long time. Plus, they are usually on the ball with shipping. They tend to sell out of stuff because they seem to have a high turnover rate, although they are really good about restocking if they are out of something just wait a few days and check in and it is usually restocked. At least in my experience. I’ve been eyeing some Kettle bells for a while now as well as a replacement yoga mat – I have two layered because they are both worn out in places and need to be replaced – so I may be placing a new order soon.)
While these are currently my top three items for an at home workout, I am always willing to try new things, so that may change. Especially as my walks are down to nil until the heat breaks. I suspect this will mean a bump up in my indoor fitness as well as closer attention to my calorie intake. So that is this week’s workout waffle.
I’ll link Prosource Fit below in case any of you out there are looking to add to your home gym. It is an affiliate link so if you click and then buy something from them I may receive a small commission, which goes to support this channel. Even if you don’t click the link, I highly recommend checking them out. Everything I’ve gotten from them has been quality and reasonably priced. Sometimes getting those to lines to intersect isn’t easy, and with work out gear, quality matters. Stay safe out there, or in there as the case may be.