Your essential home gym kit
From stylish sportswear to space-saving equipment, welcome to our guide to the best home-workout kit
Exercise is a great way to work a little self-care into your routine while keeping you fit and healthy. However the last few years have had many of us reconsidering our gym memberships and looking at ways to work out at home. It’s easier than you’d think – a few key pieces of kit (along with some multitasking sportswear) can help you make the most of your exercise time.
Want to make online workout classes a bit more challenging? A set of wrist or ankle weights will help you up the ante – particularly handy when your local supermarket is out of those tinned beans that double up as dumbbells. Pick an adjustable set, so you can continue to challenge yourself as your strength and stamina improve.
Strong glute, leg and core muscles are fundamental – they support the back and knees, provide a foundation for good posture and guard against injury. The resistance bands in SPRI's Ultimate Booty Sculpt Kit will help you activate your glutes before a run or home workout and add resistance for a targeted lower body workout without weights, while gliding core discs challenge your abs, boosting balance and stability.
If you’re new to yoga, a yoga block can provide extra support to help you ease into the poses, while a yoga towel gives a little extra grip – perfect for those tricky-to-hold postures. A yoga mat can make certain poses more comfortable, but if you can't get hold of one, yoga or barre socks are perfect for slippery floors – and chilly feet.
Don't forget to take time out for recovery – your muscles, heart and lungs adapt and grow stronger when you're resting in between workouts. Powerplate's new range of vibrating massagers and rollers can help the process along – targeted vibrations rejuvenate and release the muscles and fascia while boosting circulation. A massage is a great way to wind down at the end of the day – it's also a great way to activate your muscles before a workout if you've spent the day sitting down at a desk.