Were you one of the millions of Americans who made a
resolution this year to get in shape? If so, how is that resolution going four months later? Many people are very motivated the firstmonth or two to get back in shape but as the year goes on life continues and our resolutions get pushed to the side. Below are some great ways to keep those resolutions with just a few special pieces of equipment.
Remember years ago when you would jump rope on the playground for hours with your friends? A jump rope is an ideal piece of workout equipment; it's cheap, portable and gives you a great cardiovascular workout. Jumping rope is good for the heart and strengthens the upper and lower body at the same time. Jumping rope can be an equivalent workout to jogging or biking and can also strengthen your balance and coordination skills.
Gliding Discs are a newer fitness fad that can give you a full body workout. Gliding Discs are
also very portable and can be done on all floor types. A DVD normally accompanies the purchase of Gliding Discs to give you a wide variety of workouts. Gliding Discs are non-impact and can tone your entire body so they are great for all exercisers. Before you go out and purchase a new set of Gliding Discs grab two paper plates from your pantry and you can do the same thing!
Walking through any sporting goods store you will see a variety of Kettle bells in different sizes and colors. Kettle bells are a cast iron weight that range in weight from 4 pounds to 175 pounds. Kettle bells can be used to get a full body workout but some of the lifts are recommended for intermediate or advanced exercisers. If you have back or shoulder problems this equipment is not for you.
Resistance Bands are very portable and a very easy way to add variety into your workout.
Resistance bands can be used to tone all body parts and there are different resistance levels you can choose from to get an ideal workout. Resistance bands can be used standing alone
or they can be anchored to doorways and fence posts for even more exercises.
The Shake Weight
I know we have all seen the infomercial for the Shake Weight and have questioned does that really work? The answer is yes! I have had the Shake Weight for a few years and every time I do the six minute workout I definitely feel it. The Shake Weight is designed to increase upper body muscle activity and tones your entire arm. You do feel a little funny the first few
times you do it, but when you finish the workout there is no question whether it works or not.
Even incorporating one of these pieces of equipment into your workout routine will add a little variety and maybe a new burst of energy to keep that New Year's resolution going for the next 8 months. Below you will find a video displaying a great resistance band exercise that we do in Stroller Strides.