Knowledge and understanding of different types of exercises combined with a commitment to staying fit and healthy can be a perfect match to improve a number of aspects in your life.
Whilst many people have this as their aim, actually finding the time and motivation can be extremely difficult when taking into account work, family and friends. The best solution we have found for this is home fitness and exercise equipment.
This allows people the convenience of being able to carry out their own fitness and exercise training in the comfort of their own home, this in particular helps those who struggle to find the time and money to put towards going to the gym and constant membership fees that come with that. Below is a breakdown to provide further knowledge of how home fitness and exercise training can be extremely beneficial.
Importance Of Flexible Fitness Training
Many People want to carry out regular exercise and maintain their health and fitness, however find it very difficult to combine this with their busy lives. This results in those same people often losing their motivation and struggling to find enjoyment in exercising and considering it more of a distraction than something they look forward too.
Having the suitable fitness and exercise equipment enables everyone the flexibility of carrying out their exercise training in the comfort of their own home or outdoors without feeling the need to get to the gym. For some people the pressure of training around people they don’t know can make them feel uncomfortable and having the flexibility to train the same way as they could at the gym eliminates that.
Everybody knows that if you enjoy something or are more motivated for that thing, then you are much more likely to carry out the task efficiently and benefit more from the results. Having the flexibility to exercise when and where you want help in providing more enjoyment and further motivation.
Improving Health With Cardio Or Muscular Exercises
It has always been well-known that fitness and exercise is associated with maintaining a fit and healthy lifestyle, the health benefits can be beneficial both physically and mentally. Even though most people would understand this as a general rule, sometimes knowing more about the associated benefits can help with realizing the importance of regular exercise.
Regular physical activity can help protect people from Obesity, Back Pain and Osteoporosis as well as significantly decreasing the risk of Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Diabetes and Strokes. The benefits of regular physical activity on mental well-being are often overlooked but in a modern world where constant pressure can be faced, it makes ‘Stress Management’ and ‘Self Esteem’ are key benefits that can be achieved through fitness and exercise.
The best part to all the different types of flexible training equipment on offer is that this allows everyone to tailor workouts to suit their needs for both Cardio or Muscular exercises.
Knowing The Best Work-Outs For Certain Target Areas
Breaking down the body into four key areas makes identifying what area of the body you want to focus on when doing certain exercises much easier. As a result, knowing and then targeting a specific area can make the training you do much more productive.
Below are listed the target areas into four parts:
Upper Body: The upper body includes the chest, back and shoulder muscles. The pectoralis major is the large muscle that runs from your armpit down to the middle of your chest. Exercises for this consist of push-ups with or without a resistance band or what’s known as ‘The C-Sweep’ or the Incline Fly which can be done with suitably weighted dumbbells and a bench press or body balance ball. The trapezius muscles are located in your back, effective exercises for your back are a single-arm Dumbbell Row which can be done with an exercise mat and dumbbell and a Wide-Grip Pull-Up which can be completed using a Workout Bar. The shoulders also known as the ‘deltoid muscles’ can be strengthened through an exercise such as the ‘L’ Shoulder Raise which is carried out using a resistance band and other exercises such as Dumbbell Lateral Raise or Upright Row which both involve using manageable weights for the user.
Lower Body: Lower body exercises target the glutes, thighs and calves. The gluteus maximus and gluteus medius can be targeted with exercises such as squat and walk using a resistance band and also dumbbell squats whilst hamstring raises and lunges are also useful. Thigh muscles consist of hip abductors, tensor fascia latae, quadriceps and hamstrings, an important exercise for this is the Lying Outer-Thigh Blaster which is carried out using a resistance band and exercise mat. You can strengthen your calves with Sumo Squats or Calf Raises and Bicycle Crunches which can be completed by laying down on an exercise mat and using a resistance band.
Core: An exercise that targets your abdominal muscles is the Standing Row with the use of a resistance band from which to pull from allows you to activate your core muscles. Other exercises include Abdominal Crunches and Side Planks as well as a Knee Tuck, Mountain Climber, Pike and Plank Jack which can all be performed using core sliders. Knee Tucks, Plank to Pike, V Roll-Outs and Knee Roll-Outs are very effective and are all done using an ab wheel.
Arms: The biceps and triceps are arm muscles. To target the biceps, the best exercises include Bicep Curls and Hammer Curls and Resistance Band Bicep Curls which involve the use of dumbbells and resistance bands. Another very useful exercise targeting the biceps is Ball Press Work involving the use of a medicine ball. The triceps are the muscles on the back of the upper arm that runs from just under the shoulder muscles down to the elbows. To target the triceps using dumbbells, you can do this with a Kickback, Triceps Raise or Overhead Triceps Extension.
Matching Equipment With Certain Target Areas
Having explained further about which exercises are most useful when targeting certain areas of the body, it is also important to know which equipment is most suitable for each target area. Although there are a few exercises that can be done with no equipment at all most exercises are enhanced with the use of exercise equipment, as it provides more variety and productivity to the training you do.
Upper Body: The big equipment you find in the gym is not necessarily the equipment you need for your home gym to achieve the results you want. The five most important pieces of equipment we recommend for home exercise when targeting your upper body includes dumbbells, workout bar, kettlebells, and a bench press is ideal for this (Learn more about what bench press is most suitable for you).
Lower Body: The lower body is certainly an area where not much equipment is needed but the use of equipment improves performance and results dramatically. The equipment pieces we recommend for this target area includes high step aerobic platform, resistance bands and an exercise mat.
Core: Exercises targeting the core muscles without equipment can be extremely limited and repetitive, therefore we recommend ab wheels, resistance bands and core sliders to enhance the core area. There are also ab machines that are practical and target the core area effectively.
Arms : For arm exercises it is always useful to have some different equipment available to you in order to change training methods from time to time. As well as dumbbells we also suggest a medicine ball and a resistance band as being able to provide alternative exercises for targeting your arm muscles.
Fitness And Exercise Training ‘Goals’
A proven and effective method in maintaining motivation and enjoyment in fitness and exercise training is to always set yourself achievable goals. It is important not to set your targets too high at first so that you don’t lose motivation early on, but by setting realistic targets over a certain period you will constantly find yourself wanting to reach the next level of your progression.