Fitness Equipment: What do you REALLY need??

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There is so many options and commercials telling us how this piece of fitness equipment is going to transform your workout, your body & your life that it’s really hard to know what you need when you’re starting out.  So I’ve compiled a short list to help you muddle through the chaos and get down to the basic neccessities.

My must haves:

  1.  Shoes – I can’t stress enough how important it is to take care of your feet.  As a sufferer of plantar fasciitis, I know the pain and misery that foot problems can bring.  So if you listen to nothing else I have to say, listen to this…invest in the best pair of shoes that you can.  Go to a real shoe store, get fitted, and buy the orthopedic inserts if needed.
  2. Dumbbells – You can put off buying dumbbells for a while but eventually you will need something heavier than soup cans for weights.  I would suggest adjustable weights.  You can find adjustable up to 25 or 50 lbs.  Lift the weight that gets you breathless, lifting heavy is individual to each person and where you are starting.  It could be 5 lbs for one person or 20 lbs for another.
  3. Yoga Mat – I love yoga and having a mat centers my practice.  It gives me a place to be.  It also provides and amazing amount of cushion for my bad knee and my hips/tailbone.  I’ve had a couple over the years but my favorite is made by Gaiam.  I recently bought my son his own as well.  My yoga mat was probably one of the things that I put off buying the most because I felt it was indulgent, but I’m very glad I splurged!

Next week’s installment will be on equipment that I have but don’t use as much as I thought I would.  Stay tuned!




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