Skipping is a fantastic low-cost full-body workout. You use your legs for jumping, your shoulders and arms for turning the rope and your abdominals to stabilise your body. It tones the upper and lower body, improves flexibility and coordination, and is kinder to your joints than running. It’s a weight-bearing exercise, which can help improve bone density and stave off osteoporosis. And you can do it at a pace that totally suits you.
While skipping burns up the calories and tones your body, you might also want to build lean muscle using weights. We have a wide range of free weights for both men and women, including dumbbells, kettlebells and barbells.
If you’re setting up a home gym and want more variety in your cardio sessions, one of our treadmills or exercise bikes could be the answer. Many have built-in workout programmes and give you feedback on how you’re doing. The advantage of this equipment is that you can exercise at exactly the time that suits you. There’s no need to commit to expensive gym membership. For keeping an eye on your everyday activity levels, outside set-piece exercise, a pedometer is a useful and very portable gadget, or why not go high tech with a fitness tracker?
A yoga mat or exercise mat makes many exercises much more comfortable and allows you to stretch that body out at the end of each session.