How to Get a Great Workout Without Hitting the Gym

Is getting in shape on the top of your new year resolution list? If so, consider this: Why get a gym membership when you can workout in the comfort of your own home?

There are all sorts of equipment you can use at home, big and small, to give you the workout or strength training you are looking for. Feeling intimidated or unsure where to begin? Let PLN help you find the right exercise equipment and accessories to suit your needs.

Pilates is a great way to get healthy, strong and in shape. With some simple tools and accessories, you can find different ways to workout and strengthen your entire body. I tried pilates after having my second baby and it was honestly the most challenging, yet fulfilling workout I have ever done. Stott Pilates offers different sets that come with a DVD to help get you on your way, like this stability ball power pack, flex band set or the fitness circle pack. You can even do some simple exercises with some toning balls or a mini stability ball on an exercise and yoga mat, like this one.

Balance training is a nice way to combine pilates workouts and some light weights training. You can use a DVD set, like this one from Bosu and some hand weights. For a more mellow workout, yoga can be a great option as it can help with balance and core strength. Simply grab a mat and follow along with a video.

If using fitness equipment is more your style there are different options for machines you can purchase to use at home. You don’t necessarily need to break the bank to buy them and there are ones you can get that can easily tuck away and not occupy too much space, like this treadmill or this foldable exercise bike. This rowing machine is equipped with wheels, making it easy to move out of the way when it is not being used, and this Concept2 rower also folds up and has wheels for quick and effortless storage.

With so many great options to make working out at home easily accessible, you’ll be happy you passed up on that gym membership. Now crank up that workout playlist as loud as you’d like and go work up a sweat!

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Jennifer Traynor

Jennifer Traynor

Jennifer Traynor is a mother of two kids living in the suburbs east of Toronto, Ontario. When she’s not working or spending time with her kids you can find her sitting in lotus pose on her yoga mat, sitting snuggled on the couch with her husband catching up on favourite shows or watching a movie or sitting with her laptop writing and editing her blog Mama @ Heart ( You can also like and follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.