I don’t know about you but I go through phases with how and where I want to workout. Now that I have 2 kids and over 40 sometimes getting to the gym is more difficult for me and I will opt to workout at home. I did a lot of research and tried numerous at home workout programs and home cardio exercise equipment to try to find the best at home workout that could give me the same burn I received when I went to the gym. Now that I am going through rehab from ACL surgery I had to alter my at home workouts even further so not to aggravate my knee or my Doctor. After all of my research I finally purchased some new equipment that didn’t break the bank and came up with some calorie burning workouts. I am sure some will find these workouts too easy, but for me and where I am at it gave me that full body burn I was looking for.
My Favorite Inexpensive Home Workout Equipment
Best Cardio Fitness Equipment – The Spinning Bike
As I stated previously I did purchase some new home workout equipment. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money but I wanted it to work well. I first bought a Sunny Health & Fitness Pro Indoor Cycle, the price was something I could afford and the reviews on it were very good. I love working out on a spinning bike and took spinning classes every day in my younger years. Spinning is a high intensity cardio workout that can usually burn around 400 to 600 calories (depending on your resistance) in a 45 min session. It is is a great way to lose weight, but it is a good idea to switch it up during the week, spinning 2 or 3 days a week and then throw in some resistance training the other days to get optimal weight loss results. I asked my PT if I was allowed to use a spinning bike and he told me told it was no problem as long as I stay standing and didn’t sit down. What?! Apparently my knee wasn’t ready to bend that much with a lot of resistance. In the spinning classes that I had taken previously we used to do standing climbs and running out of the “saddle”, so I figured it would not be bad. Well I tried it and when you are not allowed to sit down because of an injury its extremely hard, I even tried to take the seat off so I pretty be tempted but it was just too much for a long period. I truly love my spinning bike and once I am given the green light to sit down I will be using it a lot more. So I was off again to find something that was easier on my knee but could provide me with a good cardio workout like you can get with spinning.
Can You Lose Weight With A Rowing Machine?
Before my injury I was taking boot camp classes pretty regularly, one of the circuits we did was on a rowing machine. It was a GREAT workout for me, and what I love about it was that it worked my whole body from my shoulders to my calves, and engaged my core with every row. As I was reading more into rowing machine workouts, I found numerous articles stating it was an excellent way to burn calories, especially if you were overweight. A 30 minute rowing workout can burn around 300 calories if performed at a moderate pace. Reading these facts were pretty convincing that the benefits of using a rowing machine were exactly what I was looking for. So, I decided to buy a rowing machine. I wanted something that would work well, was inexpensive and not take up too much room. I ended up buying the Sunny Health & Fitness Full Motion Rowing Machine with LCD monitor. The price point was perfect, it has a weight capacity of 350 lbs so its pretty sturdy, the LCD monitor displays time, count, calories burned, total count and it has 12 levels of adjustable resistance. The seat was adequately padded and was not uncomfortable, the foot pedals were very large to accommodate any size, they also have velcro straps to keep your feet tightly in place. The main reason I went with this rower is because I liked the way my arms could have a larger range of motion as compared to the handles being attached to a cable which is what I was using at boot camp. The first time I used it, I rowed at the highest resistance for about 45 min and I was sweating like a pig when I was done. I wanted to try to use it like I had done in boot camp, as a part of a rotation. The following day I started on the rower and rowed until I reached 30 calories burned, then I did kettle bell swings with a 15lb kettle bell 30 times, and last I did 30 burpees, which with my knee took forever, but I was in no hurry. I did this 4 times and I was exhausted when I was done. I loved it and it was by far the best cardio I had done at home, I highly recommend trying it.
Boxing To Lose Weight – Hitting The Heavy Bag
For those days that just have not gone well for you, hitting the heavy bag is a great way to get the aggression out and its a awesome cardio workout. This is a piece of equipment that I already own and my kids love it, which is a bonus. When they get a little stir crazy we get out our boxing gloves, turn on some music and go out to the garage and hit the bag. Depending on how much effort you put into your workout you can burn 100 to 300 calories in 30 minutes. A good boxing workout can tone your whole body, arms, legs chest, shoulders, back and abs. If you want to increase the intensity of your heavy bag workout, throw a few kicks in. A 45 minute kickboxing workout can burn between 300 to 500 calories depending on your weight and intensity. This is personally my favorite way to workout on a heavy bag. I can put my earbuds in, crank up the music and go to town on bag and the time passes so quickly for me.