Ever wondered how fitness minded salaried individuals stay fit? They build a home-gym. You might wonder, “Kahan time milta hoga inko for exercise? 9 to 7 kaam, phir commute; ther’s hardly time to work out”.
But, this isn’t so. With the #HumFitTohIndiaFit challenge sweeping the nation, and every salaried individual now concerned about glaring health issues; staying fit is the only way one can live life to the fullest. Why commute all the way to the gym, when you can actually build your own fitness hub at home?
In order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, you need funds. You may be salaried and even earning well, but there will always be need for credit or refinancing. This is because enjoying a healthy lifestyle requires spending. You might be financially stable, but can you really afford turning the spare space in your home into a workout corner? A fitness loan, applied under the ‘Others’ option from Loan Singh’s digital lending platform, let’s salaried individuals apply for an online personal loan with only Aadhaar, PAN and Bank statement.
A digital lending platform needs no paperwork and is devoid of unending delays. A personal loan can also be availed for a number of reasons such as the purchase of household appliances, electronic gadgets, purchase of gold, holiday travel, home improvement, job relocation, medical expenses, home renovation, marriage, etc. The loan amount for a personal loan at Loan Singh ranges from Rs.50,000- Rs.5,00,000. The repayment is done via EMIs, with interest rates on a reducing balance method. The personal loan tenure can be from 3 to 36 months.
When scouting for home-gym equipment, you need to be selective. Firstly, the space available in your home might not be sufficient enough to house all the items at one place. There might be some space in your bedroom, a bit in the balcony and some in the living room. Cool thing is that, your home-gym can be setup anywhere you want. So, even if the expense for the cumulative equipment fluctuates between Rs. 50,000 and Rs. 2,00,000, you can place individual pieces of equipment at the available spaces in your home.
The list that we prepared won’t be the heavy-duty cable machines, Smith machines, lever machines and other Olympic or Powerlifting gym equipment. We will cover them in another piece on our Finance Blog. We are looking to provide options to those salaried individuals who have a problem with space and yet want to cover everything with regards to building muscle and staying fit. The total cumulative amount for all the pieces of equipment of the best available brand, comes to approximately Rs. 2,20,000. Keep in mind public safety when installing or setting up some of the equipment.
- Training Bench
It is an adjustable platform that is used for performing weight training exercises. The backrest of the training bench can always be inclined to shift it from a flat position. A well-constructed one is best.
- Mini Resistance Bands
Resistance bands are the ultimate home-gym workout accessory. They are small and portable. The three levels of resistance provided by these bands aid in undergoing stretch exercises and mobility exercises. You can buy the longer variants or the mini-variants.
- Dumbbell Set
A set of dumbbells are mandatory when setting up a workout hub at your home. The weights for the dumbbell can be of your choice ranging from light to heavy. There are also different varieties available, such as plastic coated to adjustable weight sets. Always buy dumbbell sets along with racks. You will prevent cracks on floors. Adjustable dumbbells are a great alternative to a mile-long rack of various sized dumbbells. The racks can be used to store the dumbbells under the bed or behind the couch, once finished.
- Yoga Mat
If you don’t want to slide around on a slippery carpet or a hardwood floor, a no-slip yoga mat is a must-have. The extra cushion provided by the mat can help you accomplish strenuous exercises such as push-ups, planks and floor exercises.
Barbell is a long piece of bar with weights on either ends. Barbells can be of different types. There is the Olympic bar, bench press racks or the squat rack. You should buy a whole set of adjusted barbells with smaller bars. A rack for storage is great.
- Kettlebell Set
Kettlebell looks just like a kettle, without the snout. Kettlebells provide an excellent alternative to lifting dumbbells. They offer a slightly different muscle profile. They are quite popular, with regards to space management and ease of use. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes. They offer a quick total body workout. A whole set usually includes up to 7 kettlebells, with weights ranging from 10 to 40 pounds depending on what exercise you want to perform.
- Pull-up Frame
The Pull-up frame is an assembly that can be mounted at a height, and making use of a rod, enables you to perform chin-ups and pull-ups. Try to purchase a squat rack along with a pull-up bar which will save you cost and space.
- Foam Roller
A great piece of equipment for low intensity workout, the foam roller is perfect for lifting weights and toning your abs. On the day you decide to take a break, recover your muscles from the intense workout performed during the past week. A rigid foam roller contains 3 different pressure zones that help in easing muscle soreness and increases flexibility in your hamstrings, quads, back and more. Simply, lay down on the floor and start rolling.
The quintessential home-gym workout machine, the treadmill is great for walking or running. You can set the treadmill on an incline as well. It helps you monitor your heart rate and other parameters. A robust commercial gym standard one works best.
- Stationary Bicycle
With a stationary bike in your gym equipment roster, you won’t need a cardiorespiratory trainer. The pedaling works on your hip flexors and leg muscles. Your hamstrings, calves and quadriceps get toned. Your core muscles are tightened.
- Medicine Ball
The soft medicine ball is made of durable leather, so it is perfect to be thrown at a wall and perform trunk twists. It aids in improving speed and power. The fitness ball, on the other hand, is used predominantly for abdominal exercises.
- Jump Rope
By taking the traditional skipping rope and adding a bit of resistance to it, you can be able to boost your heart rate much faster compared to the traditional skipping rope. To add variety, switch between under, criss-cross or high knees.