Fitting a gym session into your daily routine isn’t always feasible. You’re busy working, taking care of the kids, cooking, shopping, etc. The list goes on.

Consequently, you think working out at home is the best option. The only problem is, you don’t have the fitness equipment you need to get a good solid workout and achieve your goals. Well, don't worry; thankfully, you don’t need to purchase expensive gear to get fit at home.

To help you, we've put together a list of 5 inexpensive fitness 'must-haves'...

Yoga mat

"But I don’t do yoga!" we hear you say.

 Well, yoga mats can be used for other things besides yoga. They are light, portable and a great non-slip way to work out. You can use them for push-ups, sit-ups and a variety of exercises.

Furthermore, on those hot days when you just want to be outside, it's a simple matter to take your mat into the garden and continue your workout there.

Medicine ball

There are countless upper and lower body exercises you can perform with a medicine ball, and they're ideal for when you have a friend round to workout with you.

Even when you’re not working out, a ball can be great fun, but just be careful not to kick it too hard at your housemate!


Inexpensive and portable, dumbbells are an essential for those of you looking to work out at home. Just make sure you purchase them at the right weight(s) for you. They’re great for strength training and allow you to work one side of the body at a time.

MP3 speakers

One thing many people don't like about the gym is having to stuff headphones in their ears. They can get very sweaty and they nearly always fall out!

There's no need to endure this at home - just choose some quality MP3 speakers and put them in your workout room. Then, you'll have all the motivational music you need and none of the hassle.

Resistance bands

Resistance bands are lightweight and easy to use - you can take them anywhere. Fancy a quick workout in the office? No problem - slip the band(s) in your briefcase. Heading off for a holiday or a long road trip? Put them in your suitcase.

Further information on the benefits of resistance bands can be found in the following Fit Hire blogs:

Portable Training Kit - the Holiday Fitness Solution

Little Pat, rubber bands and holiday workouts!

Hopefully, you'll now appreciate that you don't need a 'big gym' budget to work out at home. The few items listed above will serve just as well.