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Keeping a workout routine interesting and fresh is always a challenge – a fact that nearly a year of home fitness made us all too aware.

But as anyone who has an unused ab cruncher collecting dust under their closet knows, it’s all too easy to invest in a device that you think will add to your routine but quickly give up. Then what is the fitness equipment and new equipment worth?

We have been exercising in our living room for twelve months now and have spent that time trying out a variety of fitness kits. Aside from the two obvious options – a treadmill and a kettlebell – these are the exercise machines that we really enjoyed using – and that helped produce results.

Bala bangles 1 pound weight

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£ 50.00

Increase the resistance to your daily activity

Bala bangles are great when you want to easily add to the effectiveness of your daily walk or activities around the house. They’re simple: portable weights that you attach to your wrists or ankles that add weight resistance (which helps burn fat) while you move.

Clinical studies have shown that carrying weights for as little as 20 minutes a day can lead to significant reductions in body fat percentage, hip to waist ratio, and waist circumference in just six weeks.

Note, however, that these are specifically not intended for running or strenuous exercise as this can lead to injury. If you like a gentler exercise, this is a simple, effective investment that will help you lose weight and gain muscle without serious iron pumping.


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JaxJox Kettlebell Connect 2.0

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£ 239.00

the only kettlebell you need

You may have flung a few kettlebells around in your time. In this case, you already know how good they are for burning calories and building muscle strength at the same time.

However, it is not practical to have a full range of kettlebells in the home where the JaxJox is brilliant. This single kettlebell will drop the main unit magnetically or add weight, depending on the command entered via the bluetooth console. Simple but effective.


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Tangram smart skipping rope

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£ 40.00

This intelligent skipping rope is Bluetooth-enabled and has 23 LEDs and magnetic sensors with which you can track your training, monitor your calorie consumption and log your data in real time. A lockdown sell-out, an ideal way to see the effects of one of the best cardio exercise out there.

In fact, in ten minutes of skipping you will burn as many calories as you can in 30 minutes of jogging (also based on a comparable intensity of exertion). In addition, skipping is great for improving flexibility, balance, and coordination.

It also builds muscle endurance in your shoulders, arms and legs and helps build bone density. There’s a reason Rocky skips every workout montage: this is a tool you can use to track your efforts too.


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Bala The Power Ring 10lb body weight

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£ 99.00

Strength training is the most effective way to build muscle and thus boost your metabolism. However, if you find dumbbells or kettlebells unwieldy, this Power Ring from Bala is likely a happy entry point.

10 pounds is strong enough to be effective but not heavy enough to be intimidating. This is great for carrying weights – in fact, it includes recommendations for 75 movements. Hold it, swing it, squeeze, or crouch with it – it’s a breeze to hold and use, and it will help lift your workout into a fat burning state.


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Yoga naked yoga wheel

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£ 40.00

You cannot exercise if you have severe muscle pain. This means that stretching is critical to relieving the postural pain and muscle tension that comes with both sitting over a desk and doing a regular exercise routine.

The Yogi Bare Yoga Wheel is a great way to increase mobility and strengthen your upper back. It’s a simple suggestion: lie down over the steering wheel and stretch out to get rid of knots in your back and release tension from sitting at a desk for too long.

Roll back and forth gently and it will increase its effectiveness. Easy to use and remarkably effective. If you’ve ever tried tackling back pain with a foam roller (check!) This is much better.


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Opti weighted hula hoop

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£ 17.99

Firm up your abdominal area

Weighted hula hoops sold like hot cakes in 2021, thanks in part to their viral popularity on TikTok. What is special about them, however, is that we have all learned by now that you cannot reduce stains while losing weight. However, you can target the abdominal area with weighted hula hoops.

A Study 2019 examined the potential benefits of a weighted hula hooping program with a walking regimen for obese individuals. The subjects in the study either performed an average of 12.8 minutes of hula hooping per day or walked 9,986 steps per day.

The researchers found that the subjects in the hula hooping group lost a significant amount of belly fat compared to the walking group and were also inches from their waists.

The Opti Hula Hoop weighs 1.8 kg and has a diameter of 100 cm. This is a challenging but effective way to introduce hula hooping into your exercise regimen. Covered with soft foam, it is wonderfully comfortable.


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