5. Agility cones
If you find yourself getting bored with your workouts, it’s time to try something new. “Agility training can really liven up a workout,” says Galer. “We typically stick to the same old routine and wonder why we aren’t seeing the benefits or changes that we expect in our bodies. Adding just a few agility exercises can activate muscle functions to stimulate change.” The cones are light and portable, says Galer. “All you need is an open space.” Use them to jump over, as distance markers and for changing direction.
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6. Rowing-action exerciser
“I find this type of prop very effective in increasing flexion in the lower back, thus allowing the client to better ‘scoop’ their abdominals,” says Rigney-Weatherbie. And the rowing action helps engage a variety of muscles. “It also improves tone in the arms and back muscles as you are pulling on the prop with your hands.” It may not be a canoe on a placid lake, but if it gives you similar benefits in the comfort of your own living room, it’s worth it.
7. Stability ball with pump
When it comes to exercise, being on solid ground isn’t always the best thing. “When doing exercise on a mat, the ground beneath you is stable and non-moving,” says Rigney-Weatherbie. “However, performing exercises on a stability ball presents you with an unstable surface. The ball gives you constant feedback so you must concentrate on proper technique throughout all ranges of the movement.” There’s also an advantage to getting up off the mat. “Since the ball elevates you away from the floor, it presents a more 3D opportunity to conduct exercises. One can now move through a complete full range of motion, thus creating a more intense workout.”