Exercise equipment that will actually fit inside your Toronto rental apartment

We all wish we were a bit better in shape and that we had more time to dedicate to exercise, but it isn’t always possible to get out to a gym and really work hard. In this time of 9 to 5 days and Netflix, it’s hard to find the time to get some exercise done, so what’s a good way of getting your daily workout? Sometimes all you need is the equipment at home so you can do some light work when you have a free half-hour to spend! Here’s some good, lightweight, space-friendly options to keep in mind when you’re looking for exercise gear for around the house.

Small dumbbells

A couple of pounds is all you need here – having a set of two- to five-pound weights lying around your house will make everything from running in place to squats just a bit harder, so you’ll be able to get a better workout on your own. Not only that, using light weights while running up stairs or doing yoga will really push you hard and give you a great workout no matter where you are.

Jump rope

While not the best idea if you want your neighbours to like you (unless you live in a ground-suite!) walking outside to a secluded area and jumping rope for five or t10 minutes is a fantastic way to keep your cardio health up! Instead of jogging for 30 minutes, you can decide to really work hard and jump rope – there’s a reason boxers and athletes leverage the jump rope so much!

Resistance bands

Easily packed away and easily set up, resistance bands usually come with a list of great workouts to build your strength up, and they’re remarkably simple to use. Most bands come with a door-stopper that loops around the bands and wedges into your door, so you can do all the exercises you’d ever want to right in front of the TV!

An ab wheel

If you’re looking to develop your stomach muscles and core strength, this is one of the best ways to do it. When you’re looking at gear in terms of efficacy and space saved, an ab wheel is one of the best devices you can think of – easily stored in any closet or under a couch, this piece of gear will really do a number on your stomach and give you a great workout in the process.

Born on the Prairies, Erin Cardone grew up knowing there was more to life than canola fields and AAA Alberta Angus. So she escaped, living in Europe and Australia, white-knuckling it through plates of calf brains and raw horse meat, and learning languages she can't remember anymore. After a stint as a jaded, skeptical journalist, she changed tack and began writing rather awesome blogs and showing businesses that advertising is dead, so long live social media, with her businesses Legendary Social Media. She now splits her time between various Canadian cities, Costa Rica and wherever else the wind blows.

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