For months, I have been prioritizing my young children’s well-being, often to the detriment of my own. Some days I realize it’s well after noon before I’ve thought to even have a glass of water. So, from here on out I’m looking to make small, meaningful changes that put my own wellness back into focus.
For me, that starts with moving my body on a daily basis, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Oftentimes, doing so means squeezing in some movement while my toddler naps—so my exercise routine is something that has to happen at home. And that all starts with building a functional home gym.
To motivate me to move my body with consistency, I’m adding a few useful tools to my home gym arsenal. Here’s a peek at the budget-friendly buys that I’m hopeful will keep me inspired for the long haul.
1. At-Home Fitness Classes
Let's face it: sometimes we need someone to tell us exactly what to do to take care of our bodies. For busy parents, obé fitness—a subscription-based workout app—acts like a personal trainer, offering a breadth of both live and on-demand classes focusing on everything from yoga and strength-training to cardio and dance. Made to meet you where you are, the express classes clock in around 10 minutes and under—so you can work out *and* enjoy your little one's nap time (though if you have more time, there are plenty of options for you too!). Easily add classes to your calendar in advance so you can always carve out time in your schedule for these high-energy workouts that can be accessed on your phone, laptop or smart TV.
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2. Foam Fitness Mat
Cushier than a yoga mat, this foam fitness mat provides a softer surface to safeguard knees and ankles during strenuous exercise.
3. Resistance Bands
This set offers three different resistance levels, making your toning and strength-building routines completely customizable.
4. Python Print Leggings
If you find your motivation in the exercise department lagging, some cute workout gear may be just the inspiration you need to hit your home gym again.
5. Fitness Jump Rope
I love a workout routine that brings me back to my playground days, and nothing says 'old school' quite like a jumprope. If you haven't jumped rope since the '90s, take my word for it: this is your ticket to addictive, heart-pumping cardio.
6. Bala Bangles 1-LB Weights
Make every movement a strength-training exercise with these wearable weights, perfect for Pilates or any mat-based exercise session.
7. Yoga and Pilates Fitness Wheel
A fitness wheel can offer you steadiness and support as you stretch your way to challenging yoga poses that rely on backbends and inversions.
8. Marbled Foam Roller
We hear it time and time again: our muscles need recovery time in order to perform at their best. Add in an easy foam-rolling session for your rest days to do right by your body.
9. Ab Wheel Roller With Elastic Strap and Mat
Designed for easy and customizable control, this ab-strengthening roller can be used with the elastic, or without. The included mat adds a layer of comfort for your knees.
Upgrade your strength-training sessions with kettlebell swings. This little tool sure looks cute, but rest assured it packs a powerful punch. Available in 10-30 pound weights.
11. Dual-Sided Exercise Sliders
Instantly up the challenge on ab-strengthening planks with these double-sided sliders.
This post was in partnership with obé fitness but all of the opinions within are those of The Everymom editorial board. We only recommend products we genuinely love.