Over past last year, I’ve got myself into the best shape of my life. I’m fit, healthy and have reached my natural weight. And I’ve achieved this without one trip to the gym and without any personal trainer.
In fact, I’ve achieved this using just 5 different pieces of kit that I have stored away neatly in my home. They’re simple, compact, portable and super effective.
These 5 items have become my go to fitness tools for healthy minimalist living.
And most importantly, they’ve delivered the best weight loss and body definition results I’ve ever had. Happy days.
So to help you out with your own efforts, I’d like to share with you my minimalist and gymless home workout set up.
Using these awesome fitness tools can help you on your path to minimalist living and a happier minimalist lifestyle. Here they are:
- Running Watch
Let’s break it down and look at the benefits of each bit of kit.
Tool #1) – Kettlebells
These are the superstars of my home work out.
Because kettle bells torch the ass off calories.
Kettle bells are cast iron weights shaped like a ball with a handle on top. The amazing thing about using them is that you can combine both cardio fitness and strength training in the same awesome and fun workout.
So by using kettlebells, I not only elevate my heart rate but also build muscle and strengthen my body.
On top of this, because the majority of kettle bell exercises involve swinging the kettle bell, you get a much more explosive and functional form of fitness than if you were doing isolated exercises with dumbbells or the like.
I have 3 different sized kettlebells for different exercises – a 10kg, a 12kg and a 16kg. I’ve built these up over time (as my tolerance for heavier weights has increased) but you can start out with just one that you feel comfortable with.
Benefits Of Kettlebells
- Compact, portable and easy to store. Yes, you can train in your bedroom.
- Short workout time due to high intensity of exercises (prepare to sweat)
- Easy to fit into a busy schedule
- Combines cardio and strength, all in one short workout
- Awesome cardio without leaving your home
- Fun and varied. Never boring
- Saves money. Give gym fees the middle finger
Tool #2) – Dumbbells
Although I used dumbbells for years, I’ve now replaced a lot what I used them for with my new kettlebell workout. However, I haven’t eliminated them completely and still use them for certain parts of my regime.
Right now, my workout is about 80% kettlebells and 20% dumbbells.
Basically, there is a difference between the two, and it’s this; free weights are great for building strength and muscle power but kettlebells go a step further and help you to actually burn fat (while also increasing muscular and cardiovascular endurance).
I personally find that using a combination of dumbbells and kettlebells is ideal as both tools work your muscles differently, with kettlebell exercises offering more of an aerobic quality than dumbbells.
But not to fear; you don’t have to pick one option over the other. Adding both to your workout routine can give you an awesome and balanced plan.
Benefits Of Dumbbells
- Great for building strength
- Compact, portable and easy to store out of site
- Huge range of exercises
- Minimal space needed
- Relatively inexpensive
Tool #3) – My Trainers
Ok, a small disclaimer here. I love to run.
I find it totally therapeutic and it’s become much more than just a form of exercise for me.
As a result, I keep one pair of runners at the office (I like to run on my lunch break) and one pair at home for running mainly at the weekend.
Running is the ultimate minimalist workout. All you need are your trainers and the ground under your feet. No monthly membership fees and you’re free to go when and for as long as you wish.
I personally run 4 times a week but like I said, I love to run. You can do however many runs suit your plan.
Benefits Of Running
- Low cost
- Gets you outside
- Excellent form of cardio
- Great for weight loss
- Shorter, intense runs save you time
- No commuting to and from a gym
Tool #4) – Nike Plus Running Watch
Ok, my Nike Plus GPS Running watch is the most expensive item in my gymless set up. It allows me to track my runs by their frequency, distance, duration and calories burned.
But don’t worry, if you don’t feel like shelling out the cash for something like this then don’t – it’s by no means an essential item in your minimalist set up.
The reason I invested in it is because I love to run, and since tracking my activity I’ve found myself almost competing with my previous efforts and pushing myself further each time I go for a jog.
For this reason, it helps me increase my performance and helps to keep me focused on my fitness goals.
Without this watch I never would have set myself the new goal of running 100 miles each month.
Below are my results from last month, to show you how great this bit of kit is.
Tool #5) – My Commuter Bike
Part of my minimalist living philosophy is to ditch the car as much as possible.
So instead of driving to the office everyday, I invested in this awesome commuter bike.
So now I cycle to work everyday. I don’t actually count this as ‘exercise time’ as such, I just use it as a means of transport. However, there are obvious fitness benefits to this mode of getting around – so I’m including it as part of my work out set up.
In case you’re wondering, it’s a Kona Jake commuter bike.
Benefits Of Cycling
- Cycling turns your work commute into exercise, meaning you need less dedicated ‘exercise time’ in your day
- Gets you outside and gets your heart rate pumping
- Good for your soul
- Low maintenance, cheap to run compared to a car
Over to you!
So there you have it. My 5 fave pieces of kit for healthy minimalist living. Do you have any awesome minimalist workout tools or tips you’d like to share? Please do, I’d love to hear them and you might really inspire some other readers of this blog. Hit me up in the comments!