Austerity. Age of. And we keep trying to get you to buy expensive bits of kit! So today is “no-tech” Tuesday. Can you exercise with no tech at all? Do you look around at all the massive business taking your money for wearables, “technical” clothing – right down to your socks and pants(!), gizmos, weights, machines, even the humble skipping rope has gone technical! We’ve already established the gym as no longer essential to a healthy active lifestyle. Can you exercise using only things you already own?
Yes, of course! Especially if you’re working out at home. First of all:
Pros of working out in the nude: free! no smelly gym kit afterwards, sweat naturally evaporates away, you can feel the floor with your feet for better balance.
Cons – wobbles (various). If you feel the need to hold yourself in, or you haven’t turned the heating on, what clothes should you wear to workout? You don’t want chafing or sweat soaking. Cotton is therefore out. Wool is very good for sweatiness.
But think about what you’ve already got that could serve the purpose. Marketing people will try to sell us different kit for yoga, walking, skiing, running, cycling etc.etc.etc. Sometimes there is a reason – e.g. Cycling tops have 3 back pockets for spare inner tubes and the like but generally, they all do the same thing just giving a different image. As long as you get wobble support and sweat wicking all your gear is multipurpose so use it, don’t be seduced into buying new stuff!
On from clothes to kit. I mentioned the skipping rope. If it works for boxers it can work for you, bet there’s one in your garage!
Yoga mat? Towel! Resistance band? Towel! (See stronger videos)
Dumbbells? Tin cans full of beans (as a starter!)
heavier weights? We live in Suffolk and the salt blocks for my water softener weigh 4kg each.
Sandbag? (as seen in the Body rock videos) heavy books or bags of rice in a bag,
kettlebells? You can use a dumbbell on its end if you already have some in the garage.
And back to the equivalent of nudity – for strength training your body weight alone is an excellent tool, especially upside down…..(handstands anyone?)
Get on with it!
So, no excuse not to get started because you haven’t got the kit. Adapt and get going! (We’d love to hear about your “no-tech” kit, too, in the comments)