People want to be healthier in all phases of their lives.
They want healthier homes that are free of toxic chemicals. They want food that is organic and that focuses more on nutrition than sugar and salt. They want a work-life balance that allows them enough time to work out and stay physically fit.
The last one — staying healthy physically — can sometimes be difficult. Working professionals who have other obligations outside of work — such as taking care of kids — may find that even a half-hour workout session is hard to come by. And for those who do have kids, it can be impossible to make it over to the gym when no one else is around to watch over them.
Luckily, due to the growing desire to live all-around more healthy lives, there are many exercise options for busy working professionals who need to work out at home.
Before we get to those, let’s break down some key stats that show just how much exercise and health and wellness have risen over the past few years.
Excercise Stats in the U.S.
For the third year in a row, a majority of American adults are exercising as much as the government recommends. The aerobic exercise recommendations of the U.S. government calls for either 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity workouts (such as walking) or 75 minutes a week of more intense exercise (such jogging or swimming laps).
That is certainly good news! However, the obesity rate in the U.S. continues to remain high. So, there is definitely still work to do on that front.
According to the Good Body, these are the top 10 most common activities for staying fit in the U.S.
- Bowling (yes, bowling somehow made this list)
- Free weights
- Weight/resistance machines
There don’t seem to be any stats on how many people are choosing to exercise at home these days, but based on the market for at-home workout equipment, we can safely assume that the number is growing.
Here are some of the most innovative at-home workout solutions to come forward in the last few years.
Time magazine called Mirror, “one of the best inventions of 2018,” and it’s easy to see why after watching this video courtesy of Tech Crunch, which includes the CEO and Founder of Mirror, Brynn Jinnett Putnam, explaining what they aimed to accomplish with this ingenious idea:
It’s an interesting concept that could’ve easily failed if not done correctly, but Brynn Jinnett Putnam and Co. have masterfully crafted an at-home workout gym that fits seamlessly into any home.
The social features of Mirror are especially clever, as it allows you to fill that camaraderie and motivation one gets when working out with a group at such fitness class providers as Minnesota’s own Alchemy.
Treadmills and stationary bikes have been in homes for many years. But, they weren’t necessarily considered “cool” until Peloton came along.
Through fantastic marketing, including commercials like the one below and a strong social presence, Peloton has emerged as one of the top providers of in-home workout equipment.
That commercial perfectly summarizes the move to working out at your home, as the protagonist of the TV spot is trying to find time in her busy and hectic day to work out. But, it’s not only about finding time to exercise, but it’s also about how exercising can help you get through some of the more stressful times.
Overall, it truly embodies the growing movement of being more healthy and how exercise is good for you physically and mentally.
Other Fantastic At-Home Workout Equipment
NordicTrack X22i Incline Trainer
For those looking for some high-intensity hill workouts, but don’t live near any hills, this incline trainer from Nordic Track is the perfect solution. While most treadmills only go to about a 15 percent incline, this treadmill can go as high as 40 percent.
Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine With PM5
In a New York Strategist article, Eric Salvador, who is the head trainer at Fhitting Room, states that “A rower is hands-down the best bang for your buck when it comes to investing in a big-ticket home-workout machine.” That’s as good of a reason as any to consider investing the Concept2 Model Rowing Machine.
Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells
Bowflex has been in the home gym market for quite some time now, and high-quality products like these dumbells are one of the reasons why.
Be Healthy, Be Happy
Here at Sustainable 9, we are big proponents of living healthy through all dimensions of your life — including your home.
A healthy life starts with a healthy home.