According to the American College of Sports Medicine, a workout for a healthy adult should be a combination of regular aerobic exercises and weight training. But that doesn’t mean you have to join a gym—or even have a lot of room in your home. A good workout comes in lots of shapes and sizes.
Space isn’t usually an issue with well-chosen weight and resistance training equipment, which can include small hand weights and elastic bands. The aerobic equipment is another story. We can help you find the right fit for you and your home. Just look for the statement that best sums up your workout space situation, and we’ll offer some solutions.
NOTE: Before you start a new exercise program, check with your doctor to be sure it’s safe for you.
Everything is a tight squeeze.
For those in homes with severe space constraints, there are a lot of smaller exercise machines out there that easily fit in a space less than 2 feet by 2 feet. These usually weigh around 6 to 7 pounds, making them easy to tuck away in a nearby closet. Steppers and peddlers tend to rule this category. They can give you a great aerobic workout right in front of the TV.
Top picks for tight spaces:
I’ve got some room, but the thing can’t live there full-time.
This category can also be called the easily storable category. When you are exercising, these machines can take up to 4 feet by 2 feet but can usually fold or be stood up, making them shrink to a 2-foot machine. For those with a larger, multi-purpose room, this can be a good option. Think of it as a pop-up gym!
Top storable picks:
I can give it its very own room.
These larger options don’t necessarily take up a ton of space. Many are less than 5 feet. The difference between these and the picks above is they can’t be hidden easily so they’ll need some space dedicated just to them.
Top picks for larger spaces:
Ready to Shop?
“Quantity and Quality of Exercise for Developing and Maintaining Cardiorespiratory, Musculoskeletal, and Neuromotor Fitness in Apparently Healthy Adults: Guidance for Prescribing Exercise”; Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: July 2011 – Volume 43 – Issue 7 – pp 1334-1359
American Academy of Sports Medicine: “Strength Training Program for Your Home”
Harvard Health Publications: “Tips for Choosing the Right Exercise Equipment”