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Alternative to the studio: fitness equipment for your home
During the corona pandemic, we should all stay in our homes if possible. It is no longer possible to go to the gym, only walking is still allowed. Many would like more exercise.
Fortunately, you can also train at home. We have found some fitness equipment for you at home – without plastic.
Underrated fitness equipment: the jump rope
Skipping ropes are not just children’s toys: by alternately lifting your entire body weight into the air and catching it again, you are trimming both your calf, abdominal and core muscles. The intensive training pays off: those who jump rope for half an hour burn an average of 400 calories. If you clear some space, the fitness device is also suitable for the living room at home.
Unfortunately, the handle and rope on many models are made of plastic – but there are alternatives: At memolife you can find ** for example Jute ropes with handles made of waxed beech wood. The product is FSC-certified and only costs around 5 euros.
Racetrack neighborhood: plastic-free jogging shoes
If you want to jog through the neighborhood, you should keep at least 1.50 tenants away from others. You also need sturdy sneakers – preferably made from sustainable materials.
Mela sneakers, for example, are made primarily from organic cotton and natural rubber and are therefore easily recyclable. They are also the world’s first shoes to be certified with the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). More recommended brands: These 10 labels make better sneakers
Melawear sneakers cost around 90 euros and are among others Avocadostore and Amazon available**.
Abdominal muscle training at home – with wooden fitness equipment
With the ‘Ab Roller’ from the Edelkraft sports brand, you primarily train your stomach, back and buttocks. To do this, sit on your knees, hold the wheel by the handles and lean on it. Now you roll forward and back in a controlled manner. If you support yourself on tiptoe instead of knees, the exercise becomes more intense.
This fitness device for home is mainly made of wood from Germany, which is also processed here. The wheel is covered with a coating of natural rubber. The Ab trainer of noble power costs about 70 euros and is for example at ** Amazon available.
Abdominal training at home: plastic-free exercise tires
Gymnastics or hula hoops are also fitness equipment. You can use them to train more muscles at home than you know. If you let the tire circle around your body, you automatically perform strong hip movements – this strengthens the abdominal and core muscles and stimulates fat burning.
The best thing: gymnastics tires are also made of wood. When buying, make sure that your tire was produced under fair conditions and preferably locally. Certificates such as FSC or PEFC guarantee that the wood used comes from sustainable forestry.
For example, beechwood tires are available from 9 euros Sport Thieme.
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Multifunctional fitness device for the home: beech wood trapeze
A wooden stick, two ropes and countless functions: a trapeze is a popular fitness device at home and is suitable for more than pull-ups. Also train your arms and abdominal muscles by lifting your legs up to the so-called L-seat – or attach weights to the ropes and train your forearms.
Yoga mat: exercise mindfulness and muscles at home
Yoga can help against stress, depression, sleep disorders, high blood pressure and obesity. It’s not just about stretching and endurance exercises, but also about living positive, relaxed and mindful.
Unfortunately, many popular yoga mats are made of PVC and contain plasticizers or carcinogenic substances. Reason enough to invest a little more in a sustainable model made from new wool felt and FSC-certified natural rubber. This Yoga mat you can find ** from about 70 euros, for example Memolife.
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Practice pushups at home – with wooden handles
These wooden handles are also suitable as home fitness equipment. You can use them to train your arms and abdominal muscles – and, among other things, do particularly intensive push-ups. The handles are made of solid beech and walnut wood. Your floor is provided with natural rubber feet so that the mini bars do not slip. In addition, the wooden handles don’t weigh much – so you can take them anywhere.
Tip: Include the handles in your daily yoga practice. With this you can practice the handstand in detail.
Classic fitness device for at home: the barbell
Dumbbells are not just for bodybuilders. With dumbbells, everyone can train both the arm and core muscles. Important: Start easy. Even 100 gram weights can be effective in sports. Take the dumbbells with you, for example, for walking.
Many modern dumbbells have a casing that, among other things, may contain harmful plasticizers. The “retro dumbbells” from Sport Thieme, on the other hand, are free of questionable ingredients. The fitness device therefore scored “very good” in the Öko-Test. Here are the test results.
To buy**: A 1-kilo dumbbell costs about 4 euros Sport Thieme.
Better fitness clothing for at home and on the go
Many manufacturers of sportswear use synthetic petroleum-based fibers. The substances are not biodegradable and often contain pollutants.
If you decide to buy new sportswear, then buy it from a better supplier: the label Nice to meet me (available ** in Avocadostore) produces beautiful running, fitness and yoga clothing made from recycled polyester and natural fibers. It is manufactured in a workshop in the Czech Republic, of course under fair working conditions.
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Stainless steel drinking bottles for at home and on the go
If you do sports, you can up to 6 liters a day literally sweat it out – so you should drink enough fluids. With BPA-free drinking bottles in your luggage, you won’t forget that quickly, always have water on hand and don’t have to buy drinks in plastic bottles.
The advantage of a plastic-free bottle: it contains no BPA and is easy to recycle. Stainless steel also keeps its shape in the dishwasher and weighs less than glass – perfect for on the go. Stainless steel bottles like that from FLSK, you can buy it directly from 37 euros at FLSK to buy**.
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