These are my top five favourite tools for working out at home.
No. 1 A balance ball
This is great for doing ab exercises with. I like to do sit ups on the ball and then do reverse crunches while keeping my feet stable against a wall. I also use this when lifting hand weights rather than a bench. It's a great tool and although it can take up a bit of space you could deflate it for storage. We keep ours in the lounge and when it's not being used for exercise it gets used as a seat or foot rest! :-)
No. 2 Some hand weights
I have about four or five different sets of hand weights at home. I like to use the lighter ones to add a bit of challenge to my aerobic routines and the heavier sets when I am focused on lifting for a particular muscle set. You'll sometimes hear people say that you can make your own weights with things around the home like tinned goods or bags of flour but I would say that just one or two sets of proper hand weights with nice grips are a worthwhile investment.
No. 3 My stairs
I live in a house with stairs and I make the most of them. I sometimes just walk up and down the stairs when I'm waiting for something else like the kettle to boil. If you have stairs at your home or work then make the most of them. People might think you're a bit odd walking up down but they will also notice what lovely legs and shapely bum you have!
No. 4 My rebounder
This is like a mini trampoline. It's so much fun (but a little noisy). I first bought this when the weather was rotten and I wanted an in-door work out that meant I wouldn't be jumping up and down on bare wooden floor boards at home. I set it up in the lounge early one morning and starting jumping up and down and my flatmate thought something naughty was going on in the lounge. I love this because it means you can stick the music channel on and just bounce around to your favourite tunes and get the heart rate up. It's easy to put up as you just screw on the legs but we leave ours up all the time now.
No. 5 A skipping rope
One of my favourite comedians Eddie Izzard once did a sketch that compared super fit manly boxers and little school girls as they both really love skipping. Skipping is a great exercise and much much harder than it looks. You can find you tube videos that will offer whole exercise routines that just involve jumping rope. You burn calories fast and I can't recommend it enough. My rope also has light weights in the handles for an added work out but these can be removed.