Whether you prefer to exercise in your home or it's just more convenient for you, these inexpensive fitness tools are just what you need to complete great workouts without heading to the gym.
Want to get fit without blowing your budget on a treadmill…or um, fancy coat rack? Here are 10 Inexpensive Fitness Tools for Home Workouts that will help you get fit without breaking the bank.
10 Inexpensive Fitness Tools for Home Workouts
1. Yoga Mat- If you have hard floors in your home or want to workout outside you will need a yoga mat; it is not optional. If you are not comfortable while you work out, you are less likely to stick with it.
2. Stability Ball- A stability ball is a great way to help your body tone up all over. A stability ball activates the core with every move you make getting you more for each exercise. Use in place of a bench for weights, a base for crunches, even to make push ups more challenging and watch how your body changes faster.
3. Jump Rope- Jump ropes can be found at your local dollar store and are known for killing some major calories in a limited amount of time. A jump rope works the arms, legs, and core all at once.
4. Dumbbells- Weight training is the key to a lean and toned body. Dumbbells can be found fairly cheap and can be used to add weight and effectiveness to nearly any exercise. Start at a lower weight and work your way up. Use dumbbells to tone the arms by doing a basic press at the same time you are working your legs and rear with squats. You will burn more calories and shape your body faster.
5. Hula Hoop– Need a cheap workout tool that can be versatile? Stop by your local dollar store for a hula hoop. Yes, I know I sound crazy, but it is a great workout tool. Spinning the hula hoop around your arm will help tone your arms. You can use a hula hoop similar to the Skip-Its we used as kids. If you're more coordinated than me, they make for a great core workout. Not bad for a dollar right?
6. Foam Roller- A foam roller is great for working out kinks, stretching, and even working on the core. Use one to create instability for push ups to activate more of the core. You can also roll a foam roller along a cramps to relax the muscles.
7. Resistance Bands- If you are looking for and inexpensive and highly portable fitness tool a set of resistance bands can be amazing. Look for a set that includes a hook that goes in your door jam. A resistance band set can turn any closed door, playground equipment, or tree branch into your very own gym all for under $20.
8. Kettlebells- These are a great weight to add to basic exercises to make them more challenging. Kettlebells tone arms and abs by throwing off the normal balance and activating the core.
9. Fitness DVDs- Fitness DVDs or streaming subscriptions are great tools for getting a workout in without having to think and plan. A great workout video will really challenge your body for a quick and noticeable change.
10. Body Fat Scale- While it will not help you work out, it will help keep you going if you buy a body fat scale. Unlike a regular scale, a body fat scale allows you to see your body fat continue to drop even when the pounds do not. Muscle weighs more than fat, so you may even gain. Your body is so much more than one set of numbers.