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Are you one of the millions who are determined to take care of their bodies by exercising more in 2023? Whatever your reason for wanting to strengthen your workout, the benefits go beyond just getting in shape.
According to the Mayo Clinic, regular physical activity can fight weight gain, help you fight disease and medical conditions, boost energy and mood, and perhaps most importantly, it’s a major stress reliever. So where do you start shopping for home exercise equipment without spending thousands of dollars on an exercise bike or elliptical?
If coaching is your thing, there are countless video apps and services you can join, many of which offer free trials. Aaptiv, Fitbod, Sworkit, and FitOn range from free to paid, or offer free trials to help you start your running, cardio, or strength training journey, and there are endless free workouts on YouTube.
But you’ll still need some gear to get you started, so we turned to Jessica Rae, founder of Rae Studios in San Francisco and FitReserve Anywhere trainer, for some tips on low-cost gear to enhance your DIY workouts.
Simply add water (a little or a lot) to adjust the weight of this home kettlebell to help improve your balance and stamina.
You’ve probably seen these popular weight bracelets on Instagram that let you incorporate fitness into your everyday life. We wear them on our wrists or ankles for our morning walks and our workouts are instantly bolstered – you’re sure to feel their impact!
This cool performance fabric towel is perfect for wiping away sweat after your warm-up session.
“I have a strong background in MMA, especially kickboxing, and jumping rope is a huge part of our cardio warm-up,” says Rae. “It’s usually a few rounds of jacks, jump rope, and tai chi.” For the price, the e-rope is surprisingly high-tech. It features electronic counting of calories, miles and kilometers, one-touch button to view workout results and a non-slip handle.
The handles of this beloved jump rope weigh 0.5 lbs each to increase the intensity of your workouts.
This heavy-duty rope will challenge your body and target your muscles to help you burn fat at home.
“If you like investing in well-made fitness accessories, this is the rope for you,” wrote one 5-star reviewer of this high-quality jump rope that spins smoothly.
For all the bouncing, jumping, and running you’re going to do, you’re going to need performance-inspired trainers. These sneakers from New Balance are some of the lightest we’ve ever worn, and they’re easy to wear without too much trouble.
“I’ve seen the benefits of the trampoline, which focuses on balance, coordination, mobility, core, and overall cardiovascular health,” says Rae. This 36-inch trampoline can hold up to 250 pounds, folds down for easy storage, and weighs just 14 pounds by itself. Critics love it too, with over 4,000 5-star reviews.
Stored easily in a closet or behind a door, mini trampolines take up little space and provide a great calorie-burning workout. According to reviewers, this near-silent rebounder can support up to 450 pounds, and you can “feel your legs after five minutes” making you bounce.
Rae also recommends supplementing your home workouts with exercise bars, sliders, and resistance bands.
This set of bands comes with a training program that will get you started with rowing, pulling, lifting and flying sets to work your arms, back, glutes, legs, chest and abdominal area.
The set includes five resistance bands of varying intensities, with inspirational quotes like “Don’t stop” and “Keep going,” and a bag to store them neatly.
The slider has a smooth bottom, allowing you to glide along smooth surfaces like wood or tile floors. They work by making your body try to balance, which strengthens your core muscles.
This set of sliders and resistance bands includes everything you need for a core and strength workout.
If you’re off the road in winter but miss the feel of being on your bike, this highly rated stand makes it easy to convert your road bike to an indoor bike. Take a spinning class on the app, or just tune and pedal!
Ready to jump into indoor cycling but don’t want to spend a lot of money or have a lot of space? Try this folding upright bike, a favorite among Amazon shoppers.
This under-desk pedal exerciser probably won’t make you sweat, but if you’re worried about being sedentary, this highly-rated little machine is “super quiet and has resistance if you need it” according to one reviewer Take “You want to add an upper body workout” if you need a gentler workout.