Who says you have to pay for an expensive membership at some fancy gym? Not only can you save a lot of money by working out at home, you can absolutely get fit with cheap home gym equipment.
If you prefer simple workouts at home and don’t care much for bulky gym equipment, buy a few inexpensive items to outfit your home gym.
No more expensive gym memberships (that you weren’t going to use anyways) or thousand dollar treadmills you don’t have room for.
To help you get fit and save money, here are a few tips on how to build a home gym on a budget.
Cheap Home Gym Equipment To Try
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You do not have to like Yoga to need a mat. If you do nothing else but workout in front of your TV at home, there will be a time when you will need an exercise mat.
A good quality mat will not only protect your body with a cushion and absorb the impact on your joints. Aim for a mat with at least ½ inch thickness, but go as high as you need to feel comfortable and effective.
Try this exercise mat from Reehut for $14.99.
Many of our workouts include cardio, but often times women tend to leave out the strength training due to the fear of bulking up too much with dumbells.
This is unfortunate because strength training has a very important place in a fitness program. Lifting weights have benefits such as improving body mass and promoting fat-free body mass and can be done without obtaining a muscular physique.
Try a simple and inexpensive Amazon Basics 20-Pound Dumbbell Set With Stand – $24.99
Working out with a stability ball is great for strengthening your core. Having replaced the need for a workout bench, a stability ball is one piece of equipment that is pretty fun to work with.
Just make sure to use proper body alignment to protect your spine.
I recommend getting a stability ball that will support your weight, though I’ve seen balls that go up to 2,200 pounds – so you should probably be okay.
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DYNAPRO Exercise Ball – $24.99
Walking is a great way to ease into a workout program, especially if you’re a beginner or have been pretty sedentary.
Use the pedometer to track steps to keep motivated and gauge your progress. You can take a walk in your neighborhood after dinner or plug in a walking DVD such as 10,000 Steps Weight Loss – Walk On: 5 Fat Burning Miles with Jessica Smith (seems easy, but it’s not).
Try the 3DTriSport Walking 3D Pedometer – $22.99
Different from a simple pedometer, a fitness tracker can be used to not only track steps but heart rate, calories, and more.
Fitbits have different models and features to choose from, but you can purchase this one for a fraction of the cost:
Homogo Smart Activity Tracker – $24.99
Many fitness trackers can be synced to your phone and can work with some of these free fitness apps you may be interested in.
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Nothing motivates you to workout more than feeling like you look hot in your clothes. Great workout gear doesn’t have to be expensive, but the right outfit will make you feel as good as you look.
Consider getting a membership with Fabletics, which offers great looking athletic wear at affordable prices. Co-founded by Kate Hudson and a subsidiary of Just Fab, you’ll just love the designs and comfortability. Sign up and get 2 of their best selling leggings for only $24.
Talk about getting your heart rate up? Jumping rope is not just one of those childhood activities in our distant memories.
Jumping rope is a great all-body workout that allows you to get maximum results in little time. If your joints can take it, purchase a jump rope to add to your home gym.
Very simple, effective, and can be purchased for less than $10.
When selecting a jump rope, make sure to select one appropriate for your fitness level and purpose.
Look into the L&G Premium Jump Rope – $6.97
Part of getting fit is making sure you’re protecting your body, which includes your feet.
Wearing the appropriate athletic shoes will help to support your arches and cushion the impact. Working out with inappropriate shoes can cause more damage than good. Look for the best shoes based on the type of workouts you will participate in.
Having said that – you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on shoes to workout in and cutting costs doesn’t mean you’re doing a disservice to your feet.
RYKA and ASICS not only have reasonably priced cross-trainers for women, but exciting colors to match your workout clothes.
A cute pair of RYKA Women’s Dynamic 2.5 Cross-Trainers – $31.99 – $74.99