Friday, December 17, 2010

Home Workout Equipment

Treadmills and ellipticals are great assets to your home when you want a good workout without having to go to a gym. But what do you do when you don't have the budget or the space for one of those pieces of exercise equipment? Here are some ideas:
  • jump rope: Jumping rope can burn up to 700 calories an hour! Now, jumping for an hour can be quite difficult. But it is a great idea to jump for 10- 15 minutes, then do some arm weights for 10 minutes (or push-ups, squats, lunges if you don't have weights), then back to jump roping, and so on. Do that for an hour and you will have an awesome workout! ($10-20)
  • resistance tubing: Resistance bands are great for a good workout if you don't have free weights. I even recommend switching between bands and weights if you have the option. You can usually buy different levels or resistance in one pack. From there, all you need is a place to hook the band and you have tons of options for arm, abs, and leg workouts! ($10-30)
  • medicine balls: You can get medicine balls in varying weights, usually ranging from 6 to 20 lbs. These can be used do to all kinds or workouts, targeting your legs and abs especially. ($15-30)
  • fitness balls: These are great for all around body workouts as well. You can use them by sitting on them and doing exercises, holding them, or laying on the ground and putting feet on the ball. They are a great addition to your workout equipment! ($10-20)
These are just a few ideas, but they are all worth the buy. Look into even buying some workout DVDs to go with the piece of equipment you bought. There are lots of workouts involving fitness balls and resistance bands out there. Or just get creative!

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