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Inexpensive Equipment for Building a Home Gym

Eric Hinders/Mittera

Working out doesn’t have to mean hitting the gym. With some inexpensive exercise gear, you can get a great workout right in your living room. We asked exercise physiologist Kirsten Ward, MS, RCEP, CDE, to share her top picks.

WALKING DVD

Leslie Sansone’s Just Walk routine is geared to all fitness levels. $14.95, at walkathome.com.

YOGA MAT

BalanceFrom’s nonslip mat is ¼ inch thick to cushion your spine, knees, and elbows. $10.99, at walmart.com.

STRENGTH-TRAINING SET

The Yogree Resistance Band 12-piece set includes everything you need to strengthen and tone. $15.99, at amazon.com.

DUMBBELLS

Tone Fitness’ 2- , 3- , and 5-pound weights are perfect for beginners. $27, at walmart.com.

PLAYGROUND BALL

Place this Franklin 8.5-inch ball between your knees during squats. $9.99, at dickssportinggoods.com.

BALANCE BALL

Get a workout while watching TV: Sit on the Everlast Stability Ball and bounce lightly, moving no more than one inch. $13.99, at target.com.

HULA-HOOP

Have fun and strengthen your core at the same time with Canyon Hoops’ weighted Hula-Hoop. $31.99, at canyonhoops.com.

EXERCISE APP

Glucosezone’s digital exercise platform is packed with fitness videos for people with diabetes. 30-day free trial, then $12.99/month, at glucosezone.com. Diabetes Forecast subscribers get a 30 percent discount at sign-up.

Fitness for Free

Outfit your home gym—and save money—with these common items.You probably already own many of them!

  1. Gallon of water: Use in place of kettlebells.
  2. Cans of soup: Lift these if you don’t have hand weights.
  3. 16-ounce water bottles: A substitute for hand weights, these are a heavier option than soup cans.
  4. Tennis ball canister: Fill the container with rocks or sand and use it in place of a dumbbell.
  5. Throw pillow: Use this between your knees(instead of a squishyball) when doing squats. 
 

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