Are you one of the millions of people who have made a decision to take care of their body by exercising more in 2021? Whatever the reasons why you want to increase your training game, the benefits go beyond just getting in shape.
According to the Mayo Clinic, regular physical activity fights weight gain, helps you fight disease and health conditions, increases energy and mood and is perhaps most importantly an important stress reliever. So where do I start without shooting out thousands on a motorcycle or elliptical?
If tutoring is your thing, there are countless video apps and services to attend, many with free trial periods. Aaptiv, FitReserve, Sworkit and FitOn range from free to premium, or offer free trial versions to get you started, and there are endless free workouts on YouTube.
However, you still need equipment to help you move, so we turned to Jessica Rae, founder of Rae Studios in San Francisco and FitReserve Anywhere trainer, for tips on inexpensive equipment to improve your DIY workout.
“My basic information is a pair of light weights, a yoga mat and a towel,” says Rae.
Surge Hydro Ball 25 (from $ 49.99; amazon.com)
Just add water – a little or a lot – to adjust the weight of this home boiler, which can improve balance and endurance.
Bala weighted bracelet, set of 2 ($ 49; nordstrom.com)
Given that it can be difficult to get weights today, these popular weighted bracelets, which you have probably seen on Instagram, allow you to integrate fitness into your everyday life. Just use them around the wrists or ankles, and the training will increase immediately.
Dralegend Yoga Mat Exercise Fitness Mat (starts at $ 19.29; amazon.com)
This thick tear-resistant mat promises to last during all your workouts, with grips on both sides.
Mission Max Cooling Towel ($ 19.99; amazon.com)
This cooling fabric towel is perfect for wiping down sweat after a hot workout.
Gaiam 6 mm extra thick yoga mat (from $ 23.98; amazon.com)
This extra thick mat with a non-slip grip will withstand your most powerful workouts and is a favorite of Amazon shoppers, with more than 8,000 5-star reviews.
TXK Yoga Mat Non-Slip Hot Yoga Mat (starting at $ 35.99; amazon.com)
Treat yourself to this beautiful, highly rated rug. “It’s really amazing,” writes one reviewer. “The authentic colors and the high quality make me feel like I’m in a spring garden.”
“I have a great background in MMA, especially kickboxing, and skipping rope is a big part of our cardio warm-up,” says Rae. “There are usually a few rounds of jacks, skipping ropes and shadow boxing in the mitten.”
Auoxer Jump Rope, Electronic Counting Skipping Rope ($ 13.99, originally $ 19.99; amazon.com)
This electronic rope is surprisingly high-tech. It has electronic counting of calories, miles and kilometers, a one-button button to see training results and non-slip handles.
Nike Fundamental Weighted Rope ($ 16.97, originally $ 20; nike.com or $ 25; dickssportinggoods.com)
This beloved skipping rope has handles that weigh 0.5 kg each, which gives increased training intensity.
Century 9-Foot Challenge Rope ($ 59.99; dickssportinggoods.com)
This heavy rope will challenge your body and target your muscles, helping you burn fat at home.
Sonic Boom M2 High Speed Jump Rope ($ 25.38, originally $ 37.86; amazon.com)
“If you like investing in well-made training accessories, this is your rope,” writes a 5-star reviewer of this smooth-spinning, premium skipping rope.
“I see the benefits of a trampoline that uses a practice of balancing, coordinating, moving, core and general cardiovascular fitness,” says Rae.
Easy to store in a closet or behind a door, a mini-trampoline takes up very little space and offers a great calorie-bursting workout.
Endurance 36-inch folding trampoline ($ 43.19, originally $ 69.99; amazon.com)
This 36-inch trampoline, which can hold up to 250 pounds, can be folded for easy storage and weighs only 14 pounds itself. Critics love it too, with more than 4,000 5-star reviews.
Darchen Mini Trampoline for adults ($ 139.99, originally $ 149.99; amazon.com)
Get bouncing with this almost silent rebounder – supportive of up to 450 pounds – that you can “feel in your legs after five minutes,” according to reviewers.
Booty Kicker Home Fitness Exercise Barre ($ 99; amazon.com)
Rae also suggests a training track, sliders and resistance bands to complement your home.
“I want to buy this a thousand times,” writes one reviewer who “found a great barre workout on a streaming service” and “uses it every day.”
Ballet Barre Portable for Home or Studio (starting at $ 129; amazon.com)
A classic ballet bar like this is great for improving stretch, balance and shape while doing a streaming workout.
Fitness Insanity Resistance Bands Set, 5-Piece ($ 21.97; amazon.com)
This set of straps is perfect for rows, pulls, lifts and flies training sets to train the arms, back, hips, legs, chest and abdomen.
Bala Resistance Bands, 5-Pack ($ 20; nordstrom.com)
This set contains five resistance bands of different strengths with inspirational sayings such as “Do not stop now” and “Keep moving” written over them – plus a bag to store them nicely.
Bala Sliders ($ 15; amazon.com or $ 20; nordstrom.com)
Smooth on the bottom, you can use sliders to slide along a smooth surface such as a wooden floor or tile floor. They work by getting the body to try to balance, which strengthens the core muscles.
Thirty48 sliding discs Core sliders and 5 training resistance bands ($ 13.98; amazon.com)
This set of sliders and resistance bands includes everything you need to get a core and strength routine going.
BalanceFrom Bike Trainer Stand ($ 99.99; amazon.com)
If you are out of the road in the winter, but miss the feeling of riding your bike, this highly rated stand easily converts a road bike into an indoor cycle. Take a spin class on an app, or just crank a few songs and step away!
Ativafit Foldable Magnetic Upright Stationary Bike (from $ 154.99; amazon.com)
Ready to jump into indoor cycling, but do not want to spend a lot or do not have much space? Try this folding bike that Amazon customers love, with a 5-star reviewer writing: “Small enough for limited spaces, but solid and solid.”
Advenor folding exercise bike with LCD screen ($ 139.99; amazon.com)
Another great option for small size – and smaller price – this simple bike has hundreds of 5-star reviews, with a shopper writing: “I have definitely seen an improvement in cardiovascular health as well as emotionally while working from home. Sometimes it only takes the small step to start taking care of itself! ”
LifePro Bicycle Pedal Trainer ($ 149.99; amazon.com)
This pedal performer under the table will probably not make you sweat, but if you’re worried about being too sedentary, this highly rated little machine is “super quiet” and also comes with resistance bands if you want to add exercises to your upper body, if you need a gentle workout.
Portable Training System for Resistance Bands ($ 49.99; sharperimage.com)
With less than 1 pound, this highly regarded home training set is easy to stash away and gives you a total body workout that has little impact and fun. “Very easy to use and I already see results. I would recommend this to anyone looking for an exercise system at home, ”rages a reviewer.