Effective Workout Equipment on a Budget

Rucuss staffSeptember 11, 2011

If you hadn’t noticed, we’re in a recession folks. So desperate times call for desperate measures, especially if you’re on a budget and want to remain in shape. For those who can’t afford a gym membership, we’ve got good news. There is affordable workout equipment that will help get the job done. Here’s some suggestions via YahooShine:

Dumbbells

Most women aren’t looking to bulk up. Instead they want a nice, toned body that looks fit, but still looks sexy. This means that you don’t need to spend a fortune on barbells or a workout bench. For effective workouts, you can invest in 1, 3 and 5 pound weights. Each of these weights can be purchased for $5-$10, which means you’ll spend around $50 for a set of two of each. With dumbbells, you can not only work your upper body, but your lower body as well. Dumbbells are by far one of the most effective pieces of exercise equipment you can own.

Medicine Ball

When starting your workout, you’ll want a medicine ball that weighs around 4-5 pounds, which can be purchased for less than $15. A medicine ball can be used in various workouts including those that build upper and lower body strength. You can use a medicine ball for something as simple as tossing the ball in the air and catching it to work your arms or you can use it to create height in your push up routine. Either way, this is a great piece of equipment to have if you want to work your entire body without spending a fortune.

Jump Rope

Many people will tell you that cardio is just as important as strength training. However, this doesn’t mean you have to invest in an expensive treadmill. In fact, you can get a great cardio workout and spend less than $5 for the equipment. All you need is a simple jump rope. A jump rope workout can burn an astounding 750 calories per hour. Best of all, jump rope workouts work the upper and lower body.

Workout Mat

Workout mats can be purchased for less than $30 and can be used for everything from yoga to abdominal workouts. When buying a workout mat, it’s important to invest in a comfortable mat that helps cushion your body against the hard floor. You may also want to consider a mat that is easy to roll up so that you can take it with you should you decide to take fitness classes at a local gym.

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