Looking to create a home gym to get in shape for the new year? Check out these simple objects from About.com that you can use to get yourself in shape without spending much money.
A fitness ball is great for strengthening your abdominal and back muscles which in turn will make you more stable on your feet and less prone to injury. Use it to workout your core, exercise your balance, and stretch. Fitness balls can be purchased for $12 to $15.
Exercise DVD's are perfect for at-home workouts. Most have beginner and more advanced routines so you can move up as you get better and stronger. It's best to have a mix of types of workout dvd's so you don't get bored. Cardio, Abdominal exercises, Pilates, and Yoga are all great choices for an at-home workout. Prices vary anywhere from $12 to well over $100 depending on the workout and number of DVD's. If you're on a budget, check out dvd's from the library or look on YouTube.
An exercise mat is a must for Yoga, Pilates, stretching, and ab work. Look for a roll-up style if space is at a premium in your apartment. Mats can easily be found for $10 to $20.
Resistance Bands are another great way to get a good workout for all of your body. They will strengthen your chest, back, shoulders, arms and legs and are great to take on the road because they don't take up much space. Resistance Band sets vary in cost from $10 to $30 depending on the material.
Remember how much fun you had jumping rope when you were a kid? Turns out it's a great aerobic exercise! It burns lots of calories, gives both your upper and lower body a workout, and increases agility, coordination, and endurance. Alternate jumping rope with strengthening exercises like squats and lunges for a dynamic interval workout. Jump ropes start at about $7 and are another great option for travel.