I simply can’t justify the cost. I know there are cool exercise machines that I don’t have at home, and I know that going to a gym helps you really be in the zone while working out…but I just can’t convince myself that it’s worth the cost when I can get a perfectly good workout at home.
There are SO many affordable options out there for getting in shape at home. Some products require a one-time purchase, and then you’re working out for free. Other options are completely free. It doesn’t cost a thing to walk around the neighborhood in shoes you already own! It doesn’t cost a thing to do push ups, sit ups, jumping jacks, or burpees!
I won’t lie, I do have a few small pieces of equipment that I use and love. I own a couple of exercise DVDs. They’ve been well worth the cost. I own a couple sets of dumbbells and an exercise ball. I own a jump rope. I LOVE to jump rope, but my wrists tend to get sore when using them a lot….until I found this one:
The rope rotates inside the handle so smoothly that there is no need for me to turn my wrist to compensate the rope turning. I LOVE that about it. It’s really easy to cut to your own personal size, too. Simply unscrew the “cap” from the handle and cut the actual rope to size. My kids both love it and keep trying to steal it from me, but I guess I’m okay with that. It seems like a durable rope, and I am getting a lot of use out of it! The best part is that you can get it on Amazon for a little over $12!
Still need some ideas? Here are some of my favorite free or affordable workout options and gear:
- Quick workout videos on YouTube.
- Burpees – these are a killer whole body exercise and free to do!
- Walking/Jogging/Running around the neighborhood.
- Exercise DVDs (these can be purchased or borrowed free of charge from the library).
- Resistance loop bands (I like these ones because they come with an instructional DVD).
- Clean house with the music up and dance along.
- Tag, soccer, and other activities with kids.
- Different weighted dumbbells.
*I received the jump rope free in exchange for an honest review. The opinions are mine alone. NONE of the links posted are affiliate links; I will receive NO compensation if they are clicked on. I simply like the products.
What are YOUR favorite ways to get exercise?