6 Home Workout Essentials That Won’t Bust Your Budget

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One reason many people skip out on joining the gym has to do with cost. A membership can be a monthly drain on your finances, but thanks to online and at-home workout videos, there are plenty of options for turning your house into your own workout studio. To get the most out of your home workouts while staying on budget, here are six wallet-friendly pieces of equipment to purchase.

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1. All Purpose: Yoga Mat

First things first, you’ll want a yoga mat, even if you don’t plan on practicing yoga or Pilates. When practicing yoga, the mat offers extra grip. Mats “tend to be made of slightly sticky synthetic materials, and help toes, fingers and hands grip better, which can help prevent slipping and lower risk of injury,” Ainslie Faust, executive director of U.S.A. Yoga, told Healthy Living. The same benefits can be applied to exercise in general. It will help neutralize whatever surface you are standing on at home — tile, carpet, hardwood — giving you balance and cushioning while making your workout safer.

Yoga mats can be costly, so shop around. Sporting goods stores like Dick’s have a variety of options — you can pick your yoga mat based on material and thickness. Entry-level prices start around $10 to $15, and if you are looking to score a deal on a higher-end mat, try a store like TJ Maxx or Overstock.com.

2. For Cardio: Jump Rope

The University of Rochester Medical Center explains the benefits of jumping rope and what to look for when purchasing one. Putting a little skip in your workout routine is a serious calorie burner, with a 150-pound person blasting as many as 750 calories in a hour. It also helps to improve balance and creates stronger bones.

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