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Affordable Equipment That Can Get You Fit at Home

By Brandi Goodman 

Fitness doesn't have to involve the gym. Some basic equipment you can use at home is all that's needed for an optimal workout. Many people feel that exercise equipment and tools are too expensive to use. Some affordable and simple options exist that get your muscles working and provide the resistance needed for a toned and healthy body.

Jump Rope

You may not want to use the most basic kids' jump rope from the dollar store, but an average style from a department store should suffice. Your arms will be working as you move the rope. Your abs will be working as you balance your body. Your legs will be working as you jump. A jump rope provides an ideal full-body workout that costs just a few dollars or less. You can find a pricier option with more weight to it if you want to increase your stamina, but it isn't necessary for beginners. 

Resistance Band

Several types of resistance bands exist. They also come in various weight sizes. Spend less than $10 at many stores for some simple bands that go around the legs to get them toned or around $25 for a kit of long resistance bands with handles to strengthen your arms. 

Exercise Ball

Balancing on an exercise ball requires a lot of muscle and strength. You can find a cheap one at a local store or even head online for an affordable version under $20. It's even great just to correct your posture and restore your balance so you can better handle other exercises thereafter. 

Dumbbells 

A set of dumbbells doesn't cost much. Choose an intermediate weight so you can get use out of the set for a while. You don't just want to spend a few dollars on some two-pound weights. You'll quickly master them and need to move up to the next level. Starting with a few repetitions using a 10-pound pair is a great option. It will build your muscle mass and help you tone your arms quickly. Add more repetitions to challenge yourself even with the same weight amount. 

Exercise is necessary for a healthy body. You don't have to use equipment and can have an effective workout at home simply using your own body weight. To add some resistance, however, some equipment comes in handy. A few simple and affordable items used at home can help you build your stamina, increase your muscle mass, and become a more fit, healthy you. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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