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What’s your New Year’s resolution? Exercise and weight loss top the list of resolutions for 2023, but you don’t have to wait until New Year’s Day to kickstart your workout routine.
The benefits of working out regularly extend beyond the physical body. For example, exercise helps relieve stress and can improve your overall mental health and help you feel more accomplished (it’s not easy sticking to a workout routine!). It also stimulates endorphins in the brain to boost your mood and make you feel more relaxed.
Although gyms usually offer holiday deal and New Year’s discounts, going to the gym isn’t feasible for everybody. Some people don’t have the time, money or the ability to make it to a gym, which is why home workouts come in handy. In addition to potentially saving you time and money, working out at home is a convenient way to start your fitness journey (it also helps if you’re shy or maybe self-conscious about hitting the gym).
To help you get started, we’ve collected a list of must-have exercise equipment and fitness gear that you can buy online. While you won’t find a gym bag, smart watch, activewear, headphones for working out or a massage gun listed below, you will find a variety of items for traditional cardio, strength training and more, ranging from budget friendly to splurge worthy.
If there’s only room for one thing on your list, make it a kettlebell. (Yes, they really work!) The handheld weight will get your heart rate pumping while toning your arms and back muscles and strengthening your core.
Resistance bands are another simple but affective way to get in a workout. The bands pictured above are made from high-grade, natural rubber designed to provide longer durability and prevent the bands from snapping.
The Bowflex SelectTech 552 Dumbbell Set is perfect for a minimalist. Each dumbbell adjusts from five to 52.5 pounds (in 25-pound increments up to 25 pounds) allowing you to switch exercises with the turn of a dial. The dumbbells are on sale at Target, Amazon and Best Buy.
Looking for something lighter and cheaper? Try the Fitness Gear 32 lb. Neoprone Dumbbell Kit ($89.99) set or the CAP Barbell Neoprone Dumbbells (from $7 and up), which are available in 1-15 pound dumbbells and feature hex shaped heads to prevent rolling.
The Power Trip Dip Station is an-all-in-one workout bar for upper body toning, strengthening the back muscles and abs. The dip stations is perfect for pull-ups, chin-ups, tricep dips, push-ups, vertical leg raises, knee raises, etc. and can hold up to 400 pounds.
The ab roller is another versatile piece of equipment as it targets your abdominal muscles, back muscles and hip flexors. Vinsguir’s Ab Roller has a 3.2-inch dual wheel for added support and it comes with a knee pad. If you’re not so interested in the ab roller, you might like an exercise ball.
This budget-friendly step deck measures 42.5 inches and has four, adjustable risers with a slip-resistant surface. According to the manufacturer, the Yes4All stepper can hold up to 300 pounds.
Get in fighting shape with this Everlast kit. The kit includes a 70-pound Platinum Nevatear constructed heavy bag, a speed bag, wrist wraps, boxing gloves, hand wraps and an adjustable chain to accommodate different sizes.
You can use this All in Motion Premium Fitness Map for yoga, pilates and other workouts. The mat measures 72-inches long, 22-inches wide and it’s available in three different colors, including black, blue and pink/violet.
Peleton bikes are on the more expensive end of the spectrum, but the brand now offers refurbished bikes at a discount. The Original Peleton Bike pictured above features delta-compatible pedals, a two-channel, rear-facing stereo speaker system with 16 watts of power, a resistance knob for manual control, a 10-point multitouch HD touchscreen, USB microport, 3.5 mm headphone jack, Bluetooth 4.0, a five-megapixel front-facing camera, built-in microphone, and up and down volume buttons. Kenny Chesney, Ciara and Joe Jonas are some of the celebs who have teamed with Peleton.
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The Nordick Track C 700 folding treadmill designed for users who are up to six feet tall (the weight capacity is 300 pounds). Run up to 10 mph on the treadmill, which also has incline abilities and a 7-inch, interactive touchscreen display where you can take iFit Personal Training and personalized workouts.
“Mirror, mirror on the wall who is the fittest of them all?” Lululemon’s Studio Mirror is a personal trainer, cardio class, yoga studio, boxing ring, etc., packed into one device. Try Lululemon Studio Mirror’s unlimited live and on-demand classes for free for 30 days.