Having a home gym can be a convenient way to fit exercise into a busy lifestyle. But let’s face it – it can also get pretty expensive. If you're on a budget, don’t worry! You can totally build a personal workout center without breaking the bank. Here’s how…
Be strategic: First, consider what kind of equipment you actually need, and choose items that can give you good bang for your buck. For example, a set of adjustable dumbbells and a weight bench would be a great place to start. These would allow you to do a variety of exercises – bench presses, bicep curls, tricep extensions, etc.
Buy pre-owned: You can find these items and more at garage sales, yard sales, and thrift stores or on online marketplaces like Craigslist, OfferUp, and Facebook Marketplace. Just give them a onceover with sanitizing wipes, and they’ll be good as new.
Accessorize: Fitness accessories pack a big punch without costing a lot of money. Resistance bands, for instance, can provide a full-body workout, and they’re highly portable, making them a great option for those who travel frequently or are always on-the-go. Another great option is a jump rope, which can give you a cardio workout that burns calories and gets your heart rate up.
Use what you have: One way to not spend any money at all is to use your own body weight as a form of resistance. Push-ups and squats can be done with no equipment at all. As can jumping jacks, leg raises, yoga poses…the list goes on and on. Plus you can utilize walls, stairs, and furniture in your home – something as simple as a chair is perfect for dips and step-ups.