A home gym is the best option for people who’d like to exercise frequently without spending a lot of money. For your gym to be complete, you are going to need some equipment. The workout equipment doesn’t have to be costly. This article describes five items you can get for your home gym without breaking the bank.

Yoga mat

A yoga mat, despite its name, can be used for other types of exercise, not just yoga. A good-quality yoga mat comes in handy for exercises like bodyweight workouts, strength training workouts and pilates. It can also be used during pre-workout and post-workout stretch sessions.

When choosing a yoga mat, go for one that is non-slip and soft to avoid slipping and potentially injuring yourself.

Apart from having little maintenance, mats can easily be stored and retrieved when you want to do low-impact exercises.

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A set of dumbbells or kettlebells

Dumbbells and kettlebells are inexpensive equipment for strength training. They do not take up a lot of space which makes storage easy. Kettlebells and dumbbells come in different weights giving you a variety to pick from as some may be too heavy or too light depending on your exercises. Apart from helping you track progress, they target major muscle groups like legs, chest, arms and back.

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Resistance bands

Resistance bands are an absolute must-have. As the name suggests, they are used to create resistance to engage the muscles. They make a workout more challenging and fun. They come in different sizes and thicknesses that are made to sort of mimic different sets of weights.

Resistance bands can help you tone up and are available almost anywhere. They are also affordable, highly versatile, easy to store and lightweight.

Skipping rope

Jumping ropes are very affordable equipment that can assist you in getting your fitness needs. Skipping rope is a fun and easy way to get a solid cardio workout done. It has various benefits, such as burning calories, improving heart rate, and reducing the risk of injury.

Skipping ropes take up practically no space and can be used by both children and adults.

Foam roller

Form rollers are perfect for postworkout. They help alleviate stress and tension from sore muscles and also in blood flow and absorption of nutrients.

Depending on the effect desired and your level of expertise, you can get textured, regular or even vibrating foam rollers.

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Setting your fitness goals before starting your fitness journey should be the first step. Knowing what you want, why you want it, how you want to look and feel, which exercises to do, and when to reach your desired goal is critical in your fitness journey.

Exercise doesn't have to be expensive and time-consuming as you can do it from the comfort of your home. Setting up a home gym is easy with these five items for a start. With a home gym, you save time spent moving to and from the gym and the subscription fee you would have paid at the gym.

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