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Gear:  Inexpensive Equipment for Training at Home

Why Go to the Gym When there is Inexpensive Equipment at Home?

Who says exercise equipment is only available at the gym? Or whoever said that you have to leave home just so you can have your regular exercise? If you are the type that would rather be at home than see several other bodies exercising side by side, then this article is for you.

Use what you have on hand
Begin with whatever you have on hand. Make an inventory of the things that you have at home that could pass as exercise equipment? A bag of potatoes maybe? How about your dining chairs? Believe me, you can trim down using those!

Let’s begin with that bag (or sack!) of potatoes. Carrying them from one part of your home to another would mean calories burned. A bag of sugar would do the same miracle. Who says you will ever need ‘weights’ again?

Now we go to that dining chair. Take two chairs and have them face each other. They will do as equipment for the ‘chair dips’. They should be at least 3 feet apart. Sit on one of the chairs with your palms turned downwards. Tightly hold the chair as you place your heels on the other chair. Then, slowly do a forward slide and keep that position (making sure that the triceps are the ones working). Do some reps.

Your walls can do miracles for you, too. With your back against it (making sure that you are about 2 feet away from it), slowly slide downwards until a 90-degree angle is formed with your knees. Hold that position for as long as you can. Skiers would definitely benefit from this easy exercise.

If you are just on a tight budget but would want more than a bag of potatoes, then wrist and ankle weights could be used at home (or while grocery shopping), too. The theory on these types of exercise accessories is that, the more weight you add for your muscles to work on, the more your muscles becomes stronger. Averaging just a kilo each, these are perfect to use at home while doing household chores.

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Exercise Balls
What about exercise balls? This is an inexpensive exercise gear. There can be many purposes for the exercise ball. It can be used as a chair at home (this is a good way to align the spine as compared to a regular chair). Begin exercising use the ball by simply sitting 30 minutes straight.

Beyond that, you can increase the time to lengthen the spine exercise. After achieving the seated exercise, you can begin adding movements such as bouncing while seated. The good news? The exercise ball is good for pregnant women, too! They can use it as a chair while doing rhythmic bouncing during labor.

Another way to straighten that back is to use a mat in sitting instead of a bench where there is a ready back support. Sitting on a mat while exercising would make sitting straight a habit for you. So forget the bench and start going down on the floor!

Treadmills and Stationary Bikes at Yard Sales
If you would really like to have the ‘real thing’ at home yet are on a constricted budget, then garage sales for old or used gym equipment is the option for you. There are several websites that offer second-hand apparatus (treadmills, stationary bikes, step machines, cross country ski machines, resistance equipment, name it and they’ve got it!).

One such website is MySimon.com. Buying is not the only thing you can do in a website such as this. You can also sell your bulky equipment when you’re fed up with using it. You can also trade your old and unwanted (or overly bulky) exercise equipment.

Now, always bear in mind that there is no need for an exercise gear to be expensive for it to be effective. Sometimes the best things that you can use to burn those calories away are right inside your home!

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