The last year has seen the number of Americans that exercise at home increase exponentially. Not only are more people tackling at-home exercise regimes, but the level of commitment to these exercise programs has also seemingly increased considerably. While being able to exercise from home nullifies many of the most common excuses individuals come up with to avoid working out – including a lack of time or depleted energy levels due to a hectic work schedule and demanding personal life – the need for affordable and accessible exercise options cannot be ignored. Thankfully, there are a number of ways in which your home workout regimes can be optimized without breaking the bank.

You already save money by exercising from home

Considering that the average gym membership in the USA costs anywhere between $58 and $134 per month, according to International Health, Racquet, & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), you already save money by exercising from home. As you can exercise effectively without having to buy any gym equipment at all, these savings can be maximized. Apart from saving you money, exercising at home also makes it considerably easier to make your health and fitness a priority. Ease of access to your workout space will make it increasingly less painless to include physical activity in your daily routine and come up with a schedule you can stick to.

Invest in multi-purpose exercise equipment

When you have a tight budget, investing in multi-purpose equipment can prove to be a saving grace. Although exercise gadgets that focus on a singular part of the body can be highly effective, they aren’t generally suitable for a tight budget, as you would have to invest in multiple pieces of equipment in order to get a full-body workout. Instead, opt for equipment and other items that can be used for multiple exercises.

Some of the most effective (and budget-friendly) items for at-home workouts include exercise balls, aerobic steps, kettlebells, and resistance bands. Should you opt to use a credit card for your home gym purchases, keep in mind that there are plenty of great credit cards that offer fitness-related perks. You can also save up and purchase a multi-station home gym that will allow you to engage in a large range of exercises.

Don’t shun second-hand items

When looking for affordable at-home exercise equipment, consider buying pre-loved instead of brand-new items. While you might not feel comfortable using a second hand yoga mat or sweatbands, there are various other things that you can definitely invest in. Community-based social media groups and local classified sites or publications are great places to look for good condition, second-hand stepping machines, weights, elliptical trainers, rowing machines, and treadmills. If you do buy second-hand equipment, always inspect it thoroughly before parting with any money, and remember to give it a proper clean before use.

Exercising from home can be of great benefit to your overall health and wellbeing. Even if you do not have the budget to invest in costly home gym equipment, there are many ways in which you can get fit in the comfort of your home without spending a fortune.

By Jess Walter

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