Get started on those New Year’s resolutions FROM HOME with these exercise tools

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If you’re like most Americans, you probably spent the past couple of months eating and drinking too much, and now your pants are feeling a little tight. The pledge to lose weight and get in shape is the most popular New Year’s resolution around, but crowded gyms in January can be enough to make even the most determined person quickly lose interest in working out.

Stop making excuses. A gym is not the only option a person has for working out. You can run outside, do laps up and down your apartment building’s staircase, and search YouTube for instructional yoga videos. And, of course, you could always build a “home gym.” While this might sound daunting, it’s entirely possible to pick up a variety of exercise equipment to keep you fit without investing hundreds of dollars. Below are five key pieces to get you started that only total around $75.

 

Gaiam Balance Ball Kit

A balance ball gives you tons of strength training options for a full-body workout. From your abs to your glutes, the balance ball helps you tighten up and burn calories.

Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar

From dips to pull-ups, the Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar helps you to target muscles throughout your arms and back. Assembly is easy and the different grips on the bar enable you to do a variety of exercises.

FitBall Mini Exercise Ball

Also known as a “Bender Ball,” this small, squishy ball is a surprisingly versatile piece of exercise equipment. There are tons of exercises you can do using the ball that target your core, back, legs and upper body.

Trademark Innovations Balance Disc

Take squats to a new level by adding a resistance band around your knees or target those hard-to-reach hip flexors by doing leg raises with a band around your ankles.

Resistance Bands

Take squats to a new level by adding a resistance band around your knees or target those hard-to-reach hip flexors by doing leg raises with a band around your ankles.

Randi Whitcomb

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