With the new year comes New Year’s resolutions. One of the most popular resolutions is to lose weight and get healthier. Gyms see the largest surge of the year during January because of this. But, gym memberships can get expensive, especially if you don’t really end up using them all that often.
Therefore, if your resolution happens to fall into the category of increasing your exercise regimen, there are some other great options. Plus, working out from home can be more appealing since you don’t have to drive anywhere to engage in a workout. So, here are some of the best budget-friendly home workout options that you can do from home.
Weights & Kettlebells
Weights and kettlebells are some of my favorite at-home workout tools. If you are going to use weights, it is best to get at least 3 different weights. I like to have 3 lb, 5 lb and 10 lb weights. That way you can do a variety of different strength and resistance training workouts. And once you build up strength, you can easily move up since you already have larger weights.
If you are using kettlebells, I have found a 10 lb kettlebell to be the most versatile. It may not seem that heavy to begin with, but after you have repeated the kettlebell throws multiple times, you will definitely feel it!
You can find them fairly inexpensively new, or if you are really on a budget, look for them used. I have found some great options for close to free on Facebook Marketplace. Another good option is Play it Again Sports, since they sell new and used sports equipment.
Jump Rope & Exercise Bands
If you want some really easy exercises that will get you some major bang for your buck, then the jump rope is a good place to start. Just like when we were children, using a jump rope is a really simple process. But, if you do it long enough, you will find yourself winded and get a great cardiovascular workout.
Exercise bands are used more for resistance, as opposed to a cardio workout. But, when you work on strengthening your muscles with resistance bands, you will find that you can go longer during your cardio routine, over time.
These are other great options to purchase used, but if you prefer to purchase them new, they can be found pretty cheaply. I have been able to find a new jump rope from anywhere between $6 and $10, which is well within my budget. When it comes to exercise bands, I have been able to find those ranging between $9 and $32, depending upon how many are included.These are some awesome budget-friendly home workout options! Click To Tweet
Yoga Mat & Fitness Ball
A yoga mat is one of my favorite pieces of exercise equipment to have on hand, because of how diverse it is. While you can use it for yoga and Pilates, you can also use it for general stretching, meditation, and free weights or kettlebells. So, if you don’t have a yoga mat at home yet, you should definitely get one since it is so practical. Yoga mats can range pretty widely in price whether they are used or new. However, this is one piece of equipment that is probably preferable to purchase new, just to avoid any potential bacteria. I have found new yoga mats to range in price from $12.99 to $26.99, depending upon the thickness and design. But, of course, they can get much pricier if you choose to go that route.
A fitness ball is another great investment. You can not only use it in your yoga regimen, but it can also assist with some fantastic core exercises. Therefore making the fitness ball just as diverse as the yoga mat. While they used to be more expensive, I have now been able to find a good fitness ball for under $20 easily.
So if you are on a tight budget and don’t want to go overboard with your new exercise purchases, a yoga mat and fitness ball may be the two best options for you.
Spin Bike & Elliptical Machine
If you really want to get some good cardio in, then a spin bike or elliptical machine maybe your best bet. However, they will undoubtedly be more expensive than any of the other options mentioned so far. They are simply larger pieces of equipment and are much more mechanical, so that equates to a higher cost.
But, if you have the room in your house and you know you will use it frequently, it may be worth the investment. These pieces of equipment are both pretty easy to find used, so that is probably going to be your best bet. I know that I found my old spin bike for $40 on Craigslist many moons ago. And I bought a folding elliptical machine for $50 used, which was extremely helpful because I could keep it in the coat closet when it wasn’t in use.
However, if you prefer to find a new one, you don’t have to spend a fortune on all the bells and whistles. I was able to get my brand new spin bike last year for a grand total of $58 by using my Chase Rewards Points and Ebates. I don’t know about you, but that was very exciting for me!
For those of us who prefer a little more structure and guidance, DVDs may be the way to go. There are more fitness DVDs floating around out there and you can even imagine. I know that we have a few different options at our house, ready for whenever we feel like we need more guidance. While purchasing a workout DVD new may seem like the easiest way to go, that is probably only your best option if you know exactly which DVD you want. If you are open to trying new things, then purchasing a used DVD is much more cost-effective.
I have found used workout DVDs at used bookstores and yard sales for under $1. And by purchasing them this way, it introduced me to a whole new workout style.
Best Budget-Friendly Home Workout Options
Overall, there are a lot of different budget-friendly home workout options you can engage in. You can choose to use:
- Free weights
- Jump rope
- Exercise bands
- Yoga mat
- Fitness ball
- Spin bike
- Elliptical machine
But, no matter which of these options you choose to add to your workout arsenal, you can’t go wrong. There are so many resources out there now, for free, that can show you how to use these pieces of equipment from the comfort of your own home. So find the best option for you and start your new year out right, while still sticking to your budget.
What are some of the best ways you have found to add budget-friendly workout options to your home workout regimen?