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5 insanely cheap workout items


May. 16, 2020 CNBC

Dr. John-Paul Rue, an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine doctor at Mercy Medical Center, says he considers it to be “generally safe” — provided that proper guidelines are followed.

But there are some key factors to consider. If you find it difficult to wear a mask while working out (which some gyms will require), for example, it’s probably best to hold off. 

“It may be harder for someone with an underlying medical condition, such as asthma, because wearing a mask restricts the movement of air in and out of our lungs,” Rue tells CNBC Make It.

Luckily, transforming a corner of your home into a gym can be incredibly simple and cheap. Below, fitness trainers share their favorite exercise equipment to use at home:

(Note: These workouts are not for everyone. If you have a physical condition, health concerns or are currently pregnant, consult with your doctor first.)

A yoga or exercise mat

A yoga or exercise mat is the most important item you need.

“It sets the stage for where you’ll be working out and makes moving on the ground easier,” Geoff Tripp, head of fitness science at Trainiac, a personal training app, tells CNBC Make It. 

If you prefer extra support and comfort, choose a mat that is thicker and has more cushion.

A foam roller

Price point$12.95 and up

This is a versatile and inexpensive piece of equipment that can be used to warm up your body before working out, or as a way to cool down tired muscles after a long session, Peter Athans, a trainer and director of coach development at Noom, a health app, tells CNBC Make It.

Studies have shown that foam-rolling after a high-intensity workout can help improve the range of motion and muscle performance.

“I love foam rollers because they increase circulation in my muscles and connective tissue, which helps reduce any soreness,” says Athans.

A kettlebell

Price point: $14.99 and up

Most people are more familiar with dumbbells, but kettlebells (which look like small cannonballs with triangular handles) can be used to mix up your strength-training sessions.

Athans uses a kettlebell for cardiovascular endurance. “It brings added weight plus dynamic function to any workout,” he says. “Kettlebells also target every muscle group, take up minimal space and are easy to store.”

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