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Creating A Home Exercise Room On A Budget

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Small or large rooms or corner spaces can be turned into functioning areas to get into that fitness groove. Get in shape while you save some dollars. Purchase these essential exercise items that even those on a small budget can afford.

Get Some Balls

No exercise room is completed with some balls. Balance balls provide great all-around exercise. For strength-training, medicine balls fit the bill for cost and versatility. Starting at $30 and up for each, try both for fun.

Up On Bars

Install a pull-up bar in a doorway to get an all-around upper-body workout. These bars range in price from $30 to $150. Some can be easily adjusted for different heights or removed, as they do not require hardware to install. Wall- or ceiling- mounted pull-up bars are more costly.

Unroll Workout Mats

Use exercise mats for all types of workouts from pull ups to stretches and yoga poses. Mats can be purchased for $40 or under. Mats are space savers for small rooms, as they easily roll up and store away.

Lift Some Weights

Free weights (dumbbells, barbells and other types) are much less expensive than weight machines for working your arms and upper body. Purchase as a set or in pairs or singles of different weights, as suits your individual household needs. Save money by looking online for locals who are selling their weights. These can be easily stored on shelves or in a closet.

Jump Into Ropes

Place some long ropes on the floor in overlapping patterns forming areas to run, jump or skip. Form ropes in many different patterns to vary your exercise routine. Go back to your childhood and get a jump rope to easily build up cardiac strength. This cardiac equipment is inexpensive and can be purchased in any home improvement store. Best yet, ropes are easy to store in a bag or closet.

Turn On Equipment

Depending on the size of the room and your funds, stationary exercise equipment may be right for you. Stationary bikes or ellipticals can be purchased new for $150 and up, but quality may not be the best. Do your research for the best machines for what you need. Check used sports equipment stores for best buys that usually have some sort of guarantee.

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Elizabeth R. Elstien has worked in real estate for over 15 years as a real estate...

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