Ankle and Wrist Weights from Fitness Gear Everyone Should Own
Fitness Gear Everyone Should Own
Ankle and Wrist Weights
Using these strap-on weights, you can complete a full-body workout (click here to see a few exercises). At $16.10, the Thera-Band Comfort Fit Ankle and Wrist Cuff Weights are a great option and come in two-, three- or five-pound sets.
Using resistance bands can help you develop muscular strength and endurance, as well as increase coordination and balance. With this set from Black Mountain Products ($28.58), you'll have everything you need to get started: bands with various levels of resistance, an ankle strap, door anchor, carrying bag and more. Once they arrive, try this 10-minute workout.
BOSU Pro Balance Trainer
A BOSU can be used for cardio training, as well as to work your arms, legs and abs. In particular, it's good for building balance and working stabilizing muscles while you cultivate strength. When you purchase one on Amazon ($109.99), you'll also receive a workout DVD, foot pump and exercise manual.
Although it's not a substitute for a proper cool down or stretching, a foam roller can be great for massaging muscles and increasing bloodflow and flexibility. The Grid Revolutionary Foam Roller ($39.95) receives rave reviews. It's made with less foam than other models, meaning it's not only better for the environment, but also holds up well to heavy use.
Kettlebells can help you build explosive strength without harmful impact on your joints, according to The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research. Currently, you can buy a set of four kettlebells (10, 15, 20 and 25 pounds) for $60 on Amazon. Use them to perform these excercises suggested by the American Council on Exericse.
Plyo boxes can be used for plyometric exercises, including box step-ups, box jumps and lateral box jumps. These moves will help you develop power and strength.
Pull-ups are an excellent way to build upper body strength. The Pro Gym Multi Pull-Up Bar ($25.95) can be attached and removed from a door frame quickly (no bolts required), meaning you can easily put it away when company comes over. If you can't already do a pull-up, check out these suggestions for mastering the exercise.
Carry a Water Bottle
“Sometimes when we feel hungry, we’re really thirsty,” Wentworth said. By carrying a water bottle around, you’re more likely to stay hydrated and therefore be able to tell the difference. Women should drink 2.7 liters of water every day, while men need 3.7 liters, Wentworth said.
A Set of Comfortable Workout Clothes
You don't need to break the bank to buy workout clothes that look and feel great. Check out our list of best buys from big-box stores such as Target and Walmart.
Throughout your day and your workout, your feet take a beating. For this reason, it's important to invest in a pair of shoes that will provide adequate support during cardio and strength training. Whether you want the best new shoes on the market, or a great pair for under $100, there are plenty of great options to choose from.
With a jump rope, you can simultaneously channel your inner child and fit in a solid round of cardio. Click here to see an example of a 10-minute jump rope workout. We recommend the Surge Ultra Speed Rope ($18.95). Popular with CrossFitters, this model is made in the USA, has an adjustable length and lightweight metal handles with comfortable foam grips.