If you’re spending about $170 for shoes and apparel combined, that leaves you with about $80 for home fitness equipment. It might not sound like much, but it’s actually a very generous budget.
You need equipment to support cardio, strength training, and flexibility, but there are lots of ways to cover the bases without going over budget. For instance:
- Jump rope for cardio, $10 to $20
- Dumbbells for strength training, $30 to $40
- Mini trampoline for cardio, $40
- Suspension trainer for strength training and stretching, $30 to $50
- Yoga mat for stretching, $25
- Kettlebell for strength, $40
- Resistance band door system, $30, or individual resistance bands for strength, $5 to $10 each
- Stability ball for strength training and flexibility, $15 to $30
- Glider discs for strength training and cardio, $10 to $20
Choose two to three items based on your interests and needs, aiming to create a well-balanced home gym. For instance, my go-to home options are a jump rope, yoga mat, and a set of dumbbells; they cover all the bases, don’t take up much room, and allow me to incorporate variety into my workout routine.