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Consumer Reports: Getting Fit Without a Gym

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  Getting more exercise is a top New Year's resolution. But you can skip the January rush to join a gym! Consumer Reports has advice on how to set up a home gym without giving your wallet a real workout.

  Can't afford a high-priced gym? Never fear. Consumer Reports says you can get in shape at home without spending lots of money.

  Gayle Williams/Consumer Reports: "All you need are a few inexpensive props and a good fitness routine to get started."

  Take this stability ball. It can help build your core strength and improve your balance. You can also use it to tone your glutes and legs. Cost — about $30.

  Here's an instant cardio workout — jumping rope for 15 minutes. A jump rope with nonslip foam handles is the best. Price — around $6. Or you can try hula hooping. Not only is it a good cardio exercise, it's also great for your core!

   Anne Galletta: "In ten weeks I lost two and a half inches off my waist!"

  Cost — around $6.

  Gayle Williams: "Elastic bands or tubes are another great item to have. You can use them for
resistance training to strengthen and tone your muscles."

  Cost — $8 and up. Also handy — an exercise mat. The extra cushioning is helpful for push-ups and other exercises you do on the floor. Price — about $20. And free weights are another useful tool. A pair costs anywhere from $10 - $60.

  Gayle Williams: "If you can, buy two pairs — a lighter pair to work your arms and shoulders,
and a heavier pair to work your back and chest."

  To develop a good exercise routine — with aerobic exercise aim for 30 minutes five days a week. And do strength training two to three days a week.

   Anita Bae: "Just put on a pair of sweats, you pick up a pair of hand weights, and you're
ready to go."

  Another great form of exercise that doesn't have to cost a thing is plain old walking. If the weather's not great, walk at the mall. Just be sure to skip the food court!

  A pedometer is handy for tracking how much you walk. You can buy one for $20 - $30 or pedometer app for your phone for around $4.

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