Fit without a Gym 1/6/13

Published On: Jan 02 2013 12:52:20 PM CST

Can't afford a high-priced gym? Never fear. Consumer Reports says you can get in shape at home without spending lots of money. "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 dollars. Here's an instant cardio workout - jumping rope for 15 minutes. A jump rope with nonslip foam handles is the best. Price - around six dollars. 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 six dollars. 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 - eight dollars 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 dollars. And free weights are another useful tool. A pair costs anywhere from 10 to 60 dollars. 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."