If you would have told me five years ago I'd become an avid workout person, I would have laughed in your face. Exercising never interested me until the last couple years, sadly because I'm approaching my 30s and just wanted to become healthier. First, I did what most people probably do and signed up for a gym. I didn't mind it but I found it just too time-consuming. Packing my bag, walking there, getting home — I just didn't have the patience for it.
Eventually, I found my stride with boot camp and boxing classes. They held my interest and forced me to do what I once hated — I needed that. But at $35 a class, it was a luxury. I decided to start using the exercises I learned in class at home and for that I turned to Amazon. From purchasing weights I know I like to a handy workout mat, my sessions quickly came together. Now I exercise at home 3-4 days a week. The fact that it saves me money makes it easy to splurge once or twice a week on one of my favorite classes.
If you're inspired to try the same, keep scrolling to see all the products that helped me master my routine.
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When hunting for a workout mat, I wanted two thing: something I didn't have to roll up (because I don't like the way they store), and something large. This Manduka Superlite Yoga and Pilates Travel Mat ($44) fit both my requirements. I love that I can fold it up like a towel and throw it under my coffee table when I'm done.
Manduka Superlite Yoga and Pilates Travel Mat
I currently use 12-pound weights when I exercise at home, but I like having lighter ones for different workout needs. This AmazonBasics Dumbbell ($75) was the best option I could find with these specific options.
I have a more expensive version of this Pooboo Indoor Cycling Bike ($298) that was given to me by a friend and I love it so much. If you're looking to spend just a couple hundred dollars, the brand has this more affordable one and it currently boasts a five-star rating. Sounds like a win-win to me.
Bala Bangles Fully Adjustable Wearable Wrist & Ankle Weights
After a grueling session, this 321 Strong Foam Roller ($22) is my savior. It helps relieve tight muscles and relaxes me.
I just started using Kettlebell Weights ($23) during certain workouts and it's so fun. The 10-pound weight is perfect for me as a beginner, but it comes in several other choices, ranging from 5-50 pounds.
After investing in so many products, I realized I also needed to ditch plastic and get this Takeya Actives Insulated Stainless Steel Bottle ($29). It's much easier having by my side than a glass of water, which I have to admit I've knocked over from time to time.
Takeya Actives Insulated Stainless Steel Bottle
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