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10 Fitness Items to Splurge and Save On

Tips to Save on Workout Accessories

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Save: 5 Fitness Items Worth Buying on the Cheap


There's no point in spending extra money if you don't have to. Look for deals on the following fitness items, and you won't go wrong, but will save a lot.

  1. Dumbbells: There's not much variance between dumbbells. Sure, you can spend extra money to get them plastic-coated in pretty colors or cool-looking shapes, but if your budget is tight, the basic dumbbells will work just fine.
  2. Workout Apparel: Nowadays, there is so much workout apparel on the market that's affordable and high in quality. The key is either buying the big name brands on clearance or purchasing the smaller-named brands at discount stores. Both Walmart and Target sell high quality technical shorts, shirts and socks for low prices.
  3. Small Fitness Accessories: From resistance bands and medicine balls to yoga blocks and Pilates circles, you could easily spend a whole paycheck on workout add-ons. When buying these little extras, start cheap. If you find that—after a few months—you really love and use a particular fitness accessory all the time, then you can invest in a better quality version of it (and even then, you may decide that you don't need to!).
  4. Heart Rate Monitor: Heart rate monitors can get pricey in a hurry. However, most of the really expensive ones demand a higher price point because of advanced features (many of which the average exerciser isn't likely to use). As long as it has a chest strap, timer and a way to customize your calorie burn by entering your sex, age and weight, you should be good.
  5. Yoga Mat: Hardcore yogis may disagree, but if you're someone who casually practices yoga once or twice a week or you just want a non-slip mat for stretching at home, don't bother spending more than $25 on a yoga mat. Even the cheaper mats should last several years or more with regular use. And by then, you'll have a better idea of whether it's worth splurging on a fancier model.
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Jennipher Walters Jennipher Walters
Jenn is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomeGirls.com, FitBottomedMamas.com and FitBottomedEats.com. A certified personal trainer, health coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and is the author of The Fit Bottomed Girls Anti-Diet book (Random House, 2014).

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