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10 Fitness Items to Splurge and Save On

Tips to Save on Workout Accessories

Save: 5 Fitness Items Worth Buying on the Cheap
There's no point 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. Dumbbells are pretty much 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 even socks for low prices.

  3. Small Fitness Accessories. There are so many little fitness toys out there. From resistance bands to medicine balls to yoga blocks and Pilates circles, you could spend a whole paycheck on just workout add-ons if you wanted to. When buying these little extras, start cheap. If you find that—after a few months of using it—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, a timer, and a way for you to customize your calorie burn by entering your sex, age and weight, you should be good!

  5. Yoga Mat. Hardcore yogis may disagree on this one, but if you're someone who casually practices yoga once or twice a week or if 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 you several years or more with regular use. And by then, you'll have a better idea if it's worth splurging on a fancier mat.

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Jenn is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites, and 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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