CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Weight loss and nutrition are big business here in the US, nearly 20 billion dollars worth.
But there is help if you're on a budget and don't have alot of cash to spend?
Consumer reports has come up with a way to drop those pounds easily, and affordably.
Consumer Reports' Gayle Williams says a way to save money by setting up a home gym for under 100 dollars.
First - get a cushy floor mat. It can save you from hard floors and itchy carpets. You can use it for sit-ups, yoga, and stretching. The cost - about 15 to 20 dollars.
Think you need fancy machines to tone muscles and do strength training? Not necessarily!
"Dumbbells and elastic bands are great for improving and keeping muscle tone."
You want to get at least two sets of dumbbells. One for regular use and a heavier pair for more challenging workouts.
A set could cost about 15 bucks each.
Consumer Reports recommends buying two pairs of elastic bands as well. ones that have different levels of resistance. The cost is about 10 to 15 dollars.
For core workouts invest in a stability ball. It can add a variety of new moves to improve your core muscles. It will cost anywhere from 20 to 40 dollars.
And for a cardio work-out, a treadmill can be great. But Consumer Reports says you can save money and space!
"There are so many good workout DVDs out there and they only cost about 15 dollars. You want to make sure you're looking for one that has a combination of strength, flexibility, and cardio routines."
Bottom line, you can get a great work-out without spending big bucks. But once you're set up at home there'll be no more, "I can't get to the gym" excuses!
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