Get to Working: Setting up Your Own Home Equipment

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!

Top Ten Exercise Tips


  • 1. See your doctor before you start any exercise program. Get a full physical to make sure everything's in working order, then find a personal trainer in your neighborhood and make an appointment with him or her for a consultation. Most trainers will give you a free consultation and help you figure out what your fitness level is, your body fat and circumference measurements, and the right way to start a program.
  • 2. Start Slow! Many beginners make the mistake of doing too much when they first start out. If you haven't worked out in a while (or ever) start with a walking program of about 20 to 30 minutes, 3 days a week. Each session, add a few minutes to your workout to progress each week.
  • 3. Write down your workouts every day, making notes about what you did, how you felt and how you improved since your last workout.
  • 4. Schedule your workouts each week, just like you would a doctor's appointment.
  • 5. Harass your best friend, spouse or significant other into working out with you!
  • 6. Every day, ask yourself how you will make your life healthier. It can be as simple as drinking more water or parking farther away from the front door.
  • 7. Reward yourself! Give yourself a massage when you reach your goals, or maybe some new workout clothes.
  • 8. Set daily or weekly goals. Long term goals are great, but are so far away we often forget why we're working so hard. To stay motivated, write down a daily or weekly goal and then follow number 7 (rewarding yourself) if you reach it.
  • 9. Prepare for your workout the night before by packing your gym bag or, if you work out at home, laying out your workout clothes so when you get home, you're ready to go.
  • 10. Eat regularly throughout the day so you don't bonk during your workout.