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Setting Up An At-Home Exercise Regimen
Yes, you can work out consistently without a gym membership or $200 shoes or fancy machines. Creating a home workout area, and routine, is often easier than many people think.
Buy a yoga mat, which is not only useful for yoga but also for providing some cushioning for your legs, feet and hands. The mat also helps you mentally and visually define a workout space in your home, wherever you place it. Weights do not necessarily have to be standard dumbbells or kettlebells. There are some weighted multi-purpose exercise tools that you can buy, and even cans or filled backpacks can substitute. Stairs, stairwells, and stepstools can help with step workouts. As to your routine, you can probably find one you like for free. Media outlets from Self to Men’s Journal to Wired to The New York Times offer home workouts and workout plans. So do the Mayo Clinic and AARP. There are also 30-day online workout programs – both paid and free – to choose from. Once you create a workout space and commit to a program, you may want to invest in workout gear, from clothing to fitness trackers to earbuds.3