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The physical benefits of exercise might be the most apparent, but moving your body can also provide plenty of benefits for your mental health as well. That’s why during periods of uncertainty, when feelings of anxiety and depression can take hold, a moderate exercise routine may help.
According to a recent study, working out four times per week for 35 minutes at a moderate level can lower levels of depression, anxiety, hostility and anger among “healthy but sedentary” adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s. The research was published in Health Psychology by doctors at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City and more, and cited by the New York Times.
However, if your gym is currently closed and you want to do a little more than jog around the block, at-home exercise is key. Working out at home is nothing new — remember Jane Fonda videos from the 1980s or Tae Bo from the 1990s? In recent years, other online exercise forums like Aaptiv, Obé Fitness, Sculpt Society and SWEAT by Kayla Itsines have gained popularity for those on a time crunch or for those who don’t want to leave their home to really sweat. (And in light of recent events, for everyone who can’t leave their home.)
For most at-home workouts, you can use your own bodyweight. But, if you want to increase the burn, you may want to throw some equipment into the mix.
Unfortunately, it seems a lot of people have had the same idea and dumbbells are very hard to come by these days. So, we’ve rounded up some of the best and easy-to-use equipment that you can use in place of standard weights. Shop below for products under $20 that you can easily store away or bigger pieces of equipment that you can invest in.
Credit: Ignite by SPRI Flat Band Kit at Target
Shop: Yoga Block at Target, $7.99
Shop: Fila Cardio Speed Rope at Target, $9.99
Shop: Tone It Up Slide N Sculpt – 2 Discs at Target, $9.99
Shop: Ignite by SPRI Flat Band Kit at Target, $10.99
Shop: Ignite by SPRI Loop Band Kit at Target, $12.49
Shop: Tone It Up Resistance Band at Target, $13.99
Shop: Ab Wheel at Target, $14.99
Shop: Ignite Wrist/Ankle Weights Set – 5 pounds at Target, $15.99
Shop: 3mm Yoga Mat at Target, $15.99
Shop: Gaiam Restore Muscle Therapy 18″ Foam Roller at Target, $19.99
Credit: Prism Fitness 55cm Smart Self-Guided Stability Exercise Medicine Ball at Target
Shop: Prism Fitness 55cm Smart Self-Guided Stability Exercise Ball at Target, $36.99 (Orig. $51.99)
Shop: Ignite by SPRI Medicine Ball 10 Pounds at Target, $49.49
Shop: Adjustable Kettlebell at Dick’s Sporting Goods, $49.99
Credit: Everlast Speed Bag Kit at Target
Shop: Stamina Products InStride Portable Folding Cycle at Target, $54.89 (Orig. $76.99)
Shop: Everlast Speed Bag Kit at Target, $55.99
Shop: Mini Stepper Exerciser at Target, $81.99
Shop: BOSU Sport Balance Trainer 50cm at Target, $89.99
Shop: Freestanding Punching Bag Everlast at Target, $99.99
Credit: The Mirror
Shop: P-Volve Bundle at P-Volve, $155.99 (Orig. $194.99)
Shop: Theragun liv at Theragun, $199 (Orig. $249)
Shop: ProForm Performance 250i Elliptical at Target, $399
Shop: The Mirror at Mirror, $1,145 (Orig. $1,495)
Shop: Nordic Track T 8.5 S Treadmill at Nordic Track, $1,399 (Orig. $1,999)
Shop: Nordic Track Treadmill Desk at Nordic Track, $1,499
Shop: Peloton Bike Basics Package at Peloton, $2,245
If you enjoyed this piece, check out more devices that can help keep (or get) you in shape while your gym is closed.
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