Starting a new fitness plan can be difficult, whether you’re a couch potato or you are already somewhat active. If you don’t already belong to a gym, you might be (rightfully) concerned about dropping money into a membership that requires a commitment of months or years, plus start-up fees! Luckily, it’s easier than ever to ease into a workout routine in the comfort of your own living room or by exploring the great outdoors. Here are a few items to get you started.
Resistance bands offer a way to tone and sculpt your body without using cumbersome weights. The bands come in a variety of resistance levels to accommodate different exercises and levels of experience. This set includes three bands of varying levels, plus a DVD with instructional exercises.
EA Sports Active
Wii owners can get a full-body workout with EA Sports Active. Users get to set up their own personal trainer to accompany them during workouts, and it features a number of interactive exercises, including boxing, dodgeball and mountain biking. The latest edition, released in November, allows users to utilize heart rate monitoring to track progress.
Improve balance and strengthen your core muscles with a balance ball. This set includes an inflatable balance ball, a resistance band and an instructional DVD. The balance ball can also be used in a number of yoga and pilates exercises.
Guide to Running
One of the fastest, most efficient and most inexpensive ways to burn calories and get fit is by running. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or a total newbie, this book, by running vet Alberto Salazar, has a plan for you to get you on the road and running effectively.
Walk Away the Pounds
Leslie Sansone’s “Walk Away the Pounds” videos have been getting fitness newbies off the couch for years. The DVDs, which seek to achieve maximum results with a low-impact workout, allow users to get walking right in their own living rooms. If you’re looking for a reason to get moving, but aren’t quite ready to begin running, this could be the perfect way to start burning calories.