Saving Money on Exercise Equipment

Official exercise mats and jump mats can be pretty expensive. When I'm at home, I like to run in place, do jumping jacks, and jump rope while I watch TV. The impact from the floor can be damaging to the body, so I stack a bunch of my mats (many from the dollar shop, even) on some carpets to lessen the blow.


It's also good to wear your sneakers, too.

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Foam rollers are all the rage now for after workout muscle pain relief, therapy, and injury prevention. I bought mine online for around $30 and cannot be without it. However, I'm not willing to pay that price over and over again every time I travel. Here's how to make your own for under $5.

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Some folks think that you have to have a bunch of expensive exercise equipment to get a good workout. Walking is completely free, just start doing so. A comfortable pair of shoes does help out tremendously.

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Make your own weighted exercise balls by slitting opening 2 tennis balls and filling with pennies. Once full, cover the slit with duct tape! Voila! An exercise helper for "pennies" a day!

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September 17, 2005

Looking for cheap or free exercise equipment? Visit garage sales. After a weekend or two of going to garage sales in your area you probably could outfit your own gym for as much as it cost to buy one treadmill at a sporting goods store.

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November 25, 2013

Instead of purchasing a kettlebell, use a large empty plastic laundry bottle filled with water. Tighten the cap before each use to be sure it is on tight.

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June 3, 2005

Tips for creating or acquiring inexpensive exercise equipment. Post your ideas.


February 20, 20050 found this helpful

If you enjoy step aerobics but not the cost of the step, completely wrap an old phone book in duct tape.

It's great for beginning to intermediate levels and the duct tape is non-skid.

By Fran Marie

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By cheryl (Guest Post)
February 25, 20050 found this helpful

good will stores get alot of exercise equipment
pretty cheap,also garage sales,and auctions.
at auctions anything to do with exercise stuff
it goes cheap!

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February 27, 20050 found this helpful

I use two large equal sized vegetable cans (3lbs) as my hand weights. I use my sons giant bounce on ball, the kind with the handle we had as kids that he sits on, as an abdominal/sit-up ball. I have a hula-hoop for keep my waist in shape. A jump rope for cardio work-outs. And I go to the playground to do chin-ups on the monkey bars. Best part about all this is that my 6 year old son and my 1 year old daughter love to particpate thinking that Mommy just really loves to PLAY.

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June 3, 20050 found this helpful

Backing up steps around my home is my lower leg exercise.

By tcandmh

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By Donna (Guest Post)
June 4, 20050 found this helpful

Check out for a group in your area - sometimes people actually give there stuff away for FREE and check out - for stuff for sale that is very well priced. This site reminds me of a newspaper.

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By Claudia (Guest Post)
June 6, 20050 found this helpful

Exercise bands and handweights are fairly inexpensive and provide good resistence training. You can pick up good exercise tapes for less than $10 at places like Target/Walmart/ Ross/TJ Maxx, etc. Walking/running provides good aerobic exercise and doesn't cost anything. As far as shoes, I recently read that you don't really need those fancy $100 plus high-end sneakers- just look for ones that fit your foot, hit the instep right, don't rub on the heels. And, as the ad says, Just do it!

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By Beckie (Guest Post)
June 6, 20050 found this helpful

Rummage sales. Every one I go to. So far this month I have seen a "Total gym" 25 dollars (300 new) perfect condition. A treadmill 25 dollars, motorized. I stair stepper 5 dollars/ 4 or 5 body by Jake, all 10 and under a gazelle- 10 dollars. all of these in great shape.!!!!!

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July 19, 20050 found this helpful

How about a jump rope? You can make your own or buy one for about $4.00.

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