It is very simple and inexpensive to set up a gym at home, and I've already made the shopping list for you:
- 40-pound dumbbell set: $39
- stability ball: $25
- jump rope (for those with good knees): $10
- a stair stepper (for those with shaky knees): $25
For less than $100, you have everything you need to work out and become fit at home.
If you are a tech-head who wants a little more accurate a workout, pick up an inexpensive heart rate monitor for about $30. (For use on the heart rate monitor, please refer to my previous blog entry, "Doing the Math for Fat Burning.")
This equipment stores very easily. The dumbbell set comes in its own case and the stability ball can be deflated between uses.
But remember: out of sight, out of mind. Store the equipment so it's not underfoot — but keep it in plain sight so it can serve as a reminder to stay in shape.