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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.
- Shop: Yoga Block and Strap Combo at Gaiam, $14.98
- Shop: Nike Fundamental Speed Rope at Dick’s Sporting Goods, $15
- Shop: Mini Bands Pack of 3 at SPRI, $11.98
- Shop: Loop Band Kit at SPRI, $12.49
- Shop: Delux Vinyl Dumbells 2 – 4 pounds at SPRI, $10.98+
- Shop: Ab Wheel and Mat at SPRI, $19.98
- Shop: BalanceFrom GoYoga All Purpose High Density Non-Slip Exercise Yoga Mat with Carrying Strap at Amazon, $12.99
- Shop: Restore Marbled Foam Roller at Gaiam, $19.99
- Shop: Fitness Gear 2.5 lb Comfort Ankle Weights Pair at Dick’s Sporting Goods, $19.99 (Orig. $24.99)
- Shop: Premium Pull-Up Bar at SPRI, $17.98
- Shop: Prism Fitness 55cm Smart Self-Guided Stability Exercise Ball at Amazon, $29.99
- Shop: Xerball Medicine Ball at SPRI 2 – 15 pounds at SPRI, $28.98+
- Shop: 15-Pound Kettlebell at SPRI, $47.98
- Shop: Everlast Speed Bag Kit at Everlast, $99.99
- Shop: Everlast Freestanding Reflex Bag at Dick’s Sporting Goods, $74.99
- Shop: The Reversible Mat 5mm at Lululemon, $78
- Shop: Fitness Gear 40 lb. Weighted Vest at Dick’s Sporting Goods, $74.99 (Orig. $99.99)
- Shop: P-Volve Bundle at P-Volve, $155.99 (Orig. $194.99)
- Shop: Theragun mini at Theragun, $199
- Shop: Bowflex SelectTech 840 Kettlebell at Dick’s Sporting Goods, $149.99
- Shop: The Mirror at Mirror, $1,495
- Shop: Nordic Track T 8.5 S Treadmill at Nordic Track, $1,699 (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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