Shop easy-to-use workout equipment for feeling the burn at home

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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.

Under $20

Credit: SPRI Loop Band Kit at SPRI

Under $50

Credit: Prism Fitness 55cm Smart Self-Guided Stability Exercise Medicine Ball at Amazon

Under $100

Credit: Everlast Speed Bag Kit at Everlast

Over $100

Credit: The Mirror

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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