Three Budget-friendly Home Fitness Tools! It doesn’t take much to get in shape; as long as you commit to doing it. It also doesn’t have to cost too much to make a positive contribution to your fitness routine. Here are three pieces of equipment that you can find at most hardware stores across the country for less than $40 to get you started on your own home workout plan (for illustrative purposes, I’m using examples and pricing from items available at Home Depot). Dowel $2 to $7 A 4-ft (122 cm) long, 1-in (2.5 cm) diameter wooden or PVC dowel.*A broomstick without the brush will also work. You can use a dowel for: Overhead squats: hold the dowel overhead as you squat to work legs and buttocks, and scapular and core stabilization. For standing twists: hold the dowel behind your head below your neck on your trapezius muscle with arms extended holding wider than shoulder width and twist your waist side to side to work obliques. For side bends: hold it overhead and bend at the sides to work oblique. You can also use it vertically for balance when doing lunges, dead lifts and squats. Gliding disks $11.95 each Four-inch gliders allow a homeowner to slide furniture and objects around with ease. Gliders can be used under household furniture, book cases, sofas, appliances, large beds, and cabinets. For your fitness program these are seriously fun and seriously heart pumping, gliding disks can really make you sweat. With these round plastic discs that slide easily on a smooth floor surface, you can do: Lunges: including side and reverse lunges, allowing your feet to glide as you bring your body up and down which really isolates your front leg glute and hamstring. Speed-skaters: Bend over like a speed skater and propel your body from side to side with your arms and legs to get a totally body cardio burn. Core pushups: Slide your hands together and apart, using your abs to keep you up. Hip Thruster Ab Tucks: Place your feet on the discs while in a high plank position, use your core to tuck your knees toward your elbows and back out to starting position to strengthen your entire core strength. Bungee Cord with Super Duty Carabiner $6 Any exercise you can do with free weights you can do with tubing. A bungee cord is lightweight and perfect to take when traveling since it won’t weigh down your suitcase. The carabiner ends allow you to attach handles for $7 to triple its versatility. How to use it: Tubing squats: Stand on the tubing with feet shoulder width apart, while holding the handles. Keep your back straight, look forward, and lower your body as if you’re about to sit into a chair. Once your thighs are parallel to the floor, squeeze your glutes to stand back up. The tubing will add resistance to target the legs and glutes. Rows: wrap the tubing around a pillar or banister or another fixed object. Stand facing the tubing and grip the handles so your palms face in. Keep your back straight and retract your shoulder blades as you pull the tubing to your hips. This will target your back, shoulders and arms. You can intensify this exercise by sitting in a squatted position to target quads, glutes and core to the upper body burn. Presses: Attach two handles to the end carabiners and wrap the tubing around a pillar or banister or another fixed object. With your back to the tubing, palms facing down, have your elbows out and press the tubing forward like a chest press. You can parallel the palms for an open armed chest fly variation. As you can see, it doesn’t take much to get in shape, as long as you commit to doing it. So head to your local hardware store and get started today!