Honestly, what would we do without the convenience of Amazon? I recently did the cross-country move from New York City to Los Angeles, and I can tell you it was game-changing to be able to order my moving supplies to my apartment (and with free shipping through Prime to make it sweeter). Anyone who's transported moving boxes from the store to the subway to a walk-up, and then repeated the process when you realize you didn't get enough boxes, will understand how monumental this was for me.
While I was reading the reviews of various brands of moving boxes (who knew there were so many?), I discovered that AmazonBasics carries affordable and highly rated fitness gear. If you don't know, AmazonBasics is the retailer's house brand that carries everything from tech accessories to office supplies to even mattresses. If you felt so inclined, you could create your own home gym with dumbbells, medicine balls, foam rollers, and yoga mats with just a few clicks. So to make it easier for you, I've rounded up some of the best-reviewed gear. Take a look at the list below.
A set of dumbbells will come in handy if you can't make it to the gym. This set of two-, three-, and five-pound dumbbells comes with a stand so you can keep them tucked away in a corner or closet. One reviewer says the best thing about this buy is it's "a lot cheaper than any local sports or supermarket store," and warns that the stand is a bit flimsy but gets the job done.
Just thinking about my foam roller makes me feel so much more relaxed. I love using mine to massage my back when it feels tight or sore, but you can also use it for stretches and as part of your workout routine. (Some trainers suggest using it before and after your exercise.) This one comes in seven different colors.
These colorful bands are versatile and can be used for chin-ups, pull-ups, biceps curls, stretching, and more. The bands run the gamut in weight resistance and width—starting with a $10 buy that has a resistance of 10 to 35 pounds and is a half-inch wide.
I have a love-hate relationship with medicine balls because A) I associate them with hard-as-hell core workouts, but B) I feel so accomplished after I use them. You can work out your entire body with one, so it's good to keep for at-home exercises. One reviewer says, "It is the EXACT quality of medicine balls you'll find in commercial gyms."
Add some resistance to your workout and tone muscles with a Pilates ring. One reviewer keeps it at their desk for leg and arm exercises, while other reviewers say the handles make it easy and comfortable to use.
Even if you're not much of a yogi, a mat makes floor exercises and stretching so much more comfortable. This one comes with a strap so it's easy to bring to class or the gym and is available in six different colors.
Sit or stand on the cushion for core- or muscle-strengthening exercises. You can even keep this one on your office chair to help posture and give your abs a workout while you're at your 9-to-5. It comes with a hand pump so you can easily inflate it.
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