Congratulations you’ve decided to get in shape in the comfort and convenience of your own home. Here are some tips for getting equipment for whatever space and budget you’re currently working with.

When it comes to workout equipment, here are 5 must haves.

1)Workout mat: Find yourself a good quality exercise mat. The padding will protect your knees, elbows, and tailbone during floor work. It will also keep perspiration off your floors and carpets during those challenging workouts. (Price range 20-100$)

2)Resistance bands: resistance bands can assist you in working out your entire body. In the ideal situation you’ll find bands that can easily be adjusted, have handles, a door anchor, and an ankle strap. I personally like Bodylastics bands. They come with all of the above. (Price range 40-100$)

3)An exercise ball: Using an exercise ball is a great way to to improve flexibility, strengthen your core muscles, and improve your balance. Make sure you get the right size ball for you. Here are the general guidelines according to height. (Price range 25-100$)

5’2″-5’8″-55cm
5’8″-6’2″-65cm
6’3 and over 75cm

4)pull-up bar: A pull-up bar is a convenient piece of equipment that doesn’t take up much space. You can put it in any doorway. Pull-ups are a compound upper body exercise which is great for building strength in your back and your biceps. There are also many different variations available to you simply by adjusting your hand position. As an added bonus you can also do core work using your pull-up bar just by hanging and bringing your knees to your chest. (Price range 20-75$)

If you’re like most people and have trouble doing pull-ups, don’t be discouraged. Use a chair under your feet and assist yourself as needed. You’ll be doing pull-ups on your own faster than you think.

5)Dumbbells: Dumbbells are great because they allow us to work each side of our body individually. Many of us have one side stronger than the other and Dumbbells will help us achieve that symmetry we desire. (Price range 30-400$)

While Dumbbells vary a great deal in price, you don’t have to break the bank here. Depending on your budget you can get an adjustable pair or just get one lighter set and a heavier set that will cover most of the movements in your workout.

These 5 items will cost less than a one year membership at most health clubs or gyms and you can have all the workout equipment you need right in the comfort of your home