Forget the Treadmill: Cardio Equipment Under $50

Effective cardio equipment does not have to cost hundreds of dollars. It is not impossible to buy cardio equipment for your own home at a low price. The following cardio equipment recommendations are effective and inexpensive ways to workout.

Heavy Bag

A heavy bag is one of the most versatile pieces of equipment.  It enables the user to workout both in terms of strength training and cardio training.  Many basic heavy bags run under $50.

To ensure you are getting a lasting cardio workout, you will need to keep intensity and duration high.  For instance, you could use combinations without rest for 3-5 minutes.  Another great way to get cardio results is to use combinations.  For instance, you could try to execute a certain combination 25 or 50 times, and then switch stances. Integrating kicks will definitely increase the intensity. Vary your routines to make heavy bag exercises fun and challenging.

Aerobics DVDs

Aerobic videos offer guided cardio workouts. Of course, there is a level of dedication required here also. Consider aerobics DVDs if you are short on time or are interested in a fun and easy way to exercise. They offer a great workout in a short amount of time.

There is an obvious market which is saturated with a large selection of aerobics DVDs. To begin shopping for one, you need to identify what you are looking for. There are DVDs for basic cardio, step workouts, dance-based workouts, and others such as fitness boxing.

The key is to shop around and read reviews on relevant products. Users will give you information regarding their experience with the DVD, which will be helpful in making a decision.

Jump Rope

A jump rope is probably the least expensive piece of equipment which provides cardio work in your own home.  You could easily buy a jump rope for under $10. Even top of the line jump ropes should be under $30, for the most part. It has been estimated that 10 minutes with a jump rope is equal to 30 minutes of jogging, in terms of burned calories.

Once you have bought a jump rope, you will need to start on some type of program. You could begin on a 2:1 rest and work ratio, and then gradually advance to a 1:1 ratio, where your rest is equal to your jump rope work.  Try to work with the jump rope for 20 to 30 minutes to achieve cardio results and endurance.

Using the jump rope can also be a lot of fun.  Search for online resources and books which can help you with different fun jump rope workouts. Varying your exercises is key.


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  • Home Cardio

    A great article. I’m doing home cardio myself. feels much better than wasting tons of cash in the gym.