When there's no place like home for working out

Mon Feb 20, 2012 5:06am EST
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By Dorene Internicola

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Working out at home is easier than ever, thanks to the wealth of online instruction and a new generation of multi-tasking, space-saving fitness tools.

Fitness experts say all that is needed is some space, a mat and a few favorite things.

"Most important is that you have at least a five-foot by five-foot (1.5 by 1.5-meter) space, so that you're not worried about doing a movement full range, and a mat, so you've got a soft surface for work on the floor," said Lisa Wheeler, program director of DailyBurn.com, an online workout site.

"Then just add what you like to do," she said. "If you don't like dumbbells, don't buy them."

Wheeler's personal preference runs to resistance tubes.

"I think they are a great piece of equipment because you can use them for several different exercises and you can travel with them," she said.

For people who would rather not buy any equipment, Wheeler suggests using what is at hand.

"You can use things you find around the house," she said. "I often encourage moms to pick up a soccer ball or basketball to use as a medicine ball."   Continued...