Best Home Workout Equipment for Any Budget

From expensive interactive bikes to low-cost portable tools, these are the best options to build your home gym at different price points.

You're finally building your home gym as the pandemic continues and you're wondering, "What's the best equipment to buy?" No matter your budget or the size of your home, these are the best exercise tools to help you build strength, tone muscle and increase your stamina when you can't get to the gym.

High-Cost: Interactive Fitness Machines

These machines include the bikes, treadmills and wall devices that let you participate in live classes through a paid subscription plan. While they can be two to three times the price of the exact same equipment that doesn't have an interactive component, they do offer really cool features. That includes live or on-demand classes that are tied to the device, with instructors who talk directly to users taking the class virtually. This can help keep you connected to the instructor and the fitness community, which in turn helps keep you motivated. And that hefty price tag can even be a motivator — when you pay a lot for a tool, you'll want to use it more and not waste your money.

Nuts May Be Your Best Snack to Help Maintain Weight Loss — Here's Why

It could also help lower your heart rate and bad cholesterol.

Is trying to lose weight — and keep it off — driving you nuts? Well, maybe it should drive you to nuts. New findings published in the journal Nutrients highlight the power nuts may have on successful weight loss.

Nuts vs. Pretzels

UCLA researchers put 95 overweight or obese folks ages 30–68 on a diet that provided 500 calories less than needed to maintain their resting metabolic rate for 12 weeks, then maintenance for another 12. The diet included 1.5 ounces of mixed nuts for half the group and pretzels for the others (both "snacks" delivered the same amount of calories).

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