Prevention recommends using items like jump ropes, dumbbells, resistance bands, stability balls and yoga mats if equipment or tools are desired to supplement one's workout. WebMD states that effective workouts can be accomplished anywhere at anytime without the use of any equipment at all.
WebMD advises that sufficient strength training can be accomplished through creative movement using the body's own weight as a form of muscle resistance. Men's Fitness lists examples of such exercises as push-ups, planks, abdominal rollouts, squats, lunges, pull-ups, glute bridges, tricep dips and crunches. The use of small equipment can help to increase the intensity of these exercises. WebMD notes that creative methods may also be implemented, such as using large water jugs instead of dumbbells, using a chair as a push-up tool or lifting a small child instead of a barbell. Cardiovascular fitness can be maintained through simple exercises, such as jumping jacks, running in place and jump roping.
Prevention also recommends the use of workout DVDs to try methods such as Zumba and kickboxing, both of which do not require any additional equipment. Heart rate monitors are usually built into many modern gym machines, but an affordable personal monitor is easy to find and makes a great addition to any home workout regimen.