Workout: 10 best home fitness aids

Want to get fit? Try something you can use at home. With picks from fitness expert Charlotte Ord

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Gym memberships are expensive and often you’ll find yourself opting to sit on the sofa rather than hitting the treadmill. According to recent statistics, 36 per cent of us have gym memberships we never or rarely use.

In an ideal world, we’d have cross trainers and step machines in our living rooms, but those are pricey too. Luckily there are lots of cheaper, effective options for doing your workout at home.

With the help of health and fitness expert Charlotte Ord (, we’ve found the best equipment to help you tone up, build strength and burn fat in the comfort of your own home. The aids range from the fun, like ResultSport’s weighted Hula Hoop and Tanita’s Calorie Jump skipping rope, to the serious bits of kit like PowerBlock Sport dumbbells.

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It’s hard to beat the Z-trainer for the range of exercises it allows. The York Kettlebell set is great value compared to others on the market and John Lewis’s hand weights will make an effective – but inexpensive - addition to your workout.

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1. Z-trainer, £97

2. York Kettlebell set, £19.99

3. Reebok gym ball, £14.99

4. John Lewis hand weights, £3-£13 (0.5kg-4kg)

5. PowerBlock Sport 9.0 stage I, £289.99

6. V-fit 36in Trampoline Jogger, £24.89

7. ResultSport Level 1 Weighted Hula Hoop, £21.60

8. Tanita CJ-688 Calorie Jump, £9.18

9. Fitness Mad Resistance Bands, £6.46

10. Pro Fitness Exercise Foam Roller, £9.99

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