20 Fitness Accessories Under $25 to Supercharge Your Workout

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Whether you're a gym junkie or prefer to work out at home, you need some equipment to stay in tip-top shape. While weight sets and cardio machines are fairly expensive, you can enhance your workout and speed your post-workout recovery with simple and inexpensive accessories. These essential tools help improve flexibility, build strength, and relieve sore muscles.

adidas Diablo Small Duffel Limited Edition Colors
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A good gym bag helps organize clothes and gear and can even help keep an exercise habit on track. Some trainers recommend packing a gym bag before bed and placing it by the door, or even in the car. That way there's no extra prep time to deter you from working out. EBags has a selection of brand-name gym bags for less than $25.

Survival and Cross Jump Rope
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Jumping rope isn't just for kids and boxers. A high-quality jump rope starts at about $10 or less, and regular use increases endurance, coordination, strength, and stability. Jumping rope can also burn more calories than jogging, help decrease the risk of an ankle or foot injury, and improve bone density.

Tone Fitness Anti-burst Stability Ball
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Large balance or stability balls can cost more than $100, but Tone Fitness makes highly rated small and large ones for less than $10 at Walmart. Although using a stability ball as a desk chair isn't necessarily healthy or safe, the ball can be used for many different strength-training and stability-building exercises.

CAP Barbell Vinyl Coated Cement Kettlebell
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Standard equipment at many gyms, kettlebells can be used for a variety of strength-training exercises. The price varies with weight; a 15-pound kettlebell can be found for about $14. Exercises can be tweaked to increase or decrease difficulty without changing the weight.

PharMeDoc Ab Roller Exercise Wheel
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Late-night infomercials may have made an ab roller (about $12) seem like a gimmick, but it really does provide a good workout. If used improperly, however, it can lead to back injuries, so be sure to have an experienced user demonstrate proper form or watch an instructional video on YouTube.

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Everlast TR7 Activity Tracker and Heart Rate Monitor
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The latest smartwatches have built-in heart-rate monitors, but they also cost several hundred dollars. "Dumb" heart-rate monitors (with no internet connection) start at less than $25. They make it possible for the wearer to target a heart-rate zone while exercising, helping optimize aerobic fitness.

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Men's PowerCore Fitted Short Sleeve Tee
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There really is science behind moisture-wicking clothing. It can keep help keep you dry throughout a workout, which might make it easier spend a few extra minutes in an otherwise uncomfortable position (not to mention make your gym bag smell better). The major name brands can be expensive, but options under $25 include the C9 by Champion line at Target, and even the likes of Nike and Under Armour are sometimes discounted at outlet stores online and off.

Fit Simplify Resistance Loop Exercise 5 Bands
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Resistance-band training is highly effective and greatly decreases the chance of injury or joint stress compared with free weights. The bands are lightweight, easy to store, and inexpensive -- a set of four with varying levels of resistance runs about $12.

Nathan 5K Runner's Pak
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Wearing a running belt can improve health and safety. In addition to providing storage for keys and other essentials, many also have room for energy bars or gel, which can be essential for completing long-distance runs. Some, such as this one from Dick's Sporting Goods, have reflectors to catch drivers' eyes in low light.

Da Vinci Adjustable Ankle or Wrist Weights
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Wearable weights ($10 to $25) can make almost any activity, from walking to grabbing a cup of coffee, into a moderate workout. They can also play an essential role in developing muscles during physical therapy.

Related: 11 Ways to Get Exercise While Just Going About Your Day

PharMeDoc Massage Therapy Lacrosse Ball
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A self-massage ball helps release tension, undo knots, and reduce myofascial pain in the feet, back, and chest. People use tennis balls or lacrosse balls for the same purpose, but highly rated massage balls start at $10 or less online.

Contraband Pink Label 5137 Womens Weight Lifting Gloves
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Weight-lifting gloves ($10 to $15) can help prevent weights from slipping out of your hands, support your wrists, and keep callouses or blisters from forming. Gloves with a wrist strap help distribute pressure across the hand and forearm, so you can lift heavier weights.

OPTP Stretch Out Strap with Stretching Exercise Poster
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OPTP's Stretch Out Strap (about $16) is a patented stretching tool used in physical therapy offices across the country. The sturdy strap has 10 loops to gradually increase the depth of the stretch. An instructional booklet is included, and helpful videos on YouTube guide viewers through different routines.

IcyHot with No Mess Applicator
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Menthol-based creams or balms, like Icy Hot ($6), can provide relief for aches and sprains following a particularly intense workout. Arnicare gel ($8) is a plant-based option with similar claims but no tingly sensation.

BlenderBottle Classic Loop Top Shaker Bottle
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For those who enjoy drinking protein shakes or taking other supplements before, during, or after a workout, a shaker cup such as a BlenderBottle comes in handy. The plastic bottles (starting at about $7) have a metal whisk inside to help evenly distribute powder throughout the drink.

Dove Men+Care Deodorant Stick
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Keep an extra stick or spray bottle of deodorant in a gym bag for freshening up after a workout -- everyone around you will be thankful. Even if the gym has showers, a post-workout metabolism boost can lead to sweating after leaving the locker room.

Reusable Furniture Movers for Heavy Furniture for Carpeted Surfaces
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An inexpensive alternative to exercise disks, multi-packs of reusable furniture movers cost about $15 and can be used for a variety of at-home workouts. They often have cushions that can help keep hands, knees, and feet comfortable.

LuxFit Premium High Density Foam Roller
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A basic high-density foam roller can help break up scar tissue and knots and often costs less than $10. Self-massage with a roller can also aid post-injury rehabilitation. Plus, it feels good.

NatraCure Universal Cold Pack Ice Wrap
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Bags of frozen veggies always work in a pinch. But reusable ice wraps are fairly cheap ($10 and up), provide a snug fit, and are easier to keep in place while standing or walking.

CLIF BUILDER'S Protein Bar Vanilla Almond
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Rather than grab a carb-loaded pastry after a morning workout, consider a protein bar or shake. Regardless of the potential muscle-building benefits of protein, it can certainly increase satiety.

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