This article originally appeared on shape.com by Stephanie Perry.
As everyone adheres to the current guidelines of social distancing due to the coronavirus outbreak, it’s no surprise that at-home workouts are trending. Thankfully, some of your favorite studios, instructors, and brands are making the transition from gym or studio to home workouts that much easier by streaming their signature classes online. And while an at-home workout may seem convenient, it can still prove difficult for those of us living in small spaces. With limited square footage comes limited mobility—which is why finding space-saving workout tools to help you break a sweat, without breaking any furniture in the process, is key.
Enter: ankle weights. This piece of fitness gear is effective, versatile, and so compact, you can pretty much use it anywhere. And if the thought of using ankle weights conjures up images of 80’s leotards and cardio step classes, think again. The celeb-loved tool (even Hailey Bieber is a fan!) allows you to up the intensity of your normal bodyweight workouts (donkey kicks, anyone?) while also letting you move more freely than you would while using free weights.
Not sure where to start? The highly-rated CAP Fitness Ankle Weight set features velcro weights that allow you to work your body without the need for machinery. Available in weights ranging from 2-pound sets to 10-pound sets, they’re made of stretchy and breathable neoprene material to keep you comfortable as your workout heats up. Plus, they’re padded for extra comfort and use durable velcro straps, so you can easily adjust to ensure a perfect, non-slip fit.
Even better? They can double as wrist and hand weights for other exercises and can be easily stored once you’re finished, unlike bulky dumbbells. And at less than $5 for a set of 2-pound weights, they’re also incredibly budget-friendly. Try incorporating these space-saving ankle weights into your at-home fitness routine for an added burn.
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