10 Essential Pieces of Home Exercise Equipment You Can Find on Amazon

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Working from home doesn't have to mean putting an end to your exercise routine. There are still plenty of ways to stay active without a pricey gym membership, and you'd be surprised how simple (and cheap) some of the most effective home workout equipment is. Take a look at some of the best home exercise equipment you can find on Amazon right now.

1. Perfect Pushups; $27

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Pushups are one of the best bodyweight exercises you can do at home, and you can get even more out of them with the Perfect Pushup handles. By rotating 90° back and forth throughout the move, and eliminating the need to have your wrists bent on the floor, the Perfect Pushup takes stress off your joints and engages more muscle groups, including your core.

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2. Jump Rope; $13

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Jump ropes aren't just meant for the schoolyard—they're also an easy way to get a cardio workout in while also improving your coordination. Just clear out a little living room space or find a place outside to work up a sweat.

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3. Suspension Trainers; $145

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By using your own bodyweight to hit the major muscle groups, suspension trainers offer an alternative to dumbbells and barbells that’s easier on the joints and puts more of an emphasis on functionality and form. The design is simple—they’re basically just incredibly sturdy straps that can be set up around any structurally sound anchor point. From there, you use the handles for either your hands or feet for upper- and lower-body workouts. There’s a learning curve here, so don’t hesitate to peruse some YouTube tutorials. Once you get the basics down, you’ll be able to get gym-worthy workouts in under 30 minutes. And since the straps themselves fit inside a compact nylon bag, they can travel with you wherever you go.

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4. Ab Wheel; $14

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Ab workouts are rarely anyone’s favorite, especially when you’re doing them at home. But the ab wheel is a ubiquitous piece of equipment at gyms around the world for a reason: It works, and you don’t even have to spend more than $20 for one. As long as you follow the instructions and work on your form (there are plenty of online tutorials), you’ll realize that you can get a solid workout in between video meetings.

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5. Grip Strengthener; $9

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Squeezing this handle over and over may not seem like the most worthwhile exercise on the surface, but give it a few minutes and you'll realize why these grip strengtheners have been a go-to piece of workout equipment among athletes and gym-goers for decades. And since they fit right in your pocket, you’ll be able to squeeze in some exercise whether you’re at your desk, in line at the DMV, or just making your way through your Netflix queue.

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6. Yoga Mat; $30

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If you’re looking for the perfect workout to do from home, give yoga a try. It can help reduce stress, relieve pain, and increase productivity, along with numerous other benefits. But, if you’re going to start practicing your downward dog and child’s pose, a good mat is essential, as it can help you keep your balance, protect you from getting injured, and much more.

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7. Medicine Balls; Various

Using a medicine ball during your workout is a great way to engage your core while improving your flexibility and hand-eye coordination. And with a range of different weights available, you can start lighter and work your way up.

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8. EveryMile Wobble Balance Board; $41

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Balance boards can help improve your core strength, stability, and coordination. Once you're comfortable balancing yourself, you can try various exercises on the board, like squats, deadlifts, and pushups.

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9. Water Bottle; $15–$22

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This bottle is the perfect visual representation of the amount of water you should be aiming to drink every day to keep your body properly hydrated for your new workout routine.

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10. 100 No-Equipment Workouts; $17

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By now, you're probably getting the hint that you don't need to pay monthly gym fees to get a proper workout in, but if you're still not convinced, this book offers another 100 ways to stay fit at home. With these no-equipment workouts, you can learn functional training routines tailored to your goals, whether you're looking to build strength, burn calories, or shore up your core. The moves have step-by-step illustrations to make sure you've got the form down, and the routines are broken up into three difficulty levels depending on your experience.

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Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar

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Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

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Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

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Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

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10 of the Best Halloween Costumes for Your Dog

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Although trick-or-treating might look a little different this year, there’s no reason why you (or your favorite pet) still can’t celebrate Halloween in style. To help you get in the spooky spirit with your four-legged housemates, we’ve rounded up some of 2020’s best—and cutest—costumes for your dogs. Whether your little monster wants to pay homage to their favorite horror movie or simply don a festive sweater, one of these costumes is guaranteed to earn them an extra treat or two.

1. Taco Dog; $19-$20

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Dogs and tacos are two of the internet's favorite things, so why not combine them into one? This delightful costume features a sombrero headpiece and taco bodysuit that includes all the necessary taco fixings, like lettuce, cheese, meat, tomatoes, and guac. The costume sizes range from small to XL, so no matter if your dog is best described as a mini taquito or a beefed-up burrito, they'll be able to find a perfect Halloween fit.

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2. Wonder Woman and Superman; $15-$25

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All dogs are superheroes, even if their most valiant feat is greeting you at the door when you come home. Your pet can show off their inner helper in one of these officially licensed costumes from DC Comics. The Wonder Woman costume features the superheroine’s signature emblem on the back, with a sweet tiara and tutu completing the look. The Superman costume, meanwhile, is fitted with a dramatic cape that’s sure to get them an extra bone or two when going for their evening walk.

Buy it: Wonder Woman and Superman on Amazon

3. Hogwarts Outfit; $15-$16

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“Yer a wizard, Sparky!” Impoosy’s Hogwarts-inspired costume takes the magic of Halloween to the next level. The set has an adjustable Velcro cape, striped tie, and a pair of glasses so your pet can embrace their inner boy-who-lived (lightning bolt scar not included). As a fun bonus, the costume comes in four different colors, so your pet can sport their house colors in style … after trying on the Sorting Hat, of course.

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4. U.S. Mail Carrier; $18-$19

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If you’d rather dress your dog up as a real-life hero, try a U.S. Postal worker. Postal workers deliver the mail in spite of snow, rain, and sleet, and this clever costume will allow your pet to honor the workers who are as faithful as man’s best friend. California Costume’s Mail Carrier ensemble has a combined shirt and front legs piece with attached “arms,” which hold your dog’s special delivery via Velcro. Show your appreciation for your dog's service with a spoonful of peanut butter (your real mailperson might actually like that, too).

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5. Any Star Wars Costume; $6-$28

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The Force will be with your four-legged friend this Halloween. The Star Wars collection from Rubie's has looks for all of your favorite characters, including R2-D2, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Yoda, and more. If your pet doesn’t exactly love dressing up for the holidays, the collection also includes smaller items like this Yoda ears headpiece, so they can still get in the spirit even without a full getup.

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6. Where’s Waldo?; $25-$29

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Your pet will stand out in the crowd in this adorable Where’s Waldo? costume. Featuring Waldo’s iconic red and white striped sweater, beanie, and glasses, this officially licensed set is perfect on its own or for matching with a two-legged human. The hat and felt glasses include an elastic chin strap and adjustable ear loops, so your pup will stay stylish and comfortable all night long. They might not be wandering around a crowd of 500 people like their bookish counterpart, but at least they'll look great while social distancing.

Buy it: Chewy

7. Fair Isle Halloween Sweater; $14-$16

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Whether your pet wants to keep it more casual this year or have an excuse to celebrate for the entire month of October, Frisco’s Fair Isle sweater will put the “howl” in their Halloween look. The orange and black sweater is embellished with traditional Halloween images—ghosts, Jack-O’-Lanterns, skulls, cats, bats, and gravestones—that are much more endearing than they are spooky. The sweater also contains a leash hole, so your furry pal can show off his look both inside and outside the house.

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8. Pennywise; $18-$22

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There’s nothing more fun than playing with your pet, but this terrifying Pennywise costume might just make you think twice. With its sickeningly cheerful tassels and buttons, orange wig, and plush “balloon,” this costume might even scare you if your pet wears it for too long. If It isn’t your thing, check out these Freddy Kreuger and Chucky-inspired costumes to add some extra fright to your night.

Buy it: Chewy

9. Jack Skellington; $20-$22

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This look is the opposite of a nightmare before Christmas. Disney’s officially licensed Jack Skellington costume from Rubie’s Costume Company highlights The Pumpkin King’s classic outfit, which includes a pinstriped jacket, bat bowtie, and headpiece with a printed image of Jack’s smiling face. Despite Jack’s Christmas obsession, this look embraces his trademark style. This is Halloween, after all.

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10. Headless Rider; $18

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is one of America’s most infamous ghost stories. Celebrate Washington Irving’s beloved folktale by turning your pet into the headless horseman’s ghoulish accomplice. This is a great option for pets who might not like getting dressed up, but who feel comfortable wearing simple thunder jackets or shirts. Simply fasten the cape around them via hook-and-loop fasteners, and presto! They’re automatically the companion of a plush, headless terror (terror being relative, in this case).

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