SOMETIMES the only thing standing between you and a better body is a fitness tool.
That's right. A simple piece of equipment that might make it easier, or more fun, to exercise.
What's great about some of these is that you can use them anywhere, including at home.
They also start at as little as $19.95.
What that means: they remove all those excuses we find for not exercising.
Here are a few fitness tools that could change your life.
Power Tube Pro Total Resistance Gym, $129
This simple device is like having a $1000 gym at home.
You get five resistance tubes with steel clips, a pair of ultra tough handles, a pair of adjustable neoprene ankle straps (to be used for leg exercises), door anchor (can be used on any door) and an outdoor anchor (to set on a goal post, tree, bench or any fixed object).
It comes with a workout DVD featuring George Gregan and exercise booklet featuring more than 50 exercises.
It also includes a carry bag. The whole "gym" weighs 2kg including the box.
Iron Gym Extreme, $69
This is a multi-function exercise bar you can use to do pull-ups, sit-ups, chin-ups, push-ups, dips and arm and shoulder exercises.
It uses your own body's resistance.
You attach it to a door frame (no drilling or tools required) and the heavy duty steel construction supports up to 136kg. It also has professional grade foam grips.
Nike sportsband, $89
This band, compatible with most Nike runners, allows you to track time, distance, pace, energy burned and so on as you run.
Nike speed rope, $19.95
Skipping rope is a great cardiovascular workout and the jarring motion can also help build bones.
The Nike Speed Skipping Rope is a coated polyurethane rope that resists tangling as well as providing a smooth swing motion for you to skip.
1kg coated dumbbell, $4.95
Tone your arms while you walk or jog.