The Only Workout Equipment You Need

By Rebecca Carhart for Modern Muse

While most New Year's resolutions involve getting in shape, the thought of actually going to the gym can be overwhelming. Luckily, it's easier than ever to work out from the comfort of your own abode. Here are the five pieces of workout equipment you need to create an at-home gym.

1. Cool Yoga Mat

The first item to have on hand is a high-quality cushioned mat. The marble print of this Yoga Zeal Mat from Nordstrom will help you achieve a Zen state of mind while you're stretching your limbs, and its cushioning will protect your joints during floor exercises like push-ups or planks. The mat features a soft, suede-like finish that prevents slipping and helps absorb sweat.

2. High-Tech Jump Rope

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If you like tracking your workouts, invest in this Tangram Factory Smart Rope PURE jump rope from Apple. The clever gadget will count your jumps while monitoring your workout intervals and how many calories you've burned. It also offers you training recommendations and allows you to compete with friends.

3. Resistance Bands

Resistance bands are the perfect way to customize the intensity of your toning workouts. This pack of C9 Champion Resistance Bands from Target comes with three levels of resistance: light, medium, and heavy. As an added bonus, it's accompanied by an exercise guide to teach you the best moves to do with the bands.

4. Modern Set of Weights

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Leave boring dumbbells at the gym and instead shop these NuFit NuBells Hand Weights from DICK'S Sporting Goods. The hand weights were designed with a balanced circular construction that reduces stress on joints and ligaments as you do your favorite workout. Use them to do presses, curls or even kettlebell movements.

5. Deep Tissue Foam Roller

After a hard workout, restore your muscles with an at-home deep-tissue massage using a foam roller. This Gaiam Restore Deep Tissue Muscle Massage Foam Roller from Target is made to massage deep into tissue, stimulate blood flow, and soothe your achy muscles faster. It also helps speed up the healing and recovery time and is the perfect way to finish any workout.