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OKLAHOMA CITY—A lot of Americans are pledging to be healthier this New Year and getting fit is at the top of many people’s lists.

However, you don’t have to join a gym to lose those extra pounds.

Instead, working out inside your home with a few items can save you money while losing weight.

Experts suggest getting a stability ball, which can be used to build your core strength, improve your balance, along with toning your glutes and legs.

Each costs about $30.

Also, jumping rope for 15 minutes or hula hooping is an instant cardio workout and is great for your waistline.

Gayle Williams, Consumer Reports, said, “Elastic bands or tubes are another great item to have. You can use them for resistance training to strengthen and tone your muscles.”

Don’t forget an exercise mat, which adds a bit of cushioning for push ups and other floor exercises.

Free weights are another useful option.

Williams said, “If you can, buy two pairs, a lighter pair to work your arms and shoulders, and a heavier pair to work your back and chest.”

Experts suggest developing a good exercise routine by working out for 30 minutes, five days a week.

Also, add strength training two to three days a week.

Another great form of exercise is walking and you can track how much you move with a pedometer app for your phone.