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11 Top Fitness Buys For At-Home Workouts

Section: New mum fitness
If you’ve got a toddler clinging to your ankles or a newborn sleeping upstairs we’re sure hitting the gym is neither your priority nor a possibility. But if you’re keen to get back in shape, take inspiration from this gallery of great workout equipment to get you feeling and looking amazing from the comfort of your home.
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Suunto Fushia Chronograph Watch, £80,

Ever wonder how many calories you burn doing the housework or pushing the buggy to town? The Suunto M2 Heart Rate Monitor lets you know your heart rate and calories burnt, so make sure you put in on when you’ve got a busy day ahead or are following a fitness DVD in your living room.
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Tanita Calorie Jump, £19.99,

Skipping isn’t just for the playground, but it is a great way – not to mention a cheap way – to burn fat fast. Ten minutes of skipping is also said to have the same health benefits as a 45-minute run, so is the perfect express work out for busy mums. The Tanita Calorie Jump has an integrated calorie and jump counter, so you can easily keep track of your workout. If you’ve got a little skipper on your hands, too, make it into a game and get your little one to join in.
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Zumba Exhilarate DVD collection, £39.99,

Miss your Thursday night Zumba now you’re a mum and don’t want to waste valuable babysitting time? One of the biggest fitness crazes of recent years, Zumba is loved for its fun approach to working out, feeling much more like a night out on the town than a session in the gym. Try this home-exercise program, complete with 4 DVDs and toning sticks to use alongside your workout. Get your active tot to dance around with you when her energy levels are soaring.
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Wii Fit U Game + Fit Meter, £49.99,

If you’re already a Wii U user, then you will love the latest Wii U Fit game complete with the new Fit Meter, an activity meter that tracks a wide range of everyday activities. Featuring the classic strength training, yoga and fun fitness games that have been much loved in the Wii Fit series alongside more games that can be used in combination with the Wii Balance Board and Wii U GamePad, you wont get bored easily with this. Great for busy mums too because the Wii Fit U now has more ways for you to create your own workout.
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Eco Yoga Mat, £39.99,

If Miranda Kerr can do it, so can we! For the inner yoga bunny in you, invest in this easily packed away and portable mat, so when baby’s down for a nap, you can get on with the downward dog. Not only will yoga at home burn calories, tone muscles and save you money on classes, it also makes sure you get some much-needed zen time.
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Lonsdale Round Trampoline, £29.99,

Be a big kid and have a jump around on a mini trampoline for the ultimate calorie burn. It’s great for doing indoors on rainy days, and when the sun is shining (don’t hold your breath) you can easily take it into the garden – and it is much less stress on your joints that jogging outdoors.
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Reebok Wrist Weights, £16.99, Reebok at

For extra oomph when you’re star jumping in the kitchen, strap these handy wrist weights on for super-toned arms. Ideal if your tot is up and running about, as you can still have your hands free. Now you’ve got no excuse…
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Ladies Dumbbell Set, £24.99,

Used on their own on alongside other exercise routines, dumbbells can do wonders for toning your upper body and building up your strength – sure to come in useful the next time you’re carrying your buggy up the train station steps. With three different weight pairs, this set it great if you want to build strength slowly, and the useful case with a handle means you can safely pack it way out of kids reach. Win!
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Studio 500kg Swiss Ball & Pump, £31.99,

Believe it or not, the Swiss Ball has much more functions that sitting on when you need an extra chair at the dinner table… Ideal for core strength, stretching, yoga, Pilates and of course aimlessly bouncing around on, this is a great investment if you’re looking for a versatile home workout item. The Studio Pro Swiss Ball is also super durable, so will be able to stand a few kick-abouts when your toddler spots it.
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10-in-1 Super Shaper, £59.99,

Toned abs anyone? The 10-in-1 Super Shaper is perfect for getting back into shape after having a baby – or just after Christmas! It offers a complete abdominal workout to keep you trim and toned. It’s also great if you don’t want bulky equipment taking up space, and can easily be moved and stored away when it’s time for the lounge to be converted back into a playroom.
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Body Sculpture Mini Bike, £79.99,

Don’t fancy converting your conservatory into a gym? A mini bike or foot pedal is great for majorly saving space and being able to burn calories anywhere in the house (or even for a secret workout at your desk.) Pedalling away while sitting at the sofa as your little one makes Tree Fu Tom Magic – surely this can’t be good for you? Best. Workout. Ever.
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