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Like Erenstoft, you also might work some simple equipment into your regime. Both specially designed rubber bands and rubber tubing with handles can add resistance, as can simple household items. "To increase the resistance when you're doing squats, for example, you can do something as simple as hold soup cans or milk jugs filled with water," says Bryant.

What's more, two of the hottest exercises around, yoga and Pilates, also fit the "no weight" bill, says Rothenberg. Many of the poses in yoga require using one's own body weight to load the muscles. Take the "warrior" pose, for example. It's essentially a lunge, one that works the muscle in the front of the thigh. Pilates is a series of exercises that involve slow, precise moves -- either using your body weight or specially designed machines -- to work your muscles. You might work your abdominal and leg muscles, for example, by pushing against a bar on springs or by raising your legs when they're attached (by straps) to a pulley.

Whether you choose to use some equipment or forgo strength training tools altogether, what's most important is to find a routine that you can stick with -- exactly what Eric Erenstoft has done. "Why go to a gym and get angry at a set of metal plates?" he says. "I like what I'm doing now, and it's working just fine."

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