The American Council on Exercise, the San Diego-based folks who certify the instructors who make us sweat, thinks it's really neat-o that we're exercising more, but, oh, what we spend to stay in shape . . . or decorate our bedrooms with that lovely treadmill-turned-clothes-rack.
ACE recently asked its members to come up with the best and worst fitness products for less than $20.
And the winners are:
* Resistance tubing and bands
* Jump ropes
* Water bottles
* Thorlo brand socks
And the not-so-great:
* Abdominal devices and other equipment that emphasize spot reduction rather than an overall workout
* Protein powders and supplements
* Fat-burning/weight-loss pills