How to Choose the Exercise Equipment for Home that Fits Your Needs
This entry was posted on May 9, 2013.
A lot of individuals think that the road to a healthier life begins in investing in bulky and expensive exercise equipment for home with the belief that its price will force you to use it. In fact, according to the National Sporting Goods Association, billions of dollars are spent on exercise equipment each year and of those, only a small percentage is actually used. So to help you save money while staying fit, you first have to determine what kind of equipment you need based on your current state of health, lifestyle and available floor space.
Ask yourself: “How strong is my personal motivation to use the equipment?”
The big difference between working out in gyms and in the comfort of your home is the absence of coaches or trainers. You will not have the support group that a gym usually has. So to gauge your determination in keeping fit, start with some exercise videos as well as some smaller and simpler exercise equipment for home like an exercise ball. If you can dedicate at least an hour of your time everyday for exercise, then you are ready to invest in the more expensive equipment.
How big is the available floor space?
It would be nice if you have your own exercise room so there is no limit in the exercise equipment that you choose. However, if you do not have the luxury of space, you will have to first measure available space and use that statistics to limit the equipment you bring home.
Do you have any existing medical conditions?
Because you are preparing yourself to get involved in a physical activity, you must inform the sales person about your existing medical conditions. It will affect your choice of equipment, and in most cases limit your choice further but at least you will be exercising safely. A medical practitioner in New Orleans, for example, can also recommend exercise equipment for home that will aid you in your rehabilitation.
Decide on what exercise equipment you need
Different kinds of exercise equipment target different parts of your body. Studies suggest that the treadmill is the best choice because of its versatility. It is perfect for all fitness levels as a means to burn fat by setting its walking or running programs according to your body needs. There are different kinds of treadmills too. You can choose from an all-around treadmill to a motorized one. Whatever you choose, look for ones that come with controls to regulate speed and incline as well as a manual, a preset interval and a fitness test program. If you can have one that monitors your pulse rate, it will be a better choice too.
Aside from the treadmill, there’s also the stationary cycle, cross-country ski stimulator, weight machine, stepper and the stationary cycle. So to decide on which equipment to choose, take the time to try them. For every piece of exercise equipment for home you try, see if you can understand all its functions in order to use it well.
How much is your budget?
There is no sense in choosing exercise equipment for home that you know you can’t afford to pay. So once you have come up with a most likely candidate but you can’t afford to pay for it in cash, talk to the salesperson about installment options.
Picking the right exercise equipment for home is the first step towards a healthier you. But in the process, be careful not to hurt yourself and your budget too.
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