|The Benefits of Home Exercise|
|Working Out at Home Can Work for You!|
We all would
like to lose weight and get in shape with a minimal effort.
That's how the fitness informercial makes billions per year,
promising miraculous results without breaking a sweat.
If you are
not fooled by their claims then you know you have to work at
getting in shape and losing unwanted pounds. So where do you
go for a challenging workout? If you are into walking and running,
during the temperate seasons you can ge
t your cardio exercise
in the great outdoors.
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But to get
a total workout that is not limited to moderate weather, you
will need to either join a gym or equip your home with fitness
equipment. The major advantage of a home gym is convenience.
And it is convenience that can result in a more focused exercise
regimen. Home gyms are growing in popularity. In 2000 over $6.7
billion was spent on home fitness equipment.
clubs have the advantage of working out with other like-minded
individuals. And if you are the type of person that needs inspiration
from others, the health club provides that environment. Of course,
for singles it is a great place to meet the opposite sex.
are time wasted driving to the health club, waiting in line
to use equipment and costly membership fees. I personally like
to work out first thing in the morning. My time is limited due
to my work schedule. The extra time required to drive to a health
club would deter regular workouts. Exercise for me is not a
social activity. I want to burn as many calories and strengthen
as many muscles in as little time as possible. In my case exercising
at home is more practical.
a Home Gym
If you decide
that working out at home makes the most sense, the first consideration
will be the location. You may choose the basement. But if it
is dark and damp, this is not an inspiring environment. Another
consideration is an extra bedroom or part of a family room or
den. You want an inviting location that is well ventilated and
provides sufficient light. For those that like to keep up with
the latest news or the soaps, a room with a television would
If lack of
space is a consideration, there is fitness equipment like folding
treadmill or compact home gyms that minimize required space.
the Proper Equipment
what fitness equipment to purchase, you need to define your
goals and consider the type of exercise machines that can help
you reach those goals. Numerous homes are littered with unused
exercise equipment that substitutes for clothes hangers. Too
often people buy informercials equipment that is that latest
fad. They discover that the exercise bores them, and that the
equipment is poorly built and does not deliver on the promises.
mistake is buying cheap equipment that provides an unsatisfactory
workout and frequently requires repair. This is particularly
true when purchasing a treadmill. A cheap treadmill is unstable,
noisy and can be a shock to your joints.
tips on buying various types of fitness equipment:
and runners a treadmill is a logical choice. And the good news
is the recent models are built for endurance and a pleasurable
cardio experience. A Treadmill is the most efficient equipment
to burn calories and lose weight, that is why they are the most
a treadmill with a motor that is continuous duty with a rating
of at least 2.0 HP. Continuous duty motors give you constant
maximum power. Non continuous motors are unable to run smoothly
for an extended period of time.
Select a treadmill
that accommodates your stride with an adequate length and width.
The deck should be at least 18" x 53". If you are a runner and
tall, you may want to consider a "stretch" model. The deck should
have a reasonable amount of cushion for minimal impact on your
feet, ankles and knees. Several manufacturers offer extra thick
cushioned treadmills as an option.
you'll want a treadmill with incline control and computerized
programming. Incline control simulates an uphill climb, while
the electronics can be programmed to create a diversity of running
or walking experiences.
home gyms provide health club quality strength training in the
comfort of your home. Depending on the model you can get over
50 exercises. A home gym offers a complete strength building
workout for the entire body. And as the name implies, multi-station
home gyms allow for more then one person to workout at once.
Look for equipment
that has a natural resistance feel. The quality of the cables
and pulleys will make the difference and will guarantee longevity.
That smooth feel is usually lacking on so-called home gyms that
rely on bands or bows rather then actual weight racks. In addition,
you want a gym that has ergonomic features. The shape and location
of pad, pop pin and pivot point should feel natural.
trainers offer a no-impact workout that exercises numerous muscle
groups. This is achieved through the dual cross-trainer arms
combined with the foot pedals. Elliptical trainers provide the
- The dual action of arms and legs optimizes energy expenditure.
Requires less time to achieve more results.
Weight Bearing Exercise - Builds bone density and burns
calories more efficiently. Inhibits the onset of osteoporosis.
Impact - Safe for joints. Ideal workout for people with
back, knee, hips and joint problems.
Maintenance - Less impact means less wear and tear.
Small Footprint - Does not take up valuable floor space.
As with treadmills,
elliptical trainers vary from K-mart specials to health club
quality. It is important to find a motorized machine that has
a natural stride and is built to last.
two choices of bikes, upright and recumbent. Recumbent bikes
have pedals set horizontally in front of the seat. Body alignment
tends to be more comfortable and natural on a recumbent bike.
Either will give a good cardiovascular workout.
As with treadmills,
quality bikes will offer computerized programming. This can
make your ride more challenging and enjoyable.
This is a
just a short list of potential home fitness equipment. It can
be supplemented with free weight, steppers, aerobic videos,
rowing machine and countless other products.
your goals (lose weight, build strength, etc.), then narrow
your search to the appropriate equipment. The selection needs
to be based on what will work for you, not what will be the
best for hanging laundry.
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