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					Selecting the Right Home Exercise Equipment for Your Needs


So you have decided to commit to a regular exercise routine and are wondering what home exercise
equipment to choose. This will largely depend on your budget, the space you have available, the type of
exercises you plan to do and your workout goals.


Doing some form of cardiovascular exercise is a good idea. Cardiovascular exercise increases overall health,
boosts the immune system, reduces the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and some cancers, and
helps you to shed excess weight. There is quite a lot of choice of cardiovascular equipment for use in your
own home. Here is a basic description;


Treadmills
Although treadmills can traditionally take up a lot of room thanks to the long running track, home treadmills
are available that will fold flat for easy storage. It is possible to pay from a few hundred dollars to $2000 or
more for a home treadmill; choosing the right model for you is a matter of personal preference. Some
machines come complete with an incline function to simulate running uphill, and others come with a range
of workout options for specific routines such as fat burning, interval training, hill training and more. You
will need to make sure that the machine you choose will fit into the space you have available, and that it will
be sturdy enough to meet your needs. Think about what you will be using it for, and make sure that it will
support your workout goals. If you are a faster runner, make sure it will be fast enough for you as some
machines have a maximum speed limit of 10mph.


Elliptical trainers
These don’t take up as much room as treadmills, and allow a great workout for your whole body in a
relatively short space. It is possible to purchase an elliptical trainer for under $100, with more expensive
machines costing in excess of $1000. Check that you will be within the weight limit for the machine you
choose, and that it is stable when you use it. Most elliptical trainers sold for home use have a shorter stride
than the commercial machines you may be used to at the gym, so make sure the stride length will be
comfortable for you.


Elliptical trainers usually allow you to increase the resistance level so that you can make your workouts
harder, and, like treadmills, may also come with different workout options. Some machines have an incline
function which simulates walking or running uphill, which can add an extra dimension to your workout.


Stationary cycles
These are usually available as traditional upright cycles, or as a recumbent bike, which you use in a reclining
position. Fans of recumbent bikes state that the position makes you less susceptible to the back and leg strain
using a traditional bike can cause; it is a good idea to try out a few different types to determine which is
more comfortable for you.


Stationary cycles generally allow you to increase resistance levels and select a preprogrammed workout.
Make sure that the cycle feels comfortable to use and the position of the seat and pedals can be adjusted to
your requirements. Stationary cycles are generally among the most compact of home exercise equipment,
and many can be folded for storage.


Indoor rowing machines
Rowing provides a good workout for the whole body, and indoor rowing machines are becoming
increasingly sophisticated. It is possible to pay from around $100 for a basic machine to upwards of $1000
for a machine which will allow you to set a range of different workout options and challenge other users
online.


Rowing machines can take up quite a bit of space due to the rowing track, although many models will fold
up after use. Make sure that the seat and handle are sturdy enough and that the movement of both feels
smooth and comfortable. If you are a regular rower, you may need to ensure that the level of resistance will
be enough to deliver a sufficiently challenging workout. The model you choose will be dependent on the
features you will need, for instance do you just want a basic machine which allows you to row, or do you
want to be able to select different options, such as games, challenges or racing a pace boat.


Weights
Weight training is an anaerobic exercise, and is ideal for strengthening and toning the muscles. As muscle
mass requires more calories, weight training can help you to burn fat.


Weights are generally available as either weight machines targeting specific areas of the body, or free
weights including dumbbells or kettle bells. The type of weight equipment you choose will generally depend
on your budget and the space you have available.


Weight training machines are generally safer and easier to use than free weights. However, they can take up
quite a lot of space and tend to be more expensive, although it is possible to buy home gym systems which
allow several different weight training exercises to be preformed in a relatively compact space. Make sure
that the resistance level will be high enough for your needs, and that the range of exercises offered will
match your exercise goals.


Free weights are generally cheaper to buy, fairly versatile and easier to store. They are not as easy to use and
the risk of injury may be greater than using a machine. When selecting your free weights, make sure that
they will be heavy enough to provide you with a good enough workout and that you know how to use them
safely.


Selecting the right home exercise equipment for your needs will enable you to easily get fit within the
comfort of your own home.


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