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Selecting the Right Home Fitness Equipment
According to the American College of Sports Medicine, an exercise routine should include three parts: Strength training, aerobic exercise, and flexibility training. When considering the right fitness equipment in your home, you should purchase at least a machine that accommodates one of these exercises.
Homeowners do not have to invest a lot of money in expensive fitness equipment in order to get into shape. A few pieces of exercise equipment will do, and one way to save both cash and space is to purchase exercise products that can be used to work several different muscle groups.
For example xxer-tubes, those stretchy cords with handles on them will not only add to your strength, but with the variety of exercises, you can isolate various muscle groups.
One of the least expensive ways to get into strength training is with hand weights. They are a popular and inexpensive way to strengthen and tone the upper body. Gardner says that most people should begin with 3, 5, or 10-pound hand weights, though choosing which specific weight is the best for your current level of strength can be tricky.
Another inexpensive and popular piece of equipment that commonly appears in Yoga and Pilates classes is the stability ball. They are ideal for building the abs and your back.
Strength training is just as important as a good cardiovascular workout. Strength training sessions should be challenging, and you should feel your body working hard, but not straining. Free weights and a bench press are inexpensive and can provide a range of strength training exercises.
For low budget cardio workouts, consider one of numerous workout DVDs. There are all levels of exercise, and most require simple equipment like a floor mat or step-up board.
To get started your may want to hire the service of a professional fitness trainer. They can assist you in figuring out which exercises and routines will help you to attain your fitness goals. Whether it is to lose weight or get shapely.
For those who can afford it treadmills, elliptical trainers or exercise bicycles are ideal for getting a rigorous cardiovascular workout. The appeal of a treadmill is it accommodates two of the most popular forms of exercise, walking and running. Elliptical trainers are growing in popularity due to the low-impact workout that combines upper and lower body exercising. For less money, a stationary bicycle is also a good choice. They take up less space than a treadmill or elliptical.
For strength training, I highly recommend a home gym. I have one and love it. It allows you to workout various muscle groups, and is more flexible than free weights. The downside is they are space hogs. Alternatives that require less space are the BowFlex and the Total Gym.
If you want to get back into shape, having home fitness equipment is the answer. It is all about convenience. When you have the tools in your home and they are available whenever you need them, you are more likely take advantage of them.
About the Author: Fred Waters worked in the fitness equipment industry for a number of years and is author of the Treadmill Review and the Elliptical Trainer Review sites. Get recommendations and buying tips on popular fitness equipment.