Saturday, 21 November 2009

Your Home Gym

Today, luckily for those concerned about fitness, there is a wide range of quality equipment that is both affordable and really useful. Sure, there is hype. There is gear that could never live up to some advertising claims. But those are the exception. Most offer great value for years of use.

Treadmills are popular and still gaining ground. Elliptical trainers, once suspect, have now firmly proven their worth. A rowing machine is a much more common item in a home gym than ever before. You can fool some of the people some of the time. But the widespread popularity of these items is no accident. They deliver.

Even simple dumbbells or free weights - relatively inexpensive and simple to use - continue to deliver good value. They provide a range of motion unequaled by anything else. The weight can be gradually increased as you improve, or scaled back when need be, say after an injury or when they're used by more than one person in the home. Resistance bands can also build strength and improve joint health, and are available in a range suitable for different individuals.

Weight machines take the values achievable to the next level. While they can be pricey, those who own them clearly think the money is well spent. They offer a variety of stations that permit a range of exercises in a safe, fast and easy to use setting. A weight machine will be a valuable addition to the home gym for years.

Several other items typically found in the complete home gym likewise continue to deliver value because they're perfect for low-impact exercise. Stair steppers or climbers, aerobic riders, stationary bikes or spinning cycles, and more provide a great cardio workout and burn calories as they strengthen and tone.

Pilates equipment has more and more come to be included among this group, too. As the range of Pilates exercises increases, the need for equipment grows. To get the most out of your home gym, you'll want to include things like a magic ring, a Pilates ball or even a reformer.

To measure the results you get a few fitness accessories are always helpful. Some, such as a heart rate monitor, are often included as part of a treadmill or elliptical or other equipment. Those available as stand alone items are sometimes lower cost and more accurate, though.

When you go to outfit your home gym you'll have to consider a variety of factors. Cost is always a concern. But sheer price means little without considering quality and safety and other important aspects.

The most important criterion, though, may well be just how much enjoyment and value you get out of your home gym fitness equipment. After all, if you don't use it, it isn't doing you any good.

Luckily, but not accidentally, much of the gear that is on the market today is high quality, long lasting and reasonably priced considering how long it lasts. They're also a great deal considering how much good they do for your health, self-esteem and overall well-being.

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