Working out is very important, and we all know that. However, with our busy lifestyles, finding the time to actually go to the gym is almost impossible for most people. Nevertheless, every little bit can help, and being able to work out at home, even if it is just for a few minutes, is beneficial to our overall health. To get the most out of those 10 minutes that we grab here and there, you may need some home exercise equipment. But what is the best equipment to get? Since these machines are often quite expensive, finding something that will truly work for you is very important.
Things to Take into Consideration
Only you will be able to decide exactly which piece of exercise equipment will be best for you. However, there are a number of things you may want to take into consideration. Budget, unfortunately, is one of those considerations and if you do purchase something expensive, you need to make sure that you are motivated to use it. You then also have to think about your personal fitness goals.
You will also need to decide whether you want an aerobic, strengthening, balance or sport-specific workout. Choosing equipment that serves more than one purpose is the best option.
Finally, you need to consider assembly as putting these tools together can be quite complicated. Do also make sure you don’t fall for the seller’s strategy of targeting your insecurities. Anything that promises to “flatten your belly” or “shrink your thighs” is probably overstating its effectiveness.
One machine that has always been and will always continue to be popular is the treadmill.
The treadmill burns the most calories of any of the cardiovascular machines available at most gyms, says Alexander. You can expect to burn about 100 calories per mile, walking briskly. Stamford notes that a treadmill can be adapted to many different fitness levels by increasing the speed from walking to running or by adjusting the incline.
But there are various other options as well. The elliptical machine, for instance, is said to be even better for weight loss. Stationary bikes are also popular, mainly because they can be placed anywhere in the home, allowing you to enjoy family time or a good movie at the same time. You may also opt for rowing machines. All of these machines work mainly on your cardio. This means they increase your heart rate and help you to lose weight. This demonstrates just how important it is to be aware of your fitness goals because, if you want to tone up, you will need something completely different.
Weight Lifting Equipment
If you’re looking at toning your body, you will need to work with weights.
Trainers love trading dumbbells for kettlebells to add swings and other functional moves to strength training. When using a kettlebell for the first time, start with a weight that’s about half of what you normally use in dumbbell form and perform your biceps curls and other moves as usual.
Some simple tools you could have in your home that help you to build up muscle strength and tone include kettle-bells, dumbbells, wrist and ankle weights, exercise balls and medicine balls. With all these tools, which are all handheld, you should be able to work each muscle in your body. Depending on how serious you are about your workout, you could invest in a Smiths Machine, which allows you to actually have a weighted bars for squats, arm exercises and more. However, these are high investment machines and you must be absolutely that you will use them, also because they take up a lot of space.
And how do you train at home? Do you own any special equipment?
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