What to Look For in Home Workout Equipment

| July 16, 2012

home workout equipment Purchasing home fitness equipment can not only help you squeeze into your clothes better, it can help you fit your exercising into your busy schedule. Instead of relying on weights, jump ropes or Hula Hoops, consider workout machines that may help you exercise more.

Treadmills

Treadmills allow you to burn calories indoors with a simple, low-impact exercise. You can also build endurance by increasing the pace and incline level. Before you purchase a treadmill, compare the belts and motors.

If you plan to use your treadmill for walking, then a “continuous duty” rating of 1 horsepower (hp) is probably sufficient. For running, look for a motor with 1.5 hp or higher.

Belts come in widths ranging from 16 to 22 inches and lengths from 45 to 66 inches. Tall individuals with a long stride should look for wider and longer belts, at least 18 inches wide and 50 inches long. Test different belt sizes in the store – running at full speed – to get a sense of what’s right for you.

Elliptical Machines

Ellipticals offer an excellent cardio workout with virtually no impact. An elliptical machine’s fluid motion allows you to simulate skiing, walking or climbing without lifting your feet from the pedals.

There are a number of available features, the most important of which are “dual direction” and “dual action.” A dual direction machine allows forward or backward movement, so you can work more muscles. Dual action ellipticals feature movable handlebars so that you get an upper body workout too.

Stationary Bicycles

There are three kinds of stationary bikes and all of them build lower body strength while providing a great cardiovascular workout: upright bikes closely resemble regular bicycles, dual action bikes are equipped with moveable handlebars for a full-body workout, and recumbent bikes feature a bucket seat with a backrest. Pay close attention to how to adjust the resistance of each stationary bicycle you’re considering. The amount of resistance directly correlates to how many calories you’ll burn.

You can find any of these exercise machines at a local sporting goods store.

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