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Buy Quality Exercise and Fitness Equipment How to Evaluate and Buy Quality Home Exercise Equipment

quality exercise equipmentYou are thinking about buying home exercise equipment. But... much people has brought exercise equipment home, only to have it end up gathering dust in the garage or doubling as a laundry hanger...

If you take home equipment you will enjoy using... and use regularly.

Today's home exercise equipment is better constructed and more effective-and offers you more options-than ever before. With choice, however, can come confusion... especially since equipment now comes in so many shapes, sizes and types, and is often marketed through glossy direct mail packages and sophisticated infomercials. Prices can range from $50 to $5,000 and up.

How to evaluate and choose quality exercise equipment?

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:: Determine Your Goals
Are you trying to lose weight? Do you want to get stronger or both? Knowing your goals in advance will help you make sure the equipment you buy will set you up for success, not disappointment. Determining your goal will narrow your search to far fewer options. There are upper body exercise equipment, lower body exercise equipment, cardio fitness equipment...

:: Don't Forget About You
What activities do you enjoy most? Which don't you like? If you avoid taking stairs at all costs, you probably will not like working out on a stairclimber/stepper-decreasing the chances you will use it regularly. If you love to take brisk walks, a treadmill will give you a similar experience any time of day or night, in any type of weather. The more you enjoy the activity your equipment provides, the more often you will use it.

:: Set Your Budget
How much do you have to spend? If you love that fancy, programmable $2,500 stairclimber at the gym, the $199 blue light special will probably prove a huge disappointment-but a basic, quality $600-800 model might work great. A good strategy is to spend most of your budget on one solid aerobic training piece, say a high-quality treadmill, then build around it with inexpensive strength training equipment such as tubing and dumbbells.

:: Decide on Features and Functions
From televised displays to digital readouts, much of today's equipment incorporates an amazing amount of high technology. However, these "bells and whistles" often come at a price.
Ask yourself if timers, heart rate monitors, calories-burned displays and the like will motivate you. If so, and you can afford them, great. If not, rest assured that a basic, good-quality piece will provide just as effective a workout. And you can often duplicate many features by using kitchen timers, keeping an exercise log with handwritten entries, even learning how to take your own pulse.
Other considerations include a reading rack, ease of adjusting variables such as tension, resistance and seat height, water bottle holders, and whether it folds up.


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:: Using And Storing Your New Equipment
Many people anxiously await delivery of their new exercise bicycle or home gym only to find it does not fit in the space they had planned to put it! Measure the actual footprint of your new equipment, and consider ventilation, electrical outlets, and noise problems for neighbors, even storage. Plus, consider placing a rubber mat under the equipment to reduce noise and absorb sweat and grease. Maybe a folding equipment is solution.

:: Increase your motivation to exercise
What would it be like if you could maintain that initial enthusiasm that gets you exercising again?
Imagine how good your fitness would be! There's no doubt about the incredible health benefits of sustained exercise, quite apart from how good you look when you're exercising regularly.
So what can you do when the urge to exercise flags and your willpower seems to seep away?
If it gets to this stage, it may have gone too far. You need to catch it before you lose your momentum.
Trick is in exercising without thinking! Download "Experience the Keep Exercising" now and continue on your path to peak fitness. The Download is sponsored by exercise equipment



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