You’ve decided you don’t want to pay monthly fees for a gym membership, not to mention the time commuting and the car expense, and now you want to invest in some home weight lifting equipment. What is the best way to go about it and what are the most important things to consider in choosing exercise equipment?
This article will offer five valuable tips and get you pointed in the right direction.
1) Consider your home workout equipment budget.
Like any expense, exercise equipment has to fit into your budget. It also comes in different shapes, sizes, and price ranges. Purchasing dumbbells should not run you much over $50 and would be much cheaper than buying professional quality Nautilus equipment for $10,000.
There are many options that fall between those parameters such as an elliptical machine which exercises your upper and lower body simultaneously for a quick full body workout. Cardio machines that are programmable or motorized, or contain add-ons such as those devices that measure calories, heart rate, elapsed time, or METs burned are going to be more expensive. You don’t have to spend a lot of money but you also don’t want to buy the cheapest equipment.
2) Enjoy your exercises
Pick exercises you enjoy. If an activity becomes drudgery, you will not keep it up. What do you prefer for weight lifting equipment? Are you more comfortable with free weights, or do you prefer the advantages of a weight lifting machine such as not needing a partner to spot you.
Remember that using home weight lifting equipment will increase your metabolism, help your burn calories long after you stop exercising, and increase your bone density. Consider also what type of aerobic exercises you prefer.
3) Keep in mind the space you have available.
This may seem obvious but know the space you have available before you purchase a weight lifting machine, or aerobic devices such as a treadmill or elliptical machine.
Obviously, a full room dedicated to exercise equipment or a garage will enable you to buy larger equipment. If you are just using a corner of a room, free weights or a stationary bike would be good options. Take measurements of the place where you are going to place your equipment and take these figures with you when you shop.
4) Learn to use the equipment properly.
This can’t be overemphasized. You can get injured in many different ways. With weight lifting equipment, you can advance to higher weight amounts too quickly and hurt yourself.
If you are bench pressing with free weights without a spotter and you overestimate what you can lift, you can potentially crush your chest if the bar falls. People have been injured on the treadmill by not pushing the ‘stop’ button in time and falling.
5) Research customer reviews online.
You can learn a lot from customer reviews when choosing among exercise equipment. Customer reviews will assist you in finding out if a machine is easy to assemble, whether it is built to last, and ultimately, if you are getting the best piece of equipment for the money you are investing.
You may have used customer reviews when considering hotels or restaurants—the same thing can be done with home weight lifting equipment and home aerobic equipment.
Hopefully, these tips will steer you around some of the major pitfalls which people fall into when they purchase exercise equipment. Don’t forget to read my top 3 reasons to exercise!