by Paula | December 9, 2014 1:53 am
There is a cycle that happens every year in the home-gym equipment industry. People slow their exercise practices in fall and early winter because schedules become busier, there are more parties and snacking while watching games, and the chill in the air dissuades the fair hearted from continuing their outdoor fitness plans. They buy equipment for themselves or others for a holiday present or in January, when New Year’s Resolutions are declared and the people often scramble to buy equipment that they have every intention of using at home. BUT, there are some aspects of this plan that go awry.
There certainly are some types of home fitness equipment that are better quality than others, but many people are working with a pre-set budget. Then comes the fact that many of these purchases end up holding up clothes, being shoved under a bed or in a closet, or sold online at a financial loss and one still feels overweight. It’s time to stop this pattern.
When people request my help to get back on track of their weight, muscle tone and overall health, I challenge them to keep a food diary for two weeks, keeping it private and being brutally honest. I recommend buying a digital food scale to get an accurate visual on appropriate portions. I also discuss making an exercise plan that you can commit to and stay loyal. Making grandiose goals such as ‘to lose 40 pounds’ is vague and easy to abandon. Making dates with a trainer or friends is harder to bail from.
Another weight loss opportunity is to investigate before buying quality equipment. Choose a kind that fits your budget, space constraints and is engaging enough to keep you interested when a bite hits the air outside.
ShopSmart.org is a spin off magazine of Consumer Reports so advertiser money does not sway the test results. In the March 2014 issue, they investigated spinning bikes, rowing machines, elliptical and treadmills. A highly recommended spin bike was The Diamondback 510IC for $400. It tested well and is equipped with pre-programmed rides to follow. Elliptical machines are certainly pricier. At $2000, the Octane Fitness Q35C was in the pack with AFG 3.1AE priced at $1,100.00. The XTerra Trail Racer 6.6, priced at $1000 includes a programmed workout that prompts you to stop and do upper body, weight based exercises, or the Nordic Trac Elite 9700 Pro for $2,200.00. Rowing machines are effective cardio burners by using very major muscle group in your body. The Concept2 Model D, priced at $900 has lots of features and can be stood up when not in use for space-saving storage.
Not everyone can afford the types of investment that the major equipment above requires. Then, pre-owned equipment purchased from reputable stores such as Play It Again Sports or home use DVDs can also help you stay active. I’ve worked out at home with DVDs for 10 years and have achieved good tone and calorie burn. Some of these types for cardio and yoga can be purchased at pre-owned book stores.
Working out at home takes a level of dedication to the process. It’s easy to blow off fitness if you are tired, but if you can be dedicated to the improvements in your health as well as weight, especially as you age and a natural degenerative muscle loss happens, home gyms/workouts are a good way to achieve those goals.
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