Jackie Wright – Practical and economical in-home exercise equipment
October 2, 2009
First in a two-part series
Every exercise program needs an in-home supplement for those times when you cannot make it to the fitness studio or perform your outdoor exercise program.
For those of you with large enough spaces in your home and the financial capability, you may want to create an in-home fitness studio complete with cardiovascular equipment, selectorized, and plate-loaded exercise equipment as well as small equipment such as free weights. Prior to purchasing this equipment, seek out the guidance/advice of a fitness professional or exercise equipment expert.
However, if you either do not have the space for heavy equipment or the financial capability to purchase the heavy equipment, then you may want to consider some of these suggestions for purchasing practical/economical exercise equipment. We will first begin with equipment purchase guidelines and then complete this two-part series with the specific exercise equipment purchase suggestions. As always, consult your physician before beginning any exercise program.
Equipment purchase guidelines
• Determine what your budget will be.
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• Ascertain what your spatial limitations are by taking measurements of the space and consider whether furniture will have to be moved for safe and effective use.
• Make certain you have a safe and accessible location for equipment storage, particularly if you have small children or pets. In general, exercise equipment is designed for adult use, and even then adult supervision is always essential.
• Make wise choices and avoid media hype. There is no one piece of equipment, program or class that does it all, so realize that a variety of equipment will serve you best.
• Choose equipment that comes with instructions for use either in writing or better yet with photos or a DVD.
• Avoid purchasing the least expensive just because it is the least expensive. Inexpensively manufactured equipment may not last or could be unsafe to use.
• Purchase what you will use frequently.
• Understand what the equipment can and cannot do. You cannot spot reduce. So purchasing a piece of equipment, designed to work your abdominals and core will not eliminate fat off of that area of the body. It may strengthen the underlying muscle, which is good, but until you lose the fat, through effective cardiovascular endurance exercise, muscular strength training and a proper eating regimen, you may not see the underlying muscle.
• Additionally, how we lose fat is often genetically predetermined. And, not everyone has the genetic predisposition to sport a visible abdominal six-pack. Even when someone is very lean and fit, it does not mean that their six-pack will be visible.
• Avoid purchasing any equipment which guarantees that you will see results in unrealistically short periods of time. Use your common sense when making any equipment purchases.
Next week, we will feature a list of practical and economical exercise equipment for you to purchase for in-home use.
– Jackie Wright is the owner/manager of Never Summer Fitness LLC in Grand Lake, Colorado. She can be reached at her Web site at http://www.neversummerfitness.com, her e-mail at NSFGL@comcast.net and her blog at http://www.skyhidailynews.com