|How to Buy Exercise Equipment|
|Choosing a new piece of exercise equipment can be daunting because there are so many possibilities. Prior to buying, investigate the resources that are readily available to you. If your office building or neighborhood has an exercise room or program, check it out and try the equipment. Be curious about everything: ask your friends what they do, make a visit to YMCA, commercial gym, community college or any other nearby facility that offers classes or memberships. Note down on everything that is available and what appeals to you.|
Don't yield to high pressure sales people to buy equipment or memberships until you know exactly what you want.
Your advantages of having exercise equipment in your own home are numerous:
-You can exercise whenever it's convenient, in any weather.
-You never have to wait in line.
-You have privacy - a real plus if you're embarrassed about your weight or lack of fitness.
-You can watch television or listen to music while you exercise.
However, good exercise equipment can be expensive. Make certain you know just what you want before you buy. In case you have access to a health club or gym, try out the pieces that interest you. It would be good to work through the first several weeks of a new exercise program on someone else's machine just to make sure you're comfortable, can master the movements and enjoy the activity. In such away you're less likely to end up with an expensive clothes hanger.
Just the once you've settled on the type of machine you want, find a store that carries several different models displayed so you can try them out. Keep in mind that health clubs buy extremely heavy-duty equipment; many machines built for home use are lightweight and poorly constructed. If you buy a machine that doesn't move smoothly, rattles and shakes, or fails to give you the range of resistance you need, you won't enjoy your workout. It’s not necessarily to buy the most expensive machine - you can do without all the electronic gadgetry. Nevertheless do buy the sturdiest, smoothest-operating model you can afford.