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Home Gym Systems Which One Is Right For You?

Aug 17, 2007
In these modern times, everything is always so rushed. We know we should take care of our body, and we want to, but who has the time to go to the gym and work out? Staying in shape is important, especially today when being overweight is a major problem for so many people. There are a lot of reasons why going to a gym on a regular basis is just not possible. There is an alternative. Why not bring the gym to your home?

There are a lot of different home gym exercise systems out there, so how do you decide which one is right for you? The first thing you need to decide is what you are going to use the equipment for. Try to list all the activities you enjoy as well as the areas of your body you intend to work on. If you like to ski, then try out a few cross country ski machines. These machines are great for a cardiovascular workout as well as toning and strengthening muscles. If you want something that is not as strenuous, then an exercise bike or treadmill may be the way to go for your specific situation.

There are also multi station home gyms that allow for several ranges of exercises. These are usually based on resistance training and have varying settings to enable the user to start out slow and work up to harder exercises. These systems do have one disadvantage, the price tag. This equipment can vary in price but some of the systems can be quite expensive.

Rowing and step machines are two more types of home gym equipment. With a step machine there can be a light or heavy workout, depending on the setting that is chosen. It provides a low impact aerobic exercise that strengthens the lower body. Some step machines can be pricey, so look around before you choose one. A rowing machine is great for small spaces, and provides a complete body aerobic workout for the upper and lower body. However, back strain can become a problem with this type of exercise equipment.

Before you decide on any home exercise equipment, decide how much room you have and an approximate price that you are willing to spend on the equipment. You should also decide on what type of work out you enjoy. If you hate swimming then even if you plan that exercise three or four times a week you will not likely stick with it. The type of exercise you do is not as important as the fact that you are doing exercise at all. Pick an activity that you enjoy, and plan your equipment around that activity. By making your work out enjoyable, you will be more likely to stay with it and reap the benefits.
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