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Fitness, Sports Equipment and Exercise Machines

Aug 18, 2007
Exercise has been proven to increase overall health, give one more energy and longevity. In today's fast paced world, people are turning more and more to using exercise machines to maintain their bodies. Some go to gyms where they have access to a wide variety of machines and experienced instructors while still others opt to look for something at home so that they won't have to be confined to the gym club hours.

Exercise Machines

Exercise machines typically utilize resistance to strengthen and tone your muscles. The following methods are typically used in accomplishing this type of resistance: pulleys, cables, belts, weights, gravity and even wind. Resistance exercise is a method of forcing your muscles to contract against increasing resistance levels in order to tone and strengthen them.

Also by increasing repetitions and length of time spent, you're increasing your metabolism which burns fat in the body. There are many different types of machines that accomplish different goals and you would do well to know exactly what kind of results you are looking for before investing in a machine.

Treadmills, exercise bikes, Rowing machines and stair steppers are some examples of exercise machines that provide aerobic exercise. Aerobic is basically cardiovascular training which increases your heart rate, metabolism and burns fat. These machines will increase overall tone, fitness and energy.

Barbells, weight benches, home gyms are designed to focus on muscle tone and strength building on specific areas of the body. These work by increasing repetitions and weight over time to build up and tone muscle mass. Typically one should include something from both the aerobic and weight training groups to achieve the ideal body fitness.

How to choose the right equipment

With time demands and varying schedules that people have today, more and more are turning to home fitness equipments to maintain their exercise schedules. Here is some of the equipment on the market and their features.

Treadmills These range from a simple manual design which works by using your own foot pressure on the belt to move it along in a walking or running position to the powered treadmills which use electricity to help move the belt along at a quicker pace forcing you work harder to keep up. These machines come with a variety of programs that vary the workout to keep it from becoming tedious. Another thing to look for would be a digital display that shows calories burned, miles worked, time spent, etc.

Exercise Bikes These come in a variety of forms and their main goal is to increase cardiovascular fitness along with working the main muscle groups in the legs. Typically they're manually operated and utilize various types of resistance force.
Rowing Machines This is a good low-impact workout which works evenly over the three muscle groups, torso, legs and arms. It stimulates the act of rowing a boat.

Stair Steppers These machines focus on working the leg muscle group and are also low-impact.
Many of the above equipments have the option of coming with moveable handgrips for working the upper body and are foldable in such a way that they can be stored in a small area out of the way.

Barbells and Weight benches Less expensive than the cost of a home gym. These allow you to utilize resistance training by simply using your own body and weights. These can also be stored in a small area of your home.

Home gyms These are typically large and bulky but they're designed to incorporate several of the exercise machines found in gyms. You'll be able to perform several quality exercises such as pull downs, presses, arm curls and leg squats around a central unit holding bars of weights and cables.

With all the options available for maintaining good health and energy today, there's really no excuse not to stay healthy and fit.
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