I work 9 hours a day, five days a week. Most of the time, I get caught in traffic so going back out to go to the gym is not an option for me.
A lot of people feel the same way, too. But if I don’t go to the gym, then how else am I going to stay fit?
This is when I discovered fitness machines. Fitness machines, usually known as exercise machines are equipment you can use for physical exercise.
These include treadmills, stretch trainers, stationary bicycles, and the like. You always see them in the gym, but they can also be bought for your home.
Buying a Fitness Machine for Home Use
If you’re not a fitness junkie, it’s hard to know which fitness machine to buy. For one thing, it’s already hard to know if you’re going to buy a treadmill or a stationary bike.
I’m not an expert myself, but it helped to get advice from personal trainers and to do a little research with fitness machine reviews.
To help you out, here are a few things that helped me decide which fitness machine to buy for my home.
First up is your fitness goal. Surely, you will not spend your time and money going to the gym if you don’t have any fitness goal.
It doesn’t have to be grand; a simple “wanting to achieve that 10,000-step a day” thing will already do. As for my case, my goal was to do cardio exercises every day because I spend most of my time at work sitting down.
This helped me narrow down which fitness machine to buy first. Personal trainers suggest having equipment both for cardio and for strength training.
Since strength training has proven to have a lot of benefits to the body, I decided to buy a few strength training equipment too like kettlebells and resistance bands.
Of course, it is still important to be practical. One of the main things you need to consider is the price of the equipment you need as compared to your budget.
Most fitness machines for cardio are more expensive, so buying one first can take a toll on your finances. However, you can always find a more affordable version of it. Just make sure that it still has good quality.
As for my case, I knew I can only afford to buy a treadmill and a few strength training equipment.
Other than that, I couldn’t buy any more fitness machines for a few years. If you’re like me, you shouldn’t feel bad about it. At least you can make the most of the equipment.
Another thing you should consider is space. If you’re living in an apartment, having a lot of equipment might just eat up the whole floor area.
So if you don’t have enough space for a treadmill, then it makes sense not to get one unless you find a treadmill that you can fold.
On the other hand, maybe you can use this opportunity to rearrange stuff in your apartment to accommodate your fitness goals.
And lastly, you should look at the quality. I might be a busy person but I don’t like wasting money on low-quality fitness machines.
This is why it’s important for me and for other people to always look at reviews before making a major purchase.
Looking at reviews will save you a lot of trouble in experiencing a bad product.
Reviews from other people who’ve used it can also give you tips on how to assemble and use it properly. Think about it as a guide before buying any equipment.
Overall, these 4 things helped me decide what fitness machine to buy. Hopefully, this helps you in your decision to move the gym to your home.