When you are looking for ways to lose weight, tighten up, and get healthy, one of the first go-to methods is exercise. Of course, there are many ways you can exercise. You can use resistance bands, fitness DVDs, do aerobics, go jogging, or you can do what millions of fit people do each day—workout on fitness equipment.
Buying home gym equipment does not necessary have to be an expensive proposition. It does not mean that you will have to give up a lot of space in your home either. You can find good quality, low cost basic home gym equipment. For instance, how about a balance ball or a mini trampoline? These are both inexpensive pieces of home gym equipment. Step benches are another type of gym equipment you can use that is inexpensive and does not take up a lot of space. If you are into weight lifting you can buy an inexpensive barbell starter set and a fitness bench. As you progress you can add to your weight set. If you love to walk but do not like walking in the neighborhood a portable treadmill is a great piece of home gym equipment that can be used anytime of the day, not matter what the weather is like outside.
If you are really into working out, you can opt for more professional fitness equipment. Exercise machines are available in all different models and prices. No matter what part of the body you want to work out you can find the perfect piece of home gym equipment for it. They are available for all fitness levels. There are many different exercise machines that you can try in order to find the ones that have the best results for you. Some of the most popular fitness machines for your home or at your local gym are aerobic machines, strength training machines and Pilates machines.
Aerobic fitness machines are very popular because they allow you to increase your heart rate to such a large extent that it can approve your cardiovascular health. Exercise on aerobic fitness machines allows you to build a stronger heart, improve your circulation, decrease your LDL (bad) cholesterol, and burn calories fast. Some aerobic fitness machines even offer some resistance that can help you build muscle.
Examples of aerobic machines include treadmills, stationary bikes, and steppers. When trying aerobic fitness machines, make sure you start slow and stop if you have any chest pain or left arm pain. Watch your heart rate while working out to make sure you don’t exceed your target heart rate. With a little time and effort, you are bound to find a machine that you can enjoy using.
Strength Training Machines
Strength training machines are very popular among both novice and professional body builders. Novices love them because they help them to keep correct form while working out which makes them less prone to injury. Professionals enjoy them because they do help to keep form intact and stave off injury but also because they offer an intense workout.
Examples of some strength training machines include the Bowflex (which utilizes resistance bands for strength training), thigh inductors, leg press machines and lateral pull down machines. When working out with strength training fitness machines you may need to wear wrist braces and a back brace in order to help you avoid unnecessary strain in delicate areas. Do not try to immediately use heavy weights since you need to work up to those gradually. As long as you watch the enclosed DVDs, these machines are perfectly safe for your own home gym.
While you might not think of exercise machines when you think of Pilates, there are some intense machines to help with this core focused workout. Not only do these machines combined with the Pilates workout help you lose weight but they also build up the muscles in your core—stomach and back. They improve your posture and help to give you a long, lean look.
Some of the Pilates fitness machines you can find include the cardio rebounder. If you choose to buy one for yourself, it should come with a workout DVD that shows you the proper way to utilize the machine while avoiding injury. If you use the machine at your local gym, be sure to get some help so that you can use it effectively and safely.
No matter what fitness machine you decide to use in your daily workout, be sure to take the time necessary to learn how to use the machine properly. When you work out with improper posture or by putting strain on the wrong muscles, you can inflict injuries on yourself that will ruin your ability to work out again in the future. As always, you should consult your primary care physician before starting any new workout.