You can buy many types of exercise equipment (such as treadmills, stationary bikes, weight-training gear, and elliptical machines).
It’s a good idea to take your time and think about what you want before you buy it. Doing this will help you make a good choice so you’ll get the gear that’s best to help you reach your health goals. You’ll also be less likely to buy equipment that you won’t use, which will just take up space in your house.
Before you buy fitness equipment or accessories, think about what your health and wellness goals are. If you’re buying gear for the whole family to use, think about everyone’s goals and try to find something that will be good for everyone.
Once you know what your goals are, you’ll have a better idea of what you need to look for. If you’re interested in keeping your heart healthy or maintaining a healthy body weight, a treadmill is a good choice. If you’re interested in strength training, think about getting free weight sets or a universal weight lifting machine.
Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in social media and advertising about exercise-related products. If this happens to you, don’t buy anything on impulse. Take your time to make a good decision by planning ahead, talking to friends and professional exercise professionals, and asking stores about options to buy fitness equipment.
Think about what your budget is before you start looking for a new piece of fitness equipment. Prices can range from a few dollars for small hand-held weights to thousands of dollars for cardio and universal machines.
If you’re just starting a home gym, start with a few small pieces such as exercise bands, hand weights, exercise balls, and videos.
Go to a fitness specialty store for high-quality equipment and professional service. The employees usually know more than staff at non-specialty outlets. Before you commit to buying equipment, make sure you’ve tried it out in the store and that you know the return policy.
Many workplaces have a health spending account as part of their benefits plan. Check with your employer to see if you can buy home exercise equipment with your health spending account.
You might want to spend some money to talk to a certified exercise professional about your fitness equipment or an exercise program. You can also talk to a trainer at a fitness facility in your area to find out about training and fitness options.
Before you start an exercise program at home, talk to your doctor:
Start slowly and talk to a certified exercise professional if you have questions about your exercise routine.
Make sure to set up, use, and maintain equipment according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Current as of: October 24, 2018
Author: Chronic Disease Prevention, Alberta Health Services
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