Working out in the convenience of your own home has its pros and cons.
In theory, it sounds like a great plan:
Step 1: BUY equipment
Step 2: USE equipment
Step 3: GET IN SHAPE in the convenience of your own home, all without paying a gym fee, fighting for a parking spot or wiping someone else’s sweat off a bench and then finding out you have MRSA and ending up on antibiotics for six months
Done, done and done, right?
Truth is, the only easy part is Step 1.
In fact, the hardest part is shelling out payments for the next six months.
Step 2 is easy at first, too, because you’re still in that honeymoon stage. Everything’s new and shiny and gazing at it reminds you of the fit person you’re about to become.
Hearts and flowers abound. ♥♥♥♥♥♥
The problem with Step 3 is it doesn’t happen overnight. You have to repeat Step 2 over and over until you reach Step 3.
Or you quit before you reach Step 3 because, like many relationships, the bloom is off that rose. You’ve lost that loving feeling. But it could also be because you’re using your loved one as a clothes dryer, hanging wet laundry off the handlebars and the treadmill belt to transport pizza from the kitchen to the living room.
Clearly, it takes a lot of self-discipline to work out consistently enough and hard enough to see results, as I’ve
hammered home mentioned many times.
If you’re like the majority of people who buy home equipment, boredom sets in after a few weeks.
Your purchase, formerly known as the magical fat-blasting machine, is now tucked into a corner of your garage, covered with a musty blanket and left to return to the earth, placed in a time capsule or rediscovered during a move and put out on the driveway for $20 or best offer.
If I had a dime for every unused piece of equipment I came across on my first visit to a client’s house I could fill a coffee can with enough money to pay for an Uber ride from California to New York and back three times.
It’s a lot.
So in the interest of not having you waste your money on home gym equipment, I’d like to offer up a few guidelines to keep in mind before you decide to plunk down money for anything.
Are you most interested in burning calories, getting firmer overall or both? A well-rounded program contains elements of both. As I’ve noted in prior posts, resistance training builds muscle, firms you up all over and boosts your metabolism. Cardio equipment burns more calories while you’re doing it and strengthens your heart. A mix of both is ideal, but if you need to choose one or the other, consider which one you’re most likely to do.
If you hate walking or running it makes no sense to buy a treadmill just because you think you’ll burn the most calories. Choose equipment you’ve used in the past and know you’d enjoy.
It’s much more pleasant to work out in front of a window or TV, in a well-lit, ventilated room versus a dark, dingy, musty basement. The latter scenario will be all you need to skip it altogether.
Never buy something blindly. Go to the store and try out the equipment as you would use it at home. Evaluate its function, construction, and how it feels overall. It should feel solid, not rickety, and operate smoothly and solidly. Don’t cut corners on quality; you typically get what you pay for.
The more technology, the higher the price tag, so choose wisely. A heart rate monitor and calories burned panel are nearly standard on every piece of cardio, but if you don’t need them you can often bring down the price considerably.
For a simple gym set-up for a fraction of the cost of any treadmill, the following is all you need:
What fitness equipment have you bought in the past that you used? Did you stick with it? Let me know in the comments section below…
Other posts you may like:
7 Ways to stick to a home workout routine
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Till next time…
Your Ageless Body Coach,
Linda Melone is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, certified trainer and award-winning health and fitness writer. She specializes in helping women over 50 get in shape and lose weight.