The winter months can make it difficult to workout outside. That’s why you will need something you can do indoors that will give you lasting health until the summer comes again. But what type of equipment is right for your lifestyle, physical condition, and age? There are a few factors to consider when looking for some indoor equipment, but the best buy is one that isn’t going to collect dust in the corner. Here are some tips in finding that right exercise equipment.
Yoga and Pilates
For individuals that like to do exercise that helps them to refocus and meditate, Yoga and Pilates is the best way to go. You can buy a mat for about $20, some resistance bands, and/or an exercise ball to get started with this workout. At any age you can do the level that fits your current physical condition. Look around for highly rated dvd’s for beginners or intermediate level, and see where you stand before getting a bunch of equipment. The exercises of these two methods are meant to give you better balance, posture, and muscle tone. If you aren’t very motivated to set up a mat, or learn how to use an exercise ball, than don’t buy up any of these things; this is probably not your most favored type of exercise.
Recumbent and Upright Bikes
If you already have knee or joint pain, than this isn’t the equipment you need. Although the recumbent bikes allow for less stress on your joints, any cycling activity could irritate your condition. If you have back problems, but not knee pain, than you might want to consider the ease of a recumbent bike. These bikes are designed so you can sit on a full seat (almost like a chair) and without any leaning forward you can cycle with your feet. Upright bikes, on the other hand, are great for younger people who aren’t experiencing joint pains and want to have something to do while watching TV. These are the ideal equipment for watching movies or reading a book because there isn’t a lot of movement from your upper body, and you can hear music or sound over the noise of the machine because they are all relatively quiet. Most of them will pack up pretty small, and are ideal for small apartments or small spaces in your living space.
Although these are usually pretty large and expensive, they are best for older people or those that experience joint or back pain. The low impact of the movement of your legs and arms on an Elliptical Machine will allow you to get an intense cardio workout without the painful aftermath. It provides a great workout if you don’t do much else during the day in way of exercise.
The standard treadmill has been a favorite for buyers, but not a favorite for users. If you aren’t committed to an exercise routine, or have never really given it that much effort, than this isn’t the indoor exercise machine to buy. The only way you’ll get your money’s worth out of a treadmill is if you intend on using it on a regular basis. If you live in a neighborhood where it might be dangerous to walk even in the summer (e.g. dogs, etc), than you may want to get a treadmill for all-year use. Make sure you try out the machine at the store to be sure it is the right type of workout you want. These machines can be ideal for a low impact (if you are walking, not running), and can be great for runners who don’t want to get flabby in the winter.
So, keep these things in mind when you start looking at exercise equipment, and don’t buy anything you won’t use yourself-and often.