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How to pick home fitness equipment

Updated on June 12, 2015

With the New Year close and resolutions just around the corner it is time to review how to buy equipment. The first thing to do is discuss the goals of all the people in the family using the equipment. Chose the type of equipment based on what is most likely to be used.

Pick a room that you frequent regularly, try not to hide your equipment. Out of site out of mind is not an option for achieving goals. You should have a good television straight ahead of your equipment and slightly above head level. You do not want to get a neck ache while you exercise and head slightly up and straight is the best neck position for exercise.

If you do Internet research look at only quality points and features you think are important. Most equipment review sites are paid or commissioned affiliate sites. Even some of the magazines who take advertising dollars are forced to review the product favorably. The major consumer magazine does not take advertising but the product they review is not always current and sometimes can be wrong. It is a good baseline for brands to look for and points to consider.

Review my; What to look for in a treadmill or elliptical articles if those are the products you chose to purchase.

Now get on some comfortable cloths and go and try some equipment. Your body will tell you what works best for you. Remember if they are pushing an extended warranty they don’t have faith in the machine or they are getting paid well for selling extended warranties. Most times they do not cover wear and tear. Good luck in your quest.


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    • ghomefitness profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Chicago,IL

      Pamela thanks for reading my Hub. I would recommend a elliptical for you. It is weight baring and no impact for your bones. Check with your health club and see if they have a vibration plate. That on a low frequency could help with the damaged bone.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Very good tips. I walk in my neighborhood most of the time as I broke my hip just walking on a treadmill due to years of prednisone treatment. I am always looking at new ways I can strengthen my muscles without tearing anything. I use stretch bands for my shoulder and arms. I am always looking at new ideas. Good hub.

    • ghomefitness profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Chicago,IL

      gjcody thanks for the comment. Precor makes a 9.23 or 9.27 treadmill depending on the features you would use. They are great quality not huge and at a upper middle price. They do have a dealer in your area. Go into your local specialty fitness store with workout cloths on and try the equipment. Precor, True, and AFG are all good brands.

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      8 years ago

      ghomefitness ...thanks for this article. Good tips! The one that you said .... "out of site, out of mind" That is so true. I have a great outfit downstairs and it is in the office ...but I walk past it often and say ...I need to begin again.

      Would like a treadmill and don't really know where to start on this. I know that there are so many and I don't want the biggest and the best ...just want to get the job done.

      Thanks again for some great tips.


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