You can start an effective exercise program using only what nature has given you, your body. However, regular activity remains an elusive goal for most people, and the multi-billion dollar industry has prospered around a promise of solid success. Health club membership and home exercise sets are great exercise solutions for many. However, keep the following notes in mind:
Even the best and most well-equipped gyms will only give results if used regularly. Learn how to use the equipment properly to avoid injuries that can cause temporary or permanent disability. Exercise equipment is available in all sizes, shapes, and price ranges. Before making a purchase, it is advisable to check the consumer rating and follow other smart consumer tips.
Below are some basics you need to know when you are in the market.
As you pass the gym, you’ll see a row of machines designed to simulate cycling, walking, running, kayaking, boating, skiing, and climbing stairs. Frequently used in gyms and lightweight home versions, with or without a motor, these machines offer excellent aerobic exercise.
Prices range from hundreds to thousands of dollars, depending on whether the machine is electric or programmable and whether it contains additives such as devices that measure heart rate or time-lapse, etc.
This information may not be completely accurate, but it may encourage you to sharpen your workouts, or it is important if your doctor recommends that you limit your activities. Below are some of the most popular types of aerobic exercise equipment.
Cross-country ski machine
With this machine, you can move your arms and legs at the same time, just as you would in cross-country skiing. The sliding movement of the knee is easy. Some machines require you to move one ski forward and the other ski backward. Elsewhere, skis move independently. Some ski machines also use ropes, while others have fixed handles. Take a look at all the types to see which one is most comfortable for you. Look for a wide footrest for added stability.
These machines provide a circular up-and-down movement that is a cross between the ski machine and the ladder. They provide joint-friendly, almost unaffected training. On some models, the resistance and grade can be adjusted automatically or manually. You may also be able to operate the fuselage using a lever with a handle. It may take some time to get used to the abnormal movement. Look for comfortable handles and non-slip pedals with curved edges. Test the machine at different speeds and angles to make sure it is stable.
The rowing machine moves your back, arms, and legs at the same time, providing the closest thing to the full-body workout available on the machine. Unless you’re used to rowing, some people may find it strange at first and have difficulty with their backs. When buying, consider the pulley model instead of the piston model for a more realistic rowing experience.
These machines provide low-impact training like climbing stairs. Some modes also have a handle lever to allow the arm to function. Beginners may find the walker tough and the knees difficult to move. Look for a machine that offers independent foot movements, railings, and a large stair platform.
Exercise bikes do not require training and are easy to use, but can be uncomfortable for long periods of time. Cycling is not as effective in preventing osteoporosis as weight training, but it does provide good aerobic exercise. Look for a model with a comfortable and adjustable seat and toe clips. If the seat is too stiff, see if you can replace it with a padded model (sold separately).
With this machine, you can walk and run indoors. Some models provide the joint with a flexible, low-impact surface. Choose an electric treadmill. When buying, look for a sturdy one (the machine will last a long time), a belt long and wide enough for the aisle, a sturdy frame with front side rails for safety, and an emergency stop device. To walk at a comfortable pace, you need to be able to adjust your speed and slope.