Hate the idea of waking up at dawn and surround yourself around by tens of sweaty people that are working out like Chris Hemsworth and you are just standing there, clueless regarding which equipment you should use and which one is the best fit for you? The retail shops are filled with rows and rows of fitness equipment including treadmill, rowing machines, elliptical machines, and the machines of which you don’t even know names of. How to get out of such confusion?
Most of the people join the gym to get in shape as a part of New Year’s resolution and fail to stick to the new routine even for a month. On the other hand, some enthusiasts want to buy fitness equipment so that they can work out at home. For those who find it extremely hard to make daily trips to the gym, the home exercise equipment is nothing but a blessing. This is the major reason for the enormous growth of the global fitness equipment market, which is expected to reach $14.20 billion by 2025. Moreover, it is an overwhelming task to find the perfect fitness equipment that checks off all the boxes of your requirements. Fitness equipment comes at every size, shape, and price. Thus, before you purchase one, look for customer reviews and then only settle for an equipment.
Before you reach for your credit card and swipe to buy an expensive and brand-new exercise machine, here are a few tips that would help you buy the equipment that is best suited for your lifestyle and comes within your budget. The first thing that you should always keep in mind that even the best exercise machines are utterly useless if you do not use it regularly. Before using any machine, read its manual carefully or ask for advice from a gym trainer as if not used properly, it may do you more harm than good and even injure you permanently.
Following are a few suggestions for you to figure out which fitness equipment you really need:
- Set your aim–not too low or too high–and plan which workouts would help you achieve those aims. Just because you have heard about cardio a bit too much, doesn’t mean you need it. To improve heart rate and shed a few pounds, one should opt for aerobic exercises and those who want to tone certain areas of their body can go for weight-bearing.
- Never take all the advertisements too seriously. Ask experts and dieticians before you set yourself for a hectic workout.
- It is not rocket science to know that fitness equipment would occupy certain space in your home. If you have a room just for your equipment, you can bring rowing machine home. Or you can settle for those exercise machines that could be folded.
- Think carefully about your budget. Your budget should not end at buying fitness equipment; it should involve separate money for purchasing cushioned mats, fitness clothing, and extra weights.
- It is vital to consult a dietician or family doctor regarding health risks, especially if you have a history of undergoing any surgery.
Advent of smart fitness equipment:
Mirror, a startup, has recently launched a smart fitness device that is full-length mirror that has LCD screen. The company has launched a novel version of customized fitness–in-home personal training. So far, the company has provided a variety of fitness devices such as cardio, Pilates, kickboxing, and strength training. However, the new device incorporates built-in microphone, video camera, and speaker that allows your personal trainer to see what you’re doing. In addition, Mirror’s fitness professionals provide real-time feedback, encouragements, and form corrections & suggestions, similar to personal trainers in a gym.
In other news, a luxury fitness company, Peloton Interactive designed a bike that mimics what is like to ride a bike on the road. It includes an adjustable seat and handlebars along with a boasting 21.5-inch touchscreen display. The display could be used to participate in live or on-demand classes from home. The bike offers you access to a variety of cycling as well as non-cycling classes with $39 monthly subscription coupled with motivational tools that ranks your performance by letting you compete with other participants.
There is range of fitness equipment that you can opt for. From the conventional treadmill to smart mirrors, the options are limitless. Thus, keep in mind your requirements and budget before you spend money. However, you must opt for a trial and choose only the one that feels right and must consult a gym trainer before investing in any equipment.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Swamini Kulkarni holds a bachelor’s degree in Instrumentation and control engineering from Pune University, and works as a content writer at Allied Analytics LLP. She is deeply fascinated by the impact of technology on human life, and loves to talk about science and mythology. When she is not glued to the computer, she loves to read, travel, and day dream about her areas of interest.
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