Perhaps the cost and effort involved in attending a gym is making the notion of getting home gym equipment more appealing.
Buying an exercise machine is not easy.
There are a number of things you need to consider before you make this kind of purchase. If there was one piece of exercise equipment that you could buy (as is often the case) what would it be?
To make this decision, you might want to determine what your goals are. What do you want the exercise machine to do for you?
What Do You Enjoy Doing?
What type of exercise do you enjoy doing the most?
You want to get something that you will use frequently and for a long time. The last thing you need is to use an expensive piece of exercise equipment for a clothes rack.
Also, choose a machine that promotes the kind of exercise that you are familiar with.
If you’re most comfortable with standard cardio workouts such as walking and running, a treadmill or stationary bike might be the best choice.
Don’t overestimate your abilities. If it’s possible, try using the machine or at least a similar machine a few times before you buy one. Seeing someone else use it might make it look easy. If the machine has a high level of difficulty or there’s a learning curve on how to use it, you could get discouraged and not use it.
How much space do you have?
Space might not be an issue where you plan to put an exercise machine. However, if you don’t have a lot of space, you need to consider the size of the equipment in your decision. Treadmills and elliptical machines take up a fair amount of space.
Not just for the machine itself and the space, but for other things you might want to have in your exercise area.
For example, most treadmills have a small fan in the console, but you might want to set up a bigger one to better circulate the air. You also want to ensure that there is enough ventilation in the room so the machine doesn’t overheat.
What is your budget?
You definitely want your exercise equipment to be durable and last a long time.
The only way to ensure this is to buy quality equipment. When you are shopping for a machine, it’s best to try out the top-of-the-line equipment first.
That way you will know the difference between them and less expensive equipment. Base your purchasing decision first on durability.
Then decide what features you need for an effective workout that will benefit you for a long time. You don’t need to purchase a machine with a lot of complicated settings and features if you don’t think you will use them.
Also, the more bells, whistles, and features that a machine has, the more things that can malfunction on it.
Do your homework
Before you purchase you new exercise machine, do some research by reviewing consumer reports and talking other people who have similar equipment.
You can also do an online search for general reviews on specific pieces of equipment to get a consensus on the quality and usability of the machine.
Avoid making a sight-unseen purchase on the Internet. If you prefer to buy online, at least test out the same or a similar piece of equipment first so you have some experience with it before you make your purchase.