Staying fit and healthy is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Not only does it make you feel and look better, it can lead to a longer life! Some people like to work out in gyms, others only exercise through recreational activities, while some prefer to sweat in the comforts of their own abode.
Not only do you not have to drive anywhere, there is a convenient nonpublic shower available for you when finished. There is no denying that exercise can be expensive, especially when equipment is involved, but there are amazing ways to get the heart rate going while saving some pocket change, if you are so inclined.
One of the cheapest things to buy is a jump rope (only $7?!). It gets the heart rate going quickly and can be found in almost any store that sells exercise products. It’s a great work out for the legs and can be quite challenging, depending upon how far you want to push yourself. Plus, it brings about childhood nostalgia, and what could be better than that?
Along the lines of jump ropes are resistance bands. They are extremely versatile and can be used to work out many different areas of the body. They are lower impact than most equipment and are small, therefore making them easy to store.
Though resistance bands have been seen stereotypically as a work out for middle-aged ladies, they have become an integral part of professional body building due to its ability to target many different muscle areas. These bands can range anywhere from $12 to $50.
Elliptical trainers are another gym staple. Ellipticals work the legs and arms and are a great cardio exercise. Many people with joint pains enjoy this specific machine because it is a non-impact work out that most anyone can do.
The motion simulates a combination of walking and stair climbing. Like the treadmill, many display useful workout statistics for those who may be interested and can have the price range of $120 to $10,000.
Anyone interested in training to be the next dope-free, less controversial Lance Armstrong can consider stationary bikes. The machines are mostly used as cardio and leg workouts. There are a couple of different kinds: the normal stationary bike with an elevated bike seat and handle bars, the mini bike with the pedals in the front and with the user sitting in a chair, and specialized stationary bikes used for spinning. Prices run between $125 and $1,200.
Since it is always to best to save the best for last, I now present the granddaddy of all workout machines- the Bowflex. Using their Power Rod technology, which comprises of a pulley system that derives resistance from flexible rods, it is one of the most versatile home gym workout machines that provides an all-in-one gym experience.
The most basic version is the Bowflex Classic Home Gym ($649) is still able to be used for more than 30 exercises and is great for people who only want to do a few different types of exercises.
The mid level Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym ($1,599) is capable of more than 70 exercises and is the most popular edition.
The most expensive and complex Bowflex Revolution Home Gym ($2,999) touts that it is capable of more than 100 different exercises. What can be better than that?!
Workout DVD Collections
As you can see there are many options to get fit in the comfort of your own home. And let’s not forget the many cardio workouts available on DVD from today’s hottest fitness gurus, like, Jillian Michaels and Tony Horton the P90X and Insanity guy. And, of course, the very popular Zumba, ChaLean Series, Kettleworx, Slow Motion Fitness, Pilates, Brazilian Butt and other great workouts that you can do from home.
Danny enjoys writing about fitness and helping people to become healthier.
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