People often spend a lot of money on large and extravagant pieces of home exercise
equipment because they believe their guilt over spending so much money will force
them to use it. On the other hand, you may buy exercise equipment to help you increase
your cardiovascular fitness and stay in shape within the comforts and convenience
of your own home. Many people choose to exercise indoors to avoid traffic or bad
weather and have privacy.
According to the National Sporting Goods Association, in 1997 Americans bought more
than $3 billion worth of new exercise equipment including treadmills ($1.49 billion),
multi-station home gyms ($268 million), stationary bicycles ($189 million), free
weights ($180 million), cross-country ski machines ($83 million), and elliptical
(cross-training) machines ($39.7 million).
Some questions to ask before you buy home exercise equipment include:
Many options are available when you are ready to buy home exercise equipment. Take
your time, shop around, and think carefully about what best meets your needs. Never
buy exercise equipment on impulse. In fact, you should try out any equipment (wearing
exercise clothes) at least several times before you buy.
Some points to keep in mind when using home exercise equipment include: