Experts believe that exercise is good for physical and mental health. With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging, it’s not advisable to venture out for a workout. It is better to stay at home and exercise, for which you need proper exercise equipment for home. With a mind-boggling range of equipment on sale, you can get very confused about what’s best for you.
Most people would rather go to a gym because they believe gym equipment costs a lot of money. The truth is that you can build a home gym on a frugal budget. And it won’t take too much space either.
Here’s a guide to buying gym equipment for home:
A treadmill is an essential part of your home gym. Although it is a bit expensive, you may be able to find one under $300. Try to go for a folding treadmill with enough running space (around 50 X 16 inches) featuring cushion deck technology to protect your joints against impact damage.
The treadmill’s speed can range anywhere between 0.5 to 10 mph, though most of these machines come with two to three manual incline settings. Most machines also sport an LCD that displays speed, time, distance, and the calories burned in a session.
Today’s treadmills feature sensors embedded in the handlebar to monitor your heart-rate. Did you know that walking for 20 minutes daily is a great physical activity packed with multiple health benefits?
Folding Exercise Bike
Next on your list of priorities in your exercise equipment for home is a folding (helps save space) exercise bike. Many people prefer an exercise bike because it is lightweight and easy to store, which is not very expensive, and helps burn more calories. Exercise bikes are the best way to get your daily constitution of cardio. Depending on your purchasing power, you can go for basic cyclers or expensive machines with many features.
A standard exercise bike can support up to 300 pounds weight and is suitable for people between 5 ft 3 and 6ft 1 tall. With many adjustments to tweak difficulty levels, an exercise bike can be customized to suit individual needs. These bikes feature LCD showing distance covered, calories burned, time, and speed. Hand sensors embedded in the handlebars monitor your heart-rate.
Rowing machines provide the best cardio and muscle toning. However, heart patients need to seek a doctor’s advice before attempting rowing as it is a strenuous exercise. It is suitable for normal people who want a brisk cardio workout daily.
Moreover, workouts on a rowing machine can help develop rippling muscles over time. These machines are excellent for full-body workouts and work on your arms, legs, and back. Moreover, rowing has a lower impact than walking or running on a treadmill; hence it spares the legs and ankles.
A standard rowing machine has a carrying capacity of 350 pounds and has many resistance levels (depending on the model). The seats are padded, and handles are designed anti-slip to provide a firm grip. The LCD shows time, row-count, and calories burned.
Summing it Up
During this COVID pandemic, which has driven most of us indoors, setting up a home gym, is one of the best ideas. The equipment doesn’t take too much space and is convenient for workouts any time of the day. Most of the equipment requires hardly any maintenance, except for periodic dusting.