When it comes to staying fit, gone are the days of jumping jacks and Jane Fonda workout tapes. Thankfully, there are many options for home exercise equipment geared toward keeping you fit or nursing you back from injury. However, navigating the $3.75 billon industry (2014 statistics) and choosing the right machines can be a daunting one. Try using some of these tips from BACK IN ACTION! Fitness Equipment owner Kevin Roll to get you on your way towards reaching your personal fitness goals.
Research What You Want/Need
All too often, we get distracted by the bells and whistles of a machine, without focusing on the core of the unit. Make sure the equipment suits your body and needs. “Equipment engineering determines equipment quality, longevity, and durability,” says Roll. “But, most importantly, it’s all about user experience and ergonomics.” And don’t forget, this is an investment. Often times, you get what you pay for.
Brand Recognition and Trends
“There are many companies to choose from,” advises former bodybuilder Roll. “Just be sure your choice is well represented and reviewed.” Try LifeFitness, Octane Fitness, Vision Fitness, Horizon Fitness, or Schwinn Fitness. Again, finding the best one for your needs—especially if you are rehabilitating an injury—is most important. For those of us who suffer from sitting all day, LifeSpan Workplace Treadmill Office keeps you moving while working.
Staying Safe from Injury
The knees are an especially important area to watch out for. Try the Elliptical or the Octane Fitness ZR7 Zero Runner. And, don’t forget to consult your doctor before starting a routine.
Supporting local companies and building a relationship allows for an immediate connection and support for your product. It’s best to be confident the company is honest and isn’t trying to fool you with claims that seem too good to be true. “The most important thing is service,” explains Roll, who has been servicing products for the last decade. “If it breaks, you want to have the peace of mind that your equipment will be repaired in a professional and timely manner.”