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Buy Home Fitness Exercise Equipment That Fits You

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While selecting home fitness exercise equipment may look simple, there are actually a few factors that you need to consider before you take it home or it arrives at your door.that. The factors that really affect your purchase include:

1. What Are Your Goals?

When purchasing home exercise equipment, the biggest factor is what your fitness goals are, what your current fitness level is, and how much you are willing to spend. With this in mind, prior to simply getting a treadmill, exercise bike or an elliptical trainer you have to ask yourself, “What do I want to accomplish?” Do you desire better muscle toning, muscle building, or cardiovascular health?

Do you want to increase your strength? Are you looking to have more energy throughout the day? If you take the time to answer these questions prior to making a purchase, you are more likely to get the exercise equipment that will meet your needs.

2. What Is Your Budget For Home Fitness Exercise Equipment?

Before you go looking to make a purchase, you should know in advance exactly what you are willing to spend on your home fitness exercise equipment. There are many types of exercise equipment, all with a different price tag.

You can purchase a quality treadmill for anywhere from $1500 to $3500. If you are looking for an elliptical trainer you can expect to spend between $750 and $5000. Stationary bikes of reasonable quality cost between $300 to over $1500. Due to the fact that “you get what you pay for,” you will want to make sure you balance the price you pay with the features and usability you get the model you are choosing.


Just because you have a credit card with a limit high enough to buy $1000 elliptical trainer or a $3000 treadmill, does not mean you can actually afford to buy it. You need to look at your finances completely and determine the amount of money you can spend on your home fitness exercise equipment.

3. How much space do you have?

This is often overlooked. You have to make sure you have enough space for the fitness exercise equipment. Also make sure the exercise equipment will funciton properly in the alloted space. Almost everyone tries the equipment prior to committing to it. However, many people do not think about how much room the fitness equipment will take up. Even though you are in a store and the equipment doesn’t look that big, will it fit in the corner you have available? In order to know for sure, measure what space you have prior to going to the store. (You will want to know how much space the equipment needs whether you have an entire home gym in a room or if you only have a small space to use in your living room.)

4. Make sure you shop around

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Walking For Fitness Is A Great Exercise!

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So you would like to get fit using walking as your exercise routine?

Great, no problem… that’s just what I did, and I know you can do it too! The beauty of walking for fitness is that you can tailor it to suite yourself. It can be as gentle or as vigorous as you wish it is all down to you. This way it eliminates the pressure that can arise from trying to keep-up with others, which has the possibility to force you into overdoing it. This is NOT GOOD we don’t want it or need it?

If you’re like me and feel that aerobic exercise

Like jogging, running, or bike-riding is a little too strenuous and prefer a more easier, gentle but just as effective exercise of getting back into shape then walking is definitely the way forward for us.

I fully understand how you are feeling:.

Walking for fitness is the method I used to get myself back into good shape, Using walking as my preferred exercise routine. In the past I was an avid gym user; I’m talking five days a week, 2 or 3 hours at a time.

I was very fit and in excellent health

This was only a few years ago! But as life would have it, other and more important situations do arise that needed far more attention than my daily gym routine; which had become a way of life for me.

It is said that you lose, 5% of your fitness level every week

Once you have exercised regularly, and then stop for any period of time. It’s said that you lose 5% of your fitness level weekly. So as a result of no exercise I gained, 10 kilograms of excess weight… this was not good at all. Funny part about it is that the weight sort of crept up on me over a two-year period.

It was not a sudden overnight happening!

So to lose this extra weight was not going to be a sudden overnight occurrence. You know where I am coming from don’t you! Right, let’s use this easy free yet powerful and very effective method, to creep up on our fitness level. Start walking for fitness and fun; you will be glad you did and the weight-loss which is our secondary objective, will take care of itself. Couple our walking with sensible eating and we are onto a winner, hands down!… Read More

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View from UCSF

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This is the view from University of California at San Francisco Parnassus Campus…

As a University of California at Davis alumni, I get a discount for the gym membership at any gym associated with the UC system… I took this picture on the roof of the parking lot before I went to go workout…

Taken with a Nikon D50 w/ a 28-200 f/3.5 Nikkor Lens…

Posted by DodogoeSLR on 2007-02-13 07:22:01

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Planning Your Muscle Building Program

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Those of us with the desire to build a more muscular body can sometimes jump the gun; what I mean by that is that our enthusiasm is so great that we start without doing just a little research. In this article I will attempt to put you on the right track for planning your muscle building program in a manner conducive with your long-term goals. Do it right the first time, and be fit for life.

Use common sense when planning your muscle building program:

A lot of magazines and websites widely – though secretively – use pictures of men with physiques made that perfect with steroids. These pictures have brought about an increase in the number of people who want to build their bodies, hoping to have that kind of physique themselves. These are usually very unrealistic aims, and following the routines can lead to disappointment if you don’t heed some very basic rules of thumb.

You should automatically know that the person who is giving you muscle building advice is a quack if he plays down the role of drugs and genetics in building muscle. A lot of the movie stars you see and whose wonderful physiques you admire, have used steroids to rapidly build their bodies up. It is part of the profession for them, but you should take the healthier, safer way to have a toned physique.

The foolproof training schedules which magazines come up with every week frequently claim that you can get great results from training about five or six times in a week. You will not have the ability to recover sufficiently training five or six times every week and make any progress unless you are taking drugs or have great genes. A majority of people lose muscles rather than gaining any following this regimen. You should allow your body to rest and grow muscle by training about two or three times every week.

Planning your muscle building program for three workouts per week including muscle building resistance exercises and aerobic activity with a day of rest and recovery between will get you what you want.

Be sure to warm up, doing something similar to this: 20 reps with a light weight to help you get into the groove. Next, do a somewhat hard 12 rep second set. Choose a weight that will let you do a hard 6-10 reps, and do that in the third set, the last rep being really difficult. For any more sets, keep the weight the same, but do as many reps as you can. Follow this routine as much as you can. Substitute an exercise for something only on the occasion of an injury.

Well, above you have a couple of tips on planning for muscle building for the average person. Work hard, then rest between workouts. Beware of the hype! Use common sense and consider your own goals. Always warm-up.

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