When you are outfitting your home with health and fitness equipment, you will come to the realisation that you’ll require certain high cost items such as a treadmill, exercise bike or weight center. A lot of people however overlook the little things that can help improve their collection of fitness equipment. Here are some things to consider:
Even if you have the big ticket items and use them on a regular basis, exercise videos can still be an important part of your health fitness equipment. They add variety, work different parts of your body and give you something to look forward to when your normal routine isn’t motivating you today. When choosing a video to purchase, however, try to rent it, borrow it or check it out of the library first for a trial run to make sure you like the routine, music and instructor.
Some people prefer to use weight machines and have a nice expensive one as part of their home gym setup, but it’s always nice to have a few key free weights on hand. Again, it can help you add variety when your normal routine doesn’t sound appealing or can help you work the same muscles in different ways for a few days so that when you go back to your weight machine you it doesn’t seem as stagnant. Free weights are often seen as superior because they use stabliser muscles, as you often need to control the weight more.
At some point during your workout with your health fitness equipment you’ll likely be doing some floor exercises or stretching. Having a mat can help you feel more comfortable especially if your health fitness equipment is in the basement, garage or other room with a hard floor.
If your workout routine involves lifting weights, consider getting gloves as part of your fitness equipment. You’ll protect your hands from calluses and also have better grip on the machines and weights.
To best keep track of where you’ve been and where you’re heading with your exercise routine, you’ll want to include an exercise journal in your shopping list. In this journal you can keep photos of your progress, a listing of your weights and reps for your resistance training and information about the intensity and time of cardio exercises. This written record will better help you visualize just how far you’ve come throughout your exercise journey.
A Workout Buddy or Cheerleader.
Even the most seasoned athletes have days they don’t feel like exercising. Having a buddy to workout with you or to call or email you each day to see how you’re doing with your health fitness equipment can help you stay motivated and actually continuing using the equipment once you’ve purchased it.