Tips for buying home exercise equipment

January 05, 2007

Many Americans have resolved to lose weight and get in shape this new year. Those thinking about buying exercise equipment for their home should consider the following before making a decision.

--Type of machine: Individuals shouldn't buy a rowing or other type of machine unless they've used it and know they enjoy the activity. Treadmills and exercise bikes are sensible choices.

--Reality of usage: Spring garage sales are filled with exercise machines purchased with mid-winter intentions.

--Storage: Models that fold and store easily are preferred.

--Cost: Unnecessary high-tech features can jack up the price. Paying what a health club spends isn't necessary, but generally speaking, treadmills are worth the cost.

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Last Updated March 19, 2009