Everyone knows that they should be looking after themselves and keeping in reasonable shape, but often it’s hard to find the time to commit to a new fitness regime at the gym. It’s often a lot easier to workout at home, as any exercise routine can be fitted in as and when you have time.
The home fitness market has developed into a multi-million dollar industry, and it’s not hard to see why – there’s a huge variety of different machines and contraptions that all promise to whip you into shape in no time at all. If you are just starting out, though, it’s probably best to focus on improving your overall fitness first of all before buying a specialist machine that will concentrate on a specific muscle group.
Most fitness stores will have a good range of treadmills and crosstrainers for sale, and it’s these that you should be looking at for your first purchase. They will both give a fantastic all-over workout and will exercise a huge variety of muscle groups. They will also give an aerobic workout, which is when you raise your heart rate and oxygen intake for a sustained period – by doing this for twenty to thirty minutes, three times a week, your body will start to burn calories and you should begin to lose weight.
These machines can be a little on the large side, and it’s often best to have a space dedicated to them. If you have a spare room, that’s ideal – if you can leave the machine set up and ready to go, you can jump on and do some exercise whenever the mood takes. If you haven’t got enough space to spare, then you should check out the space-saver versions of these machines and most stores will have easy-to-store crosstrainers and folding treadmills for sale alongside the regular machines.
By concentrating your first couple of months on either of these machines you should make a good improvement in your general health – once you have a good base to work from, you can then start to look at other machines or weights to target specific muscles that you want to build. It’s important, though, not to run before you can walk – it’ll be easier and more enjoyable to improve your physique once you’re fit enough to sustain a reasonable level of intensity workout.