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Fitness and You: Choosing the proper home equipment

By Robert Von Voigt

Your first step towards acheiving fitness is by consulting your doctor. Your doctor will be able to provide you with information about your general overall health and what type of program is right for you. After obtaining your doctor's approval, you want to talk to someone who knows what they are doing when it comes to exercise. There are a lot of people out there who call themselves"fitness experts," but you want to find someone who has the proper education. Often times, you can find the experts at your local gym. Without signing up for expensive memberships or entering into long term contracts, you can usually find gyms that offer "trial periods" that allow you to consult with fitness experts, who with minimal monetary outlay, will custom taylor a program that is for you. After the trial period, you need to decide whether of not to actually join the gym. There are advantages to owning a gym membership, but also some dis-advantages. These disadvantages include too many people wanting to utilize the equipment at the same time and the sanitary condition of the equipment (I don't enjoy using equipment that is still wet from someone else's sweat. You will find people who don't believe that they should wipe down the equipment after they use it). If you are like me, you probably enjoy working out when YOU want and at you own pace. That is why I chose to own my own equipment.

Choosing the appropriate fitness equipment will go a long way in maintaining your health fitness. The first and foremost consideration is deciding the kind od workout you would like. The are two basic choices: Aerobic and Strength workouts.

Aerobic exercise helps exercise your heart (cardiovascular) and boosts your metabolism and endurance. Aerobic exercise allows you to burn calories, achieve a slimmer figure and lose unwanted weight (fat). Strength exercises help you build muscles and strong bones, which we will need during our "mature" years.

For those people who want an aerobic workout, the fitness machine choices are endless. Machines vary from style to price, but the purpose is the same. Machines such as stair steppers, elliptical ski machnes, treadmills, elliptical bikes, stationary bikes and rowing machines are all designed to improve your cardiovascular health and give you an overall healthy body. Each machine will give you a varying degree of workout. The choice is up to you.

Those who desire to build muscle, the list is also very encompassing. Weight training equipment consists of machines (usually allowing training for all major muscle groups) and "free weights" (barbells, dumbbells benches etc.) Building lean muscle also helps you lose weight by burning calories, so it can be said that strength training is a form of aerobic exercise, but with slower results.

It is advisable to incorporate both forms of exercise in your workout program. Before purchasing fitness equipment, remember to consult your doctor and a fitness expert as to what would best for you. Start off slow and gradually build upon your program. You will see results gradually, but don't expect them to come to you over-night. Perseverance is key to sucessful results and a new you.
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Robert Von Voigt is the co-owner of an e-commerce site which provides quality products at low competitive prices. Go to for more information

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