How to Save Your Home Exercise Equipment Costs

by Jodee on April 7, 2011

If you are in the market for home exercise equipment to help prevent stroke and heart attack, you want to avoid paying more than you have to for it. To keep costs down, you will need to be a bit creative.

Before you start looking at different models of exercise equipment, first take the time to consider your goals. Are you interested in focusing on a cardio workout or is your goal to build lean muscle?

You also want to be very honest with yourself about your commitment to a home workout. Many people start this process feeling very committed to exercising regularly and then lose their focus after a relatively short time and stop using the equipment. A treadmill, stair stepper or rowing machine then turns into a very expensive clothes rack, and that was not your intention when you bought the item.

Tips for Saving on Home Exercise Equipment

1. Educate Yourself About Your Options

Your goal should be to find the best value in home exercise equipment. Go online to learn about the different brands on the market and the features that make the higher priced models top of the line. That way, you have a sense of what you are getting when you choose a piece of equipment at a particular price point.

2. Consider Your Level of Fitness

If you are just starting to work out regularly, you may want to choose an exercise machine that is geared towards newbies. Models designed for high-level athletes may have more bells and whistles on them, but you will also be looking at paying more for these features.

Rather than looking for a piece of equipment that has a lot of options on it, think about what you need right now and what makes sense for the next level of fitness you plan to achieve. Consider models that fall into this category. When you get to the point when your exercise equipment is not giving you the level of challenge that you need, you can always upgrade.

3. Look at Used, Floor Models and Refurbished Equipment

Some retailers will offer you a better price on home exercise equipment that has minor cosmetic flaws. Inspect used exercise equipment carefully before making a decision. You will want to try it out before you buy it to make sure that it is in good working order. It’s worthwhile to ask the retailer whether the model comes with a manufacturer’s warranty and what its terms are. You can also consider used home exercise equipment that is in good condition.

Planning is the key to finding the right type of home exercise equipment for your needs. By starting with considering your current level of fitness and goals, you will be able to choose something that will benefit you now. You can always upgrade when you need something that is more advanced.

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