Every year, hundreds of thousands of individuals make a New Year’s resolution to eat healthier or exercise more in the new year. However, many of those resolutions fail.
One reason many people stop going to the gym so often after making a resolution to do so is that the gyms are just so jam-packed with others who have also resolved to get fit this year. To keep up the momentum and beat the crowds, consider purchasing exercise equipment for your home.
In this article, we’ll cover the best pieces of fitness equipment to help you keep your New Year’s fitness resolutions.
Major Cardio Machines
If you have space in a spare room or garage, a piece of cardio equipment is a great investment.
Treadmills are extremely versatile. You can run or walk on them, and many are programmed with speed and incline courses to add variety to your workout. For an extra challenge, you can turn the treadmill on low speed and walk your hands on the belt of the treadmill in a bear crawl. Depending on how many bells and whistles you want on your treadmill, you can find bare-bones treadmills without a backlit screen while others can display filmed courses so you feel like you’re running in exotic locations.
If you have knee problems, an elliptical might be a better option for you. An elliptical provides a thorough cardio workout without putting tremendous stress on your joints. Similarly to a treadmill, an elliptical also comes with pre-programmed workouts that vary in resistance and incline.
For a really low impact piece of cardio equipment, try a stationary bike or recumbent bike. Both have their pros and cons; a stationary bike engages your core but isn’t incredibly comfortable; a recumbent bike takes stress off your back but only works your legs. Like ellipticals and treadmills, you can find bike models with pre-programmed workouts and options like watching TV or connecting to your phone.
Strength and resistance training are important for men and women of all ages. Strength training increases bone density and makes daily tasks a bit easier while resistance training helps protect your muscles from injury.
To get an adequate workout, you’ll need a few pieces of equipment, the first being a set of dumbbells. Your dumbbell weights will depend on how strong you are and how strong you want to become in the first six months or so of strength training. If you’re just starting out, a set ranging from 2.5 to 15 lbs would provide a good variety of weights for your workouts. If you don’t want several pairs of dumbbells lying around your house, you can find adjustable dumbbells which allow you to snap weight on and off.
A set of resistance bands will also add more options to your resistance workout. Find a set of two or three resistance bands which you can work your way through as you get stronger. You can find resistance bands that look like tubs with handles or ones that look like giant rubber bands. We suggest looking up the types of exercises you’ll use them for before deciding which type to purchase.
As a strength-training bonus, you can also buy a medicine ball or two for additional exercises. They’re great for squats, Russian twists, and medicine ball push-ups.
With all your new equipment at home, it’s easier for you to get a workout in and to stick to your New Year’s Resolutions. To get started, download our latest promotions to save.