How to Choose a Home Exercise Machine

By Mat Lecompte
Mat Lecompte
Mat Lecompte
October 31, 2021 Updated: October 31, 2021

Most people don’t need another excuse not to exercise: no time, too hot, too cold, or even pain and practicality can hold people back.

Purchasing a home exercise machine can help solve the problem and make exercise much easier. Hopping on an exercise bike for 15 minutes, for example, can help you squeeze in a heart-healthy workout most days of the week.

Working out at home is much easier. It offers the opportunity to split workouts up during the day while enjoying the privacy of your home. But what should you get?

Different factors are worth considering before buying. Depending on your situation, such as your history of injuries or pain, some choices might be better than others.

If you have a history of knee or hip pain, for example, a stationary bike may be better than a treadmill because it allows you to relieve the load of your weight on your lower body.

Stationary bikes are also great for people with balance issues or little experience exercising.

If you’re concerned about osteoporosis, a machine that puts some stress on your bones and muscles is more useful. In this case, a treadmill or elliptical machine is the better choice.

Ellipticals are great because they bring your arms into the mix, but they might not be the best choice for people with shoulder issues. The repetitive motion may add unwanted strain.

Rowing machines are probably the best for intensity as well as incorporating your whole body. Those with back pain or people who struggle to get up and down, however, may want to avoid these machines.

Cable systems or bands can be useful for resistance training at any level. Barbells and racks are better options for experienced lifters.

There are a ton of choices and your situation should help guide your decisions.

Mat Lecompte is a health and wellness journalist. This article was first published on Bel Marra Health.

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