Tips on buying exercise equipment
Many people will run out and buy a treadmill, only to hang clothes on it six months later. We tend to imitate our government and just throw money at a problem, rather than thinking about it. This approach is not sustainable, and does not produce results. Let's look at an approach that does.
Not long ago, I ran into a guy who complimented me on "still working out." He asked, "Don't you ever miss?" I told him, "Not since 1977." (I actually started getting into fitness about about a decade before that, but 1977 started my "no miss" streak). He said he needs to work out, but went to Gold's Gym and the cost was a show-stopper. Most gyms cost more per year than it costs to set up a decent home weight gym.
You do not need a health club or gym membership to be fit. I've said this in other eNLs, so I won't rehash what I've already said. Other ways to get around the price barrier include doing yard work, gardening, hiking, and calisthenics. Jack LaLanne doesn't use weights, and you won't find someone more fit. However, weights are hard to beat. Weight machines are a waste of money. We are talking free weights, the only kind of resistance training that gives you "useful movement" training and true injury prevention.
To set up a home weight gym:
Let's take a look at what you can do in various price ranges:
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