The end of summer brought with it price reductions on many of the most popular exercise equipment options. Stationary bikes were cheaper. So were treadmills, ellipticals, and striders. Why the low prices just when people are starting to think about taking their exercise routines back indoors? Because the holiday shopping season is just around the corner.
If you follow the exercise industry, get ready. The next round of equipment is on its way. Expect all the big names to introduce new machines and add-ons designed to take advantage of that core group of consumers who will inevitably be looking to change things up at the first of the year. They will also be targeting first-timers who make daily exercise a New Year’s resolution.
Talk to an Exercise Pro
Anybody can go online and click a few buttons to order a new stationary bike or treadmill. But do you know what you need? Do you know what kind of equipment is optimal for helping you reach your exercise goals? Most people don’t. That is what makes advice from an exercise pro so valuable.
Before you buy a new piece of equipment, talk to a pro. Not a sales associate, but someone who makes a living by helping other people exercise. Exercise pros are the most qualified to recommend what you need and what you might want to avoid.
Remember That Price Isn’t Everything
There is a tendency to believe that the highest prices indicate the best equipment. This is not necessarily true. Exercise equipment isn’t any different than other consumer products in the sense that brand names are often more expensive only because of their branding. It is possible to get equivalent off-brand pieces that offer the same function and quality but a lower price.
You don’t have to spend a fortune to get a good piece of equipment. More importantly, you do not actually have to buy exercise equipment at all. There are plenty of equipment-free exercises you can do without spending a dime. Do not let your budget keep you from regular exercise.
Choose Something You’ll Enjoy
If you are buying your first piece of exercise equipment ever, make a point of choosing something you will enjoy. Maybe you are a big fan of riding your bike around the neighborhood. If so, a stationary bike might be the ideal piece of indoor exercise equipment. If you hate riding bikes, do not invest in a stationary model. Pick something else.
The point of choosing something you enjoy is to make motivating yourself easier. The last thing you want is to dread sitting on that bike seat or stepping on the treadmill. If you cannot find something you enjoy, at least try to find something you will not despise either.
Consider Your Space Constraints
A new piece of exercise equipment could be just what you need to stay in shape. But before you buy, consider your space constraints. Your new piece of equipment has to fit somewhere. If you absolutely have no room, you can always buy something that collapses and slides under the bed. But then again, how likely are you to use a piece of equipment like that in the long run?
The next round of exercise equipment will be hitting the market soon. If you are planning to buy sometime between now and the end of the year, rest assured that you will have plenty of choices. Choose wisely.