Wouldn’t it be nice to come home from work without having to rush back out to the gym just hours later? Home gyms provide immediate access to home fitness equipment at any time of the day without having to leave the house. Although a home gym may require an initial investment, it saves money in the long-term on gym membership fees. With some basic equipment, a home gym also provides a well-rounded workout for fitness enthusiasts as well as amateurs.
A treadmill provides a great cardio workout in the comfort of home. Users can choose to walk or run on the treadmill, and some models offer slope options, heart rate monitoring, and other features. Prices range from a few hundred dollars to about $3,000, and used products are easy to find for a more affordable option.
An elliptical machine also allows users to run, walk or climb stairs, with the added benefit that it minimizes stress on the joints. Ellipticals are ideal for fitness enthusiasts who have had injuries in the past. They provide low-intensity workouts as well as high-intensity training. Most models range from $200 to about $3,000.
Resistance bands, a yoga mat, free weights, a weighted jump rope and kettlebells are just a few other products that would complete a home gym. Adding a TV and stereo to listen to music and watch workout DVDs is an added bonus.
A home gym is also ideal for fitness enthusiasts who dislike working out in public or for families who want to work out together. All in all, home fitness equipment encourages an active lifestyle and minimizes unnecessary membership costs.