by Staff Writer
Daily exercise is essential for leading a long, healthy and happy life. However, finding the time and motivation is sometimes a lot harder than doing the actual exercises. With the increase of obesity, high blood pressure and related health risks, it is becoming more important to find the time and motivation to exercise. Trainers and memberships to gyms are expensive and time consuming. Not to worry; you can get a really great work out right from home using weights, resistance tools and cardio machines. Cardio machines are beneficial in promoting weight loss, reducing stress and helping increase good sleep habits. Cardio machines are affordable and well worth the money for the results you will see. Here is a list of the top five home gym machines to help you lose that extra weight, keep the weight off and help you to lead a long, happy and healthy life.
Treadmills: Treadmills are one of the most popular cardio machines because they are highly effective and have many different settings, including intervals, hills, speed trials and fat burning as well as a manual setting where you can control the speed and incline of your workout. Make sure to mix up your workouts on the treadmill so that your weight loss doesn't plateau. Treadmills are a significant investment, so it is important to find the right one for you and your budget.
Elliptical Trainers: Elliptical trainers help decrease pressure on your joints and the risk of impact injuries more than conventional treadmills. This is a great machine if you have bad knees. Most elliptical trainers can work both the upper and lower body because they have moving handle bars. You can control the speed and level of intensity on these machines by increasing the resistance. Keep your feet stationed and balance the distribution of your weight, taking smooth strides, which can be short or long, depending on what is most comfortable to you. A good idea when using an elliptical trainer is to mix up the motion of your feet by going forward for a few minutes and then going backwards for a few minutes to work different muscle groups.
Exercise bicycles: An exercise bicycle simulates a real bike ride, which can include speed trials, uphill cycling and increased resistance. Cycling classes are becoming increasingly popular and burn a ton of calories; however, with the growing popularity of cycling classes, comes the growing crowds. You can get an excellent workout right in your home with an exercise bike, which is especially great for the winter months when you can't go outside to ride your real bike. It also provides an excellent way of warming up for the real ride. Exercise bikes offer more support than a treadmill for your back and knees, making them a good low-impact choice.
Rowers: Rowing machines are very effective cardio machines when used correctly. Rowers can be used by people with lower back problems because they put little strain on the lower back. Always make sure to stretch your body, especially your back, before getting on a rower. Rowers are compact machines, so they are great for saving space in your home while offering a full body, cardiovascular workout.
Inversion Tables: Inversion tables reduce the pressure of gravity and decrease the compression of discs and vertebrae in the back, which allows the muscles and ligaments encasing the spine to relax. Inversion tables allow you to completely relax your back by lying on the table in an inverted position. You can choose how much of an inversion your body needs. It is a good idea to start with a light inversion and work your way up. Listen to your body when you're using an inversion table. The first few times can cause some dizziness and lightheadedness.
Find the right home gym machine that will fit your budget, your goals and the extra space in your home.
By incorporating one or more of these machines into your home workout, you can increase the effectiveness of daily exercise. Remember to mix up your workout plan to avoid getting bored with the same old routine.
Remember to incorporate a healthy and balanced diet as well as weight and resistance training to your workouts to help reach and maintain the goal of a healthy lifestyle.