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How to Evaluate and Purchase Quality Home Exercise Equipment
If you are reading this, it is probably no coincidence you are thinking about buying home exercise equipment. We at IDEA think that's great news, because encouraging people around the world to get and stay active is what we do. Great news, too, since study after study proves what we've known since we were kids: moving around is good for us, mind, body, and soul.
But we've also known someone (maybe even you?) who has brought exercise equipment home, only to have it end up gathering dust in the garage or doubling as a laundry hanger. Maybe you did not see the results it promised. On the other hand, perhaps you just did not enjoy the activity you performed on it. Whatever the reason, that is too bad, since fitness equipment not used equals health benefits not realized.
We want to make sure this time, you take home equipment you will enjoy using . . . and use regularly. So, we've taken everything we've learned about home exercise equipment during our 15 years as the association for fitness professionals worldwide, and distilled it into this informational guide.
Better Equipment and More Choices than Ever
How can you possibly sort out all this information? Our panel of top international fitness experts offers you these tips on how to evaluate and choose quality exercise equipment.
STEP ONE - Determine Your Goals
STEP TWO - Don't Forget About You
STEP THREE - Set Your Budget
STEP FOUR - Try It before You Buy It
STEP FIVE - Decide on Features and Functions
Other considerations include a reading rack, ease of adjusting variables such as tension, resistance and seat height, water bottle holders, and whether it folds up.
STEP SIX - Ask Questions!
Also, be sure to talk to the dealer about repairs and maintenance, they should have a trained technician on staff or on a consultant basis to handle repairs and maintenance. Most product warranties cover manufacturing defects and labor charges for at least one year. You won't enjoy the same service when buying direct by TV, direct mail or Internet!
STEP SEVEN - Using And Storing Your New Equipment
STEP EIGHT - Talk To A Pro Who Knows
This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. You should not use this material to diagnose or treat a health condition or disease without consulting with your healthcare provider.
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