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Creating a successful program to get back in shape means choosing the right fitness & exercise equipment to help you meet your goals.  Your success, or failure, to get back in shape may depend on you having just one special piece of accessible exercise equipment.

 Schwinn 430 Elliptical Trainer 

   Elliptical

 

The more accessible your fitness & exercise equipment is to you, the more likely you are to use it. The key to using your exercise equipment is that it needs to be easily accessible.

 LEKI Nordic Walking Supreme Nordic Pole

Nordic Walking Poles

If you have to drive to the gym, or put away and set up your home gym, each time you want to workout, you may be less inclined to workout than if you can just jump on the elliptical in front of your TV set or grab a pair of walking poles and go out for a walk.

Having the right equipment readily available can make you look forward to your workouts.  The following information can help you choose which home fitness & exercise equipment can best help you achieve success in your efforts to get back in shape.

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Browse our How To Get Back In Shape Store to find fitness & exercise equipment and that is right for you.  Set up your own home gym for better exercise accessibility with the following:

How To Get Back In Shape with an Exercise Ball An Exercise Ball - great for conditioning, pelvic mobility, strengthening, especially the trunk muscles, and it can help you work-up to full body weight exercises. Watch TV and bounce on the ball! An exercise ball can be your home gym all by itself!  Also use your exercise ball for flexibility, balance, coordination and core stability.  Use it to reduce back pain.  Try it out as a desk chair.  See also Bosu. 
 

How To Get Back in Shape with an Exercise Mat for floor stretching and strengthening.

An Exercise Mat - good for floor stretching and trunk strengthening exercises. A yoga mat is sticky to help you keep your footing for different poses. For yoga add a couple of blocks and a strap to help with your poses and stretches.

 Creative Fitness Door Gym Deluxe Package


Chin Up Bar - good for strengthening your upper body and trunk muscles.

If your door frame supports an over the door model, it is easy to install and remove.


 Flip Ultra Camcorder 2nd Generation, 120 Minutes (Black)

Add a DVD player for expert exercise instruction.   If your home gym doesn't have a nice mirror to exercise in front of, Add a Flip camera and get visual feedback of your form!

 Sony DVP-FX930/R 9-Inch Portable DVD Player, Red

 

   

 

Conditioning Machines or Aerobic Exercise Machines (Cardio):

Elliptical Machine - easier on the knees than a treadmill, an elliptical machine is good for a conditioning workout.

Exercise Bike or Ergometer - less compressive forces on the knee and hip joints, but it may bother some back conditions depending on the handlebar setting.

Recumbent Bike for Back Pain - If back pain keeps you from using an exercise cycle, try a recumbent that allows you to sit back with back support as you peddle.

Rowing Machine - In addition to getting a good cardio-vascular workout, you'll strengthen arms, legs and back muscles.




Lifecore LC-985VG Elliptical Trainer 

Schwinn Active 20 Series Recumbent Exercise Bike   

Walking Supplies - Walking shoes, pedometer, possibly a heart rate monitor (if advised by your doctor to monitor your heart rate, or if you want to increase your workout with intervals).

Walking Poles - Also known as Nordic Walking or Trekking Poles, these can provide you with a superior full body workout. The poles allow you to engage your core muscles with each step. They are also very effective in reducing lower extremity and back pain while walking by improving your alignment and improving muscle strength.

LEKI Nordic Walking Supreme Nordic Pole

Aqua Jogger Combo KitWater Workouts or Aquatic Exercise - Resistance tools such as fins, aqua dumbbells, aqua gloves help to increase the intensity of your workout. Water shoes protect your feet if you will be running with your feet on the bottom of the pool.

 

 

Fitness & Exercise Equipment for Resistance or Strength Training:



Resistance and Suspension Bands: Ideal for travel and home gyms, bands provide good resistance.  Suspension bands assist in bodyweight exercises, allowing a wide variety of exercises using your body weight for resistance.  Bands are portable.  See our Amazon Store to add bands to your resistance workouts.

Suspension bands such as the TRX system allow you to get a full body, functional workout using your body weight.  Less expensive brands are Lifeline's USA Jungle Gym or Ellite Rings Freestyle Trainer Pro.

Resistance bands provide varying degrees of resistance depending on the bands thickness.  They provide strength training thru functional resistance training.  Resistance Bands are light weight and a portable method of adding resistance for strengthening training.

Weights: Free Weights and Kettlebells, Body Weight Machines and Weight Machines

Free Weights - Dumbbells, Kettlebells, and Weight Bars add resistance and help you strengthen.  Weighted balls such as medicine balls give you dynamic strengthening exercises which are ideal for training for sports.

Body Weight Machines -

 
Pilates Reformer - After learning proper form from a Pilates Instructor, having your own Home Pilates Reformer adds consistency to your Pilates Program.

  Stamina AeroPilates Pro XP 556 Home Pilates Reformer with Free-Form Cardio Rebounder 

 

Total Gym allows you to use your own body weight for strengthening throughout a full range of motion. By raising or lowering angle of the board, you raise or lower your body weight, making it easier if you are just getting started and harder as you progress.

 

   

 
The Total Gym is a great way to get started with body weight training. By lowering the angle of the gym, you make your body weight training easier with less weight. By raising the angle of the gym you increase your strength training workout.

Weight Machines - Multi-Station Weight Machines allow you to exercise multiple muscle groups in the convenience of your home for a full body workout. Resistance exercises are an important part of getting back in shape and losing weight.

Look for sturdy construction for safety and a good warranty. Try out the equipment before purchasing to make sure that it is a good fit for you. Other things to consider:

 Space Measure the footprint, the space needed in front, behind, to the sides as well as overhead.
   
 Resistance levels Look for total weight as well as the incremental size of the plates. 5# to 10# increments allow you to progressively adjust weights as you get stronger.
   
 Smoothness The stack of weights should move smoothly.

         Body-Solid EXM2500S Home Gym 

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