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Consider the Treadmill or Elliptical Machine for Your Home Gym

The average cost for a single person to have a health club membership is $58 per month. That works out to roughly $700 per year for the membership. Health club memberships provide users with a variety of equipment and facilities to help them get in great shape, but nearly 2/3 of people that have memberships don’t use them. These statistics make it easy to understand why so many people are opting for a home gym. Equipment for a home gym can be purchased for the same cost as a year’s worth of membership fees, and the equipment can be used by everyone in the home.

The treadmill is a very popular piece of home gym equipment. Running is one of the best exercises a person can do to maintain a healthy weight and a healthy heart. Running on a treadmill has less impact on the body than running on pavement or concrete. Running on a treadmill can also be done no matter what the weather is like outside. Another advantage to having a treadmill in the home is that they often fold up and can be rolled out of the way for easy storage. Most treadmills also allow the speed of the belt to be adjusted, and the incline to be raised to simulate running up hills.

The elliptical machine is another popular piece of home gym equipment. Elliptical machines offer a unique workout to users because both the upper and lower body are engaged. The lower body moves on large pedals, and the motion is a cross between skating and jogging. The upper body holds onto handles that move back and forth in sync with the lower body. Many exercises have some sort of jarring impact on the joints and body, but the elliptical machine is designed to have no such impact. This is a great long term health benefit. Most elliptical machines also offer different levels of resistance so everyone from the novice to advanced can get a great workout.

Due to the number of treadmills and elliptical machines that are available, it is a good idea to visit Harcourt Health to read more about them. Budget, space and durability of the machine are all factors to be considered before either of these pieces of equipment are added to a home gym.