If you're considering starting an exercise routine and are looking to purchase equipment you can use in your home, you may want to consider small items as opposed to the large. Large exercise machines such as elliptical trainers and electric treadmills can take up a lot of space in a home. Unless you have a designated area for placing your exercise machine, they usually just end up in the way. In addition, if you live in an apartment trying to fit a large bulky machine into your room's arrangement can be frustrating.
There are many alternative products to the large machines, available on the market today. You can get smaller ab crunch machines and ab rollers that can fit inside a closet when not in use. The machines are made to be convenient to use for the person who wants to exercise at home. You can take them out and use them anywhere such as in front of the TV or in your bedroom. You can also get an Everlast Pilates rowing machine which is also small enough to fit in a closet or under the bed when not in use. There are several different types of exercise pieces that are created for use in the Pilates category of exercise.
You can also get the large ab fitness balls or the ab Toner which looks similar to a bean bag chair. They are larger items, but are lightweight enough that they can be carried and placed in a convenient out-of- the way location when not in use. You can also purchase ab slider wheels and ab twister chairs that are easily stored out of the way. If you want a more cardiovascular workout you can use a jump rope or climb the stairs in your home. As an added resistance to your workout you can use ankle or wrist weights in combination with stair climbing or aerobics.
If you're someone who isn't that self-motivated you can purchase workout videos to help you develop a regular routine. Many of the videos implement the use of free weights and small stair step stools. When used on a regular basis, a good aerobic workout that raises your overall pulse rate for a period of twenty minutes has excellent cardiovascular benefits. The prices for using small exercise equipment vs. the large are much cheaper. A standard fitness ball retails between $30 and $60 while the ab rollers and crunchers retail between $50 and $70.
Whether you choose to use the larger electric treadmills and stationary bikes or the smaller Pilates stretch and pull machines or air rowing machines, you'll still be one step ahead in the fitness game than not doing anything at all. The best part is that you can utilize all these exercise machines and programs right in the comfort of your own home.