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You don’t need to trek to the gym for a good workout. Some people enjoy working out in the safety and comfort of their own home. Unless you have limitless money to spend on your own private fitness facilities, it might be difficult accumulating machines you enjoy working out with. First thing you need to consider is what workout program you want to focus on—whether you prefer weight training, cardio or a combination of both. The good news is that working out at home can be a great way to save time, and it can be even more relaxing than working out away from home. The tricky part is staying motivated and getting on the treadmill instead of the comfortable couch right next to it.

If you’re ready to shop for a piece of equipment to add to your home, such as a treadmill or a bike, look for the most sturdy and long-lasting equipment that fits into your budget. When you’re out shopping, try out the new equipment to make sure it works well for you. Check the machine’s programming features, horsepower and motor. Don’t splurge on the first piece of equipment you see. Like buying a car, buying a piece of exercise equipment takes prudence and patience and a good deal of shopping around before you decide on the right choice.

If you’re looking for strength-training equipment, you might want to start with free weights because they are inexpensive. You can do a variety of exercises with free weights, and get a full-body workout. As you feel more capable, you can slowly increase the weight by simply buying new ones. If you do end up using free weights, you might want to get a weight bench to help you with your form. Working out on the bed or a kitchen chair isn’t a great idea. If you’re unsure about lifting with free weights, talk to a professional about proper form and weight before you start. Even though you might be working out at home doesn’t mean you are risk-free from injury. Some people buy a single-station weight lifting machine that incorporates many different muscle groups in one. This is a good investment if you wish to conserve space and money but prefer lifting on a machine to free weights.

If you’re working out at home, you might lose the opportunity for variety and change that is integral to an enjoyable workout program. Although there are many positive aspects of working out at home, especially if you have small children, you might want to incorporate outdoor activity or the occasional trip to a gym to get an overall well-balanced exercise program.