Late night infomercials will have us believing that every strange new fitness gadget will melt away pounds, enhance our performance or tone our muscles so we can have the perfect body we’ve always dreamed of. In the light of day, however, most of us know that much of the fitness equipment that floods today’s market is overpriced, hard to use, or just plain doesn’t work. However, there are some pieces of fitness equipment that are worth your money and will add an important boost to your workout routine.
One of the best ways to make sure your workout is working for you is to properly monitor your workout sessions and your body. There are several tried and true ways to keep track of your fitness. The pedometer is an old standby that can help you keep on top of your daily movement, and most basic pedometers are quite affordable. New monitoring devices can keep track of your heart rate or your calories burned so that you know exactly how your body is responding to your workouts. The newest heart monitors can be worn like a wristwatch and give you an instant read at a glance. There is also a band that you can wear on your wrist called the Nike+ FuelBand that will record your fitness activity and count the calories you burn.
If you know what to look for, you can find some great fitness equipment that is easy to use, highly effective and affordable. The stability ball, which has long been hailed as a great tool for strengthening your core, will do just that. It can be used to work the muscles in your legs, core, and upper body. And while using the weight training equipment at the gym is a great way to work your muscles, there are some at-home items that can provide you with the same benefits. The weighted body bar is a great way to do resistance training or stretching safely and effectively. Resistance bands have been around for a long time, and for good reason! The band can improve your strength as much as using a weight machine, build muscle mass and power, and-as a bonus-is cheap and portable.
Sometimes workouts are just meant to be fun. There’s no point in engaging in the same dull routine day in and day out because eventually your body will acclimate to your routine and your mind will become bored! To help combat this, you can try a few fun ways to get a great workout. If you have a gaming system, using a dance game such as one from the Just Dance series for Wii, Xbox or Playstation can burn 190 calories in 30 minutes. Another great piece of fitness equipment you may have overlooked? Fido! That’s right, many studies show that people who work out with man’s best friend tend to stick to their workout schedule better and see positive long term health boosts. So even if you only have a few minutes, hitting the pavement with your furry companion can do wonders for your mind and body!