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Home gym equipment question

Will it sit in my basement? Does anyone consistently use what they bought?

Thu. Jan 19, 10:28am

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It depends on your motivation. For me, if there is a TV nearby, I'll use it, especially if I feel like getting away from everyone else. My father has a treadmill that he uses every morning before work; he's been working out every morning, at home, for 10 years. Before that, he used to go to the gym every morning before work.

It's doable if you get into the routine of doing it, and make an "appointment" with yourself to do it. If you're not that committed, though, then yes, it'll just sit there.

Thursday, January 19, 2006, 10:37 AM

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don't buy it unless you know you enjoy using it.
the nearby tv is helpful. a source of music is also good.

the best thing I bought is one of those mini trampolines. my friends thought I was nuts, but it really is enjoyable for me.
I sort of run in place on it. really gets my heart rate going, and seems to help me burn calories/fat! I put on some good music, and just go! there are actually a lot of exercises you can do on these things too... if you look up rebounding, you'll find some interesting stuff.

Thursday, January 19, 2006, 12:21 PM

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I agree with the above. You definately need to be motivated.
I don't use mine regularly because I know if I'm not in the mood than my workout isn't going to be as intense as it should. So, I'll do an aerobics video instead. But on the other hand, if I'm feeling energetic, I can get a really great workout on it.
Have you used a treadmill or gym equipment at a gym on a regular basis? And, If so, did you find it boring or can you manage to keep it interesting?

Thursday, January 19, 2006, 1:18 PM

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I've never understood how people can read while working out?!! it just amazes me. I've tried it, and had to stop the treadmil, so I could keep reading! sort of counter productive for me! LOL
I guess books on tape/cd would be a good alternative though

Thursday, January 19, 2006, 3:59 PM

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I have a recumbant bike (recommended by my physical therapist) and a weight machine. I use the bike and the husband uses the machine and runs. It's just like everyone says; if you don't make the time and integrate it into your daily routine then it will just sit there.

I also agree with the comments about setting up the environment you like to exercise in. For some that means tv, for others music, and for me we have a small cottage/studio in our very private, wooded backyard. We set up the home gym there and it is a serene, light-filled environment that I enjoy immensely! It is very relaxing to go work-out there. However this doesn't mean I work out like a pansy! I am just in another world while I am there and it is a very peaceful one.

++ on trying lots of machines. I like mine, but wish I'd shopped around a bit more. It's not as good as others I've tried since. However the price was what I was willing to pay at the time, and this was equiment I hadn't used much and I wasn't willing to make a big $$ commitment. So even more ++ on the 'buy what you like, or use someone else's equipment til you know". If I'd known how much I would like it, I would have paid more for a better one.

Thursday, January 19, 2006, 4:05 PM

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I read on the treadmill or watch TV. When I read I hold the book with one hand and hold onto the treadmill with the other hand. When I switch pages I switch hands. Even though I am holding on I workout longer because I am interested in the book. Because I have to go slower I use ankle weights to add intensity. After an hour I am sweating and know I have burned major calories.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006, 9:56 AM

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We have a nice treadmill with a TV/DVD player mounted right in front of it. I can usually watch 1/2 a movie during my workout and it makes me want to work out the next day to finish the movie! I also have a stereo in the same room, but the TV really works the best for me.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006, 3:42 PM

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I like to read or watch TV on the treadmill because it makes the time go by faster so you do not wind up bored. This is really the only way I can get in a good workout on the treadmill and keep myself interested enough to get back on it tommorrow.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006, 4:41 PM

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Last year, for Lent, my hubby & I gave up TV... UNLESS we were exercising.
It meant that we exercised more and watched TV less....

I set up a favorite DVD or TV show and exercise while watching. I find that the time passes very quickly for me!

I also try to use the programs on my treadmill, and I will make my own programs as well-- (we have a treadmill that does inclines and various speeds. We looked as a variety of machines and opted for one that had a longer warranty on the motor, was quiet and (relatively) easy to move around. (We got a NordicTrack C2200 (I think) from Sears). I find that some days, I just don't want to get on. However, since I know I've paid a lot of money, that tends to motivate me to work out.. Plus, if I put in my favorite movie, the time passes quickly!

Wednesday, February 08, 2006, 5:56 PM

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Another thing,
If you ahve a favorite TV show that's on DVD, then putting in 1 or 2 episodes passes the time quickly!

Wednesday, February 08, 2006, 5:56 PM

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