Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Health Tip: Choosing Exercise Equipment

(HealthDay News) -- Before you buy home exercise equipment, it's important to make sure you're making the best choice for you and your lifestyle.

Here are things to keep in mind when selecting exercise equipment, courtesy of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons:

  • Consider the difference between exercising at home, versus joining a gym. Make sure that you're comfortable with doing it at home.

  • Consider less expensive options that offer more variety in your exercise. Look for a stand to convert your regular bicycle into a stationary bike, or consider free weights and a bench instead of a resistance machine.

  • Choose a place in your home that is pleasant for exercising. Make sure it's well-lit and well-ventilated.

  • Make sure you know how to properly use the equipment before bringing it home.

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