For many of us there are two primary places to work out – through a gym membership or in a home gym with fitness machines.
When you first contemplate taking control of your health and fitness, the thought of working out in a public gym with all those muscular and able bodies is daunting. So why not buy some home fitness machines and begin your weight loss at home?
But wait! Before you shell out a big investment in equipment there are a few points I want to warn you about to help you make the best selection for your needs and goals. And, I’ll even save you future hassles and money in the process. Every week I watch the national flyers and evaluate costs and products, factoring in shipping or delivery, warranties and durability. That is why you’ll find my purchase recommendations change so often – I’m looking after you.
Let’s first cover the basics and then I’ll show you the best deals based on my review.
- Performance and Quality – Even though I can help you find the best price, based on manufacturer’s suggested retail, you will always get what you pay for. Home fitness machines are available in three levels of quality but the variances in price between mid-range and top-notch aren’t drastic. So I suggest you buy the best that you can afford and end up with equipment that lasts or has resale value once you decide to start working out at the gym. Suggested Treadmills: Nautilus T514, (more coming soon).
- Intended Usage – When you buy an exercise machine, choose the one that you’ll be most excited about to use. Do your best not to let price, color or salesmen sway you. With a firm budget and necessary features in mind, don’t sway or be persuaded by commercials.
- Home Gym Space – If the area you’ve designated for home gym space is restrictive, make sure that your new exercise equipment will work in that space. Look for machines that fold away (and be sure to check the folded size) so you can do other exercises like free weights or yoga as your body transforms.
- Based on Your Personal Needs – Are you a senior? Morbidly obese? Suffering from past sports injuries? These are all factors to consider before setting up the home gym. Previous injuries and other health situations may require a pre-consultation with your medical doctor or at least a fitness trainer. As an example, if you have weak knees you might not be suited for a stair climber. Another? Those with bad backs probably shouldn’t jump right into cross-country ski machines or rowers.
- Safety Features – Aside from built in heart rate monitors and such, consider other safety features if children will ever have access to your home gym.
- Difficulty Factors – It can be tricky to match the machine to your needs today and your needs in the future. You don’t want to choose expensive exercise equipment that is too difficult to master but on the other side of the coin you don’t want to choose one that you’ll outgrow in a month’s time. Shop for, and purchase, home gym equipment that matches your current skill level but has enough features to challenge you later as well.
- Warranty – I can’t stress this point enough. Home gym equipment takes a beating when you’re dedicated to being fit or losing weight. It has to be tough enough to stand your eagerness or at least well warrantied to have the equipment fixed for free if it breaks down. The only items Pedometers.org approves of has a minimum 5 year warranty on frames and motors. I don’t suggest settling for anything less.
If you’ve been shopping for a pedometer you may find that there are so many options, features, and reviews to choose from that it gets confusing. For that reason we at Pedometers.org have put together a list of tips on finding the best digital pedometer for your needs.
Although we strongly suggest the Omron we feature in the sidebar you may have others available to you through other venues so a list of criteria would be beneficial.
The interesting thing about these gadgets is that you don’t always have to pay more for a high quality step counter, calorie counter, or feature rich device. To avoid paying for features that you’ll never need or use or purchasing a pedometer at a higher price just because it is the newest model it is in your best interest to read some unbiased reviews before you order one.
Search for Accurate Counts of Steps
Truly the most essential characteristic of a digital pedometer is it’s ability to be accurate. Please first understand that not one device can be 100% accurate as a step counter but there are some that keep a very close count. Poor quality pedometers are known to under count, but they may also over count too.
Quality Clips or Belts That Are Secure
The last thing you want to do is shell out good money for a digital pedometer just to have it fly off your waist or belt and become lost forever due to a faulty clip. Although some good pedometers won’t break on a sudden impact, the loss of your pedometer – especially once you’ve programmed your daily walks and goals into it – is a major let down.
A Great Manufacturer’s Warranty
Since pedometers are now high tech devices look for a good manufacturers warranty upon purchase. Due to the multitude of parts and/or the computer chip technology inside there may be upgrades or replacement parts needed over the first year of owning a pedometer. A warranty from a top rate company is a great feature and money saver.
Long Battery Life
When reading pedometer reviews be sure to pay attention to the life of the battery comments. This is especially important if you travel or have a busy life that isn’t solely operated on routine. Pedometers that regularly run short of battery life and shut down may have troubles maintaining stored information and accurate counts.
False Step Sensor Feature
If you’ve found a pedometer review that is impressive and within your price range, look deeper for a feature called the false step sensor. These units don’t count movements that are not considered a normal step. These pedometers are often the most accurate when compared to other units without this feature.
At Pedometers.org we’ve just joined alliances with one of the top manufacturers of the era, Omron.
Now you may have heard the brand name before when shopping for or researching a pedometer but the Omron company has a much larger line of health related devices than just their pedometers.
Direct From the Pedometer Manufacturer
In fact I just ordered a personal use Omron fat loss monitor from the company and I’m suggesting that this may be one of the best ways for you to shop as well – direct from the manufacturer via Amazon. You won’t need to worry about paying distribution costs, inflated shipping fees and similar mark ups and you know your warranty will be honored should anything happen to your unit.
This is also especially useful should you lose a component to your pedometer – such as leaving your USB cable (when uploading your latest walks to your computer) in a hotel room. Not that I’ve ever done that! 😉
But let me tell you about the fat loss monitor before I forget!
This device (under $40 too!) measures your body-fat percentage and calculates your body-mass index (BMI). I wish I could explain to you how it does this but putting such scientific processes into legible English isn’t my strong suit. The joy of owning such a device is that you will be able to accurately monitor your progress while getting fit. As I’m sure you know losing body fat is more important than just losing weight. Knowing that you are losing fat and how much of it is truly inspirational.
What are Omron’s Fat Loss Monitor’s strong suits? Accurate readings, fast calculations and multi-person tracking. Just think you could get 8 family members or friends involved in your get fit campaign – that’s a lot of support.