One thing that people started to do once the COVID-19 pandemic started was to invest in home gym equipment that can help with muscle building and of course; weight loss.
I’m no stranger to this, once the pandemic started I quickly got myself an all-in-one gym machine and a treadmill, one for strength training and one for cardio. With lockdown in places I wanted to make sure that I continued staying fit because I knew one day, together, we would get out of this pandemic.
Even though we’re still fighting and countries are still struggling and lockdowns are coming in and out; I think it’s fair to say that we’re all starting to see a way out compared to where we were at the start of 2020.
One thing that I was researching before I bought the treadmill though was which exercise machine would be the best for weight loss? I did some research into what to look for, and what different machines or rather, equipment do. I’ve come up with some tips which I’ve compiled below. Hopefully, it helps if you’re on the hunt for one as well.
What To Look For In An Exercise Machine For Weight Loss
Below are the key considerations you should make before investing in an exercise machine.
First of all, think of the purpose or rather what type of exercise you want to do. I mean a treadmill is basically an all-rounder. The reason I chose a treadmill is that I’m a runner through and through and have completed a trail marathon just before the pandemic started in January 2020. So it was a no-brainer for me.
However, if you tend to cycle with a bike then you might want to look for a recumbent bike and if you’re more into strength training but want to adopt some cardio then a rowing machine might be more suited for you.
However, a key consideration that you definitely need to make is the purpose and what type of exercise you enjoy the most and can stay consistent with, this will ensure you enjoy the process which is more important than the result, or so they say.
Storage & Space
One thing you definitely need to consider is the space you have in your home or apartment. I live in a 2-bedroom apartment with a balcony so I had a decent amount of space to pick.
But if you’re living in a studio then you might want to consider some options such as a foldable treadmill because you can use it whenever you need and then whenever you’re done you can simply fold it and put it away in the cupboard – these usually aren’t too heavy as well.
Lastly, but likely most important is to consider the price. Stamina rowing machines for example are a lot more expensive than some of the treadmills that you might find.
Consider the price and of course, features such as a warranty when you’re looking for an exercise machine for weight loss. Also make sure that you look at the reviews, and not skimp out on quality over price as it probably won’t last you very long.
And if the price is a major blocker for you, then classified websites, where people are usually buying and selling items, will have second-hand treadmills, bikes, and other equipment that you might need. Just look out for online reviews at things that might typically break with these products so you know what to look out for when you go check it out.
And once again, make sure you enjoy it!
There’s no point buying an exercise bike if you aren’t going to use it, and much the same can be said for a treadmill or any other piece of gym equipment. I cannot stress this point enough.
Motivation and dedication come hand-in-hand, think about what you’ve enjoyed the most in the past and look for exercise equipment that compliments that.
For some people, a simple skipping rope may do the trick whilst others may indeed want to invest in an actual exercise machine to reach their goals.
Whether you’re in lockdown or you’re simply just looking to upgrade your home gym, the above are some initial things to look at when you’re considering getting equipment for weight loss.
However, if you aren’t in lockdown and can go out and about, it’s always good to go out for some fresh air to exercise as this helps with your overall mental health.
Marko Rakic is a trail runner and fitness enthusiast from Sydney, Australia. He is the lead writer for The Ultimate Primate and believes the best way to live a happy life is to take a holistic approach to fitness and health.