We all want to be healthier and more active.


The hard part is finding the time. You don’t want to spend money on a gym membership you’ll never use. If you have exercise equipment at home, however, you can get a quick workout whenever you have a spare 15 minutes.


The real trick is finding the right equipment for you. These tips should help.


  • Test it for comfort. Comfort is an important factor for a number of reasons. If it’s not comfortable, you won’t use it. Second is safety. If the machine is uncomfortable you’re at risk of using it wrong, which can lead to injuries.


  • Don’t buy what you won’t use. Even the most state of the art home gyms are useless if they don’t get used. Be sure to only get equipment you will use on a regular basis. Anything else will be a waste of money.


  • Know your space. Exercise equipment is going to take up some space in your home or apartment, so you should calculate exactly how big a piece of equipment can be before you buy it. Measure out your space first, and don’t forget to give yourself a little extra room for safety.


  • Make sure it’s the right size for you. If you are in the market for treadmills, be sure the belt is long enough to accommodate your stride. A model that is too big will waste valuable space in your home, one that is too small will make it useless for you.


  • Know your limits. If you are not deeply immersed in the world of fitness and exercise, it’s best to start modestly. Get yourself in the swing of things, and choose equipment that only just a little more than what you’re capable of doing. You can always scale up as you go.


And the most important tip of all? Be safe!

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