There are many pieces of home fitness equipment in the market. So before purchasing any home fitness equipment, it is vital for us to understand different fitness equipment on the market and make sure that it suits our level of fitness, our exercise needs, and most important of all our financial situation.
When we talk about well-balanced fitness, we have to fulfill the 3 basic components of fitness as follows:
1. Cardiovascular or aerobic component
2. Strength-building component
3. Flexibility component
Flexibility is defined as the ability to use a part of the body through its full range of motion. We need to keep our muscles and joints mobile enough to avoid discomfort. So through cardiovascular endurance and muscular strength, our body becomes more flexible and we just need to have an arsenal of stretches to free our entire body from any kind of stiffness.
Therefore, while using home fitness equipment helps to achieve the first two components of fitness, intensity of the exercise has helped to achieve flexibility. For example, when doing crunches on an inflatable exercise ball or lunges on an inflatable pad, we have worked our muscles all over our body by forcing us to keep our balance (flexibility) and at the same time we have completed strength building exercises.
Types of cardiovascular equipment include cross trainers, elliptical trainers, exercise bikes, rowing machines, steppers & stair climbers, treadmills, recumbent bikes and spinners.
Types of strengthening equipment are free weights, weight machines, and balancing or resistance equipment. Free weights come in many different shapes, sizes, and weights. Round weights may be used on their own or placed on the end of barbells. Small hand held barbells and medicine balls are other options. Many people prefer free weights to weight machines. As we lift the free weights, we must use muscles throughout our entire body in order to maintain balance. However, weight machines are safer and easier to use than free weights and may allow us to lift greater amount of weight.
Weight machines have a stack of incremental weights attached to a pulley. This type of exercise equipment is more user-friendly than free weights. We can use a pin to select the amount of weight we want to lift and adjust the machine to accommodate our body type.
Some strength training exercise equipment does not include weights, but allows us to use our body weight for resistance. Chin up bars, which work the biceps and triceps, and crunch machines, which work the abdominal, are examples of this type of exercise equipment.