The Right Exercise Equipment for You
regularly do work out, two-thirds of us do so at home, mainly for comfort and
cost savings. A sleek new cardio machine can, by itself, inspire and motivate,
but take home the wrong one and it will quickly become the world’s priciest
you’ve been waiting to buy exercise equipment, your patience might have paid
off. The latest machines are more connected than ever—to apps that track your
results or hook you into a community of like-minded enthusiasts. Add a
fitness tracker for dynamic feedback on your progress.
Treadmills are ideal
for avid runners and walkers, especially those who live in regions where the
climate isn’t conducive to year-round outdoor exercise. You can spend as little
as $300 on a budget folding treadmill or 10 times as much on a higher-end
nonfolding model. Serious runners who have the space should consider investing
in a top-rated, nonfolding treadmill, because those machines tend to have a
longer deck that’s better suited to a runner’s open stride. Work hard enough,
and you could burn up to 350 calories in a 30-minute workout.
best if you want a weight-bearing exercise that’s lower-impact than running.
Most ellipticals have moving handgrips that allow for a more full-body workout.
Calorie output tops out around 270 for a vigorous 30-minute session.
Most of the machines we tested cost $800 to $3,000.