Choosing fitness equipment is crucial when you are concerned with creating a fitness plan or thinking about which fitness exercises are best for you. The equipment you use should be specific for the reasons you want to workout and for what goals you are trying to achieve with your body.
Your fitness regime needs to be tailored for you, so that you do not end up damaging your body:
- Cardio: increasing metabolism, burning calories, strengthen heart and body, involves increased heart rate workouts.
- Strength: support bones and joints, build up muscle and tone, improves muscle control and mobility, involves weights and mobility workouts.
- Flexibility: improves posture, strengths and tones muscle, reduces risk of muscle damage, involves yoga workouts.
It can be daunting when first thinking about your fitness and what machinery you should be using. This is a brief guide to some of the main pieces of fitness equipment you could use and what type of workout they are preferred for:
- Treadmill: cardiovascular machine, burns calories, adjustable speed and grade for different fitness levels
- Elliptic trainers: cardivascular machine, easier for your joints, adjustable speed and grades
- Rowing machine: cardiovascular machine, good for posture, strengthens heart
- Boxing equipment: good for cardio and muscle toning, upper body conditioning
- Weights: strength training, tones/enhances/stimulates muscles and muscle development
- Exercise mat: strength training and flexibility, pilates/yoga, good for pre-workout stretching, exercises that tone and build body muscle
- Stability ball: can be used in replacement for exercise benches, good for all workouts, improves balance, strengthens muscle
For further advice, have a look at our fitness tips.