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Postby Sassygirl » Fri Jan 26, 2007 5:50 pm

I need to get some sort of exercise equipment for home - can anyone tell me what is the best one to have. I tend to lean towards the good old treadmill - what does everyone else think.
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Postby evilwomaniamshe » Fri Jan 26, 2007 11:14 pm

Hey sassygirl,
It is personal preference, so I say choose whichever piece of equipment that you think you will stick with and find enjoyable. Just remember any piece of equipment will give us results, if we USE them! I myself love my treadmill, but an exercise bike is good too. Just my 2 cents on the subject.
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Postby CrimsonThunder » Fri Jan 26, 2007 11:23 pm

To be honest I'd say none, walking is free I don't find the need of buying a machine to do that.

But if you have the cash you could buy one. Also a bike machine as well.
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Postby laura » Sat Jan 27, 2007 7:26 am

I'd love a treadmill, right now I can't afford one but it's on my list when I finish with my course and start making money :wink: .
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Postby zeedeveelgirl » Sat Jan 27, 2007 8:02 am

I'd tend to go for something that you can't do for free! Like, you can go for a walk/run instead of using a treadmill and you can go for a bike ride instead of buying an exercise bike. Of course, the weather isn't always going to agree with that! But how about a cross trainer or a rower? They work your body in different ways and can be damned tough!!
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Postby KimE » Sat Jan 27, 2007 9:01 am

Wow there is a lot for you to think on and I can see all sides to the discussion.

On one side if you like the treadmill then that means you will use it and will be more likely to stick with it.

On the other hand I agree with Em and Tom, walking/running is free and I must admit I prefer to do both outdoors but still do use the treadmill at the gym. So getting the rower or cross trainer would certainly work you in a different way and give you variety to your workout.

Personally if I had the cash and space I would get the cross trainer as I regularly walk anyway and the weather was never a stumbling block for me as I began my love of exercise in the winter! Plus I just love the workout the cross trainer gives me.

Maybe try this. Go to a gym and get a free day pass then try out all their cardio equipment and see which you prefer. It sounds like you have used a treadmill and if you bought something you're not used to you might get put off it if you don't master it first time out. Just don't tell the gym what you are doing! :D
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Postby laura » Sat Jan 27, 2007 9:13 am

I agree that instead of running on the treadmill one can run outside. I almost always have the kids at home with me (can't wait for the school to strat :P ) and it's not that easy for me to go for a ride on the bike or to go for a jog with them following me :roll: . So, I prefer to use the exercise bike while I spent time with my youngest, we listen to kids music, Hi-5 and others :roll: and sing along :shock: .
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Postby mary_in_adelaide » Sat Jan 27, 2007 10:10 am

That's good advice Kim...to buy equipment that offers something different than what you can get for free and gives your muscles more variety.

I do a lot of walking outdoors...often with a purpose (to work, to shopping etc) or with a treat along the way (a skinny cappuccino at an outdoor cafe for example) and I don't like the idea of walking inside going nowhere. I'd rather ride a bike outside too (although I have to get mine some new tyres when I have some spare $$). However, a piece of equipment that does something for my body that I can't do easily myself is a good idea...I don't see myself using it every day (my preference will always be to be outside going somewhere, enjoying the fresh air etc) but for those times when it's 40+ degrees or bucketing down with rain or I haven't got the time to exercise during daylight hours I can see that I would make use a piece of equipment like a cross trainer.

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Postby Groovychic » Sat Jan 27, 2007 10:13 am

I agree too. Get something that is going to work your body in a different way, such as the rower or cross trainer. They are cheaper than a treadmill as well as they dont have a motor, and less likely to break down. As for the running outside, I can't do it because of the stress it is putting on my legs. Tho I am only 8 - 9 kilos overweight it is still stressing my legs. My left leg in particular. My veins (not yet varicos) are aching after a run, whereas when I ran on the treadmill, after hiring one, last year, no problems. I was actually a couple of kilos heavier then as well. That is your other option too, just hire for a month or 3 and see what you like the best and what gives you some results. I hired the treadmill and it did so much more for me than walking or even my cross trainer is doing. The cross trainer is certainly better than just walking. I cant get my heart rate up high enough, even with the power walk, when I get outside. Hence I turn it into an interval walk/run session to keep my heart rate up. Then I get the problem with my leg!!!! So I cant win. If you have the opportunity to join the gym, then I would suggest that more than buying the equipment. Then you can spend time on different types of equipment and if they have a pool there then you can swim also. My nearest gym is 45 mins away and at this stage I cant justify the travel time to go so have got my own equipment(will be here next week with any luck!!!). So if you are going to buy something then you need to try it out and make sure you get something that you will use or else you have wasted your $$$.
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Postby Lolly » Sat Jan 27, 2007 12:40 pm

I really want to try a cross trainer out at home - any ideas where I can hire one from?
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Postby KimE » Sat Jan 27, 2007 12:46 pm

Here is one place Lolly but I am sure there are plenty more.

http://www.fitnesschoice.com.au/

I bought my multigym from them and got a discount because I mentioned http://www.weightloss.com.au but I am not sure if the discount applies to hire equipment.

Check out here :arrow: http://www.weightloss.com.au/special-offers.html for other offers.
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Postby Ally » Sat Jan 27, 2007 3:29 pm

Thanks for the info on that site Kim!! I had a sqiz and there are some great hire bargains on there as well as some specials on in the "to buy" section!
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Postby KimE » Sat Jan 27, 2007 8:00 pm

Most welcome Ally. If you are going to buy anything though ring up the store before hand as they didn't have in what I wanted but to be honest I am thrilled with what I ended up getting. :D
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Postby Lolly » Sat Jan 27, 2007 9:04 pm

They don't hire to country areas :evil:

I will keep trawling ebay for a second hand one I think.
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Postby Ally » Sun Jan 28, 2007 7:37 am

Thanks Kim.....shall do!! I have been enjoying doing the exercise dvd's when the weather is either too rainy or just too muggy, but it would be nice to be able to do something else....it is something that I am going to have to save up for, but it will be a nice treat for me once we do!!
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