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Many people exercise with fitness machines such as treadmills, stair-climbers, stationary bikes, and cross-country skiing machines. These all offer aerobic exercise. They may also strengthen muscles.
Fitness machines can be great for exercising when the weather is bad or days are short. You may also like the fact that these machines let you control the intensity of your activity. They may tell you your heart rate, calories burned, or miles covered. Fitness machines are safe and handy, but they can be boring. Listening to music, watching TV, or exercising with a friend may make it more fun.
Advertising for fitness products often promises large gains with little effort. This is a promise that sounds good but is rarely true. Before you buy, think about these tips.
A machine or device probably won't make you like an activity that you dislike in the first place.
Make sure you can return it if you don't like it.
Make sure it feels right to you. Sometimes the more expensive machines work more smoothly and make exercise more comfortable and fun.
Get the opinion of a trainer or experienced person at a health club, YMCA, or other fitness setting about the equipment you are interested in.
Many products promise to help tone and develop muscles in the belly, thighs, or buttocks. But you can strengthen and tone these muscles without special devices. And most devices don't make it easier or safer than doing exercises on your own.
Current as of:
May 12, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal MedicineAdam Husney MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineHeather Chambliss PhD - Exercise Science
Current as of: May 12, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Heather Chambliss PhD - Exercise Science
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