I would suggest using the money towards strength equipment (hand weights?) or exercise clothes that would allow you to get outdoors to walk or run. Equipment like a treadmill or elliptical tend to become expensive clothes hangers over time. If you have your heart set on cardio equipment search Craigslist or something like a thrift store - you will most likely be able to find gently used equipment for a good price.
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I recently joined a gym, but for years, exercised at home. My choice was exercise videos. At the time, I was a step aerobic fiend and had all sorts of step videos. I also read reviews on some of the best fitness videos and purchased used ones inexpensively through EBAY. I invested in a set of dumbells with plates of various poundages. The dumbells are probably at least 15 years old and I still use them.
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You can get a good stationary bike or treadmill or elliptical machine, whichever you like most. I like all three. I own an elliptical machine and a bike. Alternatively if you have a regular bike, you can get a small device like www.amazon.com/Bell-Motivator-Indoor-Bicyc le-Trainer/dp/B000AAYBWS which will convert your bike into a stationary bike.
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Do you have any other equipment like dumbbells, resistant bands, kettlebells, etc.? If you're looking into getting a treadmill, maybe you should consider just going outside for any walks/jobs and using the money towards weights if you don't have any already.
I think you are talking about the same amount of space for any of those cardio machines. The treadmill I ended up with is an Xterra tr6.6, which folds up. I would make sure you are either getting an awesome deal used, or make sure you buy from a place with a really good warranty/return policy, since these things do go through a lot of abuse.
If you want something to give you a great workout and takes a minimum of space, try a rowing machine. I got an old concept 2b off of craigslist for a little over $100. The newer ones stand on end and seem to run ~$1000ish.
Thank you so much for the advice, i used to use treadmill in the gym a lot but at home, i think it will take to much space. I would love to use the elliptical more then step-master but not sure if it will be as effective workout as step-master or treadmill...
It sort of depends on your budget and what you LIKE to do. I have discovered through years of ownership that I didn't loose any weight when I wasn't USING my treadmill (funny thing that). With that in mind, would you use a stair master more than an elliptical trainer?
I own a treadmill that folds up. It takes up about the same amount of space as a stair master, but only when it is up. I have a NordicTrack Treadmill that can be used with a program called iFit. Other brands also use iFit, which is, depending on the model of equipment, a memory chip or an extra module that you plug into the equipment. It can help a person train, use hills and pathways from around your own neighbourhood etc etc. To some people, this is a gimmick, to others, it can be really helpful. Again . . it comes down to a budget thing.
I like the Nordictrack. I have had it for over 6 years (used LOTS for 4 of those 6). Recently I replaced the track, and other than some tread lube, it is still going strong.
IF you get a treadmill, but shoes only for the treadmill. It prevent you from bringing in dirt that will quickly get under the track and wear it down.
Have fun shopping.
Doug - BC, Canada
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I have canceled my gym membership due to relocation. i want to buy an exercise equipment but i do not have a lot of space to put the big trademill, may be a step-master? Can anyone advice on a good cardio machine for the home? there are so many brands in the store and i cant make a division without the review of people who used it. I will appreciate everyone's output. Thanks
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