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NMWELSH SparkPoints: (19,779)
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1/3/13 9:33 P

Elliptical hands down. I have had the other two and love my elliptical best. Works your upper too if you buy a good one, and burns more calories overall, les impact on joints.

TINKER112 Posts: 72
1/3/13 7:29 P

I actually just got a nice treadmill with incline off of Craigslist for $100. Well it was $100 until they said incline not working, but it ended up working once we cleaned it up so I got $20 off the $100 and paid only $80 for a nice treadmill. Check out craigslist if you have it in your area. You can find a lot of good deals there. Good luck.

KRISTEN_SAYS SparkPoints: (81,284)
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10/9/12 10:05 A

I would personally opt for an elliptical. Groupon is offering an elliptical for $399!

EMILY_B2 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/8/12 11:34 P

A gym membership would definitely be ideal, but the schedule just does not permit. My husband and I both work full-time, he has another part-time and all house duties are mine since he's at the second when not at his main job, and we have a special-needs child that needs constant supervision. We are literally on the move working or helping our son from 6:30AM to 10PM; son is in bed at 8:30PM and the 1.5 hours until bed are either alone until hubby comes home, or the little bit of time we see each other. From 5:45AM-6:30AM is my workout time and already cuts into sleep a bit so including a commute there and back would unfortunately not be feasible; I take our son to school, so showering at the gym and leaving for work is not in the cards. Someday, maybe it will work out. It would be nice for certain.

I have been watching the thrift stores the last few weeks, but so far, the only thing that has gone through are things that would probably cost a few hundred to repair; I'm not handy, and he has no time. Maybe Craig's List. I will keep looking for used. If nothing comes up by Christmas, maybe I'll leave the choice up to the husband to buy something new for us. Tonight, he said he would not mind something like a treadmill or an elliptical as well, because he wants to start getting up when I do to exercise as well, so one of us would need something in the house while the other walks.

MAGGIEMURPHY4 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/8/12 6:10 P

I would use the money to join a gym...that way you could use all three, plus some free weights or other equipment. I have purchased equipment in the past and it ended up being cloths hanger most of the time and then a pain in the butt because I never could find a home for it that I was happy with. It was always in the way. My gym membership at Planet Fitness is 99.00 per year. Less than 10.00 per month and I love it. I also like the social aspect of it. Having a friend on the elliptical next to me makes the time fly. You tend to see the same people everyday so you can't help to say hello and start up conversations.

SSTENFORS Posts: 167
10/8/12 5:44 P

Check with Goodwill and make up your mind to use whatever it is. Don't worry you "won't" use it, make up your mind you will! emoticon

SCTK519 Posts: 2,086
10/8/12 5:32 P

I think it's really ultimately about what you want to do and what you're currently doing. My husband & I purchased a treadmill because I was already running 4 or 5 times a week so it made sense to get a treadmill above an elliptical or bike. To me it's paramount that it's something you're going to use because otherwise, it doesn't matter how much you've spent it's going to waste. Depending on what piece of equipment you decide on too, you may need to talk to your husband again. You want something reasonably priced, yes, but you also want something that you aren't going to need to do maintenance on or replace in a year. It's like buying a new car or fairly new car, you may pay more initially, but you won't need to pay to have work done on it for a long time. I'd look at Second Wind or Play It Again Sports type places before going to Craig's List.

EMILY_B2 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/8/12 4:56 P

Hi J6Smith3,

That could work. Can you get a good cardio workout with it? I want to make sure it's something that can get the heart pumping good.

Hi Nancy,

I think the answer is "all of the above." I really enjoy outdoor exercise, but live in the area where April to about October brings high heat and humidity that make outdoor efforts difficult without a gallon of water in tow. Walking is my current means now that weather has turned nicer in the mornings, but I want to work my way into running eventually. That is what has me looking hard at treadmills; I've heard starting to run on a treadmill is easier on joints to build into it...once I get some more walking behind me. My doctor cautioned against walking or running every day, though; he suggested once or twice a week, but having alternative exercise options, like biking or elliptical, to fill in other cardio days to alleviate strain on joints and work other muscle groups.

So I do want an option to replace outdoor exercise when weather does not permit ~8 months of the year, and on the days during the other 4 months of "winter" when I just may not feel like going out; I'll be more likely to get up on those sleepy days if I only have to walk across the room and hop on a piece of equipment. And also something for variety. If only there was an all-in-one treadmill/bike/elliptical.

I have seen dual trainers at Sears and Penneys that have bikes and ellipticals but am worried about quality. I also considered just skipping the indoor options and getting a REAL bike to take out and about in the neighborhood, but that does not solve the problem of what to do for yucky weather. I'm not a fan of most exercise videos, even on rainy days.

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (191,979)
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10/8/12 4:54 P

I would definitely scour craigslist, because $400 isn't going to get you much quality new, except for the stationary bike.

SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (0)
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10/8/12 4:41 P


All these are great options, but you must ask yourself what your goals are. What do you see yourself doing over the long haul? Do you want to use the equipment as a supplement to outdoor exercise or a replacement for outdoor exercise? Do you want to eventually go from walking to a Spark Your Way to a 5K program?

Just remember even 10 minutes on ANY of these equipment pieces will benefit you.

I hope this helps!

Coach Nancy

J6SMITH3 SparkPoints: (11,319)
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10/8/12 4:14 P

I, personally, would love a treadmill, but I can't bring myself to spend the money on a good one. (maybe scouring the craiglist ads for your area??)

I would suggest a recumbent bike. I find that it is gentle enough for a morning workout, but can still be used for a more intense workout. Plus, you don't have a bike seat up your butt! I can't say much for ellipticals. (They kinda scare me) Here's an example of a reasonably priced recumbent that is of good quality.

Good luck!

EMILY_B2 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/8/12 4:06 P

My husband has tentatively okayed me to get either a treadmill, stationary bike, or elliptical (by okayed, I mean, I've bugged him repeatedly until he finally stopped making that "why would you do that?" face, which equates to agreement). So...what should I get?

My budget is roughly $400, no more. Less is nice, of course, but I want to get something that will last a while.

I like to walk and really like the idea of a treadmill for not-so-lovely weather days (or lazy days where I just want to stay inside) but budget does seem limiting here for something quality.

Bikes and ellipticals both seem like great workouts, but I tinker on a friend's every once in a while, and they KICK MY RUMP! so I'm not sure I could maintain exercise on one for long enough to qualify as an actual workout. Of course, maybe that would change if I did it more than once every 6-8 weeks, but I am nervous I'll spend the money and not use as often as would be beneficial.

Whatever I get is going in our bedroom (we have two cats that are notoriously curious and would no doubt try to investigate the spinning tires or belts or whatever if they could get at it while in use, need to shut them out of the room), so appearance and/or economy of size is a bonus.

Does anyone have suggestions?

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