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  • Great information!
  • Thanks for the tips.
    A few comments about buying shoes.

    Just buying top brand shoes will do little if anything for absolutely SHOULD buy those brands, but only after you have been correctly fitted for the shoes that SUIT you, your feet, and how YOU move. (Do you wear thin/thick socks for exercise? Do you pronate or supinate? Will you be walking/running/doing aerobics? All these things factor in!)

    I wear Brooks Adrenaline shoes...I've worn them since they were in the 8th generation of the model (GTS8) they are now in the 17th generation (GTS17) I can go in to any store and buy those shoes whether a sports specialist, running specialist and occasionally a consolidation store (DSW etc.) Because those shoes fit ME, MY feet, and the way I move.
    Could I buy another model of Brooks with the same certainty? Or another top brand?
    Not without being properly fitted for those shoes.

    So please, let's not talk about shoes, and the importance of good quality shoes without first acknowledging that fit, and use are just as important as the shoes themselves.

    And ladies...BTW: Same thing applies to sports bras!!!
  • I couldn't agree more about splurging on the shoes and exercise bras. So many women don't bother with the sports bras and you can really tell! It has to be uncomfortable too.
  • As a man I just want to lose enough weight that I do not need a sports bra! ha ha
    My favorite home purchase was my Bowflex. I love the rowing machine ability.
  • From my experience gym memberships are a waste of money - big time.
  • I disagree on the concept of a pedometer. If you're tracking the steps you take in a normal day, and counting it as exercise, it means you'll do less in the way of an actual workout.
    I find the whole thing counter-productive and self-defeating. Seems like money better spent on a gym membership, IMO.

    If you have a Gabriel Brothers near you, and you're not going there for your running shoes and workout gear, you're doing it wrong. I paid $25 for my last pair of Nike Flex Fits.
  • I have only found sportsbras in my size online and only one brand makes them. Sadly the idea of a sportsbra was a fantasy for me until two years ago when I had to buy one for a bike trip. Amazing what a difference the correct size makes!
  • I had shoes that wore out quickly they where a top brand supposedly they where best. So i went back after getting major blisters and lots of cramps. The new shoes where brooks and cost me over a hundred and now no blisters and cramps. I am able to walk close to twenty thousand steps a day . Its great to get out and walk. The gym is expensive but if i chose to get into one i would only pay for one that has a track good equipment and offer water fitness.
  • I still think its a better deal when buying free weights to buy handles AND plates as opposed to buying fixed weight dumbells.
  • Sometimes when you buy the more expensive clothing or equipment what you're paying them for is the expensive advertising and marketing campaign that convinced you that their product is better. But sometimes the more expensive one is better. You have to do some digging to find out, but don't just assume that the more expensive one is better.

    I don't see the point in treadmills and stationary bicycles. Why not just take a walk or ride a bike outside? I do it all year and I live in Nebraska (you know, hot and humid in the summer and cold and snowy in the winter). Even inside you can run up and down stairs and that kind of thing. All exercise develops some kind of skill, and skill at walking or running over various terrains is infinitely more useful than skill at walking on a treadmill. The same thing applies to bicycling, and it might even save you some money on gasoline. And then there's the Vitamin D you get from not being a shut-in...
  • Tracking 10,000 steps a day you need a pedometer. I agree with buying a better HRM as I did buy two cheap ones which wasted money.

    I think a Kettlebell should be added but a small on you will outgrow. Mine is 12k (26 lbs) a little on the heavy side but a good workout.
    Not sure I agree on spending money on the home cardio machines. Gym memberships can be under 20 bucks a month, so the money spent to get a decent piece of home equipment can be years at a gym.
  • I have found that you can get fitness gear on the cheap at discount stores all over the place. Many of the items are name brand goods. I just got myself a yoga mat last week at Ross on sale for under $10. Great buy and works great too.
    I agree about getting good shoes. If you don't get a pair that fits right and is the right kind, you can hurt yourself. But it is not always necessary to spend a lot for them.

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