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.
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...
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.
I disagree with this article. Quality and the price of all of these products are different things. My best running shoes were the cheapest I've ever bought and the worst aerobic shoes were quite pricey Nike's. When buying a sports bra, try it on and jump around. Read the reviews, check the quality etc. Some of the high-price stuff is really overrated and there's no actual difference if you compare the quality.
I've saved a ton by keeping an eye out at Marshalls, Ross and TJMaxx for fitness gear. I"ve not only gotten great workout clothes there (New Balance, UnderArmour and so on) on the cheap, but also weight lifting gloves, a foam roller, yoga mat, knee brace, medicine ball and probably some other stuff I'm not thinking of right now.
I will second the suggestion about a good sports bra! What a difference it makes!
10/23/2012 7:47:04 PM
Hmm. Inherited my stationary bike. Bought my TotalGym on sale. Bought my weights and bench used. Got the heart monitor when my old watch died, on sale. Got the pedometer on sale from the Spark Store. Now, getting used to using them, but after the first 50#, the weight doesn't seem to want to come off. *Sigh* Getting in shape takes time and work!
I have went cheap on the shoes before, and paid the price later. Won't do that again!
10/23/2012 9:35:14 AM
Like the article... thanks! I purchased a great versatile for my home gym for a great price, it doesn't take up alot of space and I can do a ton of exercies with it - love my lebert equalizer. use it for cardio, agility and strength training (i love my dips and pull ups on it!).
Good blog topic! I do not skimp on footwear because I wear through shoes in six months or earlier even though I use them only in the gym. My second most widely used item is my foam roller because I ache daily from my workouts. I am done with pedometers because every one I owned broke and besides the gym equipment gives some indication of how much I have exercised.
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