In my "lessons learned" buy good quality equipment, even used, is better than cheap, rinky-dink stuff whether it is weights or an elliptical. I wasted between $200 and $600 on inexpensive exercycle and elliptical and learned I won't use equipment that sounds or feels rickety. There's a place near us that sells reconditioned Precor equipment and it makes all the difference. My husband weighs over 200 pounds and when we got the Precor elliptical he started using it every day and it's now been over 3 years.
We started very basic years ago with just a ball and resistance bands (got a Nike kit for $30). They were very effective and we gradually added a mat (to replace the beach towel), rubber coated weights (more comfortable than just plain metal and easier on the hands if you don't wear gloves), a Bosu balancing board (which also comes with resistance bands and makes for an excellent all around work out). Craig's list is a great source and there is an amazing amount of barely used equipment - go figure (grin).
One last note, storage is an important factor for us as we don't have an entire room to dedicate. The elliptical is in a room where we can put a light weight screen in front of it and we reorganized a closet to fit everything else in - it did require prioritizing fitness at the top of our list because we did end up having to get rid of other things to make room.
Taking out and putting away the workout gear is part of our routine and it helps get our mind focused on what we're doing - not as much "mindlessness" as when we tried leaving it out where we would trip over it and eventually not really "see" it anymore.
- 5/2/2013 8:48:12 AM