Some of the best deals in the classifieds are for barely used exercise equipment. You know the drill: in a fit of good intentions someone buys a treadmill as part of a New Year’s resolution, only to leave it collecting dust for the next six months.
That’s why exercise gear can often be had at significantly lower prices than retail by shopping the classifieds. (Take a look at exercise equipment for sale in Lake City as one example. Or check out used exercise equipment in Gainesville.) But what equipment will give you the best results for your effort? What’s your best option for keeping fit or losing weight?
Elliptical trainers, or cross-trainers, are an easy way to engage in a low impact workout. An elliptical machine works out both your lower and upper body, and is very popular in gyms everywhere. The elliptical works out many large muscle groups so it is a very effective from of exercise: quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes (bottom), chest, back, triceps and biceps.
The motion on an elliptical is like walking in midair, taking stress of the joints. Ankle, hip and knee movements are supported without the jolts experienced when running on the street. Additionally, because the exercise is weight-bearing, this helps prevent osteoporosis. Moderate effort levels 1-5 can burn about 225 calories in 30 minutes depending on your weight (examples are for 140lb person).
Stair climbing is good form of cardiovascular exercise that has fat-burning benefits and increases stamina. It also incorporates resistance exercise, which trainers everywhere recommend in combination with aerobic exercise.
Studies have shown that stair climbing is twice as strenuous as walking briskly and 50% more difficult than lifting weights or walking up a steep incline. The approximate amount of calories burned in 30 minutes is 300 calories.
A rowing machine is a good way to get a low impact workout that will raise your heart rate. Low impact is recommended for people with knee and joint pain for whom running or jogging is not really beneficial. A rowing machine is also easy to use provided you choose the right model for you. You do not need a model you have to read a book about before you can try it out. Get something simple that will give you an all-over workout.
Besides burning calories, a rowing machine provides resistance against which you work your muscles meaning that you build muscle as you go along. Moderate exercise on a rowing machine burns about 222 calories in 30 minutes.