Fitness is growing in popularity by leaps and bounds, but not everyone wants to go running off to the gym. If you have small children, or a busy work schedule, you may just not have the time. Also, you may prefer working out in private without those weight-tossing hulks surrounding you. For these and other reasons, home gyms have become very popular. However, space can be at a premium in the home, which is why compact fitness equipment makes sense. Some gear can even be folded and tucked under the bed or in a closet when not in use.
Before purchasing any fitness equipment you should determine what your goals are, but just about everyone will want a piece of cardio equipment for exercising the heart and some resistance gear (such as dumbbells) for toning and building muscle. Let's have a look at some of the compact fitness equipment that's available.
Compact Exercise Bikes
These stationary exercise bikes offer a great cardio fitness opportunity in a small space. Even if you live in an apartment, you will probably have the room. They take up very little space and come with a wide array of features, so finding the bike that's right for you is not that difficult at all. Compact exercise bikes come in all different price points and are made by many different manufacturers from low end to high end such as with the Schwinn exercise bikes.
Steppers have been popular for some time now but some of these machines can be extremely big and take up a lot of space. That's where the mini steppers come in. These tiny steppers take up no room at all. It's true that they are very basic, with no bells and whistles, but at the end of the day they do what any stepper does: offer you a solid cardiovascular workout. These units are so portable you can move them from room to room on a whim, and easily tuck them under a chair or bed when not in use.
Treadmills are a great way to keep walking, jogging, or running when the weather is awful or when you are pressed for time. The trouble is many of them take up a great deal of space. In recent years we've seen a good selection of folding treadmills come to market offering many of the features larger counterparts have, including preset programs, varying elevation, calorie and lap counters, heart rate monitors, and more. Just fold and store under your bed when not in use. That's convenient!
Resistance bands often get overlooked because their real value is not recognized. They are actually an excellent way to build strength and condition one's cardiovascular system. They are relatively inexpensive when it comes to fitness equipment, and they take no room at all. Store them in a drawer or hang them on a door hook. Pick up a video or an instruction manual when you buy them; You'll be amazed at all the different resistance-training exercises you can do to build muscle and tone your body.
Dumbbells are free weights that can be used for strength training. While buying a whole set can get expensive (not to mention taking up a lot of room), you can now purchase compact dumbbell systems that range from a few pounds to 45 or even 90 pounds, all on the same bar. You just select the weight you want. Bowflex Select Tech and Power Blocks are examples. You may also want to get a folding bench to give variety to your workout.
As you can see, there are many options available in fitness equipment even if you have limited space. The key is finding what's right for you and building up a home gym that you'll appreciate enough to use!