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More and more time-constrained men and women are choosing to work out at home rather than at a gym.

It's a wise move. You can save a lot on the gas you need to drive to the gym, the time you need to invest in getting there and back, and the cost of your gym membership.

The American Council on Exercise is here to help you determine how to get started. ACE recommends you ask yourself these 4 questions before making your equipment-buying decisions:

1. What are your fitness needs?

  • The equipment should suit your interests and fitness level. Your chosen activities should be enjoyable and yet challenging enough that you're able to progress to higher levels.

  • Every home gym should include basic components for both aerobic training and strength training along with a mat for stretching and abdominal work. Aerobic training - jogging, stepping, or cycling, for example - burns fat, raises your HDL (good cholesterol) and strengthens the heart and lungs. Strength training uses free weights, elastic bands, or machines that resist your movement. It builds muscle, strengthens bones, boosts your metabolism, and can lower your LDL (bad cholesterol). Stretching keeps muscles and joints flexible and helps prevent injury and soreness.
2. What is your budget?
  • The No. 1 Rule here is that you get what you pay for. Keep in mind that high quality equipment that works reliably after several years of heavy use can't be manufactured cheaply.
  • There are options available for every budget. For example, if ...    Continue

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