There are several types of home gyms in the market and each offers various different options and accessories. Therefore, before you buy an exercise machine, you need to know what you want specifically. Otherwise, you may be talked into purchasing an expensive machine that doesn’t meet your needs. In this article, we tell you how to identify your fitness goals so as to get a machine that will enable you achieve these goals.
What is your current level of fitness?
The kind of physical activity regimen you will put in place depends a lot on your current level of fitness. To determine your starting point, assess and record your first fitness scores when beginning your program. This will enable you to track your progress especially if you do it daily.
In assessing your muscular and aerobic fitness, body composition and flexibility, record the following:
• Your pulse rate before and after walking a distance of 1 mile
• How long does it take you to cover 1 mile?
• What is your waist circumference?
• How many push-ups can you manage in one set?
• What is your BMI (body mass index)?
Do you have any health conditions?
It is important to first talk to your physician before you start any new activity program if you suffer from a chronic medical condition like heart disease or diabetes. But if you are a healthy individual you don’t necessarily have to consult a doctor before you start an activity program.
What types of exercises do you enjoy?
According to research, a person has higher chances of continuing fitness program if they enjoy it. If you like dancing, you should consider joining an aerobics class that offers dance moves. And if you are the type that enjoys working out in the company of other people, you may want to join a walking club or try a gym membership. But if you prefer exercising alone, a workout DVD may just be what you need.
Next Step: Goal setting
Armed with the answers from the questions in the above section, you should be ready now to set your goals.
If you are beginning to work out for the first time, your goal should be as simple as meeting the physical activity recommendations as set by American Heart Association (AHA). These include at least 75 minutes a week of rigorous aerobic activity or 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercises.
If you have more specific goal for instance completing a triathlon or running a 5 km race, you need to have a plan of how to attain your goal. You may want to join a triathlon group or your local running club. This will help you design a training plan to strengthen your resolve and increase your stamina.
Weight loss goal
If you are getting into physical activity for the sole purpose of losing weight, it is important to speak to your doctor to tell you the amount of weight you should lose each week. Physical activity, along with the right intake of calories, is an integral part of shedding some pounds. The amount of exercises required to attain a healthy weight will vary from one person to another greatly.
Among the most important factors to consider when buying home fitness machines is your fitness goals. Clear goals will motivate you when you are not in the mood to exercise. To stick with your exercise program, you should track your progress.