It depends on where you live whether it is better to exercise indoors or outdoors. Factors to deter you might be the weather or perhaps safety at night and at other times. A regular gym membership can be too much of a financial commitment to bear, whereas buying one set of exercise equipment and then using it time and time again can work out a cost-effective alternative.
With indoor exercise in our mind, and that is something that can benefit from exercise as well as our body, it is worth considering just what kinds of equipment would be useful inside a home for us to maintain a healthy mind and body.
Exercise Bike for Pedalling Inside
One of the commonest forms of indoor exercise equipment will be the exercise bike. Despite its appearance, it will get you everywhere because it will help you to burn off and lose the extra calories that you put on through eating. Tensions can be adjusted to make cycling easier or harder and so replicate different terrains. An electronic clock can show you your progress.
An elliptical trainer, like the exercise bike, is defined as a stationery exercise machine. It will allow you to walk, run, and stair climb, and all without causing any excessive pressure to joints. For this reason, it decreases the risk of the impact injuries that you might sustain while training outdoors. So, that is another reason to stay exercising indoors and then play only the actual sport outdoors.
Treadmills that Mirror Hill Running
Treadmills not only allow you to run on the spot, but they also allow you to alter the speed of your running and the gradient, so that you can feel and be exercising as if you are running up a hill. So, there is no need to travel for miles to find a steep slope when you can create it on a treadmill. The steeper the slope, the harder you are made to work, so the more of a workout you have and the greater your endurance is tested.
Rowing Machines that don’t require Water
Rowing is considered one of the more efficient ways to burn off calories. Not only that, it will allow you to build muscles that are strong and defined. This makes it the perfect all-around machine to go for if you are lacking in space because your home gym is also your bedroom space.
All of the above represent good cardio-vascular activites. This means that they will result in reduced body weight, lower blood pressure, reduce bad cholesterol, increase good cholesterol, and improve immunity. These kinds of exercises get the blood pumping and are good for the heart. There is also evidence that exercise sharpens thinking and memory. It is these same endorphins involved. Exercise is a stimulator of new brain cells and something which helps slow down the effects of old age.
Another part of keeping fit relates to building and strengthening muscles. This is important where a sports injury has resulted and muscles need to be repaired or rebuilt. Some specific pieces of training equipment focus on the building and toning of muscles. They are as follows.
Not dissimilar to kettlebells, dumbbells are used for working on muscles as well as weight training. Most experts prefer dumbbells if you are choosing between the two. However, kettlebells have their use in that the often thicker handles on them will be perfect for working on grip strength.
Weights and Pulleys
Another way of lifting weights is through a system where you pull on the weights while lying on a flat surface. Where you have just a single wheel and rope, the pulley helps reverse the lifting force direction. That is, if you pull down on the rope, you lift the weight up. Lifting something that weighs 100kg, for example, means that you will be pulling down with a force that equates to 100kg. This is 1000 newtons, for another measurement.
There is no doubt that a pulley system will make it easier for a beginner than lifting a dead weight by hand. Using more than one pulley will multiply the force that is applied as well as change the direction.
In conclusion, there are many ways to keep fit indoors as well as we can do it outdoors. We can perform the same actions as if we were cycling in a road race, climbing a mountain, running up a hill with a slight gradient, or rowing along a river. Muscles can be toned by lifting weights with or without the aid of pulleys. Then all these exercises combined, or with a few well-chosen pieces of equipment, will mean that we can maintain our health and fitness, both mentally and physically, and without stepping outside the house when it is better not to. Either way, there is no need for our health to suffer or our muscles to lose strength.