Like Dave54 says,free is good, and in this case works. Our only problem with the no equipment routine was the discipline to keep it up. We now have three pieces that work for us. The wife uses a treadmill, that is what she stays motivated with. I use a bowflex and a recumbent exercise bike, that is what works for us. Putting a TV in the room with "TV Ears" really helped the motivation part of it as well (I watch news, she watches cooking shows). Without all the parts mentioned above, we just don't have the discipline to keep it up, but if you can, free is good and will work. While we fulltimed I did it and it worked then. Discipline is the key word here. You may have to experiment and find out what will really work for you folks, and even have different equipment for each other. The bowflex doe not work for my wife, the treadmill does not work for me. By each having what we do well with, we have been able to keep it up now for two years, and have both lost weight and become fitter. Good luck!
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Amen to that. My wife and I have, over the years, owned a rowing machine, a NordicTrack ski machine, a treadmill, a stationary bike and a pilates machine. None of these machines got used much, and all of them were ultimately sold on CL.
That said, if I were to buy another machine – which I have NO intention of doing – it would likely be a USED Bow-Flex.
I bought two pieces of equipment: a used Nautilus weight stack machine; and a new elliptical because I couldn't find a good used one. I have lousy knees and need no-impact exercise, and found the elliptical to be my favorite aerobic exercise machine at our local gym - but get a good one with a longer stride and angled footbeds. Mine is an Esprit, by Sole. I've used them both for a couple of years now. Having a TV really does help make you stay there and work out!
We have a Schwinn Air-Dyne stationary bike, a Skier's Edge, and a swimming pool. We supplement that by lifting weights at the local gym three times a week.
The Schwinn has a book holder. I plant my Kindle on it and frequently find the better the book, the faster I read, and the faster I pump and peddle. The Skier's Edge doesn't have a book holder, but it also whips my fanny in just a few minutes, so I don't miss the book holder.
We also walk up and down our hill, just going to and from the mailbox, so that helps, even though it's not part of a home gym.
Good luck in choosing what might work for you.
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I finally went and purchased a new bowflex a few weeks ago. I used it a couple of times just to get familiar with it. I waited until this past Monday to finally start a meal/exercise plan because I had a few camping trips planned. No more camping trips so now I'm starting.
So far so good. I've using it every other day and then walking a mile or two on the off days. I also started eating better, following a plan in a bowflex book I have. Today is day 5 and I've lost about 2 pounds so far. I'm pretty happy about that.
Borrow a bicycle from someone's garage who doesn't use it. Ride it when the weather is good, when the weather is bad, get a 'trainer' for it. Just a stand for the back wheel. It raises the wheel off the floor, and has a 'dampening' device to provide resistance. LIke most 'home' stuff, the trainer is boring as can be. But when the weather is good you'll enjoy the changing view.
Try to always engineer the ride so that the uphill is first and coming back is coasting mostly.
I quit eating starches, for the most part xmas of last year. Started walking to get the metabolism going. Added a bicycle to the the toys a couple of months ago. I quit losing pounds when I started cycling, but the belly kept going away. I've started wearing shirts that haven't fit for 3-4 years now and have lost 25#s along the way. Dropping pasta, breads, and potatoes, seemed to account for the #s lost initially.
Cycling is way more interesting than I remembered. I've purchased and gave away several 'home' gym items, and continued to gain weight. Previous 'gym' items became clothes racks! Now the bike is turning into CG transportation and grocery getter as well. Panniers from Nashbar.com allow for 2 bags of groceries per trip. LOL
I didn't follow my own advice, and bought a used high end bike instead of 'borrowing' one. Bike rack for MH was another $150 from Performancecycle. etc., but my Dr will be pleased. I may even get to quit the Blood Pressure Meds..... YES!
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