So you’ve made that resolution to get in shape, but not sure you want to drag yourself to the gym everyday? Having an exercise machine at home can make it easier. The latest Consumer Reports tests of exercise machines helps you choose just the right one.
Gyms are a great way to get in shape. But once the New Year’s resolutions wear off, attendance drops.
“People stop working out for all sorts of reasons. But lack of time and inconvenience are two of the most common. When you have an exercise machine at home, you eliminate both of those factors.” said Trisha Calvo, Consumer Reports.
Consumer Reports says treadmills are a great choice to help with weight loss, but if you’re looking for something a little different, the labs also test rowing machines, spin bikes and ellipticals.
Peter Anzalone of Consumer Reports says, “If you’re just starting out or you have back, hip, or knee problems, an elliptical is a great alternative to a treadmill. It creates less impact on your joints and it can still give you a great cardio workout.”
After testing dozens of ellipticals, Consumer Reports says one from A-F-G — the 3-point-1-A-E for 11-hundred dollars — is a great choice.
Spin bikes provide a good interval workout and are a popular gym class. Many want the convenience of having a spin bike at home.
Consumer Reports recommends the Diamondback 510-i-c for 800 dollars. It has a built-in workout program that keeps you moving.
Another option — a rowing machine.
“Rowing machines provide a full body workout — both upper- and lower-body. It’s non-weight-bearing, but it’s still very strenuous, so it can burn a lot of calories.” said Anzalone.
You do want to make sure it fits. The 900-dollar Concept2 Model D proved comfortable for both short and tall people.
Treadmills are the most popular exercise machines of all. Consumer Reports named the Proform Pro 2000 a Best Buy for around
12-hundred dollars. It folds and is easy to store.