It’s the start of the year, and like most people, my number resolution is to lose weight. While I would love to go to a gym to work out, this is just not possible for me. A home gym is my only alternative. Equipping one is not cheap, so I used a huge chunk of my bonus to complete my home gym. My most expensive purchase was an elliptical machine for the aerobic portion of my exercise. I wanted to purchase the best elliptical machine for home use that would fit my budget, so I weighed my options carefully.
My first consideration of course, was the space for the elliptical machine. Although my husband finally agreed to let me transform his unused man-cave to my gym, it’s not really a big space. Most elliptical machines measure in the area of 6 feet by 2 1/2 feet, so it can occupy a significant real estate. At the same time, I needed a vertical space for the up and down motion of the machine. After numerous trips to various sports store with a measuring tape, I finally found the right elliptical machine.
I also looked into the ergonomics of the elliptical machine I wanted to purchase. Some had terribly large foot pedals which I could only operate if I was She-Hulk. I looked into the height of the strides and made sure that they were not too wide apart for me. This was a challenge for me because I am shorter than the average woman. But patience paid off, and I was able to find the right elliptical machine for me in an obscure sports store.
Another important consideration for me was an entertainment center. I looked everywhere for an elliptical machine that had a built-in television, preferably with cable. They were too expensive for my budget, so I then looked for one with an iPod dock. Exercising to music is not enough for me. I end up counting the minutes and would usually hop out of the machine if I got bored. I would load an episode of my television series in the iPod and watch it while exercising. It distracts me enough and lets me stay on the machine for the duration of the episode.
Buying an elliptical machine is not like buying grocery. You need to think about your purchase carefully. So before buying one, write down what you are looking for in an elliptical machine and stick to your list like a glue. Do not let salespeople persuade you to buy one you don’t really want or need. In the end, you will be the one who will use it, so you have to like it enough to use it.