Health, The Good Life

Home Exercise Machines

If buying some home exercise equipment is part of your resolution to get fit, here’s some interesting research. You’d think that having the tools for your workout so close at hand would be a magic bullet. But a Consumer Reports survey found that nearly 40 percent of those who buy these machines use them less than they expected.

Buying an exercise machine does seem to influence whether people start working out. But sticking to it is the problem. The journal Annals of Behavioral Medicine studied 205 sedentary adults and found those with a home exercise machine were 73 percent more likely to start exercising. But by the end of the year, they were also 12 percent more likely to have quit than those who did not have home equipment.

This doesn’t mean a home exercise machine leads to less exercise. It just means it may not be enough to motivate you. Researchers say you can increase the likelihood that you will keep at it by mastering an exercise, working out with family and friends, or with someone who motivates you, like a personal trainer.

This doesn’t mean we should all should stop buying treadmills. It’s a question of getting the right people to buy them. Everyone else should recognize they don’t have the motivation, and take the money and use it on a personal trainer or something else that will help them to stick to the programme.

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