All of us want to look fit and slim. We feel it is important to stay slim so we can be more confident in our self. Now, the big question is “how can we stay fit and healthy?” For sure, a lot of you can relate to this and are always on the lookout for the best ways to keep our body fit or lose excess fats in our body.
According to a report from the World Health Organization, more than 1.2 billion people around the world are now considered overweight. All of us want to be healthy and physically fit but not in a way that we have to spend our monthly income just to lose weight. One great solution to our problem is to exercise and in exercising we can use second-hand exercise equipments that are still in good condition. Here are some tips on how to identify the best used exercising equipment.
Tip number 1: What do you need?
There is a lot of exercising machine in the market that you can choose from. Some are brand new while others are already used but in good condition. Before purchasing one, you should first think what type of equipment would you like to or what equipment can you benefit the most. An exercise equipment that is considered to be popular is the treadmill. We all know that running can help burn more calories than walking so treadmill can be a good choice for you. Or you may choose stationary bike which is almost the same with treadmill but much more relaxing and easy to use. Now if you are experiencing back pain or muscle joint problems, well it would be best to have some dumb bells at home just to flex your muscles.
Tip number 2: Know how to use it the right way.
Not all equipments that look the same run the same and to get the most from your equipment, you should know how to use it the right way. For example the treadmill, some people just actually hop on the equipment and tire themselves using the treadmill but they get little or no results. Check the manual guide to know the right way to use this equipment. But before using exercise equipment, you should first do some stretching. After doing so, you should start running slowly on the treadmill or bike then you gradually increase your speed. This is certainly the correct way to use the equipment.
Tip number 3: Know if it works
Remember that you are actually shopping for used exercising equipment and not all used equipments are in good running condition. You should first ask the staff or owner first on how old is this equipment and try it out a couple of minutes to ensure that every mechanism is still working. It would be a waste of money if you bought used equipment then upon returning home you realize it’s no longer functioning well.
Tip number 4: Know what brand you are buying
Most of the time brand name spells quality and this also applies to used exercise equipment. So, if you plan to buy used exercising equipment, then it would be best to invest on the brand name. There you would be sure that it has quality and a tendency to last long. Still it is the buyer’s prerogative to buy known brand name equipment. When in doubt, you can always ask your trainer for some advice.
Tip number 5: Check if it is still safe to use
Although it is cheap and it actually works to your comfort, still you have to check it meticulously. You should be able to confirm that the equipment is still safe to use. Check for any damage, crack or wear on the equipment before buying it. Also it would be best to ask if it has warranty although used equipment usually has not but in case it still hasn’t reached the normal 1-year warranty then you might as well ask for the warranty card or ask where the service center is.