Home Exercise Equipment For Cardiovascular Health

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Maintaining cardiovascular health is critical to your overall health strategy. The question many people ask is what is the best way to include a cardio workout in their routine.

Will you join a local gym or local health & fitness club? Or, are you thinking about making this lifestyle change at home with your own exercise equipment? Let’s see if we can assist you in learning about some of the common types of home exercise equipment available in today’s market.

There are four basic types of home exercise equipment to choose from: treadmills, indoor exercise bikes, ellipticals and the innovative Adaptive Motion Trainers® (AMT).


For people who are walkers or runners, treadmills are an excellent choice. There are two types of treadmills for home use: folding and non-folding. Folding treadmills offer walkers a shorter deck and thus save space to accommodate placement in a smaller room. The advantages of a shorter treadmill deck not only offers space savings, but also the ability to easily move the equipment around a room. Many walkers prefer folding treadmills due to their compact size. We do not recommend folding treadmills for “serious running” because they are lighter weight and thus less stable due to their shorter deck.

If running is your exercise of choice, then a non-folding treadmill may be more appropriate for you. Non-folding treadmills are typically found in professional gyms and health clubs, but there are many available for in-home fitness use. The longer running decks provide greater stability for runners.

Standard interval training programs on non-folding treadmills are commonly offered because of the additional deck length. The best form of cardiovascular workout involves interval training. Many personal trainers and exercise/rehabilitation experts recommend this type of workout for improved cardiovascular fitness.

Indoor Exercise Bikes

Recumbent Bikes and Upright Bikes are two versions of indoor exercise bikes available on the market. Each choice represents a different style of riding. Which one is right for you depends on your own personal preferences.

Recumbent bikes allow the rider to sit on a seat with their legs and feet projected forward. Resembling an automobile seat, this bike permits you to ride in a reclined position.

Recumbent bikes are becoming very popular because they decrease the strain on the hips, lower back, neck, shoulders and wrists. Recumbent bikes incorporate new  technologies to add comfort to your workout. Meshed seat backs provide airflow behind you for additional comfort during your exercise routine. Others offer gel-cushioned seat bottoms to reduce pelvic pain and fatigue. People with other ambulatory problems, such as stiff and arthritic knees, or balance issues, will enjoy the ease of mounting and dismounting recumbent bikes. A stable exercise machine increases the confidence of the user to mount it.

If you love riding bicycles outdoors, then you will enjoy the convenience of an upright exercise bike for indoor use. You can either sit on the saddle or ride standing up on an upright bike. Train for the Tour de France, or just pretend to, by leaning forward on the bike frame and grasping the handle bars.

Some people find upright bikes to be uncomfortable for long-term workouts, but many uprights offer gel-padded seats for enhanced comfort. Please note, that the rider must be able to lift their leg high enough to clear the frame in order to mount upright bikes.


An excellent type of exercise equipment is an elliptical trainer. The low-impact effect of the gliding pedals offer a wonderful cardiovascular workout, without stressing the hips, knees, ankles or feet. Also, the moving handles encourage you to incorporate an upper body workout into your routine. Little to no impact on your skeletal system results from the gliding motion, as your feet do not completely lift off of the pedals. The gliding motion of elliptical trainers allow many people to enjoy working out for longer stretches because the fatigue factor is minimized. Reduced Fatigue = Better, More Enjoyable Workout, with Better Results!

Adaptive Motion Trainers® (AMT)

Several types of workouts are combined into one machine in the Adaptive Motion Trainer® (AMT), which is manufactured by Precor Premium Fitness Equipment. This new format, which represents the best of elliptical trainers, combines multiple stride adjustments to simulate stair climbing, walking, running or lunging.

Various workout routines can be completed in this low-impact form of exercise. The variety of programs provided and the adaptive format of the AMT will keep your attention and interest level high when working out.

Moving handles on the AMT encourage upper body workouts, just like its “cousin” the elliptical. If you are easily bored by the “same-ol’ same-ol” routine, this machine will keep you motivated in your commitment to a healthier cardiovascular lifestyle. This one piece of exercise equipment can eliminate workout boredom! Check out the new innovative AMT from Precor!


To wrap it up, there are four primary types of home exercise machines on the market. Personal preference will determine which machine you will choose. This article should only be considered as a general overview of the types of exercise equipment available to purchase for home use.

You are encouraged to delve deeper in your research on the specific models of exercise machines which appeal to you. Finding your perfect in-home fitness equipment is just around the corner!

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