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Fitness and Health

Fitness and health go hand in hand, and this section of our health library is devoted to exploring the relationship between these two very important aspects of life.

The Best Fitness Products to Buy


If you think you need expensive fitness products to get the results you want, then it’s time to think about switching up your routine.

“Often, people think they need expensive equipment to produce an extensive workout, lose weight, or enhance their performance,” says Dr. Sean Wells, a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA, and the fitness expert at BistroMD. “More often than not, body weight, creativity, and altering positions can help clients reach their goals just as successfully.”

Our fitness expert, Sean, reveals the best fitness products to keep handy in your home that will help you achieve optimal results, without breaking the bank.

The Best Fitness Products to Buy Exercise Bands 1. Bands or a Cable/Pulley System

Bands, or a cable/pulley system are easy to use, and can give you great results.

“Bands, cables, and pulleys allow you to move through multiple planes of movement, while helping you recreate functional movement patterns, and push balance,” says Sean. “These devices also allow someone to work their core under the right conditions.”

Compared to traditional gym weights, cables, bands, and pulleys actually promote more free motion, allowing for a more efficient workout.

Bands and pulleys are also very user-friendly and convenient. Usually, all you have to do is attach them to a door in your home, making them great for travel or suitable for a home gym.

The Best Fitness Products to Buy Exercise Balls 2. Exercise Balls

“Exercise balls are great because they allow you to move through multiple planes of movement,” says Sean. “They push your lower and upper extremity endurance, and can easily increase the complexity of your workout.”

Due to their varying sizes, exercise balls can encourage you to do more rigorous and challenging activities. The balls vary in size to challenge each individual person.

Exercise balls are also great fitness products for toning muscles around your abdominal area, as well as improving spine alignment and promoting balance. You can even use your exercise ball as a chair in your office to promote better posture.

 3. The Captain’s Chair

“A captain’s chair is a device that allows you to perform dips, wide or narrow pull-ups, and abdominal exercises,” says Sean. “This device allows you to do all of these exercises in one, and the price tag is very reasonable.”

Since this particular device is “all-in-one” it actually helps you tone and utilize all of the major muscle groups in your body. Because of this, your very own “captain’s chair” can become your very own home gym—just make sure you have enough room in your house, as they can take up quite a bit of space.

The Best Fitness Products to Buy Elliptical 4. An Elliptical

Rather than walking or bicycling through the intense heat in the summer, or freezing to death outdoors during the winter, you should consider purchasing a device that promotes cardio modality or stationary walking or running.

“If you enjoy cycling or running as your preferred cardio exercise, then it may be in your best interest to purchase a stationary bike for indoors, or a treadmill,” says Sean. “For a more intense workout, elliptical trainers and stair steppers work great.”

Elliptical trainers are great because they provide a similar stimulus as running, with less impact on your joints. An elliptical trainer also doesn’t always require electrical hook-ups in your home.

For more tips from our fitness expert, Sean, please visit the exercise and wellness section of our website for more helpful workout tips.

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Written By bistroMD Team. Published on November 07, 2012. Updated on February 04, 2013.


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