I NEED to build more exercise into my life, both to improve my fitness and help shift 3 stone of excess weight. I have a job with variable hours, 2 DC and can't get out of the house enough to go to the gym regularly.
Thinking about keeping an eye on the sales to buy an exercise bike/ cross trainer/ rowing machine/ something else.... idea being i could do 1/2 hour when the kids are in bed or at lunchtime (I work from home)
What would be best to go for?
Any tips on brands to look for/ avoid?
Ideally wouldn't want to spend more than £250 tops but less would be even better
Agree weights and a mat. There are loads of great workouts on YouTube using these - often you can just use body weight. No need to spend more than £50 (if that). You can do plenty of circuit style workouts. Buy metal coated weights rather than vinyl ones as they have much more longevity.
Our home gym is mostly weights, a step/bench and I’ve recently added a spin bike, which is great for me as I can’t go to the gym and I do Les Mills on demand workouts on it and I love spinning, but in terms of fitness I am no further on than when I was doing kettlebell/dumbbell exercises from Fitness Blender etc on YouTube.
We've got a treadmill as we both run, but £250 wouldn't have got us a decent one TBH (we bought ours secondhand, and it was still £500+), as you need to think about the motor.
I'd consider what exercise you do now, and buy accordingly - so if you liked running, a treadmill - cycling, a bike etc. I've also got a set of dumbbells, a kettlebell and an exercise mat at home and do Fitness Blender videos. We're considering a bike now (DH has taken up cycling, but is frustrated with the dark evenings), perhaps an ex-spinning bike.
I know you are asking about gym equipment, but have you thought about a Fitbit? They are good to get you motivated to start walking, and I lost two stone after getting mine (and have kept if off over the past year). I also have a rebounder, which is a mini trampoline. It takes up a bit of room, but you can be bounding up and down while watching the telly or listening to music.
You don’t need any equipment (other than the internet). Plenty of free hiit (high intensity interval training) vids online. Body coach is good. And Fitness Blender too. Then maybe get some dumbbells or kettlebells once you’ve progressed a bit.
I'd recommend trying a few YouTube videos there is loads available I like the body coach, fitness blender, blogilates, Sarah day 15 minute workouts, gym ra . I have a few kettlebells purchased from Amazon and a few resistance bands from eBay. I love home workouts as I can wear just sports bra and shorts and not feel self conscious or don't have to buy expensive gym wear. I would try a few videos first and see how you get on with them as oppose to spending loads on a machine you might not like
i agree with other posters about doing youtube workout videos or even a dvd. there is all sorts out there from pilates , kickboxing or kettlebells , most dont require any equipment and with a variety you are less likely to get bored of the same thing which might be the case with a single machine