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Jumpstart your healthy lifestyle with a treadmill workout
You don't have to go to a gym if you want to get fit. Setting up a treadmill in your living room gives you the opportunity to exercise whenever you have a few minutes. Get started with a gentle routine of walking and work your way up to running while watching your favorite TV shows or listening to music. With all of the fitness equipment available at Sears, you'll be on your way to a healthier body in no time.
Take your treadmill workout to the next level with incline trainers. Though these machines are similar to treadmills in appearance, the workout they provide is more of a combination between a standard treadmill and a stepper. Models from NordicTrack and other reliable fitness brands are designed to create an incline as you walk or run. The steeper the incline, the harder the workout. Some models angle to as much as 60 percent. Adjust the height of the machine as your get stronger to propel yourself to a new level of fitness or use built-in workout apps to design a custom exercise plan.
If you're not a fan of running, elliptical trainers offer an equally intense workout with less strain. Instead of walking or running on a moving belt, an elliptical has you stand on a pair of pedals and hold onto handlebars at about shoulder height. Your arms move back and forth as you push the pedals with your legs. These circular motions work several major muscle groups and get your heart rate going for a stimulating workout. Due to the low-impact nature of their design, elliptical machines are a good choice for anyone who suffers from knee or back pain. Movements on these types of trainers are smooth, and the intensity of the workout can be varied depending on your fitness level.
Exercise cycles are another excellent way to work out at home. With both upright and recumbent models available, it's possible for anyone to take advantage of the benefits of biking. Upright cycles most closely resemble a regular bike while recumbent cycles put you in a reclined position as you pedal, taking the strain off hips and knees. Most bikes from brands such as Schwinn include an electronic panel that tracks how far you've ridden and how many calories you've burned. Some exercise bikes offer pre-programmed workouts that vary in intensity to mimic going up and down hills as if you were outside. Having a stationary bike lets you continue your warm-weather biking routine throughout the winter months, so you can stay in shape without a gym membership.
Getting in shape requires persistence and consistency. When you don't have to leave the house to get a workout, you're more likely to stick with your exercise program. Investing in home fitness equipment gives you everything you need to get fit without going to the gym. Visit Sears to find the machines that are right for you.