Should You Bring Your Old Fitness Equipment Back to Life?

NordicTrack01Do you have old fitness equipment lying around your house? Hiding in the basement? Buried in the bottom of a closet? Sitting in a corner of your bedroom with clothes hanging on it?

Is it worth it to try and make some use of it? Should you try to find it a new home? Maybe just toss it in the trash? It depends.

First of all, consider it’s condition. Does it work properly? Safely? If not, can it be repaired? If it’s not working and repair is not possible or not worth it to you, then toss it. If it is in good working condition…

Is it a piece of fitness equipment that really could help you get in shape or was this a bad impulse buy from a late night infomercial? A lot of people hold on to old fitness equipment because they feel guilty about not using it. They feel like getting rid of it is an admission of fitness failure. But it doesn’t have to be. If the fitness equipment was never worthwhile to begin with then tossing it just means you’ve come to your senses.

If you were to drag it out, dust it off and find a space for it, would you use it? It’s in great condition. It’s a valid, worthwhile piece of exercise equipment that could actually help you get into shape. Yet you didn’t use it when you bought it. Now, you need to get honest with yourself. Have you changed since you bought it? Are you more ready now to make a change? Is there something else you’d rather do for a workout?

If you cannot see yourself committing to workout with this piece of equipment then let it go. Maybe you’ll find something else that inspires you, but this is not it. There are so many ways to get fit. Find a way to workout that feels good to you… or at least find something you don’t despise!

Sometimes the issue with a quality piece of fitness equipment is confidence. Is the reason you’re not using it that you feel like you don’t really know what you’re doing? For example, I’ve got a Nordic Track that I’ve had for about 15 years. I don’t use it very often these days, but I did recently break it out when I needed a cardio session on a cold rainy day.

Something that I remember from the instructional video (yes, a VHS video tape) was that they said it might take as long as 20 minutes on the machine to start to get the hang of it. If you skipped the instructional video or just felt too awkward to keep going until you found your stride then maybe, with a little more patience, it’s worth a try.

Another example is the Total Gym. It’s a piece of equipment with a lot of potential for your fitness, but as with free weights, if you don’t know how to put together a good program or how to do the exercises with good form you may feel discouraged and overwhelmed. When it comes to something like the Total Gym you might want to hire a trainer for a few sessions to get the most benefit out of it.

To sum things up… you need to get rid of it if it’s broken or otherwise unsafe to use, if you know you just don’t want to do the type of exercise it would involve, or if it was a piece of junk in the first place ¬†and not worth using. Keep it if it’s in good working condition, and it’s something you feel like you might actually be able to get yourself to do at least a couple of times a week. And finally, if you need a little help to make the most of your fitness equipment, go online and do some research or consider hiring a trainer to teach you how to use the equipment effectively.

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