With so many exercise devices on the market that don’t work, it can be a costly and frustrating mistake to buy the wrong equipment.
There is no such thing as an effortless workout. For exercise to be effective, you must raise your heart rate. That, in turn, causes you to breathe harder, thereby increasing your oxygen intake and causing your body to sweat.
If your heart rate doesn’t go up and your muscles are not stressed, your body is not getting a workout. So the idea of exercise equipment that requires little or no effort is deceiving.
Let’s look at some exercise equipment that claims to do so, but that does not work.
- Mini Cardio Machines – These are tiny versions of the high-end equipment found at your local gym. They can be treadmills, air climbers, stair climbers, rowers, stationary bikes and other equipment. These are knock offs that are designed to take money from fitness enthusiasts while providing no real benefits. Such products are of poor quality; many do not have the proper type of resistance to be effective, and often they are poorly engineered, which can lead to injuries.
- Weight Loss Clothing – Of all the crazy fitness products that have come to market, this one is near the top. The vinyl suit claims to sweat fat off. Velcro waistbands claim to melt belly fat, and weight-loss shoes guarantee to tone your legs, all without ever exercising. There is no science that shows these gadgets work, so save your money. Instead, why not go for a walk like our ancestors would have.
- Muscle Stimulation Machines – These devices initially were designed to be used in rehabilitation after an injury. Then some company had this great idea to market such equipment as muscle-building machines that can deliver a six-pack by sending a mild electrical shock to your abdominal muscles while you watch TV. Save your money. If it were that easy, gyms would install lounge chairs and hook you up instead of investing in real state-of-the-art fitness equipment.
Our caveman ancestors stayed fit through physical activity, and today that’s one thing that hasn’t changed. Fitness requires being physically active. That might mean walking, hiking, jogging, running or any other activity that gets your heart rate up.
The bottom line is that there really is no gadget that can whip you into shape without you putting the effort into your workout.
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