A wide range of effective and comfortable equipment is the key to great home gyms. Most athletes, among others, are probably well aware that it is important to include both strength and cardio training equipment within their home gyms. The problem is that there are several different pieces of cardio equipment available, and you need to know how to go about choosing the right machine for your needs. If you're living in a condominium you probably have a few selections at your disposal in an on-site gym. You could also currently be traveling from your home to a commercial gym, with every option available on the market. But now you want a cardio machine right in your home, with no lines and no commute.
First of all, we highly recommend going electronic. There are still proponents of the manual treadmill out there, but they just don't compare with the benefits of an electronic one. Home gyms need to be as efficient as possible, in order to ensure a proper workout in the little spare time the gym owner has, and electronic cardio equipment is the best way to record your workout, as well as make your time as well used as possible. Let's say you have a job taking care of a group of children as a nanny. Most mothers would kill to have running after their tikes. Odds are that your gym time needs to be as efficient as possible. Electronic equipment will provide that efficiency.
Next, you need to decide on which piece of equipment you want to include in your home gym. There are a few different choices; you may want to include a recumbent bike, an elliptical trainer, an exercise bike, a stairmaster or a treadmill. The first consideration will be your health. Treadmills tend to be quite hard on the knees, and the older you get the more you will feel this. Most other cardio equipment is comparatively easy on the joints.
Of course, the opposite is true when it comes to calories burned in one session. Treadmills burn a lot of calories a lot quicker. Ellipticals are second, then exercise bikes and bringing up the rear that comfortable recumbent bike. If you're sitting in traffic for hours commuting for example, you might want to choose a machine that gets you on your feet.
There is also the matter of space that you have in your home gym. Recumbent bikes are the most compact and can fit in anywhere, with exercise bikes next. Treadmills and ellipticals tend to take up more room. So it might be a good idea to look at your house plans before heading to the store.
What we suggest is the medium road considering all three features. If a high energy, high burn workout is your goal and you don't have any kind of knee problems, a treadmill might be the perfect choice. Ellipticals are almost as efficient when it comes to burning calories, but they won't affect your joints too badly. Any kind of bike will burn calories still more slowly.