Tips for Buying Exercise Equipment Online

Tips for Buying Exercise Equipment Online
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By Steve Woodfield

Looking for a way to keep fit, stay limber, or lose weight? A diet of regular exercise can help. Which exercise is best? The one you’re really going to do. Before you use your account to shop and ship fitness products to you, be sure to conduct some research and check out the following tips before you buy.

If you’re considering buying fitness equipment for home workouts, remember that it can represent a sizable financial commitment as well as a lifestyle change. The Federal Trade Commission advises all workout “wannabes” to exercise good judgment when evaluating advertising claims for fitness products.

Before you buy, the FTC wants you to:

Look for equipment that offers a total workout. The best route to overall fitness is one that incorporates a variety of physical activities as part of a daily routine.

Remember that no exercise device can burn fat off a particular part of your body. To turn a “beer belly” into a “six pack stomach,” you must combine sensible eating with regular exercise that works the whole body. The reason: Everything you eat has calories and everything you do uses calories. Your weight depends on the number of calories you eat and use each day. Increasing your daily physical activity will burn extra calories.

Be skeptical of outrageous claims. Shaping up is hard to do. Ads that promise “easy” or “effortless” results are false. And many ads that make big claims about the number of calories you’ll burn also may be deceptive. Some of these claims are true only for athletes who already are in top physical condition; others may not be true for anyone.

Think twice about dramatic testimonials or before-and-after pictures from satisfied customers. These may not be typical. Celebrity endorsements don’t necessarily mean the equipment is right for you, either.

Get the total cost of the product before you buy. Total cost includes sales tax, shipping and handling, delivery, and set-up fees. Get the details on warranties, guarantees, and return policies. Check out the company’s customer service and support, too, in case you need replacement parts. Try any toll-free numbers to see whether help really is accessible.

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