Harvard Heart Letter

Make a home gym work for you

With the right props and advice, you can turn your living space into an efficient workout area.

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Exercising at home may be more convenient and affordable than a gym membership, but you still need to muster up the movtivation to work out.
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Every year, thousands of people buy fitness club memberships, hoping that the bright lights, glitzy machines, and peppy instructors will propel them out of their exercise ennui. But sizable portions of new patrons fail to show up at the gym after a month or so, having slimmed their pocketbooks but not their waistlines.

Because aerobic exercise is crucial to heart health, it's important to find another way to get motivated to move on a regular basis. For some people, setting up a home gym may be a more convenient and affordable option.

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