Finding time to get to the gym is a struggle for many

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Body Break health experts Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod pictured in their home gym.

But at the same time, fitness is something a lot of us feel guilty about putting on the back burner. So why not sweat it out at home? Being in the comfort of your own home, without the worry of fitting a gym visit into your hectic schedule, might be just what you need.

Once you ve decided that working out at home works well for you, the first step is to do your research and figure out what type of equipment you d like to invest in. There are many different types of aerobic or cardio equipment to choose from: treadmills (motorized and non-motorized), stationary bikes, steppers, step platforms, ellipticals, riders, jump ropes, rowers and cross-country ski machines.

All work out your heart and lungs. However, if you re not very fit, using a rower, rider or ski machine can be difficult at first, says Body Break hosts and health experts Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod.

In their book, Body Break, the duo state that 80 per cent of people who bring home a treadmill are still using it three years later on a regular basis.

We want people out there to realize and understand that the quality of life and the quality of health relates, says Johnson. Without a quality of heath, the quality of life is going to be lacking. It should be a priority for children, and unfortunately, you see so many kids who are overweight.

Another important thing to keep in mind is your goals. In their book, the pose questions like: what type of exercises/activities do you enjoy? What kind of space is available in your home to accommodate fitness equipment? How much money can you afford to spend on equipment? And what are your health concerns?

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