Home Gym/Indoor Fitness Equipment


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I’d have not touched upon this topic if it wasn’t for (a) the increasing number of people going in for either treadmills or stationary bicycles at home and (b) the increasing pollution and traffic outdoors.

Under normal conditions, a walk or a jog outdoors maybe considered good exercise. However as cities and metros get more populated and cluttered, there’s hardly any place in town close enough from home where one can take a peaceful stroll or a morning jog. It makes little sense to drive upto some place , take a walk there and drive back home. True there are parks and in some cases like Chennai beaches where there is no annoying traffic and pollution levels are much lower. But for most city dwellers, home fitness equipments are increasingly becoming a default choice.

There are many types of fitness equipments out there. This post does not try to be a definitive guide to which ones to choose. Instead we would like to cover the most commonly used equipment. Maybe experts on the topic can comment.

The two most common indoor fitness equipments that I have seen are
1) The Treadmill
2) The Stationary Bicycle.


A treadmill can be used either for walking or running. These include motorised and non-motorised versions. The motorised versions consume electricity and are also more expensive.

The motorised treadmills have variable speed settings that one can choose from. This way, you can decide whether you want to run or walk, however at a constant pace.

In the non-motorised models, there are settings by which the treadmill offers more resistance to the persons movement. This way, one cannot move faster.

It is recommended that one uses good running shoes even while running or walking on the treadmill.

Features of Treadmills:

  • Statistics such as distance run/walked, calories burnt are also available in some models of treadmills.

  • Some have safety features built in wherein if a user is not able to keep up with the pace of the treadmill ,it automatically turns the speed down.

  • Some treadmills even measure the heart rate.
  • Some models of treadmills even come with a built in TV. (Now, how desirable that is, we do not know)

Vendors in India:

  • Reebok.
  • BSA Workouts (TI Cycles)

Some models of the same can be found here.

You can read about some advice on using the fitness equipment here.

We shall be covering other fitness equipment and how to choose the right one for you, in forthcoming posts.

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