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Did you know that around 28.0% of Americans (80.2 million people) aged six and older are physically inactive? We all have plans to join a gym, start a running routine, or pick up a sport, and yet we rarely follow through. Though there are many reasons we might not commit to an exercise regimen or go to our nearest fitness center, but ignorance is a big one.

It's easier to dismiss the concept as too hard, too confusing, or too overwhelming if we don't have enough experience with the variety of equipment needed to complete our workout routines. Let's take a look at two forms of exercise -- strength training and cardio -- and how the equipment needed for each one functions.

Cardio Equipment

Cardiovascular exercise is fundamental when it comes to weight control, building muscle, and maintaining overall health. During a cardio session, your heart speeds up, your muscles start to burn, and your metabolism shifts into high-gear. The most common types of cardio equipment are stair-steppers, elliptical machines, stationary bicycles, and treadmills. However, rowing machines have risen in popularity due to their role in CrossFit training. Any of these will get your heart pumping and will help boost your stamina and endurance.

Strength Training Equipment

If you're looking to build muscle specifically to become stronger and push your body to its limits, you're going to want to head to the weights. Bench presses, deadlifts, squats, and pull-ups are all designed to increase the number of muscle strands in your body; as a result, your bones will become stronger and you'll see a noticeable difference in your overall shape. If weight lifting seems like a bit much to begin with, you can always start at the exercise mat. Utilize ankle weights, hand weights, and resistance bands to increase your workout's difficulty.

Hopefully, this article will give you the knowledge and courage to finally commit to your workout plans. Join a group fitness class, hit the weights, or jump on an elliptical; whatever options works best for you is a great place to start.

Texas Family Fitness is proud to offer a variety of exercise opportunities for beginners. From group fitness classes to barbell classes, we're happy to help you along your fitness journey.

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