Build a Better Home Gym with These Essential Exercise Machines

woman running on a treadmill

Rather than approaching exercise as one more thing to check off your to-do list, invest in a home gym. By adding an exercise machine or two, you can conveniently work out at home and seamlessly integrate daily exercise into your overall wellness routine.

NordicTrack Commercial Series 1750 Treadmillwith iFit membership from Amazon photo

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NordicTrack Treadmill

Take your morning walk or jog to the next level with this interactive treadmill. It comes with iFit technology, bringing personal training and various workouts to the included touchscreen (available in three sizes). You'll be able to run in different cities from the comfort of your home while the treadmill adjusts the incline to match the terrain. Cross-training workouts move off the treadmill and combine cardio with strength training so you'll never get bored. This commercial-grade treadmill also features a unique surface designed to allow you to choose between a real road feel or extra cushioning to reduce impact on your joints. (from $1,799;

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Exerpeutic 1000 High-Capacity Magnetic Recumbent Exercise Bike with Pulse from Walmart photo

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Exerpeutic Exercise Bike

If running is too much impact, an exercise bike is a great alternative that can still help you break a sweat. This recumbent bike uses magnetic resistance that can be adjusted to change the intensity of your workout. The step-through design makes it easy to get on and off, while the wide seat provides comfort throughout the entire workout. Check the LCD screen to keep tabs on your stats like speed, distance traveled, calories burned, and heart rate. ($176, usually $203;

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AeroPilates Reformer Plus 379 from Amazon photo

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AeroPilates Machine

Build muscle without putting too much pressure on your joints with low-impact equipment like this Pilates machine. Blending cardio and strength training, this reformer has 11 resistance settings to deliver a full-body workout. Whether you're new to Pilates or a seasoned practitioner, you'll be able to tone up at home using this device that shoppers say is surprisingly easy to assemble. Plus, it comes with two workout DVDs so you can start training right away. ($399;

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ProForm Pro 9.9 Elliptical from Dick's Sporting Goods photo

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ProForm Elliptical

Engage your arms in your cardio workout with an elliptical featuring iFit technology. Routes by Google Maps take your workouts all over the world, or you can choose from 32 included workout apps for new workouts developed by personal trainers every time you step on the machine. Listen to your favorite music through the built-in speakers and use the tablet holder to read or watch a show during your workout. It even features a built-in fan to keep you cool. ($1,100, usually $2,000;

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Bowflex Home Gym Series from Amazon photo

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Bowflex Home Gym

If you invest in only one strength-training machine, the Bowflex Home Gym series is an excellent option. The Blaze model allows you to complete more than 60 different exercises—including aerobic rowing, leg presses, and shoulder pull-downs—to target multiple muscle groups. The adjustable seat and pulleys make this a user-friendly workout machine for a multi-person household. Workout plans developed by trainers are included with the unit so you can get even more out of your purchase. (from $799;

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