Cost of exercise equipment
|By Dana Dratch
One of the most important considerations in choosing between joining a health club and setting up your own home gym is the cost.
Before you write a check or throw down your credit
card, take a look at how much some of the various options will cost
Jump-rope: $2.10 on toysrus.com;
$10 to $40 on walmart.com.
Most between $7 and $50 on barnesandnoble.com.
Fitness tapes/DVDs: Most
between $5 and $30 on barnesandnoble.com.
Joining a walking or running
group: Often free or minimal cost to become a member, and
many welcome nonmember participation.
Walking/running: The price
of a good pair of shoes usually starts around $50.
club membership: The average is $34 per month or $408 per year, according
to the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association. For commercial
clubs, the median is closer to $54 per month, according to the association.
with a personal trainer: About $47 per session on average, according to
the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association.
Home treadmill (new):
Most will run between $100 and $4,000 at dickssportinggoods.com.
The more accessories, the more it's likely to cost.
Elliptical machine: Most
elliptical machines cost between $170 and $1,800 at dickssportinggoods.com.
Free. And it's easy to work into your daily routine.
For a look at some of the things to consider between
joining a health club or working out at home, see "Home
workout or join a gym?."