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It's a New Year, and we're all ready to get in shape, right?  There are many ways to get moving toward that goal.  One thing I want to recommend that you don't do is buying exercise equipment.  In short, I think it's a terrible idea!

Don't get me wrong.  Getting in shape is a great idea.  It's a necessary idea if we want to live a long, healthy life to our fullest potential, but I have learned that buying equipment is just a bad idea, and I'm here to give you four reasons why.

It's Too Expensive (Or Maybe Not Expensive Enough)

One thing I've learned is that the cost of buying exercise equipment is unjustified.  One might point out that you can purchase affordable equipment, and while that's true, when it comes to exercise equipment, the old axiom of “You get what you pay for” is completely true.  If you go out and buy the ‘basic' treadmill for $400, it's probably not going to last.  On the other hand, you could go out and get a great treadmill, but it's probably going to set you back at least $1,500 to get one that's worthwhile and will be long lasting.  So, either way you look at it, the cost just doesn't make much sense.mb-2015-01-treadmill

Maintenance: The Dirty Little Secret Nobody (Except Me) Tells You About

Most sexy exercise equipment has some moving parts.  Moving parts break or wear out or need regular work.  This costs money, but they never really tell you about this when you're in the store or online about to fork over a few hundred bucks.  Only when it breaks the first time (or when you get to page 82 of the instruction manual for the few that actually read the things), might it dawn on you that your shiny piece of equipment is going to cost you a lot more than just the up front charge.

A fitness club can spread out their costs because one service call can address multiple pieces of equipment, but many owners of home equipment will be startled to find that keeping the equipment working can cost just as much or more as it did just to buy the thing.

It Will Get Boring

Most equipment will offer you one thing to do.  While it's true that many equipment types will let you do different variations, the basic fact is that you'll be using the same machine over and over again.  Unless you can afford to drop a few grand on a full gym setup, chances are you'll be bored with your one piece of equipment before the tulips come up.

You Might Fail

I hate to be the one to break it to you, but not everybody keeps their New Years resolutions.  Shocker, right?  In many cases, breaking your resolutions doesn't cost you much or anything at all. If you find yourself swearing as much as you were last year or still watching too much TV, that's surely unfortunate, but at least you didn't drop $1,000 that you're not going to get back.

I Learned From My Mistakes

Readers, I didn't write this post based in a vacuum.  I actually have owned three different pieces of equipment at various points.  First I purchased an elliptical machine.  This was great, but I ended up leaving behind when I moved a few years ago.  Why?  I had no interest in trying to take it apart.

I later bought a treadmill, which I used often until it broke down in such a way that it was not repairable.  Thankfully it was under warranty so I got a credit toward a new machine, which I used toward an exercise bike that still sits in my basement today.  There's nothing really wrong with the bike, at least I assume not because I haven't used it in over three years.  It simply bores me to tears.

After having gone through all of that, I realized that it's time to get rid of the bike and to swear off buying equipment for good.  Hopefully my experience and this post keeps you from making the same mistakes.

Readers, what is your experience with owning exercise equipment? Am I the only one that has come to the harsh reality that it's a complete waste or time? Or have you actually found a way to make it work (in a long lasting way)?  Share below!