Monday, January 16, 2012

Having the Right Equipment

One of the lessons I have learned over the years is that it's important to have the right equipment for the work out or activity you are engaged in. I ran my first several 5K races wearing high top basketball shoes. I couldn't believe the difference it made when I actually invested in shoes that were made specifically for running.

This principle holds true for any type of physical activity. I've often said that the only difference between people who like to camp and those who don't is their equipment. Having the right kind of gear for camping and backpacking can make all the difference between being prepared and having a good time or enduring a miserable experience.

Some companies rely on our pride and try to get us to wear the latest and most talked about brands and promote accessories as if they are necessities. What some people consider to be necessities, others may consider to be frivolous expenses. Some people feel that headbands, basketball shooting sleeves, weight belts, gloves, and other items are more of a fashion statement than actual helpful equipment.

Robert Kiyosaki uses the phrase "big hat, no cattle" to describe someone who looks like they are rich and well off on the outside, but have nothing to back it with. This phrase also applies to sports. I have seen some young kids dressed to the hilt in the newest and most expensive brands of clothes and equipment, but they have no skill or talent to back it up.

I'm pretty frugal when it comes to spending money so I seldom buy expensive brand name items. I don't need to wear the latest pair of $200 Jordan shoes to play basketball, but I've also been burned by purchasing cheap workout equipment in the past that was also poor quality. It's important to make sure you use quality equipment that is specific to your sport or activity.

If you are considering purchasing large equipment like a treadmill or weight machine, it is wise to check consumer reports or to get recommendations from others who use that sort of equipment regularly before spending your money. Remember to make sure the equipment is best for your needs, that it fits in your budget, and that you are really committed to use it before you make a purchase.

If you are running in old worn out shoes then you might be surprised at how much difference a newer or better quality pair of shoes can make. If you have a particular activity you enjoy and participate in regularly, then it is probably a good idea to invest in the right kind of equipment to make your workout more safe, effective, and enjoyable.

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