Choosing the best exercise machine for a small space requires purchasing a machine that can best meet the recommendations for exercise. The American College of Sports Medicine, in collaboration with the American Heart Association, recommends that adults under 65 years of age get at least 30 minutes of moderately intense cardiovascular exercise per day for five days a week or 20 minutes of vigorous intensity cardiovascular exercise three days a week. The ACSM and AHA also recommend eight to 10 strength-training exercises twice a week as well. Always check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program.
Variable Resistance Stationary Bicycle
A variable resistance stationary bicycle will assist you in meeting cardiovascular exercise goals in a small space. Stationary bicycles can be purchased with only one wheel, making it even more suitable for small spaces. Variable resistance allows for increased resistance and demand on your cardiovascular system as you become more fit.
Treadmills are popular cardiovascular exercise machines. They offer a variety of speeds to meet your increasing level of fitness. Treadmills come in many sizes. Foldable treadmills will fit in the smallest of spaces, but make certain that you have enough floor space cleared for it to unfold.
Wall-mount Pulley System
A wall-mount pulley system is a space-saving weight system. The pulley system attaches to a wall or doorway. Attach different weights to the bottom of the pulley according to your fitness level. The pulley system allows you to have a consistent amount of resistance throughout the full arc of motion of your arm, leg or trunk during exercise.