I lost a ton of weight on an exercise bike at home. The reason it worked for me is because I got changed, went downstairs, worked out for an hour and was done. A gym membership would be horrible for me because I would probably lose interest and motivation half-way through me getting ready to go. <br />
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I only have so much time. Having the machine at home really helped.

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If you are not exercising now, then neither of these things will help. Go for walks or runs. If you like the workout, then spend the money.

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I'm actually a compulsive, self-motivated work out addict. So believe me, if I had my own machine I would use it every day.

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If it's difficult to be motivated by exercising at home or by going on walks/runs, then go for the gym membership and check with your medical insurance provider to see if they provide discounts on gym membership.

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The only piece of equipment I have that has stood the test of time is a simple bench.<br />
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Other pieces that have been purchased and either re-sold or junked are:<br />
- treadmill<br />
- Total Gym<br />
- Elliptical<br />
- rower<br />
- stability bar<br />
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So, it does depend on the equipment. But, finding a "cheap" gym is a better option (in my opinion)

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Neither one is a good investment if they are not used.

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It is much harder to hide an entire gym under your bed...

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For me, it was getting my own equipment.

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gym membership better u have instructor, u meet friends , and u can save too seeing people there that already had great body more inspired u to work out more...;)

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if you dont use either one...then why waste your money on them...you have to motivate yourself.....dicipline is the key.....invest in that....first..

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Gym membership. Equipment depreciates. With a membership, you can save yourself from that and from the maintenance. You also get try a variety of equipment.

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A gym membership is better

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Depends: Some people need a place to get up and go to and other people prefer the privacy of their own home.<br />
It's the level of discipline, I suppose

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If you buy a decent non-gimicky piece of machinery and combine it with the right floor excercises then it can be a much better investment than a gym membership.

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