Come rain or snow, I love to be outside running. I've never been one who prefers running on a treadmill or doing workouts inside. Sometime ago I was training for an Ultra and eventually decided to stop running due to a nagging injury. In order to get some exercise I ended up borrowing a friends road bike and trainer and set them up out in the garage. I started doing workouts on the bike and eventually bought my own road bike and have used it both in the garage on a trainer and on the roads. A different form of exercise, in the convenience of my home, was a nice option to have.
Most likely, at some point in your running career, you will have an injury and need to take time off running. Using a good cardio machine is a great option to stay in shape while recovering (depending on the injury) so you don't lose all your fitness. They offer a low impact workout while being able to provide high intensity as well. Cardio machines offer a solid option for cross training. They engage muscles not used in running and can help strengthen those used in running.
Let's look at some benefits to having a cardio machine in your home:
With the wide variety of cardio machines out there, here are some things to keep in mind to help you make the right choice:
To help you get started in your search for the perfect machine, I've provided the below options for review: