So what is the best buy home equipment for your gym in the garden?
Price is around £299 on the internet so excellent value when compared to some treadmills.
Tony Gallagher in the telegraph writes: “My own choice of equipment for overall fitness would be the Concept2 indoor rowing machine. Although it primarily provides a cardiovascular workout, it also works the arms, legs, back, shoulders and abdominals all at once.
You can adjust the resistance and focus on the drive part of the stroke, emphasising the legs or arms only if you prefer. Many schools in the UK use these machines as they are suitable for a wide age range, and different levels of fitness.
They also have an interactive feature that may interest you if you are a social type, or have a competitive nature, which allows you to connect via your PC to rowers worldwide and race against them. These machines are robust and rarely require any maintenance, and they also have a great resale value if you wished to upgrade or adjust your equipment at a later date.
For the relatively small amount of space it takes up, it offers a comprehensive workout that can be finished off quickly with exercises that do not require equipment. For more information, including stockist details and tips on motivation, training and weight loss, visit concept2.co.uk
Rosalind Ryan in femail.co.uk praises The Body Control Pilates Home Studio and explains that this Pilates method is a body-conditioning programme that relies on strengthening the 'core postural muscles' of your back and stomach and will help realign your body.
A lot of health clubs now have a Pilates studio available and when you use it, it looks a bit like you are swimming, but lying down,' says Lynne Robinson, director of the Body Control Pilates Group.
Rosalind says the exercise video is 20 minutes long and the workout should last for about half an hour. Priced at around £399 and available from: Body Control Pilates on www.bodycontrol.co.uk
If price is important Kate Halpern opts for the John Lewis Resistance band at £8, with Mail Online Rosalind Ryan preferring the Swiss or power balls, that she says have taken gyms across the nation by storm.
By lying back across them, the larger balls can be used for exercises aimed at toning the stomach, back, buttocks and thighs, while the smaller balls can be used for arm and leg workouts to deepen the effect on your muscles.