Unless you’re really in love with working out, something to occupy your mind and keep you from getting bored as you train would be a blessing. Most people aren’t in love with working out, however—just the results. If you work out on a treadmill or elliptical trainer, or stair stepper, reading racks are practically a must. Aver all, it isn’t like the scenery changes as you jog or walk on a treadmill. It’s nice to have something to focus on while you’re performing such an easy, repetitive task.
Reading racks are built into some equipment, but they are often separate, and can be slipped onto or fit onto just about any kind of fitness equipment. If you’ve been to the gym lately, you may have seen clear plastic brackets near the magazine. These are reading racks, and they are intended to hook over the display of your exercise bike, treadmill, stepper, or whatever. They are attached by using a plastic clip. The magazine lies against the flat part of the reading rack, and the bottom lip holds the magazine in place.
Built in reading racks are typically constructed of metal. More often than not, the built in reading racks are made of the same metal as the machine itself. They provide a little ledge where magazines can be placed.
If the machine you want to use doesn’t have a reading rack, don’t’ give up. Most are well suited to having a reading rack attached to the bar that is found on just about any and all treadmills, stationary bikes, steppers and cross trainers. In cases where there are no bars to attach the reading rack to, you can fix the reading rack to the console just below the display. If you are going to add a reading rack to a machine at home, wait until you are past the period where you can take it back to the store and be sure you definitely won’t change your mind. You will also want to do a good job of installing it so as not to impede the machine’s resale value.
Now that you have made a commitment to yourself to get fit and stay fit, chances are you are aware that you don’t really need all the bells and whistles, in terms of workout gear and equipment. Although fitness accessories like reading racks are inessential, they can make working out more appealing. Working out is all about making progress, and there are many fitness accessories that are made to track progress.
Some accessories, like reading racks, may at first seem like meaningless junk that is unnecessary for a good workout. Accessories that seem meaningless, or merely aesthetic, can make your workout more appealing and comfortable and therefore help keep you committed to working out. While you can work out without fitness accessories, they make your workout more enjoyable and your results more visible.