Chicago, IL – September 11, 2012 – After
enjoying the lazy days of summer, many people return to a more consistent
workout routine. With the marketplace filled with different athletic equipment,
it is important to invest money wisely in products that will help achieve
fitness goals. When you make the decision to get back in shape, it is easy to
get distracted by different advertisements that claim fast results, but it is
important to make cautious decisions when making purchases.
often buy into products that promise quick results,” stated Steve J. Bernas,
President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern
Illinois (BBB). “But it is important to do research first and find a product
that will fit a personal lifestyle and bring positive results.”
The BBB offers these tips to consumers when
purchasing athletic equipment:
- Avoid products that claim to focus on one certain
products claim that they can burn off belly fat or tone legs. Be skeptical
of these types of work out items. Experts advise only with a consistent
routine that works the whole body can results be achieved.
- Buy what you will use. While the “newest and
trendiest” work out machine may seem like a necessity, if it is not
practical for everyday use, it is probably not worth the investment. Make
sure that buying decisions fit with your personal daily routines and help
you reach the results you want.
- Read the fine print. It is important to do the
math when looking into purchasing workout equipment. What does “three easy
payments” really add up to, or be aware of deadlines when trying a “free
trial month”. Also, look for hidden fees that may not be included in the cost
like shipping and handling or restocking fees.
- Don’t be fooled by the fit models in the
aware that the “satisfied” customer in the advertisement may be a result
of the product in conjunction with a good exercise routine and healthy
eating habits. The before and after results may not be proof that the item
- Check every business with the BBB. Research the company that
you are purchasing from and make sure that other customers were happy with
their product. Look for the BBB Accredited Business seal on both Web sites
and only purchase with businesses that have a good rating with BBB.
For more consumer
tips, visit www.bbb.org
As a private, non-profit organization, the
purpose of the Better Business Bureau is to promote an ethical marketplace.
BBBs help resolve buyer/seller complaints by means of conciliation, mediation
and arbitration. BBBs also review advertising claims, online business practices
and charitable organizations. BBBs develop and issue reviews on businesses
and nonprofit organizations and encourage people to check out a company or
charity before making a purchase or donation.