As the nights draw in and the temperature drops , the last thing on your mind may be heading off into the night and braving the elements to get to the gym , so why not make the most of the amazing home exercise equipment on offer and get fit from the comfort of your own home?Christmas is traditionally a time for celebration and indulging in rich foods and scrumptious treats , with many of us starting the New Year by resolving to eat a healthier diet and exercise more. Gym membership can be expensive , so why not invest in your long-term health and buy equipment that you can use everyday without having to leave the house?Exercise equipmentAs well as the larger apparatus , such as treadmills , cross-trainers and rowing machines , there is a range of smaller , more practical equipment , which will fit into your home without converting it into a makeshift gym. In recent years , the range of home exercise equipment has diversified massively and you can now buy everything from mini pedal cycles to vibrating plates. Some machines are designed to work your whole body , while others target specific areas and you can adjust the speed , resistance or weight to suit your level of fitness and your training aims.Staying motivatedMost of us experience a period when we are highly motivated and put lots of effort into exercising but it can be tempting to let it slide , especially when it gets dark at four o’clock in the afternoon , the weather is miserable and all you want to do is snuggle up on the sofa in front of the television. Having equipment at home makes it easier to stay motivated allowingyou the flexibility to train while you watch television or listen to music. You can also interact with other people while you exercise and get them involved to make it more fun.In addition to exercise machines , you can also buy accessories that track your progress and make the most of your training sessions. There are gadgets and gizmos that measure your heart rate and blood pressure and you can also calculate how many calories you have burned.These are especially useful after a few days of eating mince pies , Christmas cake , peanuts and pigs in blankets.Fitness DVDsFor those who dread the thought of sweating and struggling in front of a gym full of people , fitness DVDs could be the ideal solution. There is an array of options to choose from , including celebrity workouts , aerobic , dance classes and toning activities , such as Pilates.You can work out to the DVD whenever you want and can also invite friends or relatives over to join in. Exercise DVDs are good because they provide a varied workout , they often have lively soundtracks and you will be guided through the exercises to make sure you’re doing them right. You can also choose sections of the DVD to suit your preferences and you can pause , rewind and fast forward.Keeping fit is really important for your health and if you are planning to kick start the New Year with a fresh outlook on exercise , investing in some home gym equipment could be a great idea. You can choose from an impressive range of accessories , devices and machines and you can enjoy all the benefits of going to the gym without having to leave home.As Christmas approaches , now is the perfect time to start thinking about getting in shape , so why not take a look at the incredible home exercise equipment available and start the festive period looking and feeling great?