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How a Trampoline Can Help Improve Your Fitness

download (1)There are two main times of year when people contemplate their physical fitness: in the new year after the standard Christmas over eating and at the start of summer when people want to look their best on their beach holiday.

Starting out on the path to improving your physical fitness is a fantastic thing. You will look better, feel better and have better health. However you need to find a way to make a lifestyle of including exercise in your day-to-day routine.

The first port of call is usually to look into a gym membership. You will then most likely have to pay for direct debit for a yearlong membership. Gyms don’t like you paying according to how much you use the facilities because the best way to retain people is to tie them into a long-term membership.

If you find that the gym isn’t for you then you will end up paying for a year of membership you hardly use and not getting any further forward with your goals.

Some people prefer to do exercise at home and it may surprise you to know that trampoline exercise or rebounding provides a very effective method of cardiovascular fitness.

Research into trampoline exercise in a 2006 NASA research in the journal “Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine” supports says that rebounding is almost 70 percent more effective in fitness training than jogging for a same amount of time on a flat track.

People who have busy schedules can definitely use doing a more efficient form of exercise as they can get create a great caloric expenditure working on their fitness for the same amount of time and thus lose more weight.

Trampoline exercise is also a lower impact exercise on joints. This is because the impact of the acceleration and deceleration is absorbed by the bounce mat of the trampoline. If you are running on a hard surface like concrete then your joints will absorb more of the impact because there is less give. This means that if you exercise regularly on a trampoline as opposed to jogging it will cause less long-term damage to your joints and bones.

You will find that an 8ft round trampoline is the best option for families with young children. This is due to the fact that the kids can use it for play as well as the parents being able to perform their rebounding exercises.

 

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Home Fitness DVDs Are Valuable Exercise Tools

downloadSince the days Jane Fonda and her group of leotard-sporting, leg-warmer-wearing exercisers on VHS-that’s Video Home System for those of you under the age 25-exercisers have loved the convenience of working out at home. VHS has now long gone the way of the dinosaur, but home fitness fanaticism is still alive and well. Home fitness DVDs are a viable option for those who don’t have a gym membership. Thanks to a plethora of home DVDs, tightening up your troublesome spots has never been easier.

Availability

The average insomniac can most likely rattle off the names of the popular home fitness DVD programs seen cluttering the airwaves in late-night infomercials. These programs make claims of 60 to 90-day body transformations if you follow them diligently. But for those not so easily sucked into the vortex of late-night infomercials you have the option of purchasing from the local department store or through online DVD companies. The bonus of purchasing online is the customer reviews telling you whether or not a DVD is worth your money.

Time and Effort

The massive buzz surrounding home fitness program-craze has produced its share of bandwagon jumpers. But before you ditch your gym membership you should know that home fitness DVDs require the same effort and consistency as going to the gym; you can’t get results if you don’t do the workouts. As with any exercise plan you have to be committed to pushing the “Play” button on your DVD player with consistency. Of course no workout program can outdo a bad diet no matter how diligent you are, so make sure you consider your eating habits too.

Pros of Fitness DVDs

Since fitness DVDs come pre-programmed with the exercises there is no guesswork involved. This is beneficial to individuals who don’t have experience with creating workout plans. These workout plans are mostly led by energetic fitness experts who guide and encourage you to workout with intensity and “feel the burn”. Exercisers can feel confident that these programs were designed to give them great results if they put the consistency and effort.

The stale idea that getting into shape requires a gym membership is a gross misconception for some people. Exercise may be beneficial no matter where you do it. Your body doesn’t care whether you are at home or in a gym surrounded by a bunch of people. Working out at home can be just as effective as working out at the gym- and without the collective smell of other people’s sweat around you.

If you like variety there are home workouts available for people from all walks of life. For seniors, expectant moms, children, fitness buffs – whatever your fitness goals are, there are home workouts out there to suit your tastes.

Cons of Fitness DVDs

One caveat that comes with this method of working out is the boredom factor. Popping the same old DVD in everyday may offer you convenience now but overtime may cause your body to plateau. If you are no longer seeing results and feel like the workout is too easy it’s definitely time to switch it up. So if you are inclined to go the home workout route, make sure you vary your collection of DVDs and change it up every six weeks or so to keep things fresh.

Safety Concerns

If you have existing illnesses that would pose a safety hazard to you working out at home alone, fitness DVDs may not be the best option for you. Working out at a gym in the presence of fitness professionals is advised.

The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and should not be used for diagnosis or to guide treatment without the opinion of a health professional. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a doctor for advice.

 

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How To Meditate In Just 3 Minutes

MeditationAre you someone who would love to meditate but is just not able to make the time for it? Finding the time to meditate is holding you back from beginning the practice? Maybe you try to carve out the time, but your busy schedule gets in the way! Despite all your good intentions, you simply can’t find a free hour to sit down. While extended meditation has its benefits, you can also boost your mindfulness with brief breaks of a few minutes or less. Try these tips for calming your mind on your busiest days.

  1. Take a break! Get Present. Pay attention to your breath as it enters and leaves your nostrils. Follow its path up and down your body. Notice how your abdomen and chest rise and fall when you inhale and exhale deeply.
  2. Do a quick body scan. Slowly scan your body from head to toe. Search for areas of tension in the body. Massage your stiff shoulders or hands as you imagine your breath warming and healing them.
  3. Watch your thoughts as they show up one by one. Check what’s on your mind without making any judgements. Allow your mind to slow down. “When there are thoughts, it is distraction: when there are no thoughts, it is meditation.” – Ramana Maharshi
  4. Acknowledge your feelings. You can meditate when you are feeling content or when dealing with major stress. Just acknowledge your feelings. Remember that your emotions are temporary and you decide how to respond to any situation.
  5. Focus on something around you. Just lock your eyes with an object around you and while you are looking at it, allow yourself to feel your presence and your being.
  6. Say something inspiring to yourself. Fill your mind with an inspiring saying of your own. Repeat it 3 times.
  7. Bring your mind back. Gently rub your hands till they become warm and place them on your eyes. Now slowly bring your attention back to your surroundings and enjoy being back to a beautiful and wholesome state.

Now that you know how to do a brief meditation, lets look at some ideas on when to do it.

  1. At the traffic signals. Now you can look forward to the red lights. Use the traffic signals and stop signs as a reminder to breathe.
  2. During breaks at work. You can stay mindful and relaxed at work by checking on your mind and body, the same way you check the phone calls and text messages. Ask yourself, “how you are feeling?”,while you are looking to see if a friend responded to your last message.
  3. During your workouts. Connect with your mind as you shape up your body. Meditate for a few minutes on the treadmill or at the swimming pool.
  4. First thing in the morning and the last thing at night. Mediate for a few minutes each morning to start your day feeling fresh. Also meditate for a few minutes at night before going to bed, for a deep and relaxed sleeping experience.
  5. While playing with your kids. Mindfulness exercises can be especially beneficial for children. Make your sessions fun by keeping them short and simple. Throw in some yoga poses, singing, and visualizations that will appeal to your child’s imagination.
  6. At the queues. Your daily life is probably full of long lines. Next time you are queuing up for a blockbuster movie or at a grocery store, remember that meditation is a great way to help you pass the time.
  7. During commercial breaks. Do you enjoy watching 30 seconds of advertising before you can watch the video you clicked on? Hit the mute button, and enjoy the silence that surrounds you.
  8. When feeling overwhelmed. Do you automatically reach for a donut or a margarita after a rough day? Do you try to soothe yourself with a little retail therapy when feeling exasperated? Meditation could be a healthier and less expensive response to stress.

While instant weight loss products are often disappointing, instant meditation is a miracle worth celebrating! You can enjoy greater peace of mind in just a few minutes a day. Simply dissolve the stress and boost your concentration with a quick meditation session. “Meditation is a way for nourishing and blossoming the divine within you.” – Amit Ray

 

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Fitness Equipment Glossary

There are dozens and dozens of different type of fitness equipment out there so keeping track of them can be quite the task, even for an expert. The constantly influx of new type of innovations and equipment also do not help and can intimidate newcomers to the fitness world. We have compiled a list of … Continue reading “Fitness Equipment Glossary”

There are dozens and dozens of different type of fitness equipment out there so keeping track of them can be quite the task, even for an expert. The constantly influx of new type of innovations and equipment also do not help and can intimidate newcomers to the fitness world. We have compiled a list of the most common terms regarding fitness equipment and break them down to simple to understand, non-jargon explanations. We have also detailed which body part the equipment targets, if applicable. If words like ergometer, P80 console and smith machine baffle you, this list will be your friend. We have gathered up all the fitness equipment names that we could find and we are constantly adding to this list.

Ab Bench

Category: Strength

Body Parts Targeted: abdominals

An ab bench is a fitness bench that is generally at a decline, usually with padded leg rollers to hook your legs or foot around to perform a crunch or sit-up. There are also adjustable versions of these where you can perform different exercises on.

Adjustable Bench

Category: Strength

Body Parts Targeted: N/A

Similar to a flat bench, but they are adjustable to either become a flat bench, an incline bench or a decline bench.

AMT

An abbreviation for the Precor AMT (Adaptive Motion Trainer) which is an all-in-one elliptical machine. It is able to change strides and adapt to the user without any manual adjustments.

Arc Trainer

Category: Cardio

Body Parts Targeted: hamstrings, quadriceps, gluteus maximus, core (if it includes upper body: triceps, biceps, back)

A cardio machine created by Cybex that closely resembles an elliptical, but the independent floating pedal mechanism further reduces impact on your lower joints.

Assisted Chin Dip

Category: Strength

Body Parts Targeted: triceps, deltoids, pectorals, abdominals, biceps

An assisted chin dip machine is a tower with two protruding rods. Some machines will have the user either kneel or stand on a weighted platform. The user starts with their arms at a 90 degree angle and extends their arms to perform the exercise.

Crosstrainer

See entry for elliptical.

Curl Bench

Category: Strength

Body Parts Targeted: N/A

Also sometimes called a preacher curl. This bench resembles a seat with a padded section in front. The user places their arm over the padded section of the bench and can perform curls with proper form.

Cybex

One of the leading manufacturers of fitness equipment. They mainly specialize in producing strength equipment with over 150 unique pieces. Cybex is also known for their innovative Arc Trainer cardio machines.

Decline Bench

Category: Strength

Body Parts Targeted: N/A

A weight bench where the user’s legs are higher than their head. It is used for bench presses that target the lower portion of the chest.

Elliptical

Category: Cardio

Body Parts Targeted: hamstrings, quadriceps, gluteus maximus, core (if it includes upper body: triceps, biceps, back)

An elliptical is a stationary cardio machine that simulates running or climbing. Users stand on pedals which allows for a low impact workout. Some elliptical also have movable arms which will also allow for an additional upper body workout. Also sometimes referred to as an elliptical crosstrainer or a crosstrainer.

Ergometer – This is quite the confusing term. Sometimes an ergometer can refer to the device inside your exercise machine that tracks your statistics like heart rate, calories burned, distance run, etc. An ergometer can also be referring to an indoor rowing machine. See rowing machine for further definitions on the term used in that context.

Flat Bench

Category: Strength

Body Parts Targeted: N/A

A flat bench is designed for users to lie flat on top of. It is designed to support users while they are performing bench presses.

FreeMotion Fitness

A fitness equipment manufacturer that produces both strength and cardio equipment. They are best known for their FreeMotion Functional Trainer, which uses pulleys and cables to allow a more dynamic range of motion.

Functional Trainer

Category: Strength

Body Parts Targeted: Entire body

Functional trainers are all-in-one fitness machines that usually look like one large tower. Many of them utilize cables or pulleys in order to accommodate a wide variety of different exercises. Functional trainers target upper body, lower body and the core. The type of exercise varies depending on the model.

Hoist Fitness

Hoist Fitness is a San Diego based company that produces strength-training and indoor cycling products for commercial and home markets.

Incline Bench

Category: Strength

Body Parts Targeted: N/A

A weight bench where the user’s head is higher than their legs. Generally used in bench presses and curls.

Incline Press

Category: Strength

Body Parts Targeted: pectorals (upper chest), deltoids, triceps

The incline press machine is a weight machine that consists of a seat with two handles located in front of the user that are attached to weights. The user extends their arms and slowly brings them back to starting position to complete a repetition.

Indoor Cycle

Category: Cardio

Body Parts Targeted: hamstring, quadriceps, calves, gluteus maximus, abdominals, tibilais anterior, core

An indoor cycle is a stationary bike that is similar to an upright bike, but is generally smaller and uses a weighted flywheel. It is commonly used in indoor cycling classes where riders ride the indoor cycle in a group in a group, following an instructor and music.

LeMond Fitness

LeMond Fitness, powered by Hoist Fitness, is a fitness company formed by Greg LeMond that specializes in creating stationary cycles.

Life Fitness

Life Fitness is one of the largest and most respected fitness equipment manufacturers. They manufacture every type of equipment including cardio and strength machines.

Matrix Fitness

Matrix Fitness is a commercial grade fitness equipment manufacturer. They are known for their industrial design and contemporary look.

Olympic Bench

Category: Strength

Body Parts Targeted: N/A

Olympic benches are slightly larger than standard benches and are generally made of composite steel for maximum durability. Olympic benches are also more padded since they’re designed to be able to withstand larger weight loads and heavier lifters.

P80 Console – Precor’s newest consoles for their cardio fitness equipment. It has a 15″ LCD capacitive touchscreen. It is also iPod/iPhone compatible.

P30 Console – Precor’s older style console. Includes large LED display and motion controls.

Power Rack

Category: Strength

Body Parts Targeted: N/A

A power rack is a machine with four vertical bars and two movable horizontal bars used to catch barbells. Many power racks also come with additional horizontal bars to perform chin ups and pull ups on in addition to barbell exercises. They are usually wide enough for a person to easily fit inside, along with a fitness bench.

Preacher Curl

Category: Strength

Body Parts Targeted: N/A

See entry for curl bench.

Precor

Precor is a worldwide leader in the home/commercial exercise equipment due to their emphasis on superior quality, creative innovation and overall performance. They specialize in both strength equipment and cardio and are probably most well known for their innovative AMT (Adaptive Motion Trainer).

Recumbent Bike

Category: Cardio

Body Parts Targeted: hamstring, quadriceps, calves, gluteus maximus, abdominals, tibilais anterior

A recumbent bike is an exercise bike that places its user in a reclining position with the pedals out in front of them. The recumbent bike is great for users with back problems because there is

less pressure on the lower back due to the laid-back position.

Smith Machine

Category: Strength

Body Parts Targeted: quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteus maximus, back

A smith machine is a machine usually consisting of a vertical steel rails that is used in weight training. It is primarily used with a barbell and as a self-spotting machine. There are slots on the smith machine that you can hook a barbell onto with only a twist of a wrist. There are also usually safeties which can be placed at a minimum height to catch the barbell and prevent injuries. Smith Machines usually only also vertical movement and are primarily used for squats.

StairMaster

A fitness company established in 1983 and known for their stair climbing fitness equipment. Their most famous products include the stepper and stepmill.

Star Trac

Star Trac has been manufacturing exercise equipment for both home and commercial use since 1979. Their main specialties are their Pro Treadmill lines, their complete lines of selectorized strength equipment and much more.

Stepmill

Category: Cardio

Body Parts Targeted: quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteus maximus, hip flexors, calves

A stepmill resembles an escalator in the sense that it is an endless set of rotating steps. These steps are attached to a belt that revolves with every step. Stepmills are meant to exactly simulate stair climbing and uses your own body weight as resistance, which can increase the amount of calories burned.

Stepper

Category: Cardio

Body Parts Targeted: quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteus maximus, hip flexors, calves

Steppers are machines that have two side by side pedals that you pump up and down to simulate stair climbing. Since steppers rely less on bodyweight, they are more effective for lighter individuals who may not have enough mass to properly move the stepmills. Generally, steppers allow you to adjust resistance level to adjust intensity and difficulty of the workout.

Upright Bike

Category: Cardio

Body Parts Targeted: hamstring, quadriceps, calves, gluteus maximus, abdominals, tibilais anterior, core

An upright bike is an exercise bike where the user sits in an upright position, similar to a road bicycle, with the pedals almost directly below the seat. The upright position helps to simulate real road bike riding and engages the core more than a recumbent bike.

Weight Bench

Category: Strength

Body Parts Targeted: N/A

A weight bench (sometimes called a fitness bench) is a padded board supported by legs and its primary purpose is for weightlifters to sit or lie down on. There are various types of weight benches, including an incline bench, a decline bench, an ab bench, a preacher curl/curl bench and an Olympic bench.

 

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Choosing the Right Breathing Air System

When working in high-risk environments, workers may be in need of breathing air systems to ensure their health and safety. Today, there are a number of different systems on the market with a variety of applications, all depending on the specific needs of the user in his or her work environment.

Breathing air systems are required in many of the modern world’s major industries, including the petrochemical, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, mining, tunnelling and energy industries. Here, the various kinds of respiratory protective equipment are considered essential tools that save lives.

The type of breathing apparatus chosen depends on a number of factors. With the undertaking of an accurate risk assessment of the environment,along with the demands of the job in hand, an appropriate choice may be made from a selection of breathing air systems.

First of all is the Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA). This particular type of equipment is worn by first responders and emergency services professionals such as fire fighters, and also by industrial workers who hare exposed to highly toxic environments that directly and seriously endanger human health.

Another of the most commonly used breathing air systems is that of the Airline Breathing Apparatus. This breathing equipment provides a supply of air to the wearer via a medium or high pressure hose that is connected to a stationary source of breathable air.

The supply of air is delivered to the wearer either continuously or intermittently, depending on the needs of the user. Some manufacturers of this kind of equipment offer the wearer a back up supply of breathable air with the addition of a compressed air cylinder to the original airline system. This is intended to protect the wearer if their main supply is disrupted.

Another option when choosing from a range of breathing air systems is the Air Purifying Respirator. These use cartridges or canisters to remove particles and contaminants from the air in the particular work environment, and are commonly used where the environment presents no immediate and severe danger to human health.

These kinds of breathing air systems can rely on the user’s inhalation to draw air through the filters in place, or use a blower to ‘suck in’ ambient air to meet the wearer’s breathing requirements. These are often used in the pharmaceutical and automotive industries.

Escape respirators are breathing air systems that are specially designed to, as the name suggests, escape from hazardous environments in a short duration of time, normally spanning from 5 to 15 minutes. These can be ideal for helping users escape from dangerous situations such as fires.They are also often used with the airline system as a ‘back up’ air supply in emergencies.

The final type of apparatus in the range of breathing air systems is the Chemical Oxygen Self Rescuer. This is an escape device that is used to help the user remove him or herself from situations where toxic gases and particles are present or where there is oxygen deficiency.

This differs from the other breathing air systems by using the chemical reaction between Potassium Super oxide and exhaled air to generate oxygen which can then be used by the wearer of the equipment. Due to its non-reliance on items such as compressed air cylinders, this kind of system is lightweight and compact, making it ideal in certain situations which demand such features.

In conclusion, there are number of different breathing air systems available on the market today to meet a wide range of needs spanning a number of industries. The choice all depends on the hazards present in the environment, the duration of exposition to these environments, practical aspects of apparatus use and whether the breathing system is used for work or simply as an escape option.

 

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How Can We Increase The Safety Of Sports

Sports is a physical activity usually involving a competition and when there is competition the adrenaline of each player increases with time. Some sports are also played for fun, as a hobby and to build the relationship in a team. Nevertheless, in all physical activities the probability of getting injured is very high. Following safety measures will definitely reduce this probability and guarantee more fun. Knowing that you’re safe, no matter how much you get battered also relieves mental tension. The challenge, the adrenaline and thrill brings out the best in us and if combined with safety, it’ll take us all the way.

Protective gear is something every player needs to wear. It protects the body against internal damage, physical injuries and mental harm. Most of the sports like American football and boxing, involve a great amount of physical altercations. The team’s physical instructor makes sure that the boys are all geared up in every way possible lest there be an unavoidable circumstance. The gear is designed with heavy padding and protects the most vital parts of the human body like the groin and shoulders. Helmets are another important part of safety gear which protect the head, neck and face. Some players also put in extra pads to support themselves during combat, especially on the chest and thighs. There has been speculation about the over padding and the introduction of new gear being a hindrance during playing and restricting the joints and reducing movement. If with careful design where both safety and mobility is achieved, there is nothing like it.

Entering the battlefield without any protective gear can be a matter of pride for many but is also considered foolish. Certain sports like boxing may seem like a sport that does not require protective gear but you’re mistaken. Professional boxing require head gear, mouthguards and much more. Most boxers do not feel the need for protective gear as boxing is a game of strength and pride. But this is a misguided concept and safety gear not only allows you to enjoy the game but gives us the chance to enjoy it for a longer period.

Baseball is another sport where head gear is an absolute must. Imagine getting hit in the head with a fast moving ball coming at you with tremendous speed. It would be completely absurd not to wear any protective gear. Golf may seem like a perfectly safe sport but again getting hit by a ball travelling at high velocity especially when we do not know where the ball may land is not a pretty sight.

An effective way to increase the safety of sports is by educating the players. It is the fastest way of getting any information through to them. Some of the sports activities have a natural tendency to mould the player to become aware of his surroundings and escape harm. That does not guarantee safety and protective gear is again a must. Knee pads, shoulder pads, mouth guards, gloves and so on are some of the most important safety gear that one must have in every sport. All the sport events must make it compulsory for players to wear all the necessary gear or else they would not be eligible to participate. In the end what we want to achieve is adrenaline and fun which if blended with safety would give us the ultimate victory.

 

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Things to Remember While Establishing a Gym at Home

Don’t buy physical fitness accessories blindly

On fitness, the famed cartoonist and creator of Peanuts comic strip, Charles Schulz had commented: Our life is a ten-speed bike, and most of the gears we rarely use! To a great extent he was right since many in their quest for a healthy body, do buy assorted gadgets, but rarely use them. And reasons are aplenty for such a futile fancy prevailing in our society. One among them is the lack of awareness because of which a person blindly buys physical fitness accessories with no inkling about its end usage. Further, in many instances, when the gadget doesn’t work as per expectations, there is no proper after sales-service offered by the vendor.

Be extra particular while making the purchases

Hence, while intending to shop for gym accessories, utmost care is the need of the hour to ensure that quality products of a reputed maker are chosen and also the purchases are made from an authorized dealer. Over the last couple of years, there has been a gradual rise in the number of home gyms and corresponding fitness accessories. The resourceful health fads prefer high-end products in design as well as the functions. By and large, makers of quality gadgets for home gyms do focus on customer satisfaction in their innovative designs. It would be ideal to spell out the end-uses of a gadget – whether it is for ground exercises, light workouts like stretching, Pilates etc. or vigorous sessions of endurance on treadmills and barbells.

Just choose what you exactly need

Among the post-workout needs is the towel warmer that one uses either to dry the perspiring body or after a shower. If a person visits the neighbourhood gym for the workouts, it would be ideal to choose the one that has a sauna facility. At home too, one can indulge in a refreshing bath and then use the towel from a warmer. The towel warmers come in various models, size and functional specifications. So the preference should be the one that suits the essential needs and the credentials of the gadgets and accessories.

Going online is a great idea to serve your purpose

These days, almost all the reputed dealers are providing their customers with high quality gym accessories at an incredible pricing through their online stores. When you conduct an independent research about gym accessories sellers on the internet, you will find a huge rundown of choices to make. Online gym equipment sellers are able to provide cheaper things in the light of the fact that they have lighter liabilities than those who are running physical stores. They need lesser demanding infrastructure, reduced manpower and various other unnecessary things to run the showroom online.

 

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Knee Band for Running

There are times when people get over enthusiastic about their exercise regime and go overboard with it causing severe injuries that are quite painful to bear. It is important that one needs to attain the health goal set-forth by self but is also equally important that proper care and measures are taken to prevent any sort of injuries or damage as well. As far as exercise forms are concerned, running is one of the most common and most popular exercise methods that are carried on by people all over the world. While running can help you achieve the perfect state of health and keep you rejuvenated, if you do not wear a knee band or knee cap, it could cause serious damage to your knee area.

Knee bands type

People who take up running exercise should understand that their entire body weight is felt on the knee joint and hence a knee cap is a must to wear to prevent problems that may arise in the future. There are various types and brands of knee bands for running available in the market today but only about a few of them are known to be exceptional. You need to put in some time and focus in picking out the best and apt band that suits your requirements. These bands come in various sizes and colors and you can pick out as per your choice.

Prevent pain and discomfort

When people take up intense and heavy exercise regime, it would have a direct impact on the knee muscle causing a great deal of pain and discomfort. A well designed band helps relieve pressure and reduces fatigue arising in the knee joints. It would help the patella stay in the right position and would also prevent any sort of ligament tears. In order for you to get exceptional results, it is important for you to go for a well designed and top quality knee band with all necessary features.

The knee band comes with adjustable features so that it could be used according to one’s requirements. There are also many branded knee bands available online and all that you need to do is to spend some time over picking the right and suitable band of your type. It needs to be understood that though knee bands are used extensively by runners, it also serves many other purposes. It is best for people with knee pain, arthritis, joint pains and other such things.

 

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3 Treadmills For Runners

Looking for the best treadmill for runners? Runners need more from their treadmill since they put extra stress and strain on it.

They also need a stronger treadmill that can support them with excellent cushioning, strong motor and a super-touch deck – so they won’t get hurt!

While there are many great treadmills for runners out there, the problem is that many times these treadmill are expensive – $3000 and up.

But if you know where to look you don’t actually have to spend that much to get a good runners treadmill.

Here are 3 great options that would be ideal for runners – and they’re all under $1500:

#1. NordicTrack Commercial 1750

The NordicTrack 1750 has been a best-seller in the running treadmill category for a few years now. What most people don’t know is that NordicTrack upgrades it every year with the latest toys and entertainment gadgets.

The 1750 treadmill is built with heavier construction than their starter models including a tough 3.8 HP motor, extra long 60 inch belt and large 2.5 inch rollers (which help prolong the life of your belt and motor).

Plus you get adjustable cushioning – so if you need more protection you can turn it up. And if you want a more road-like feel, you can turn the cushioning down.

Another thing this treadmill has that many runners treadmills do not is the 3% decline (as well as a 15% incline). So it’s great for crosstraining challenge.

And you also get a full-color, touch screen web browser in the console. So you can surf the net as you run – a great way to add more enjoyment to your workout.

The 1750 also comes with the option to use iFit. iFit is a technology that connects your treadmill to the Internet. From there you can run famous world trails – like Central Park in New York or the streets of Paris. You actually see landmarks pass you by in the console screen – very virtual reality.

So overall the NordicTrack Commercial 1750 combines strong construction with a lot of entertainment options you need for long running workouts.

#2. Proform Pro 2000

The Proform Pro 2000 was a consumer magazine “Best Buy” last year – so it has quickly become popular with runners.

The Pro 2000 doesn’t have some of the toys that the NordicTrack 1750 has – like the full color console, adjustable cushioning or web browser. But you do get a large, easy-to-read backlit console, a strong 3.5 HP motor and a spacious 60 inch long belt.

There’s also a built-in tablet holder to watch your favorite shows as you run. And you also get an iPod dock to play your favorites tunes through the console speakers as you walk.

There’s also a top 12 MPH speed limit, which is nice for runners who really want to pick up their pace.

#3. Sole F80

The Sole F80 has been around for several years now and is a favorite on runners lists. Sole hasn’t really updated it in a while – so other treadmills are starting to eclipse the F80 in terms of value.

But it’s still worth a look. The main strength of the F80 is that both the deck and cushioniong are excellent. Sole uses CushionFlex cushioning – which has been shown to reduce impact on your joints by up to 40% (versus road running).

The console – while not multi-color like the NordicTrack 1750 above – is still bright and backlit. There is an iPod dock and several pre-designed built-in workouts to challenge you.

The Sole F80 comes in around $1499 – around the same price as the NordicTrack 1750. The Proform Pro 2000 (as of this writing) is about $200 less.

So while there are a lot of great runners treadmills out there, if you don’t want to pay $3000 and up, you really don’t have to. There are some great options above the give you strong construction, tough motors, protective cushioning and extra long running areas.

No matter what you decide, remember to listen to your body and only do what you can. If you’re new to running, consult with your doctor before you get started. Good luck!

 

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How To Choose An Effective Exercise Bike

Today, more and more people are getting conscious of their weight and health. They now start to think of exercising to lose some excess weight and maintain a healthy figure. And among the best exercises opted by many people are running and biking. Although running is considered as the best form of cardiovascular exercise, using exercise bikes also has plenty of other benefits to offer. With a stationary exercise bike, you can proceed with your training, whatever the weather outside is. You can pedal while watching your favorite program on TV or when waiting for the laundry.

In terms of calories burned, you can burn as much as 500 calories in an hour. On top of burning excess fat, you also get to tone the muscles in your legs, hips and calves. Riding it is often recommended as part of a rehabilitation program because it is easy to do and gentle on the joints. Exercising on this type of bike can help improve circulation and boost heart and lung health. And so, many people really opt to buy a stationary exercise you.

Certainly, you can reap the aforementioned benefits with a quality and durable exercise bike. However, if you wish to get better returns on your purchase, there are a few important things that you must consider. Take note that someone who is simply trying to exercise more will need a different bike from someone who wants to train in cycling indoors. You should learn how to choose the one that’s right for you.

The first thing that you need to consider is the type of bike that best fits your need. These bikes are classified into three types. There are similar to conventional bikes while there are also those that allow the rider to recline back, thus relieving some of the pressure on the ankles and knees. There are some that are designed for intensity. After choosing an appropriate bike type, the next thing that you should consider is weight limit.

Make sure that you know your current body weight and choose a bike that is suitable for you. If you are planning to gain some muscle or tone your muscles, you should look at the level of resistance a bike offers. Resistance gives your muscles the tension and challenge they need in order to gain mass.

Size will also be an important consideration especially if you live in a small space. You can opt for exercise bikes that can be folded and easily stored. And in terms of price, there is a wide range of options to choose from at every price point. The higher the price tag, the more functionality and features you will get. And therefore, the more benefits you can take advantage of.

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Trampoline for Fun & Fitness

Trampoline for Fun

The technology has simply brought a new world to children and even to adults. Despite the newest fun-filled games introduced these days, still, a lot of people love to make use of a trampoline. This is simply loved by children and adults. The joy and fun of jumping on a trampoline is simply an incomparable experience.

The trampoline is good for recreational activities. This can keep them jumping around and working their cardiovascular systems and muscles. The hours spent in using trampoline for fun are also worthy for the whole family members and friends.

This is something that will leave them staying and playing at home. Jumping on the trampoline is truly a fun and exciting experience for everyone to enjoy. Another good thing to love about the trampoline is that it keeps them happy and healthy. This is also because of being active and of enjoy the fresh air outside.

Although this is best intended for kids, even adults can have all the fun from doing the things that kids love the most. Jumping on a trampoline is equivalent to a thirty-minute run. It is also best to make use of your time and feel the defying gravity of having fun.

Thus, get out and have a good and string bounce on a trampoline. There are simply a lot of ways to turn this into a fun and interesting exercise. Just incorporate a lot of interesting things in jumping and being creative also adds up to the whole fun and enjoyment. You will have fun and you will simply love it.

Trampoline fun is truly great for all ages. This does not only give you hours of fun but hours of enjoyment. This is nothing but simply pure fun. There are still other rewards and benefits to get from jumping on it.

Trampoline for Fitness

If you are simply tired of doing the same old workouts, the trampoline for fitness is the one thing you are looking for. By jumping on it on a regular basis, you are giving your body a cardiovascular workout. You have more energy and you gain all fitness benefits from it.

Jumping on it for twenty minutes helps improve your coordination level. There is only a need to take a lot of practice and jump as high as you can. If you have fibromyalgia or diabetes, you can discover that a trampoline workout gives you better health and more energy.

The coordination that is gained from jumping on a trampoline helps you in enjoying more activities. If you are also an athlete, you will find it helpful in increasing your endurance. This is also a fun and fantastic activity that helps improve the coordination and boost the immune system. There is more fun and excitement from doing it. Even an enhanced level of confidence is achieved right from starting doing it. And for children, they can have strong muscles, good coordination and agility.

There is only a need to start on doing some bounces. Try bouncing low and doing some aerobic classes that help improve your jumping experience. When you are already confident of your jumping form, try some of the basic tricks.

If this will sound a fun and interesting family activity, check out all other trampolines from discount stores. You will surely find a trampoline that fits to your fitness activity. Even increased muscle strength is simply another benefit to obtain from it. This also helps you reduce your chances of developing a condition called as osteoporosis.

There is also an improved flexibility from jumping on a trampoline. This also helps lengthen the muscles and increases the heart rate. This is the reason why you need to jump on a trampoline to work on your muscles.

 

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How To Grow As A Newbie Yoga Teacher

There are many reasons why you should register for a teacher training program if you truly want to take your yoga career to the next level. Besides, it should not just be a teacher training program, but a program that will allow you to learn and be exposed to more and more details about yoga. Yoga itself is very broad. This is why anyone who is ready to go into it must involve his or herself entirely. You must involve your body, soul, and mind.

Being a yoga teacher is more than just knowing some few yoga poses, or having a complete knowledge of how to align your pose well. Although it is partly about that but one major thing is how to connect with your class. It is also about connecting with your students and allowing them to experience yoga. They must also have a complete experience and benefit of the practice, every single day that you stay with them.

As a teacher, you should also attend various workshops and seminars about yoga. There are many benefits you can having for doing this. Some of those benefits are listed below.

1. Establish contact with a mentor

You will get the opportunity to connect with a yoga teacher. However, there are a lot of yoga teachers all around the world today, who are really certified. Most of them have spent quite a number of years in the practice and have more experience than you do. However, you will have the opportunity to connect with them one on one and as your mentor they will help you to identify your strength, interests, areas of growth and work on them.

2. You will get personal guidance

There are lots of benefits when students or would be teachers attend seminars. Students that do this, always goes home satisfied and overwhelmed. This is because they have been exposed to so much information that will guide them and give them a new direction as they start teaching yoga. You will also learn some things about yoga that you can teach to your students.

3. You will work on your weakness and build on your strength

It is very important for people to know their strength and areas of growth. This will help them to perform better and be prepare for anything that comes. You will also be giving guidance to those areas of study as well as teaching that need cultivating.

You can join any seminar or workshop that you want. As a student or someone who is planning a career as a yoga teacher, it is a good step towards the right direction.

 

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How To Practice Yoga To Increase Your Height

After going through a few Yoga lessons, you will come to know that your posture has considerably improved and the straightening of your torso part feels as you have become taller by some centimeters. People have reportedly gained about 3 inches of height by doing Yoga. Usually, this is based on the principle that if you carry out Yoga positions, which lay focus on stretching, then you will get to perceive toning and development of your back muscles first prior to lengthening and straightening of the spine and at last there will be a gradual decompression, thickening and strengthening of the spine. All of these will make you look taller.

Good growth is feasible only through natural means along with balanced diet and physical exercise. Yoga is the best exercise for increasing your height. Yogic practices maintain the functional ability of your body. Some of the yogic practices, particularly the Asanas and the standing Yoga are very advantageous for your growth with regard to height. It has the ability to increase suppleness and flexibility to the body and helps in accelerating the function of your body. Some Yoga Asanas help in stretching your spine. These yogic practices increase your height for a couple of inches. Regular practices of some yogic poses rectify the deformities of your bones, which are related to height. It proves helpful in decompressing your spine, strengthening your vertebrae and making you taller by a couple of inches. So, Yoga indirectly or directly helps to make your taller.

Tadasana is such a form of Yoga that helps in increasing your height. In this Asana, your body remains erect and you gaze towards the sky. It allows your whole spinal column to stretch and loosen from top to the bottom, thereby helping in the healthy spine. It is very advantageous Yoga for the right stretching of your spine and it also helps in correcting your posture. These processes of making the spine straight show the good result for your height. So, it is regarded as one of the most appropriate poses to increase your height.

Tadasana is very effective in stretching of your muscles and nerves and balances the functions of different organs of your body. It is very important for healthy spine and toning of your abdominal muscles and organs. In order to do Tadasana, you need to stand erect by keeping your feet 15 cm apart. Keep your eyes open right through the period. Take a deep breath while moving up your hands with an open palm. Stand on your toes and stretch your body from top to the bottom as much as you can. Keep your stomach in, chest forward and spine stretched. The weight of your body should be evenly distributed on your both toes. Slowly take your arms down along with the body. At last, fix your gaze at a particular point.

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