Friday, 28 March 2014

How to Choose the Best Exercise Bike for Your Needs

If you’re thinking of buying an exercise bike, you can be overwhelmed by the amount of different bikes there are to choose from, with prices ranging between anything from under £100 up to $800+.  You may be dazzled by the amount of features a manufacturer claims to offer on their exercise bikes, such as a high number of programmable workouts or resistance levels, but there are a lot more things to consider when buying an exercise bike.

While you may be limited to the amount of money you want to spend on an exercise bike, it is important to consider factors such as the build-quality for long-lasting durability, how smoothly and quietly the bike operates, how much adjustability does the bike have in terms of user height, what the user weight ratings are, how stable and safe the bike is, and of course what warranties do the manufacturers offer on their exercise bikes.

Upright Exercise Bike, most common type of exercise bike, usually comes with a computer console with a variety of workout programs and LCD screen to track your workout statsWhen most people first think of an exercise bike, the first type of exercise bike that comes to mind is the Upright Exercise Bike.

Upright exercise bikes are the most common type of exercise bike and as the name suggests, you sit in an upright position as you pedal.

These types of bikes usually come with a computer console with an LCD display and offer a variety of workout programs to keep your workouts interesting, varied and challenging.  Your workout stats are displayed on the LCD monitor so you can keep track of your progress.

But did you know there are several other types of exercise bikes which some people may find they are better suited to?

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Health Benefits of Exercise

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Regular exercise not only helps us to lose a bit of weight and tone our bodies, but has a whole wealth of health benefits as well.

Exercising doesn’t necessarily mean having to slog it out at the gym – there are many gentle forms of exercise that will still help to improve your overall health and fitness.  Low-impact forms of exercising like walking, swimming, and cycling are a great way to help improve your overall fitness levels as well as improving your cardiovascular health.  Low-impact exercise is easier on your knees and joints than many other forms of exercise, yet still gives you a good workout to bring about some great health benefits.

The good news is that even everyday activities such as gardening or housework can count towards your exercise goals.

Health Benefits of Exercise

The benefits of exercise to your health include:

Friday, 21 March 2014

Tips on How to Choose the Best Treadmill for Your Needs

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There are so many different makes and models of treadmills available to choose from nowadays, that it can be overwhelming trying to decide which one you should buy.

Most people look at the amount of features a treadmill has such as how many programmable workouts a treadmill has, but don’t be blinded by the quantity of features over the build quality and what you personally need from a treadmill.

If you’re thinking about buying a treadmill for home use, but don’t know where to start, here are a few tips on the important factors that are easily overlooked but which you need to take into consideration when choosing the right treadmill for you:

Are you going to be using the treadmill for walking or running?

Some treadmills are designed more for people who just want to get some walking exercise rather than running.  Treadmills designed for walking usually have a less powerful motor and a smaller footprint.

If you intend running on a treadmill, make sure you buy a treadmill that is designed to take more of a pounding.  With this in mind, you will need to buy a treadmill that is more heavy-duty with a more powerful motor and a longer running surface.

Monday, 17 March 2014

Function and Benefits of Vitamin K

Vitamin K is one of the lesser known vitamins that belongs to the family of fat soluble vitamins which means that it is stored by the body in small amounts for future use. 

Vitamin K is usually produced in sufficient quantities by bacteria in the intestines and is stored in small amounts in the liver.

Vitamin K includes K1 (also referred to as phylloquinone) and K2 (also referred to as menaquinone).  K1 is found in its highest amounts in leafy green vegetables whereas K2 is derived in its highest form from meat and dairy products.  K1 can also be converted into K2 by bacteria in the intestines.

Main Functions of Vitamin K

The main functions of Vitamin K include:

·         Assisting in forming prothrombin, a blood-clotting chemical.
·         Aiding in the coagulation of blood.
·         Helping to direct calcium to the bones and away from the arteries.

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Function and Benefits of Vitamin F, Unsaturated Fatty Acids

Vitamin F is also known as Unsaturated Fatty Acids and incorporates Linoleic, Linolenic and Archidonic.  Vitamin F is a fat soluble vitamin so any excess you intake is stored by the body.

The body itself can synthesize Linolenic and Archidonic provided that you intake sufficient Linoleic Acid.

Main Functions of Vitamin F

The main functions of Vitamin F include:

·         Helping to burn saturated fat.
·         Repairing and creating tissue in the body.

Benefits of Vitamin F

The main benefits to the body of Vitamin F include:

·         Helping to prevent a build-up of cholesterol.
·         Helping to reduce the risk of strokes and heart disease.
·         Helping to regulate blood pressure.
·         Helping to keep the skin healthy.
·         Helping to keep the hair healthy.
·         Aiding with metabolism and weight loss.
·         Helping to balance hormones and glands.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

WaterRower versus Concept2 Rowing Machine, How do they Compare?

WaterRower compared with Concept2 Rowing Machine
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Concept2 Rowing Machine compared with WaterRower
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Both the WaterRower and the Concept2 are top quality indoor rowing machines for people serious about rowing and getting fit.  The Concept2 has a more modern look to it, while the WaterRower is handcrafted in solid wood and looks more like a piece of furniture you would have in your home rather than a piece of exercise equipment.

The WaterRower and the Concept2 not only look different but work in completely different ways too.  The WaterRower is considered to be more of a rowing simulator rather than a rowing machine as it is designed to emulate the movement of a boat paddling down the river.

The WaterRower features a “flywheel” that consists of 2 paddles that sit in an enclosed water tank, and offers unlimited resistance in the sense that the faster you paddle, the higher the drag will be increased.  This self-regulating resistance system eliminates the need for setting or adjusting the resistance throughout the workout as with other types of rowing machines.  This system is designed to give a smooth and virtually silent workout with even strokes to spread the work more evenly over your muscles groups and without the pronounced jerky movement that is common with other types of rowing machines.

In addition, the WaterRower is virtually maintenance free, with no messy lubrication that is normally required with other types of rowing machines.  In fact, the only maintenance necessary with the WaterRower is the purification of the water, which is easily done by adding water purification tablets (included) to the water.

The Concept2 on the other hand, does require some maintenance, although minimal.  The Concept2 is a more traditional mechanical rowing machine, featuring a Spiral Damper which allows you to adjust the airflow to the flywheel to change the feel of the stroke.  The Concept2 features a nickel-plated chain which although is low maintenance, does require occasional oiling.  The flywheel itself is designed to minimize noise whilst maximizing a smooth operation.

The WaterRower takes up less floor space than the Concept2, with the WaterRower measuring around 1ft (12 inches) shorter in length than the Concept2.

The WaterRower Oxbridge and the Concept2 both come with a Performance Monitor to track your workout progress in varying forms.  (See full features & specifications below.)

WaterRower Performance Monitor, image
WaterRower Performance Monitor

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Concept 2 Performance Monitor

Useful tip:  A 30 minute workout on a rowing machine can burn between 262-449 calories for ladies or 310-531 calories for men, depending on the intensity of the workout.

There’s so much more to these rowing machines!  Let’s take a look at the features in detail of the WaterRower Oxbridge and the Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machines to help you decide which one is best for you:

Saturday, 8 March 2014

WaterRower Oxbridge Rowing Machine with S4 Monitor, Reviewed

WaterRower Oxbridge Rowing Machine in Cherry with S4 Monitor, review, high quality, simulates real rowing
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The WaterRower Oxbridge Rowing Machine features a “water flywheel” that simulates the feel of outdoor rowing on water.  The flywheel sits in an enclosed water tank, a combination that provides a smooth and quiet resistance system.  This type of resistance system is self-regulating and therefore eliminates the need for a motor.  As a result, there are no moving parts that could wear out over time like other machines.  Resistance is unlimited, as in the drag increases with the faster you paddle or decreases if you paddle slower, just as it would with real rowing.

The WaterRower Oxbridge is amazingly smooth and fluid in operation, unlike other types of rowing machines which can have a jerky kind of feel.  Rowing is in fact a low impact form of exercise, meaning that it is kinder to your body and joints than many other forms of exercising.  Rowing is a good aerobic and cardio form of exercising and gives a good total body workout, toning and strengthening all the major muscles in the arms, shoulders, legs, buttocks and abdomen.

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WaterRower Series 4 Monitor
The WaterRower Oxbridge Rowing Machine is handcrafted in solid cherry wood which not only looks good, but also contributes to the smooth and quiet operation of the rowing machine as this type of wood helps to absorb sound and vibration.  The wood is hand-finished with 3 coats of Danish oil to bring out its warmth and give it a deep lustre color.

The WaterRower Oxbridge comes with a Series 4 Performance Monitor that enables you to view your workout progress, including:  stroke rate, intensity, distance, time, zone bar, and heart-rate.

Useful tip:  Just 30 minutes rowing on a rowing machine can burn between 262-449 calories for women or 310-531 calories for men, depending on the intensity of the rowing.

Let’s take a look at the features in detail of the WaterRower Oxbridge Rowing Machine in Cherry with S4 Monitor to help you decide if it’s the right indoor rowing machine for you:

Monday, 3 March 2014

Function and Benefits of Vitamin E

Vitamin E is also known as Tocopherol and is a fat soluble vitamin, which means that it doesn’t necessarily have to be consumed every day as the body stores what it doesn’t need straightaway for future use.  Vitamin E is mainly stored in the muscles and connective tissues.

Main Functions of Vitamin E

The main functions of Vitamin E include:

·         Helping to protect cells from free-radical-induced damage.
·         Acting as an anti-oxidant.
·         Preventing oxidation of fat compounds, Vitamin A, Selenium and some Vitamin C.

Benefits of Vitamin E

The main benefits to the body of Vitamin E include:

·        Helping to keep you looking younger by retarding cellular ageing due to oxidation.
·        Supplying oxygen to the body to give you more endurance.
·        Protecting your lungs against air pollution by working with Vitamin A.
·        Preventing and dissolving blood clots.
·        Preventing fat deposits on the artery walls.
·        Preventing narrowing of blood vessels.
·        Accelerating healing of burns and scars.
·        Helping to lower blood pressure by working as a diuretic.