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Tips You Need To Know Before Purchasing Fitness Equipment

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Day-after-day many more people are beginning to take stock of their out of shape bodies. The weight loss and fitness industry has seen a big spike in the last couple of decades, chiefly attributable to the obesity epidemic that's been plaguing America for the same amount of time.

It is typically well-known that we're the fattest and most out of shape country in the world and that up to 70% of all Americans are considered to be clinically obese. A few people, perhaps you yourself, have determined to do something about this issue.

Choices Of Fitness Equipment
Along with eating healthy and drinking plenty of water, the best way to lose weight is by investing in some fitness equipment for your home, or getting a local gym membership. Fitness equipment is a great way to exercise because different machines and the like are designed to work out particular areas of your body. At the gym you might see a pull-up machine, a stationary biking machine, and a treadmill. All of these pieces of fitness equipment help you burn fat and keep it off with regular use.

If you're looking into toning up your upper body, I would suggest purchasing a pull-up machine or a set of dumbells like you've seen at the gym. Doing a set amount of pull-ups is one of the many requirements for becoming a Marine, so you can't go wrong with building muscle in that fashion (you're essentially doing the work out employed by the best of the best). Dumbells are also great because they're relatively small compared to most fitness equipment, and you can leave them sitting anywhere around your house just in case you get the urge to pump some iron.

Treadmills
The most basic piece of physical fitness equipment you will see in the average household is the treadmill. Treadmills are fantastic because they allow you to move about and get your pulse rate up. This is called a cardio workout and is the #1 way to lose weight and stay fit. Treadmills also have timers, speed adjusters, and a few of the more current ones will actually display what your pulse rate is as you are running on them. The best part about treadmills is that they're fantastic for the entire family. I would recommend a treadmill for any home.

All in all, there are a myriad of ways to lose weight using fitness equipment. The only downside that I can think of to investing in fitness equipment besides the cost (which you can't really complain about, since these are huge intricate machines), is finding room to fit them all in your home. A lot of fitness equipment can clutter up and this is especially bad when they're not even used anymore. It doesn't matter if it's a pull-up machine, dumbell, or treadmill - one or all will help you obtain your long desired goals of getting into shape.

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What to avoid while exercise outdoor

Monday, July 7, 2008

Being outdoors in warm weather can be exhilarating, especially if you have spent months inside because of cold weather. Summer brings many opportunities to participate in physical activities and sports, as well as the daylight hours to enjoy these pursuits. However, understanding how to safely and effectively exercise in the heat is important. Below are some things to watch out for to help you beat the heat during your workout.

What to Avoid

Don’t exercise strenuously in high temperatures over 90 degrees Fahrenheit (F) or about 32 degrees Celsius (C) or high humidity (over 75%). It is especially important not to work out strenuously when both temperature and humidity are high. Normally the body deals with high heat levels through perspiration, but when humidity levels are also high, sweat does not evaporate as quickly and body temperature can rise to dangerous levels. (The “heat index” measures a combination of heat and humidity. This index tells you how hot it “feels.”) Avoid all outdoor activities if there is a chance of thunderstorms or lightning.

Don’t participate in competitive events, such as 5K runs, during the hottest part of the day. In warmer climates, make sure you complete your runs early in the day if possible o

Don’t participate in strenuous swim workouts in heated pools during the summer. Even though you are in the water, you can still become dehydrated and overheated when swimming. For hard swim workouts, the water temperature should be 75 to 78° F ideally, and no more than 80° F (about 26.6 degrees Celsius). Make sure you drink a steady supply of liquids.

Don’t keep exercising if you feel dizzy, faint and/or nauseous. These reactions may be signs of heat exhaustion, which occurs when bodily stress from heat begins to overpower the body’s capacity to regulate its temperature. If you do not rest in the shade and drink water until you recover, you risk developing heat stroke, an even more serious condition than heat exhaustion.

Don’t exercise when the air pollution index is high. Air pollution can damage your lungs. If your area is susceptible to smog, check the air pollution index in your local paper. A health advisory is normally issued at .15 parts per million (ppm) on the pollutant standards index. If a health advisory is issued, anyone with any type of respiratory or heart disease should stay inside until the advisory is lifted.
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