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This category is for specific exercise equipment for family health.
This category is for specific exercise equipment for family health.
At the writing of this post, I am watching the colourful leaves fall from the trees–yellow, gold, crimson and purple. This tells me that autumn is definitely here, and winter is on it’s blustery way.
Where I live, fall is a short season, and winter is dreadfully long–six months or so. Thus, being prepared for winter takes on a whole new meaning. Not only do I have to prepare myself emotionally for the short, sunless mornings and early evenings, but I also need to make sure I have options in my work-out toolkit to make sure my waistline doesn’t become overwhelmingly pronounced.
I love to walk–especially in the fall, but I know my walking days are numbered. While today I may be able to tramp through newly fallen leaves, within the month I will likely be tramping through white piles of snow. Because snow and I don’t get along too well, I do my walking indoors.
The Exerpeutic 1020 440XL Super Heavy Duty Walking Treadmill with Wide Belt is an excellent choice for someone looking for a solidly built, dependable, and top reviewed treadmill.
The Exerpeutic 1020 440 XL Super Heavy Duty Walking Treadmill has:
This particular treadmill is 54 Kg, with product dimensions of 130 X 81.3 X 160 cm. It is 13 inches tall, approximately 60 inches in length and 37 inches in width, meaning you have to be certain it’s going to fit in your designated spot prior to purchase. When they use the term “heavy duty”, they mean heavy duty! Steel is used as part of it’s construction.
The downside to this machine is definitely the size and weight of it. It’s probably not the best treadmill for a small condo or apartment. And, unless you have some help, don’t be carting it up or downstairs by yourself. Even if you’re seriously muscle-bound, you need someone to help you move this puppy!
One reviewer stated that this is a “good piece of equipment!” The individual went on to say that, “the treadmill itself was a gift for a person with degenerative disk disease in the lower spine region and it works great in helping to rebuild strength. Longer handles are durable and hold the weight well for support. Options are sufficient and good for the price you pay.” I couldn’t say it better myself! Wow, to have someone comment that this has been used as a rehabilitative tool is impressive.
Walking is a good first step for individuals who are significantly struggling with weight issues and want to ease into an exercise routine. The fact that this treadmill holds weight up to 400 lbs is not an impediment for those looking for a durable machine. I can’t say enough about how impressed I am with that weight capacity.
This treadmill is definitely for you if you need a machine that can hold a heavier individual. The long arms aid in feeling secure, so if you’re just starting out, you’ll feel more comfortable and steady.
While it’s not a true fold-up treadmill, it does have some capacity to fold-down, and can be stored in an upright position if space is needed.
The Exerpeutic 10220 440XL is a model that’s received high commendation from reviewers, noting durability, strength and function as main features. Walk into wellness by using the Exerpeutic 1020 today!
I like this advice, because it feels doable to me. You see, I’m a big subscriber to health, wellness and fitness newsletters. So much so, that at times I become a little obsessed. Because I like to learn, I sometimes spend more time at my computer reading about health, than actually engaging in healthy pursuits like walking.
Treadmills are ideal for a family who has diverse fitness interests, and different levels of motivation regarding exercise pursuits. One may be a walker, another a jogger and still another a runner. One may be interested in a 15 minute walk, 3 times a week, while another wants an hour run, 6 days a week. Having the flexibility to do these activities in the comfort of one’s own home is beneficial.
Some specs about the LifeSpan Fitness TR200 Compact Treadmill:
Because the LifeSpan Fitness TR200 Compact Treadmill folds up and can be stored in small places, it won’t feel quite as sturdy as something like the LifeSpan TR 1200 Folding Treadmill. That being said, the LifeSpan Fitness TR200 is still reported to be somewhat heavy and solid, so weight needs to be considered if you’re wanting to locate it up or down stairs.
One reviewer indicated that when purchased, the key didn’t arrive with the treadmill; thus they weren’t able to begin using it at the outset. While this would be annoying to any customer, it’s unlikely that will occur with every purchase.
This is a relatively inexpensive treadmill as far as they go—under $1000! The LifeSpan Fitness TR200 is considered a good quality product by reviewers. It has a lifetime frame warranty, which for a product that will be pounded upon with feet for the duration of it’s existence is a significant benefit.
I like the fact that it can fold and be stored away. It’s likely a good “first treadmill” for those who want to spend less than a $1000.00 on the actual product. While there are less expensive ones, experiencing the feel of a solid running space because it is weighty is advantageous.
The option for MP3 or IPod plug in is a great option. Because treadmills tend to be loud, it’s often difficult to hear a TV, and blasting the sound system in your house, apartment or condo may not be an option.
Portability is a significant feature of this model. If that’s what you’re in the market for, then the LifeSpan Fitness TR200 is a good choice. The price is reasonable, given the range one can pay for a treadmill—all the way up to $5,000.00 or more. Having the ability to walk, run or jog one minute, and quickly fold up the model to tuck under your bed the next, allows flexibility in your living space.
This product has been given almost all 5 stars by customers and reviewers. In a world of many, many treadmills, this is quite an accomplishment!
I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of rebounding superstar Linda Brooks in May of 2014. Linda was tireless in spreading the word about the benefits of rebounding exercise; a fitness strategy that has had a huge impact on my life and my health!
When I first heard the term “reboundologist”, it brought on a fit of giggles. We seem to have “ologists” for everything. But there really is such an animal, and Linda Brooks was a certified reboundologist.
Not only did Linda take the exercise of rebounding seriously, incorporating it into her own life and teaching her students, she became a passionate advocate and writer about how rebounding can have a positive affect on all kinds of health issues. She wrote on everything from cancer, to incontinence to, optical health to the lympathic system–all areas that rebounding can help.
I had an illuminating experience about a month ago. My massage therapist, who I’ve known for almost 15 years commented on how strong I had gotten–remember, she’s known me for 15 years. She kept remarking on my amazing core strength. I was surprised by the number of statements she made about this, and when she asked me what I was doing differently, I had to think for a minute.
“Oh yeah, I’ve been rebounding on a soft-bounce rebounder–2 minutes at a time, five or six times a day,” I told her.
“Well, whatever you’re doing, it’s having an amazing impact on your core strength,” she responded.
I have to tell you that I was thrilled by her assessment. If 10 minutes a day (remember, 2 minutes X 5 times) could make such an impression, this was definitely a fitness plan to continue with.
I shared this story over lunch with a friend of mine who is an aerobic instructor as well as a boot camp instructor. She was intrigued. She told me she has started to incorporate jumping into many of her routines, and has noticed a difference in her strength as well. This is a gorgeous woman who is already built like professional body builder; I was fascinated with how simple jumping magnified her strength.
Linda Brooks and her techniques brought me from a place of being quite weak in my core, to having noticeable strength. I have to say I’m thankful for her instructive wisdom, and the simplicity of her rebounding processes that clearly enhanced my health.
To benefit from Linda’s approach to rebounding, make sure you use a soft-bounce rebounder like the a Needak Rebounder. It is professional grade and has a good warranty. For extra stabilization, consider purchasing the rebounder bar.
The Fitbit is a lovely little fitness motivation-invention designed to track your steps, distance, and calories burned. In addition, the Fitbit tracks your sleep—both how long and how well. Fitness activities and good sleep are important for great and abiding health.
The Fitbit, worn like a bracelet provides a silent alarm for waking you up. It displays an LED light that shows how you are progressing as far as your daily fitness goal is concerned.
This particular Fitbit is touted to be comfortable, slim, and wears easily as it is very lightweight. It comes with both a small and large wristband. Reviewers state that the small band will truly fit a very small wrist and the large one can expand significantly.
So, the burning question is, how does a little do-hicky on your wrist help motivate you to keep moving throughout your day in order to meet your step goals? In truth, it’s simple psychology.
First, it’s about setting a goal, like walking 10,000 steps a day. Second, it’s about keeping that goal in front of you. The Fitbit, while reported to be easy to wear and not cumbersome does remind you of your goal. At noon, if you see you’ve completed 5,000 steps, you know you’ve reached the half-way point, and can easily finish off the 10,000 by the end of the day.
Applicable apps connect you to others using Fitbits. If you’re motivated by your own progress, then you may not need a community of Fitbit-ers. However, if not, you may want to compare and get support from others.
A number of reviewers have mentioned that the Flex band isn’t as sturdy as they’d like. Others indicate that the Fitbit doesn’t stay charged as long as indicated—which is approximately five days. Interestingly, there are reviews stating that the Fitbit meets the five day charge and even up to seven days. One wonders if there is a quality consistency problem with the Fitbit, as experiences are quite varied.
The clasp is reportedly difficult to close the first few times. Once the rubber is more malleable, this impediment is easily overcome. One reviewer stated it’s helpful to use a little body lotion in order to get the clasp to work right after purchase.
The Fitbit looks really smart, and appears to have pretty good accuracy for steps when tested.
The Fitbit is water-resistant, which makes it more desirable than other brands for many. The ability to wear the Fitbit Flex while showering means it can be a 24/7 motivator, which appeals to some customers.
The Fitbit Flex is fun, prompts inspiration to move your body and gives feedback about your sleep so you can make adjustments if need be.
Customers enjoyed using the Fitbit, which is motivation in and of itself. I’m all for opportunities to make fitness more enjoyable, social and entertaining. The Fitbit does that, giving you helpful information which you can use to advance your fitness goals.
Of course, like any trendy product, the Fitbit Flex comes in a variety of armband colours–how fun!
Many people enjoy the gym. They like time away from home and the social aspect. Most importantly for the majority of people who have gym memberships, it’s the versatility of the equipment.
While there are definitely pros to going to the gym 3-6 times a week, there also cons. Usually, driving time is involved, which requires gas money, bus or train fare. There are also gym memberships as well as specific workout clothes in order to feel you fit with the norm for that gym.
For those who want a total body strength workout, the Bowflex PR3000 Home Gym is an option to consider. It’s built to handle the beginner workout, using 5 pounds of resistance, all the way to 210 pounds of resistance for a more accomplished workout. There are over 50 strength exercises to choose from, which allows you to address the entire body from a intensity workout perspective.
The Bowflex PR 3000 Home Gym maxes out at 300 lbs. of weight, so that needs to be considered when purchasing. You’ll need to assure adequate space with a room that accommodates a workout space of 100 X 78 inches and a height of 83 inches (211 cm) tall.
One customer indicated that a negative aspect to this particular model is that he had to purchase the extra rods because he requires more weight in order to experience an adequate workout.
Taller individuals may find that the cables are too short, resulting in a reduced range of motion than other machines.
The Bowflex PR3000 Home Gym utilizes Bowflex’s patented Power Rods, which provide excellent resistance resulting in an experience as good or better than free weights—but without the risk of joint pain sometimes associated with free weights.
The rods are precisely manufactured from a high-tech composite material under the highest quality control measures, resulting in quality and durability. The power rod units are so strong they can be flexed repeatedly without wearing out.
Reviewing customers express satisfaction and enjoyment with this machine. Set-up takes about one-and-a-half hours, which is reasonable, and the machine is considered well-build and straightforward to use. The motion is reported to be smooth and quiet, and the change-overs are uncomplicated.
One reviewer indicated he felt challenged with the Bowflex PR3000 Home Gym despite being a long-term gym goer. He too purchased the two extra 50 lbs. rods, being at a more advanced level. When he compared the price to a gym memberships, he was content with the Bowflex PR300 Home Gym.
As far as the warranty is concerned, the frame is guaranteed for one year, the rods for 7 years, and the parts for 60 days.
The Bowflex PR3000 Home Gym is a very sensible price, for the benefit purchasers are reporting. It takes little room, sitting on a 4 X 4 pad, and reaching about 7 feet high. The set-up takes a reasonable amount of time and it is not difficult. The Bowflex PR3000 Home Gym give you full strength workout options without going to the gym.
For maximum impact, consider purchasing the “Bowflex Body Plan: The Power is Yours. Build More Muscle. Lose More Fat” manual to assist your fitness potential.
Have you wondered how you can develop better health at the very core of your being? Never really thought about it? Well read further and I’ll share what I’ve learned about cellular health through rebounding.
Between my first and second degree, I became seriously interested in exercise and fitness. I enrolled in a distance fitness and exercise certificate course. I loved the biology and anatomy sections, and really got a lot out of the training around specific exercises to build muscle and cardiovascular health. What wasn’t covered in depth was the lymphatic system, although I’m sure it was mentioned to some degree.
Skip a few years forward. I now have three degrees, one of which is a graduate degree, a licence to practice in my field, and two babies. My body feels a mess. Is it the stress? Is it the postpartum or something insidiously unnamed?
Without clarity on my medical status, I toddled off to a Doctor of Natural Medicine. While I wouldn’t say she rocked my world as far as addressing my initial health concerns, she did introduce me to rebounding, and I am truly grateful. She also talked to me about the lymphatic system, a part of human anatomy that I’ve studied since her original introduction.
Very simply, a top quality rebounder is like a “lymph pump”. Why the need for a lymph pump, you ask? Well, you have more lymph in your body than you do blood. However, lymph only flows one way, and requires physical movement to move. Lymph provides nutrients to your cells and removes toxins and waste from those same cells. Different than your blood, lymph is not pumped by your heart. Hence the need to keep moving in order to cleanse your cells on a regular basis.
When you use a rebounder, waste from your cells are drawn into your lymph veins and pumped toward your heart entering the subclavian vein. As an exit strategy, that waste flows from your heart to your liver and then kidneys in order to be eliminated.
Interestingly, N.A.S.A. determined in a study that rebounding was 68% more efficient than “jogging”. The reason the study found, was because rebounding stimulates the cells of your muscles, veins, arteries, bones and organs more comprehensively. As with most exercise, rebounding improves circulation as well.
As far as unit specifics, the Needak Rebounder has detailed stitching and a reinforced mat covering the springs. It has spring loaded legs for quick and easy fold-up. The leg tips are moulded to protect your floor surface. It is professional grade, and extremely well-made.
The Needak Rebounder has been thoroughly researched. It is personally endorsed by Linda Brooks, a Certified Reboundologist–yes, there is such a thing. And truly, I owe my growing knowledge about rebounding to the expert Linda Brooks.
According to the research, rebounding has enormous health benefits. You can only imagine how effective cleaning your body at a cellular level can be! A Linda Brooks-ism, based on the huge body of research she has reviewed is the “two-minute health bounce”. This is a simple little rebound strategy that can be done many times throughout the day (best every hour, on the hour). It is literally a minimal-movement-bounce that doesn’t even require your feet to leave the rebounder. This movement is your “lymph pump” which moves waste, increases circulation and helps your body push against the gravity that is forcing your ligaments, bones and muscles toward the ground. Rebounding is a marvelous anti-aging strategy which counteracts that gravitational pull forcing our bodies to lose inches as we age.
The Needak Rebounder is consistently pricier than “mini-trampolines” frequently placed in the same category. While not the same from a quality perspective, it nonetheless stands out because of price, often resulting in people choosing another, cheaper product.
The Needak Rebounder is a wonderful soft-bounce unit. You’ll never experience the jarring impact of a mini-trampoline. It’s perfect for every person in the family from child to senior member. In fact, with the stabilizing bar, seniors have been noted to benefit even from light bouncing. Balance, weight control, improved mood, and core strength training can all be accomplished with the simple Needak Rebounder. If you include a stabilizing bar, an important safety feature is added for those who start out with balance difficulties.
Brooks, Linda (2008). “Rebounding to Better Health” . USA.
Rowing has got to be one of the greatest full-body, low-impact workouts one can experience. In a perfect world, we’d all live by a quiet lake, a gentle river or a protected part of the ocean. However, that’s not the case. At least it isn’t for me.
While we have a gorgeous river flowing through the middle of our city, we also experience freezing temperatures for 6 months of the year. So, consistent outside rowing isn’t a part of my day-to-day workout regime.
Imagine having the fantastic body of a rower, without having to pack up your boat, drive to your local body of water and hoist the craft in?
Well, it’s absolutely possible with the Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine. Now, that isn’t to say, you wouldn’t want to take advantage of a lake or river or sea with your boat now and again. It’s just not terribly practical. In my world, it’s not even feasible with the horrendous outside temperatures from September to May.
The Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine boasts a flywheel design, which blessedly minimizes noise while maximizing the feel of smooth rowing. This model includes the Performance Monitor 5, which provides accurate, comparable data for every one of your rows. It also provides a helpful adjustable monitor arm.
The Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine seat is 14-inches and the chain is nickel-plated. It has adjustable footrests and an ergonomic handle. While the unit is an impressive 30 kgs, it actually separates into two pieces for storage. The castor wheels allow the whole unit to be mobile.
Because this unit has a quiet run, it can be used in an apartment or condo—if you can get it up the stairs or into the elevator. Make sure you have a buddy to help you. The unit requires 9 X 4 feet, and will hold up to 500 pounds.
The warranty is notable with 5-years on the frame. Reviewers state the Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine is sturdily built and has the feel of quality. This unit ranks at #40 as a fitness best seller.
Indeed, the reviews are impressive, with nothing under 4 stars. In fact, reviewers use words like, “Fantastic;” “Excellent rower;” “Great piece of equipment;” “I love this machine;” and, “Excellent reputation is entirely deserved”.
While the reviews for this rower are striking, this is a pricey unit if aren’t going to take serious advantage of it. That being said, if you love low-impact aerobic exercise, with muscle-building capacity, this rower is a good choice.
The beginner is encouraged to watch some of the available online videos to gain proper technique in order to develop competence and waylay any potential discouragement.
The smoothness of motion and quiet run is a big bonus. This unit offers multiple programmable workouts for the novice or veteran.
Set up time is reported to be minimal, so if you’re anxiously awaiting your Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine you know you can be up and rowing within 30 minutes. The construction is sturdy and the warranty is satisfactory.
If you’re looking for a low-impact aerobic workout, with muscle-building potential, this rower is first-rate. Truly, the customer reviews are incredibly impressive regarding the Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine. Those who purchased were happy, happy, happy.
I didn’t pay a lot of attention to the concept of potty training when I had my first beautiful baby boy. I knew I’d have to do it, and I actually assumed I’d do very well at it. I am a licensed helping professional, after all, and had worked with children and youth for eight years prior to having my own children. I’d even worked clinically with kids prior to completing graduate training, so surely potty training would be a snap—at least that’s what I told myself.
WRONG! What a humbling experience! Potty training did not come easy or natural to me and my two boys. In fact, the second son was even more challenging than the first. You’d think I’d have learned a few strategies from my oldest, but not so.
We used the pull-up method, a staunch “no-no” according to Carol Cline the Start Potty Training developer. Who’d have thought? I just assumed I could convince my kids with my stellar logic and charm to pee and poo on the potty rather than in their diaper.
We read books about going to the potty and “being a big boy”. They loved the books; it didn’t change their potty-outcome. We rewarded; we gave consequences. Just thinking about those days increases my blood pressure.
Well, who is Carol Cline and how does she have the nerve to say she has a “proven method” of potty training that can reap success in three short days? Sounds pretty far fetched to me. OK, so my reaction may be because my blood is still boiling from the memories, and I’m feeling the less-than-positive-emotions of our not-so-long-ago potty training days.
Start Potty Training grew out of Carol Cline’s experience as a mom of four, and day care provider. Alright, so maybe she has some “potty training street cred”; I’ll give her that. With Carol’s first child, she started noticing the huge market for pull-ups. She also noticed that kids who used pull-ups potty trained less quickly than those who did not. Oops.
With Carol’s vast experience she shares about a method that takes three days to instill in a toddler. She’s humble enough to state that there will still be accidents and other “bumps in the road”, but that ultimately by using her method the main foundation of potty training is built.
For some parents, a significant limit is their ability to dedicate 3 full and complete daytime hours to potty training. This plan is for those who are committed to learning and practicing with their child. It also requires a level-headed parent who will give this program a genuine chance. If you don’t qualify, this program’s not for you.
One reviewer indicated that the potty training methods outlined in Start Potty Training are not actually new, and that Carol Cline has re-packaged already valid approaches. Fair enough. An ancient philosopher once said, “There is nothing new under the sun.” I’d wager a few successful tricks have been honed over the millennia of babies needing to be trained.
Another comment was that after purchasing the program, the reviewer could not get their money back despite the guarantee of eight weeks. Since this is a ClickBank product, there should be no problem with a full refund if you are within the time frame. Just make sure to request a refund from ClickBank rather than the Start Potty Training website itself.
The Start Potty Training program is reported to be thoughtful and easy to follow. Consistency is the name of the game, and that is a necessary quality for any kind of parenting challenge. Start Potty Training is open about the need to have a no pressure stance in regard to night-time training. This will be a big relief to those who are already starting to squirm when considering the need for nighttime diapers despite the “three day” magic.
Start Potty Training overviews the differences between training girls and boys. In addition, there is a section on training children with special needs such as those with specific disabilities as well as training multiples (i.e., twins). Travelling with a child is also covered, from going to the mall, to plane travel. Furthermore, Start Potty Training addresses typical fears such as potty training regression and tantrums. There is also the option of a help line. So, if you’re stuck, you can actually contact Carol herself for assistance.
Maybe Freud was right. Maybe potty training is a critical point in every child’s development. If that’s the case, then my poor children! Actually, my boys aren’t any worse for the wear. Or, maybe it will all come out in their early 20’s while in therapy. Seriously though, I would caution that if your little ones are starting to feel the sting of your frustration, consider learning potty training lessons from an experienced master. Or, if you’re just starting this journey, let this teacher of children and parents lead you to a more fruitful, less unsatisfying journey through Start Potty Training.