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This category provides information and products about how leisure and recreation can benefit your life.
This category provides information and products about how leisure and recreation can benefit your life.
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!
Being outdoors and enjoying nature is a true blessing, and something that the research says is genuinely beneficial to overall health.
As a licensed helping professional, I know that being out-of-doors is exceptional for mental well-being as well.
Furthermore camping with your family can benefit relationships because the stresses of life seem to fall right off of you simply by being out of the rat-race. Beautiful vistas and serene settings bring families into new places of enjoyment with each other. Memories are born that can assist with challenges that arise once you’re back in civilization.
Now, I’m a camper, but I’m a camper who enjoys a few amenities as well. For example, I like a tent or some kind of water-proof structure over me. And, while I enjoy a good campfire, it is very important to me that I’m only cooking hotdogs and marshmallows on it, rather than a full meal. That is why a solid and practical stove is helpful when enjoying the camping season.
The Coleman Company Signature Hyper Flame Gladiator Stove uses propane, which is an easily accessible fuel source. Propane provides a consistent burn as well as the ability to have some variability in your cooking.
The Coleman Signature Gladiator Stove is practical for a family with its two burner construction. Because is uses propane you can do anything from boil water, to fry the fish you caught during the early morning hours. One reviewer stated that the the Coleman Signature Gladiator Stove is attractive and offers a good amount of space in which to cook. Furthermore, it is reported to have excellent heat.
If you’re camping at a camp sight, purchase a 1-gallon canister of propane and store it under your picnic table. This will provide much more cooking time the the 16 oz green bottles. The ability to connect a larger propane tank to your stove means it is unlikely you’ll worry about running out of fuel.
This is not a stove to take with you if you are hiking a long distance. It is too bulky and heavy.
One reviewer stated that the control knobs were somewhat difficult to regulate when trying to simmer.
The Coleman Signature Gladiator Stove is attractive, practical and provides consistent heat when used with a propane tank. It has a carry-handle which makes it easy to haul from location to location. The Coleman Signature Gladiator Stove is solidly built with a steel construction, meaning you’ll have this stove for years to come.
Overall, it received 4.7 stars out of 5 on Amazon. One benefit a reviewer noticed was that it can house a propane distribution tree which means it can manage a lantern mounted on top as well as hoses to stoves attached to the side.
The Worthington 1-Gallon Propane Cylinder has been sited as both stable and portable. It’s considered a far better choice that the small cylinders because it holds more propane and doesn’t freeze up like the small cylinders are prone to do.
The down side is that it is pricer than a 20 lb. tank. That being said, reviewers stated they didn’t mind paying the extra price because of the benefits of the Worthington 1-Gallon Propane Cylinder. It fits nicely underneath or on top of a picnic table.
One reviewer stated, “I’ve only purchased this one tank, but if all the Worthington tanks are made the same way, they are definitely worth consideration if you refill your tanks instead of swapping them at one of the many tank swap locations. All in all, a very nice product.”
Summer and fall are prime camping seasons. It’s a fabulous time to enjoy the great outdoors–bonfires, hotdogs, marshmallows and cowboy coffee (if you’ve never tasted cowboy coffee, I’ll share a recipe at the end of the post). And since this is a health-related blog, I guess we should all go easy on the hot-dogs and marshmallows as well.
Furthermore, since this is a health-focussed website, what is the deal with tents? Excellent question. Being outside, in the fresh outdoors is truly invigorating. When you consider our hurry-scurry pace, taking time to enjoy the beauty of creation is a marvellous opportunity to gain perspective, connect with the land, and enjoy some peace in nature.
The Coleman Prairie Breeze 9-Person Cabin Tent is an genuine option for any camper. It’s luxurious size makes it a real show-stopper. The size means you can have a section or two to sleep, an area to store your gear, and an area to lounge around when you’re not outside. One reviewer stated that there were just two campers who used the tent cabin. In fact, they fit a table, a couple of chairs, plus a king sized foam bed in the cabin. They were especially impressed with the light and light switch at the doorway as they came and went in the dark.
One reviewer indicated that the poles seemed too long, and when it was being set up, a few of the seams started to stretch. However, this was only one reviewers experience. Coleman is a solid brand with many years of successful camping gear behind it.
You can’t go wrong with a tent that more than meets your space requirements. This tent will surely meet that need, and it boasts a stylish colour palate.
While space is important, even more important is the ability for a tent to keep out the rain. One reviewer indicated they were doused for 36 hours straight without any water into the tent. That is remarkably impressive.
If you’re in the market for a tent knowing you have a few extra people along for the ride, the Coleman Prairie Breeze 9-Person Cabin Tent will suit your purposes, style and wallet. This is a tent that will be with you for numbers of years. You will be able to pack up and go whenever the mood hits you.
Tenting is a true-to-nature kind of experience–much closer to the wilderness than a Fifth-Wheel. However, having a great night sleep enhances your enjoyment of the camping experience.
The Coleman QueenCot with Airbed has 5 star reviews and boasts a comfortable sleep that’s just like home. Not only that, but reviewers state the QueenCot is a snap to set up. It can be erected in about 10 minutes.