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A Treadmill Desk May Be Your Home Fitness Answer

Like most people, you are either working from home a little or a lot. And, in this time of crisis you are not going to your local gym. And, just maybe going for a long walk or run does not appeal to you because of social distancing. Many people are turning to home equipment, and while that satisfies to a degree the workout need, what about work?

Enter maybe the first serious treadmill desk. You can walk on it while you work with a large work surface. With a nifty flip feature, the treadmill console turns into a desk and back again. So, you can place your work and walk at a pace that is conducive to your work.

What also makes this product appealing is under the hood; this is a serious exercise treadmill. It features a 3.0 HP motor, and speeds which range from .3 to 10 MPH. And for those who want to jog or walk up hills, the incline goes to 12%. Those statistics translate into a treadmill that will fit just about every user from casual walker to serious runner.

It features a suspension system to make it easy on the knees. And the feature that really makes it cool is it is serious treadmill that also folds up. With that feature, it can fit many more places in the home or the home office.

Treadmills aren’t for everyone, yet if you need one that also functions as a workstation as well as a serious exercise device, this might be the fitness ticket. What I also like about this is the company, BodyCraft will ship it directly to your house. Out of the box, and in nine minutes, whoosh, instant treadmill after you secure a couple of parts.

Written by Neil Wolkodoff, Ph.D., originally posted at https://cochss.com/a-treadmill-desk-may-be-your-home-fitness-answer/

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Beyond Crunches: How to Work Your Way to a Six-Pack

Beyond Crunches: How to Work Your Way to a Six-Pack

Anything beautiful requires work and perseverance. While you may know by now that getting a “six-pack” means doing more than crunches, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t attainable.

Everywhere you turn, there are health professionals talking about how you can get your abs ‘ripped’ in the fastest way possible. However, you cannot spot-reduce your belly fat; or, any other part of your body for that matter. It takes a combination of exercise, diet, and healthy lifestyle choices to get you on that fast track to Insta-worthy abs.

While this might not be news to you, we’ve whittled down some of the best experts’ advice on how you can work towards that flat stomach goal.

Made in the kitchen

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A Dietitian’s Insight for Maintaining a Healthy Weight during the Holidays

Tips for Healthy & Happy Holidays:

As we continue through the Holidays and approach the shorter days and longer nights, meals often become bigger or are eaten out more frequent, and desserts may be a regular occurrence. However, I’m here to let you know you can maintain a healthy lifestyle during the Holidays with your will power and a few of these tips!

If you are in a hurry and need a quick bullet point list of suggestions, here you go:

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Tips & Tricks for a Healthy Halloween!

Do’s and Don’ts for a Healthier Halloween

October starts the trifecta of the Holiday season, leading us into “bulking” season as we eat our way from Halloween to Thanksgiving to Christmas and then maybe even top it off  with New Years. Although, that day may kick-start other goals which is a topic for another post!

This post is instead focused on how to best manage some of the more candy-filled holidays, such as Halloween. Many of the suggestions here can also double for Christmas time AKA the whole month of December. In no particular order, here are some do’s and don’ts for practicing a healthy Halloween: …

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Why Walk While You Work

“Sitting is the new smoking”

Have you heard this phrase in conversation or in other blog or article posts? Yes? Not surprising. No? Then your rock is larger than mine and trust me, mine is not small! So why walk while you work?

Numerous studies have taken place in the past years to compare sitting time, active time, and risk of all cause or disease specific mortality. These have all come to similar conclusions: increased sedentary time leads to increased risk of chronic disease and premature death. A recent study the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found sitting time was associated with increased risk of heart disease and death. This relationship was strongest in the most sedentary population who were sitting more than 8 hours per day.

Americans Sit Too Much

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How to Protect Your Shoulder from Injury

When you hear about exercise, you automatically think about its advantages. Exercise is associated with improved physical fitness, positive mental health, and even a direct correlation with overall life satisfaction.

All these salient benefits, however, often overshadow the ironic yet very real fact that people also risk injury when participating in physical exercise. This is not to scare anyone away from the amazing benefits of exercise, as the rewards far outweigh the risk; however, having a working knowledge of the potential risk is also an important factor to minimizing and mitigating injury while exercising.

A common injury associated with physical training is shoulder damage— a prevailing issue among those who engage in weight training and lifting exercises.

What Causes Shoulder Damage?

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Top Exercise Recovery Trends You Haven’t Heard About

Most athletes spend a lot of time devising their training regimes to help keep their bodies in shape. They may include exercises that can be performed with high-intensity gym equipment like our Elite Strength System, to get the most out of a full body workout. However, top athletes and fitness enthusiasts know that there is only so much the body can endure before it collapses. Our bodies repair and strengthen in the time between workouts, and continuous training can actually weaken the strongest athletes.

Fitness Consultant Elizabeth Quinn recommends adding recovery time into training programs because “[It] is the time that the body adapts to the stress of exercise and the real training effect takes place.” Our ‘Top Fitness Trends’ post discusses high intensity body weight training, strength training, and functional fitness but all require some serious recovery time. …

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How Healthy is Your Liver?

-Yes, it is important

Various situations affect liver health from medications, to diseases, to excessive calorie or alcohol intake and even drastic weight loss. Diagnoses that compromise the health of you liver include Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Alcohol-related liver disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, hepatic cancer, and others. However, this post will focus on reducing risk or reversal of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) due to its increasing prevalence. The American Liver Foundation estimates that 20-30% of adults have NAFLD. This rate increases to 80-90% in the overweight/obese population. 

Why is it important? 

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8 Week Plan for Your Weight Loss Success

Overweight/obesity is associated with poorer quality of life and linked to many chronic diseases including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. The American Heart Association recommends being at your ideal body weight to reduce risk for serious health problems, allow your body to work more efficiently, and improve energy while feeling better to continue to make positive health changes! If you are not in a healthy weight range (always check with a health professional, such as a Registered Dietitian, if you are unsure of your ideal weight range) then gradual weight loss and weight maintenance may be key in your continued health. Read on for an 8-week plan to get you started on your weight loss journey to a healthier you. …

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Quick HIIT Bodyweight Routines

We know that a home gym is not always realistic for everyone. Maybe you’re not in a space yet that has the room, or maybe you just prefer paying for a monthly gym membership to swap sweat with everyone at a gym. (Too far?) Whatever the reason may be, what is certain is that sometimes there is just not enough time for either. HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) might be your solution.

To preface this post, have you seen our blog on the benefit of just 10 minutes of exercise a day? It’s true! We’re not making that up. While the guidelines recommend that adults get a minimum of 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 min) of aerobic activity a week, these do not have to be consecutive hours of exercise. Gone are the days of one hour workout sessions, for now, we have HIIT! HIIT helps get all the heart-pounding benefits of cardio, without the extra time. Don’t forget, the guidelines also include 2 or more days of strength training. HIIT can help you there too, both using body weight and/or equipment. Keep reading for some quick routines to start (or end) your day right! 

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What’s New in 2019?

Whether you have been a long time BODYCRAFT groupie, a recent customer, or hearing about us for the first time, you should know that we pride ourselves in designing innovative, safe, and quality fitness equipment for you. The innovative part means we are constantly designing, constantly coming up with new products, features, and technology to help you succeed in your fitness journey. And 2019 is no exception. Here is a quick look into what we have out for you this year and a sneak peek into what’s coming!

Tablet holder

Doesn’t sound that exciting, I know, but this little inexpensive attachment can make a world of difference. Take it from me, if you want, but this simple innovation made my rowing sessions twice as long! Attached it to our indoor cycles, rowers, even functional trainers (then place your own tablet in the holder) and you can easily catch up on your favorite TV show while getting in a quality workout. You won’t want to stop!

Power Row

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Spin Bike Resistance: What You Need to Know

Ever wonder if a Spin Bike (Indoor Cycle) is the right investment for you? Or do you know you want one but are unsure if friction or magnetic resistance would best meet your needs. Or do you have an indoor cycle but want a refresher on resistance. If any of these are you, then continue on.

Why Cycle?

Whether it’s inside or outside, cycling provides many benefits to our body and our joints. Providing cardiovascular exercise, cycling gives our heart and lungs an endurance test without the pounding on our joints that comes along with the other well-known cardio, running. Cycling also allows for variety in a routine. Sit down on the saddle for a traditional ride or stand up and pump for some High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). If you have ever been to a cycling class, you know the heart-pounding, muscle-building exercise an indoor cycle can offer.

Magnetic vs Friction

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