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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/

  • 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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  • Healthy Living with Chronic Pain: Low-impact Exercise

    Definitions of chronic pain range anywhere from pain lasting longer than 3 months, 6 months, or a year. However, anyone with pain that has lasted longer than a few weeks understands how debilitating it can be. Chronic pain may limit a person's movements, reducing flexibility and strength leading to difficulty carrying out important or enjoyable activities.

    This post will focus on benefits of low-impact exercise for relief of chronic pain. MedLinePlus.gov defines chronic pain as pain that has lasted more than 12 weeks and often persists for longer. Where those with chronic pain often benefit from exercise, exercise should be limited or avoided with acute pain caused by an injury to allow the body to heal.

    This blog post is not intended to replace care by your primary provider. This post is to have you start thinking of how physical activity, specifically focused on low-impact exercise, can positively impact your health.

    Why move?

    Why should I exercise? I don’t want to. There is not enough time in the day. It hurts too much the next day. I hurt too much now.

    If these statements or replies sound familiar, you are not alone. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services reports that only 1 in 3 adults get the recommended amount of physical activity each week and more than 80% do not meet the guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity.

    However, the importance of movement within a healthy pain management plan cannot be over-emphasized. As outlined in Pain Management 101, exercise and physical activity is the “lotion” to promote smooth functioning. Small movements such as daily stretching can also strengthen muscles and increase functioning.  Continue reading

  • Row for Fitness

    Have you heard people say that the rowing machine is the best cardio workout you can do? If you are one of the many who have shied away from the rowing machines at the gym, or avoided looking at one at the local fitness store, then this post is for you.  Continue reading

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