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Happy and Healthy Holidays

Ready to enjoy the Holidays but worried about undoing work you’ve been doing all year to stay healthy or keep off those pesky extra pounds? We are here to say “fear not!” There are ways to enjoy the Holidays with friends and family without undoing your hard work.

The Holidays do not have to be, and should not be a scary time for anyone. Whether you are an individual who has recently lost weight, working to lose weight, with diabetes, with high blood pressure, low pressure or anyone outside of those descriptions, you can still stay healthy and happy during the Holidays too. Take a look at our quick tips below.

Maintain Moderation

You can eat what you want. Yes, that is what you read. Eat what you want, simply in moderation. Choose the correct portion sizes for the food you are eating. Proteins should fit in one hand but vegetables in two! And those Christmas cookies, yes enjoy them, but no more than one or two a day. Plus, it helps keep the Holidays special when treats are only eaten the few days leading up to and on then on Thanksgiving or Christmas day. Learn more on appropriate portion sizes at choosemyplate.gov.

Seasonings & Substitutions

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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.  …

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Parts and Service Department Q&A

Have you ever had questions for the BODYCRAFT Parts and Service Department? Think you’ll have questions in the future?  In this Q&A session with the Parts and Service Team we answer our top received questions. Please reference this post if you have or plan to purchase BODYCRAFT equipment!

Q: What is covered under my warranty?

A: Warranty coverage is dependent on the specific machine. You can find all of the warranty information for your machine on www.bodycraft.com

Q: I bought this used, is it covered under warranty still?

A: No, warranty only applies to original owner of equipment

Q: Who installs BODYCRAFT equipment? 

A: BODYCRAFT keeps a list of service providers, we train providers on proper installation and maintenance. We also have two trained service technicians on staff who can troubleshoot any issues via phone or FaceTime. You can contact BODYCRAFT via email to [email protected] Please provide your zip code and we can find a service provider in your area

Q: I need a part for my BODYCRAFT Fitness Equipment, what do I do?

A: Please use the parts request link on our website to request parts. This is the most efficient way to ensure your request gets to the correct contact. A part number and serial number for your product is not required but helpful information. If you do not have this information please include a description and images of the part needed if possible.

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The Jones, Not Just Another Smith

You may be wondering, what is a BODYCRAFT Jones Machine. How is it different from the traditional Smith Machine. Or thinking, I’ve used a Smith Machine for years, why change now. Stay tuned, this post will answer those thoughts and more.

We will tell you why you should avoid a Smith Machine. We will inform you of an independent study completed on a Jones Machine vs. a Smith Machine. And finally, let you know the best way to use a Jones machine to its full advantage.

To define a Smith Machine, it is an exercise piece similar to a power rack but the barbell is locked within the steel rails. This allows for only vertical or near- vertical motion. This makes any exercise on a Smith locked into a fixed plane, and does not allow for free weight or even free weight-type movement. Due to this main feature, the Smith often puts the body in unnatural positions. This can not only limit the benefits of the exercise, but may even cause injury. (More on this point later).

What Makes the Jones Machine Different?

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How to Design the Perfect Home Gym

What are the benefits to having a home gym?

In today’s wellness-conscious world, there are more ways than ever to pursue healthy fitness. It can be hard, however, to fit exercise into a packed professional schedule. If you’re a busy homeowner, designing a garage or home gym might be the answer to that problem- and it is simpler than you might think. …

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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.  …

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The Mind – Muscle Connection

Your Brain’s Role in Muscle Activation

You’ve probably heard the term, “mind muscle connection” in the gym either by trainers or bodybuilders.  It sounds like it makes sense but what does it really mean?  How do you tap into it and how do you even know if you’re doing it properly?  Listed below are a few simple ways you can dial into your mind muscle connection and get the maximum benefits from your gym time.

What is the “Mind – Muscle Connection?”

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The Power of Movement

Our body is designed to move. But what movement should we add? Should we use weights or body weight? Should we stretch before or after a workout? What is the deal with static and dynamic stretching? While we will not be able to answer all questions posed here during this post, we will answer some big talking points on static and dynamic stretching and training.

Stretching

First, when should we stretch? I think the answer could be, as often as possible. However, we know this is not a satisfying answer and it may lead to the “I don’t have time” syndrome. Stretching is an important aspect of not only a fitness routine, but as a part of healthy living. Stretching our muscles daily provides benefits to muscle and joints and reduces risk of injury. Just 10 minutes of added stretching to each day, or a minimum or 3 days per week, has shown support for these benefits. …

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How to Maintain Your Fitness Revolution

If you read our blog earlier this year on making your New Year’s Resolution a Revolution instead of a resolution, you may now be wondering how to maintain it. Your first success was deciding to make fitness your Revolution, instead of just another resolution that falls through the cracks in a few weeks or months. However, we are at that difficult point of the year where life gets busier and motivation fades. Here are a few tips to keep your Revolution on track: …

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Top Fitness Trends

What are the top fitness trends for 2018?

How do you plan your fitness routine for the week, month, or year? Do you go off the popular trends, wing it, or maybe a combination of both each time they go to the gym or down to the home gym basement. Whatever your preference, one thing many fitness experts and average Joe’s of the gym seem to agree upon are that there are certain forms of exercise that continue to becoming more popular each year. This year, we have reviewed the literature and studied the gyms and came to the same conclusions as many… …

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Why this Year Begins Your Revolution

It’s Not a Resolution, It’s a Revolution

We all hear it over and over again this time of year, “What’s your New Year’s resolution?”  Whether the response is something you came up with on the spot or have been thinking on for weeks, keeping a resolution is never an easy task. Even harder to keep seems to be the fitness related resolutions. An estimated 66% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions to get fit, and of those, 73% give up on the resolution before hitting their goal. Even more staggering is that half of those who make a fitness resolution abandon it within 6 weeks or less of the New Year. That’s why this year we have decided to say: Don’t make another resolution, start a revolution. …

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Impact of Music on Your Exercise Routine

The origin of music dates back to the BC era. Ancestors to modern humans had the ability to vocalize and control pitch and may have even created rhythm by clapping hands or other objects together. We may not know what music was used for early on, but we do know now that music is tied to emotion, and emotion impacts many things. Later on, people started to use a rhythmic pattern to complete projects at work or at home. Once a rhythmic pattern was created, they were better able to complete their projects quicker and with more enjoyment. But how is this related to my exercise routine you may ask? …

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