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It's Too Cold for Cardio

It's Too Cold for Cardio Let's be honest, it's cold, dark, icy and kind of scary.  I prefer to run, or ride a bike outside when the sun is shining but when the weather it like this Cardio = an indoors activity. The recent sub zero temperatures that have replaced our typically mild winters and taken over the Lower Mainland haven't been ideal for outdoor cardio. Not to mention we only have about 8 hours of daylight this time of year. Add in the typical work day and you...

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Low Impact Workout Ideas: spare your joints

We don't always have to live the "no pain, no gain" lifestyle, in fact there are a number of great exercises out there that are easy on your joints and can decrease some of the pain you may be feeling post workout. Additionally, if you have joint issues, you may find that these workouts will decrease the pain that you may feel on a regular basis. Increasing circulation and strengthening muscles is extremely helpful in getting rid of stiffness and in some cases, pain. Here are some ideas of...

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Treadmill Tips: how to maximize your workout

If like most people, you want to get the most out of your workout then follow these tips to maximize your treadmill workout. Walk before you run If you are at the beginner level, prefer to walk or have mobility issues that limit you from running, you should certainly try walking on the treadmill. The great thing about a treadmill is that you can set the pace and adjust according to how your body is responding. Check in with your body by checking your breathing and heart rate. You can...

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Fitness Tip: Be Your Own Personal Trainer

A personal trainer is a great investment in your health. But if a personal trainer doesn't fit in your budget or schedule, there are several ways you can take on the role yourself. Here, Fitness Town and Life Fitness explains how to do it successfully. Eliminate Excuses. Fitness professionals have heard every excuse in the book for why clients can't attend their exercise sessions. When you are your own trainer, disciplining yourself can be difficult. Take time to journal all of...

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Shopping for a treadmill? Be a smart shopper and don't be deceived

As a consumer, it is very important to make smart buying decisions.  When buying fitness equipment like treadmills, bikes, or ellipticals.  If you choose smart and buy a good quality machine for your conditions of use, it will be a better investment long-term as the chances of needing repair goes down.  Many people are swayed by reviews, but just keep in mind, there are a lot of "fake" affiliate marketing sites that act as third-party reviewers but are actually websites being paid...

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Treadmills vs Elliptical Trainers

In the battle of cardio machines, gym-goers are loyal to their favorite cardio equipment. Whether you're a treadmill lover or an elliptical enthusiast, follow these tips from the experts at Fitness Town to make the most of what your favorite cardio machine has to offer. TREADMILLS •    Outdoor experience. If you're a dedicated runner or even a novice jogger interested in re-creating the outdoor running experience, treadmill programs like the hill option can...

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Treadmill buyers guide (by Arlen Quashie)

To all those who are frustrated and confused on buying a Treadmill. I work in the fitness industry and have done so for 13 years. My Goal with this Blog post is to arm you with great information so that you can make a very informed decision on buying a Treadmill. The end result should be a good value for your dollar treadmill that meets the need of it’s owner. Here are the most asked questions that I encounter. In answering these questions you should have a solid foundation on...

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Guide to Buying and Using Your Treadmill.

Are excuses holding you back from getting into shape? Are you too busy with work and family? Is the weather a problem? Treadmill exercise may be just the thing that wipes out your excuses and puts you on the road to good health and fitness. With a treadmill, even excuses about being uncoordinated fly out of the window because the only sporty skill you need is something you already do all day long -- walk. The weather isn't a problem and neither is boredom. Place your treadmill in your home,...

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Fitness Equipment Maintenance and Service

Being in the service department and repairing every facet of fitness equipment I have found it extremely important to maintain equipment on a regular basis. There are a few simple things that can be done to extend the life of bikes, treadmills and ellipticals and make them more enjoyable to work out on. The most important, and daily exercise that should be done is wiping your piece of equipment down. A damp cloth will do very well getting rid of sweat, carpet fibers, pet hair and foreign...

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How to buy a treadmill (Part 3)

Over the past two weeks we have learned about cool features that treadmills have to offer and we've taken a few models for 8-minute test-runs. So where does this take us next? As we've noted before, buying a treadmill is a key step to building one's home gym. From walking to running, it's one of the greatest and most useful forms of exercise one can do - both from an ease of use and a familiarity standpoint. If there is one form of exercise you want to be able to do in to your golden years,...

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