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Benefits of Rowing Machine for Weight Loss and Fitness

Benefits of Rowing Machine for Weight Loss and Fitness

The benefits of cardio cannot be underestimated for weight loss. Over the years we have seen the rise of many cardio programs focused around HIIT (high-intensity interval training). This has allowed people to choose a cardio workout which they love and can do every day without getting bored. However, traditional cardio machines are just as effective when done the right way. For example, using the rowing machine when in the gym can burn a lot of calories, but it must be performed at the right level of intensity. Treadmills continue to be a popular form of cardio because they are easy on the legs and allow you to control the intensity.

Instead of taking the time to go over some of the new cardio workouts on the market, I’ll focus on a traditional cardio machine: the row.

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Cardiovascular Benefit

The row machine movement allows you to sustain an increased heart rate which is great for the lungs, blood pressure, and overall energy. The fact that the heart will be pumping faster means more nutrients and energy throughout the body. Over time this cardiovascular movement can also elevate your endorphin levels and lower the risk of depression. For you to feel the full benefits, it’s important to try different activity levels, increasing the time as you become more experienced.

Increase Muscle Strength

Muscle Strength is how much weight your muscle can lift, and endurance is how much it can lift for a certain period. With the rowing machine you’ll be increasing muscle and endurance at the same time. When working out it’s important to lift a heavier weight than you are used to for a specific period. The rowing machine will help you increase both muscle strength and endurance, because the machines are programmed for different tension levels. You can also select workouts with higher repetitions. The great thing about a row workout is that you can work out your entire body- not just one part.

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More Calories Burned

You can burn a lot of calories when using the rowing machine because it’s easy on the joints, allowing for a longer workout. Many people cannot sustain a long cardio workout because their joints start hurting which is the number one problem when using the treadmill. Because you’re continuously running on a flat surface, over time your joints will begin to hurt, thereby cutting your workout short. Each push from the rowing machine will contract and fold your joints instead of keeping them tense which is why people can row for longer periods.

Different Workouts

I touched on this above but would like to explain further several options when using the rowing machine. The rowing machine comes equipped with different workouts for weight loss, high intensity, cardiovascular, and others. This allows you to change things up. One reason why people stop losing weight is because the body gets used to the workouts being performed. At this point it’s important to shock your body by performing a different type of workout. With the option of choosing different workouts on the rowing machine you’ll keep your body in a constant state of shock which is great for muscle strength and endurance.

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Final Thoughts

The rowing machine continues to be a popular workout for those looking to burn weight and strengthen muscles. If you usually jump onto the treadmill when in the gym, it’s time to give the rowing machine a try. This will shock your body, causing you to burn more calories than it would otherwise. You can change how often you use the treadmill and row machine. You have other options as well such as the elliptical and bike.

If you plan on working out at home and want to purchase a rowing machine, you have several options. Doing a quick search in Google will provide a great list for you. I would recommend doing a search for “rowing machine reviews” to find the best ones available on the market.

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Last Updated on January 14, 2019

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

1. Take the scenic route.

Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

2. Distract yourself.

No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

3. Listen to music or podcasts.

There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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4. Bring a friend.

Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

5. Accessorize.

There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

6. Compete.

A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

7. Relax.

The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

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