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How To Choose The Best Home Elliptical

How To Choose The Best Home Elliptical

Ellipticals come in many models with different shapes and sizes. This makes it a job in itself to choose the perfect one. The first thing to consider is safety. Your children or pets would be running around it, and you do not want any accidents to occur. The second thing to consider is space. If you have a big enough space around your house, you can go ahead and buy a bigger elliptical. However, if your space is intimate, you will be forced to buy a smaller elliptical that would not obstruct movement. To choose the best home elliptical pay attention to the following factors:

Check if the elliptical comes with a warranty

Sometimes elliptical trainers have component failures, and they end up being abandoned because no one is skilled enough to fix them. In the light of this, it is strongly advised that you only buy ellipticals that come with a warranty. This is the only way you can be sure that your machine is new and wasn’t recently tampered with. Some sellers of used ellipticals also offer warranties. When buying second hand ones, ask if they come with a repair guarantee.

Drive design

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    Since you are buying it for your home, you are allowed to be specific with the drive design you want. There are three different designs in the market- front, rear and center drive. They are all great; as far as the workout is concerned the only difference is that they give you different postures. Front drive designs give you a sloped elliptical path, which is more like stair stepping. Rear designs tend to be flatter, more like walking. The center drive ellipticals put you in an upright position. Select the drive design according to your preferred posture.

    Stride length

    The maximum distance between the pedals is the stride length. Look for an elliptical machine with a longer stride length. The great distance between your feet would make for comfortable workout sessions. With most machines, the stride lengths range from 13 to 22 inches. Most people feel comfortable with an 18 to 20-inch stride length. Even better, settle for an elliptical with an adjustable stride length so that it would be comfortable for use by any younger or older member of your family.

    Armbars

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      When your arms move less frequently as opposed to your limbs, the result may be stiffness on your shoulders and strain to your back. That is why the armbars are an essential component of the ellipticals. Choose newer models of elliptical machines that have moving arms. They would give you a great upper body workout experience in addition to the walking, contributing greatly to your fitness and health.

      Foot pedals

      Ergonomically designed cushioned foot pedals are the better option for your comfort, and they give maximum support to your bone structure. They help limit the stress on your ankles and toes so that you do not get toe numbness when you work out for an extended period. Avoid foot pedals that are left bare on metal or those with little rubber insulation.

      Control panel

      Check the control panel for the options you have. The more choices there are, the better. At the bare minimum the panel would be able to show you the calories burned, distance achieved, and the average number of steps you make per minute and resistance settings. Some even have a heart monitor rate. The more options you are exposed to the better you would be able to evaluate your performance. Make sure that you can read the display in different light conditions and the wording is illustrated in a language you can understand. It would be useless to have so much in the display that you cannot make sense of.

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      Pricing

      You can buy a brand new machine or a refurbished one. You can get a cheaper and better quality machine if you look through a pile of options and cancel a few specifications that you would not need. Whatever price you settle on make sure that the machine has everything you need and is equipped with a warranty in case of a breakdown.

      To get the best ellipticals in the market check the type of warranty and settle on the one with the most benefits. Do not focus on saving money by not getting a warranty; it may prove to be more costly in the future when your machine breaks down.

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      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

      You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

      We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

      The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

      Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

      1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

      Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

      For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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      • (1) Research
      • (2) Deciding the topic
      • (3) Creating the outline
      • (4) Drafting the content
      • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
      • (6) Revision
      • (7) etc.

      Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

      2. Change Your Environment

      Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

      One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

      3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

      Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

      Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

      My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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      Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

      4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

      If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

      Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

      I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

      5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

      I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

      Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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      As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

      6. Get a Buddy

      Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

      I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

      7. Tell Others About Your Goals

      This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

      For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

      8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

      What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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      9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

      If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

      Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

      10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

      Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

      Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

      11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

      At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

      Reality check:

      I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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