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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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      Last Updated on September 18, 2020

      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

      Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

      Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

      1. Exercise Daily

      It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

      If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

      Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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      If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

      2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

      Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

      One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

      This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

      3. Acknowledge Your Limits

      Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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      Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

      Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

      4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

      Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

      The basic nutritional advice includes:

      • Eat unprocessed foods
      • Eat more veggies
      • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
      • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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      Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

        5. Watch Out for Travel

        Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

        This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

        If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

        6. Start Slow

        Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

        If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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        7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

        Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

        My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

        If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

        I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

        Final Thoughts

        Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

        Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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