Keeping Fit While Raising a Family

Having a family is a wonderful, rewarding experience that one can appreciate fully only when it happens to them. Until then, no words can be used to describe it. But, once you have become a parent yourself, you may find yourself shocked and a bit disoriented. Everything while exactly the same on the surface, will change dramatically. A change of priorities is required.

Suddenly, it is all about the kids and that’s the way it should be. But, while being selfless is a good trait for a parent to have, you also need to think about yourself and first and foremost, your own health. Your children are going to need you and they will need you to be around while they grow up and to lean on you for support and advice.

Home Exercise

Most parents neglect exercising as they get caught up in work, chores, and taking care of the family. And really, once you have small children you can’t just leave them for a couple of hours while you go to the gym. But, I think I have found a way around this – using home exercise equipment. I’ve joined the elliptical craze! I stumbled across ellipticals at this website, while surfing the web and decided I would give it a shot. I found one particular elliptical trainer that suited our budget and which doesn’t take up too much space. The results were staggering. I can honestly say that it gives me the most efficient workout I’ve ever had, because it informs me when I’m in the fat-burning zone.

The best thing about working out from home is that you can get away from the kids for an hour or two, yet you’re still there if they need something. You’re there for them but you still have a moment for yourself. The best of both worlds, really. I can devote time to myself and take care of the kids at the same time. Plus, my workout can be flexible because I can use an elliptical trainer at home any time I like. If I was a member of the gym, I would have to drive to get there and I could only go there at a certain time, and that might not work well for me.

Taking care of the family means taking responsibility for someone else’s well-being but that doesn’t mean that you need to neglect your own needs completely. In fact, if you set aside a couple of hours for yourself to exercise or do something creative that feeds your soul, everybody can benefit because you will be content and happy, and that happiness has a habit of spreading within the family. And I won’t even get into how regular exercise is good for you in the physical sense. That one is simply a bonus.

I am going to continue my research, and anything I dig up about running a family and working from home at the same time. Having the best of both worlds is a goal that is entirely possible, although you will have to do the necessary legwork and figure some stuff out for yourselves.

Exercising over 40 – What is Your Best Option?

I remember the exact moment I realized my body started to fall apart. OK, that statement might be too harsh but at the of 30 I couldn’t do certain things I did back when I was 23, which is the age when we all feel invincible and we think it’s going to last forever. Well, guess what: it’s not.

As you reach 40, you are going to have to accept the fact that your hair is starting to migrate from your scalp to your back, or that you’ve gradually lost the ability to break down dairy products. It’s even worse if you’re a bookworm, like me, which means you will put on a few (or not so few) excess pounds. While you can’t do anything to stop your hair from becoming gray, or losing it altogether, there is something you can do regarding your overall physical shape and health.

Seeing as I begin every kind of research by reading the appropriate literature, I’ve come across a book over 40 exercisecalled “Exercising over 40 for Dummies”, by a small group of authors, which offers some useful and insightful information about, you’ve guessed, how people over the age 40 can get in shape and what exercises they should perform.

You might think that there’s not much to it, you just go out there and jog or lift weights. You’d be wrong. The thing is, if you are of certain age, you might be slightly overweight, which might put additional strain on your joints during exercise, so running is usually out of the question. Or your weight is fine, but your knees are not what they used to be, so traditional exercises might cause additional damage as opposed to helping you, which is why you might consider investing into exercise equipment such as an elliptical trainer, stationary bike or a rowing machine.

The book strongly recommends introducing exercise equipment into your over 40 workout regimes. It makes the case for helping to reduce strain on the body and to maintain interest. One type of machine they focus on is the elliptical trainer which is ideally suited to people of all ages and physical abilities. If like me you aren’t even sure what an elliptical trainer is, there are some great online resources –  Elliptical Machine Advice.com is one I used for an in-depth overview on ellipticals including reviews and general workout information.

What makes elliptical trainers and similar equipment ideal for people over the age of 40 is the fact that they provide you with a low-impact workout which reduces strain and stress on your joints, tendons, hips, and back. Also, they are excellent at simulating the natural motion of the human body during exercise. In addition to that, they offer a full body workout, instead of focusing on a single muscle group.

You can still target specific muscles with an elliptical trainer, whether it’s your upper or lower body. If your primary concern is losing all of that excess weight, you can one of the pre-programmed exercise routines, which, couples with the data gathered by the heart rate monitor, inform you when you are in the fat-burning zone, which will help you achieve the desired results more quickly.

Of course, I’ve started this by recommending a book, which you should read by all means, because it offers some great tips, but now is the time to get off the couch and do something about it. The book certainly got my attention and did provide some useful tips and general information – probably best suited to absolute beginners.

The biggest takeaway for me was an introduction to the elliptical trainer. I hadn’t even realized that these existed! If like me you are a bit behind the times with the latest fitness trends the book “Exercising over 40 for Dummies” could be a good read.

Three Reasons Why Cardio is Right for Everyone

No matter what your fitness goal, whether it’s to gain as much muscle as possible or reduce your weight, you need to include cardio into your diet. In this article, we’ll cover why you should do so, and give you three captivating reasons as to why.

Some think that fitness is all about what’s going on outside the body. You may think that by becoming skinnier, you’re achieving true fitness, and you’ll ignore what’s going on the inside. Many think that they need to lower their weight and look better in order to achieve fitness.

Sure, slimming your waist, thinning your face, and strengthening your legs is great and all, but fitness needs to be more than about what’s outside your body.cardio exercise

Instead, you need to concentrate what’s on the inside. Externally, it will take a bit for your body to see results. Losing weight, gaining muscle, and improving your looks takes time, but the changes inside your body happen much quicker. After someone realizes just how much your body changes on the inside, you’ll know why you should never get discouraged and quit just because you’re not liking your appearance.

So what exactly happens when you work out? Let’s look at cardio. Short for cardiorespiratory exercise, cardio helps to improve your heart and circulation. You know, one of the most important organs your body has. Every day, it pumps blood to keep you going, and one malfunction could kill you. Cardio is any movement that will get your blood pumping, and these include swimming, running, cycling, and anything else that gets your heart pounding.

Technically, your heart is a muscle, and cardio helps to improve it. When you work out, your heart goes faster, and it allows it to train. Your heart can beat around 100,000 times each day, and it pumps thousands of gallons of blood, which goes up when you work out.

So let’s look at the benefits, shall we?

It Lowers Your Resting Heart Rate

Increasing how much blood your heart pumps seems like a bad idea. After all, you don’t want to overwork your ticker, or else it may explode. However, working out your heart can make it pump less in the long run. By working out more, you can improve how easy it is to do your daily tasks, and your heart will have to work less when you’re doing normal activities. Therefore, it helps your heart in that end.

It Helps Lose Weight

Weight loss is a big factor in why many people exercise. Just know that cardio is a great way to do it. Your body requires a lot of energy when it has to work for a long period, and it relies on your fat to give it fuel. If you lower how many calories you consume, your body will use your fat more, and it will burn it away.

It Lowers Stress

So many people try quelling their stress through unhealthy means such as smoking and snacking. However, running is a healthy and more effective way to kill your stress. When you run, you get that high that makes you feel good. This is because the amount of endorphins increases, making you feelgood! Once you run, all your stresses will melt away. You will forget about the annoyances of life and instead concentrate on your workout.

Overall, always make sure that you add plenty of cardio to your routine, no matter what your goal is. You only have one heart, and until artificial heart technology is perfected, you need to keep that baby going as long as you can. Cardio can make sure that it stays healthy for a long time.

Knees Hurt After Exercising? An Elliptical Trainer Might Help

Contrary to what you may have heard, knee pain is not a side effect of all exercise machines; only the not so good ones. Take the elliptical trainer for example, once used correctly you won’t feel the slightest pain in your knees. It is actually less stressful on your back, hips and knees.

Common Knee Pains

A report conducted by the Center for Disease Control revealed that knee pain is one of the most frequent complaints made by most middle aged people who decide to start exercising. Most of these individuals end up giving up because of the discomfort they feel but what they realize later is that by choosing the right exercise machine they can reinvent their experience. Elliptical trainers like the SOLE E95 have given people a new way to live healthily without sacrificing a good night’s sleep.

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High Impact Exercise Isn’t Always better

If you’re a middle aged person you may want to downshift from high impact to low impact exercises. This prevents joints in not just in your knees but also in your ankles and hips from being over pressured. It’s even less stressful than going jogging. The elliptical machine doesn’t overexert you but it does allow you to push your boundaries. Most elliptical trainers allow you to adjust the resistance and incline to your liking so it’s up to you to make your workout easy or hard.

Knee Therapy That Works For You

Most athletes who have suffered a serious knee injury or have had surgery choose to use an elliptical trainer, it’s like having a physical therapist you can control. Jay Bruce, Cincinnati Reds right fielder, is a good example. He recently had surgery done on his knee and his elliptical trainer has become his closest companion during his rehabilitation. He’s getting great results and if the Cincinnati Reds are as lucky as he is, they will have him back on the field in no time.

It Does Not Discriminate Against Weight

Yes, it’s true. Some exercise machines are prejudiced to people within a certain weight range. However, most elliptical trainers, like the Yowza Captiva, can support people that weigh as much as 400 pounds, courtesy of their solid steel frame.

Enjoy Losing Weight

Losing weight does not have to be a tedious process it can be fun with the right machines and mindset. Elliptical trainers are fun to use and they are less stressful than treadmills. You won’t be panting heavily when you get off an elliptical trainer but you will have burned a large number of calories. It incorporates all the muscles in your upper and lower body, gives you balance and improves your endurance. Plus a bonus is that most elliptical trainers come with Bluetooth and speakers so you can stay entertained while you work out.

Elliptical Trainers and Low Impact Workouts

Low-impact workouts are all the rage these days, and if you’re in the workout scene, you’ve probably heard the term, but may not be familiar with it. In simple terms, low-impact is a workout that will reduce the impact that happens when your feet hit a hard surface. Running is a good example of a high-impact workout.

Is this a new thing? Certainly not.It’s not some fad that’s going to come and go. People have been doing elliptical machines, yoga, and swimming for a long time, and these are all perfect examples of low-impact workouts. Elliptical machines are the perfect low-impact workout, as you can get a great workout without any impact. What’s wrong with impact? It can increase your chances of complications and injuries, which isn’t good!elliptical cardio

This workout allows you to have your cake and eat it too. You can have an amazing workout without hurting your joints. If you haven’t considered it, try out an elliptical machine. But just what does the word “elliptical” even mean, anyway? It’s when you move the pedals and the machine forms an elliptical pattern. It simulates running without ever hitting the pavement. Your arms and legs are on the machine at all times, so you won’t have to worry about blowing your ankles and knees. Besides that, elliptical machines are customizable. You can get whatever workout you desire out of them. You can change up their resistance, speed, and incline in order to get the workout you desire. Whether you’re new or advanced, the elliptical doesn’t discriminate.

So how does it do for fat-burning? Elliptical machines are actually one of the best workouts you can have. In a normal workout, you can shed up to 900 calories. This all depends on how intense you have it, though. But it goes without saying that you’ll need to make sure that your diet is in check, both to keep your energy going and to give you an ideal caloric intake.

A low-impact workout is also great for those who are injured. People use it all the time in physical therapy or when they’re injured. It’s also great for elderly athletes or those who are extremely unfit. As it’s bendable to all, ellipticals are great, especially if you can afford to get one at home.

With the hips, knees, and ankles being protected, ellipticals are the way to go. They won’t keep them sore, but instead insure that they’re healthy for now and for the future. If you’re looking for an alternative to running, this can give you a better workout. Not only will your joints be free of strain, but you’ll get just as good of a workout. It’s great for all!