I love to run, and do so every single morning. I feel that running is a great way to stay in shape and that it is a good time to just be alone and collect my thoughts. One day while running I was having chest pains, so I immediately consulted my doctor. He told me that my heart was beating abnormally fast when I was engaging in physical activity. As you can imagine this was very upsetting to me, as my doctor prescribed a more relaxed schedule that did not include my morning run. After a few weeks I became very bored with my lifestyle and decided to call my doctor to see if there was any way I could continue to run in the mornings. My doctor told me that I would need to keep track of how my heart was beating during physical activity if I wanted to continue to run.
At first I had no idea how I would do this, but after doing some research I decided that I would purchase a heart rate monitor and use that to show my doctor how my heart was acting during my running. When I presented this idea to my doctor he declined because he wanted to see how my heart was behaving every day and felt it would be too hard for me to get him the results every day. I was pretty upset, but then I found the best heart rate monitor watch on the Internet. It allowed me to track my heartbeat and upload my results online. This feature then allowed me to send my results straight to my doctor every day. This heart rate monitor watch has made my life so much easier and has allowed me to continue running every single day. Plus it is keeping my doctor more than happy.
Last month, I was on the hunt for an excellent camping tent. I wanted something within the $200-$350 price range with a standard weight, and so I started hunting on the internet. To my surprise, I found a huge selection of camping tents. Apart from the price range and weight specifications, I didn’t know what else to look out for. As a result, when reading the camping tent reviews, most of them seemed to suggest that I needn’t look any further.
Obviously, the processing of choosing the right one was hectic and confusing. The problem is; I needed one as soon as possible because my friends and I were going camping in the two weeks that followed. Most of my friends were also in the dark as far as the right choice of tent was because they had never made such a purchase. This meant working smart and harder to make an appropriate investment. It took me a day to know exactly what I needed in a camping tent.
First and foremost, I decided to buy a tent that I could use in nearly under all the weather conditions. In that regard, versatility was a very crucial factor in my ultimate purchase decision. I wanted to avoid the need to buy another camping tent when planning to camp in a different kind of weather. So, I settled for one that I now use when it’s windy, sunny, rainy and even stormy.
Secondly, I considered durability and workmanship since I intend to use my tent for a long time to come. A poorly made tent is the last thing I wanted on my list. I have heard stories of families and friends whose camping trips were cut shot after cheap tent poles broke. In that regard, I studied the workmanship and materials used to make every tent that made to my list. Thirdly, I made sure to find a tent that allows ease of set up. I don’t have to explain the benefit of this important attribute.
Lastly, comfort plays a significant role in my life – whether I am at home, in the office or in the middle of nature. When searching for the right camping site, I wasn’t just looking for shelter – I was also looking for a comfortable place to read my book, sleep, hang out with my friends and so on. The last thing I wanted was to channel my hard earned money on something that wouldn’t last or something that couldn’t serve its intended purpose adequately.
About a week ago, my friend’s sister was hospitalized after she developed sore knees during a regular gym workout. I initially thought she had an underlying condition that caused her joints to get inflamed. However, her doctor told told her that the treadmill she was using at the gym was the reason for her problems. He advised her to try out an elliptical trainer instead of the treadmill she was using at the gym. This was of course after some much needed rest and recovery.
Elliptical trainers are a good option for people who are prone to impact injury. They are a common replacement for a treadmill because they do not cause as much joint stress as a treadmill. Still, getting a good elliptical trainer should be a well-researched decision because most elliptical trainers are not a one-size-fits-all product. In this post, I give a few pointers that the best ellipticals should have and help you save time and money.
While cost is a major determinant when getting a good elliptical, a good machine will have a rigid structure with smooth, coordinated motion. They will have fluid and quiet movement on the pedals and should overall not feel jerky and noisy when using them. Additionally, it is important to look for one that offers the maximum stride length, because some will only offer 14 inches. Getting one that supports up to 21 inches should be good for an average-sized individual.
A good elliptical will give the user the best safety options to guard against injury and burnout. The best ellipticals will offer well-placed handrails for support as a basic option. My trainer at the gym recommends those trainers with movable handles that allow the hands to be level with the shoulders as you move along. These, according to him, provide support while helping to tone the upper body. His gym is stocked with nothing less. The trainer should also offer a warm-up and cool-down session to help prevent burnout and ensure maximum results from a workout. A simple but functional console should be in place to enable you track the details of your sessions.
The best ellipticals will give the user a wide array of options for adjusting the intensity of the workout. Being able to adjust the ramp’s incline can increase the intensity of the workout. Additionally, having a wide resistance range can help you to adjust the workout for varying levels of intensity. Getting an elliptical with arm handles can further increase the workout intensity and help train the upper body.
When possible, always get one with a few extra functions. My favorite add-on is a heart rate monitor which mostly comes fixed to the machines electro-mechanical system. Even in its basic form, a heart rate monitor will help you design a workout program that suits your needs and abilities. More advanced options on some of the best ellipticals allow you to create programs and have the machine “learn” your boundaries and design custom workout programs for you.
In conclusion, getting an elliptical trainer is a good option for people who experience joint pains when using treadmills or physical running. When planning to go get one, you should ensure you at least try several products in different outlets, even if it means getting into your training attire and giving them a go. Finally, you should also ensure that the machine comes with a manufacturer’s warranty and is maintenance-free.