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The benefits of rowing machines

How rowing machines can benefit your fitness – without getting wet!

rowing machines for home gymRowing machines are the third in the ‘triad’ of low impact fitness machines you will find in the gym, the other two being the spinning bike and the cross trainer. Like the others they offer an excellent way to get fit without stressing and straining the joints through impact with the road or other hard surface. Below are the key benefits you get from using a rowing machine: Continue reading


Overweight and want to exercise? Try a recumbent exercise bike.

Recumbent exercise bikes can help with your return to fitness

Safe exercise for people who are overweight.Very often people who are overweight but want to exercise are stuck in a difficult position: their weight puts added pressure on their hips, knees and ankles which makes most exercises painful, dangerous or both. As a result they don’t exercise as much as they would like and so the weight doesn’t go away.

If you’re stuck in that loop, have you thought about trying a recumbent exercise bike? Continue reading


Memory foam mattress guide

Find out which memory foam mattress is best for you

memory foam mattress tempurMemory foam mattresses started out being used in hospitals to help people who were bed-ridden for long periods. Often such people end up with bed sores or pressure sores and memory foam – initially developed for the space programme – was seen as a solution. Continue reading


What Causes Leg Cramps And What Remedies Are There?

Leg cramps can be really painful; so what causes them?

Leg Cramps - What causes them and how to get rid of them.We’ve all had them; your leg muscles (often the calf muscles) suddenly spasm and stiffen and you start leaping about in agony – much to the amusement of anyone who happens to be watching at the time! You might be in the middle of some exercise, you might be watching Tv, you might even be asleep in the middle of the night – leg cramps can happen pretty much any time but what causes them? Continue reading


Using an exercise ball to help your fitness

Exercise balls are great for low impact exercise routines

Exercise balls, or Swiss balls as they’re sometimes known were developed in the 60s and were first used in the medical sense to assist with neurological development, particularly in children.  More recently they have migrated into the fitness world and are now common in gyms and the home. Continue reading


Spinning your way to fitness on a spinning bike

Fancy going for a spin?

Spinning bikes are a great way to get fit and have a good time while you’re doing it.  Cycling is fun and good for you but in the depths of winter or if you live in an area with busy roads it can get too easy to just decide not to go.  So why not try a spinning bike instead? Continue reading


Kneeling chairs and posture chairs – what are they and do they work?

Kneeling chairs & posture chairs. Are they worth it? Our lives are becoming more and more sedentary; we spend hours sitting crouched over computer desks (as you probably are now) and our posture and our backs suffer. Back problems are notoriously difficult to overcome and many people are turning to kneeling or posture chairs. Continue reading


Isotonic drinks – what are they and do they work?

Isotonic drinks - do they work and do you need them?Isotonic drinks seem to be everywhere these days; what is so special about them and are they worth using?

When you exercise your body heats up as energy is expended. In order to maintain your body temperature at 37 degrees centigrade your body sweats; the sweat then evaporates on your skin, cooling it down. The more you exercise, the more you sweat. Continue reading


What to look for when buying an elliptical machine or cross trainer

Want to get fit? Looking for something that will tone the whole body? Not keen on treadmills? Then the thing for you is an elliptical trainer, or cross trainer, as they’re sometimes known.

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