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Should we all be buying Protein Shakes to stay fit?

SALES of protein shakes are booming, with celebrity bodies rather than muscle bound beefcakes leading the trend. Is this a fad, or a true necessity for a full and successful fitness regime?

In fact, experts will advise that a regular, light strength workout, combined with a well thought out diet is the most effective way to retain muscle definition and sustain long term weight control.

Already in the UK, in our daily diets, (source: The National Food Survey) women are generally eating around 65g of protein a day, which is 20g more than the recommended level. Similarly, men intake around 88g, which is over 30g more than the 55g required daily.

So, doesn’t this in fact show that protein shake supplements are not usually needed at all? Well, we do need protein for growth and to make and repair cells within our bodies, as we are not able to store reserves of protein. So we need to consume it daily, usually and traditionally as part of our regular diet, rather than via a shake.

Researchers in Denmark have revealed that milk is even more effective for controlling appetite than protein whey shakes. However at extreme training levels, undertaken by Olympic athletes for example, these supplements can make up shortfalls in what is effectively a much heightened need to protein. However for the casual gym goer, or those of us who just wish to stay trim, then sensible diet would be the easiest way forward, in combination with a regular fitness workout that you could design for your home gym, including the usual equipment such as a cross trainer, treadmill or exercise bike.

So, should we all be buying Protein Shakes to stay fit? The simple answer is no, but of course you can decide for yourself where you fit in the fitness world and if they may indeed be applicable to you!


Orbus XT501 Elliptical Cross Trainer – One of the UK’s best sellers

Buying the right elliptical cross trainer is always a very difficult decision. The variations and costs available are when you look at the cross trainers for sale these days is just staggering, so how do you know where to start?

Well, if you are searching for a good home use piece of cardio fitness equipment, you could start by looking at what sells well; and considering exactly why this is the case. The Orbus XT501 is in fact one of the UK’s best-selling ellipticals, and has been so for the last few years at least.

It has developed over time with the introduction of an update touch screen computer, and increased programmability, but the overall build quality has always remained constant.

Its sales levels are testament to a comparison between this quality level, its functionality and of course the competitive nature of its pricing.  

If you are still unsure which way to go, then maybe it’s worth asking yourself if so many people can be wrong?


Elliptical Cross Trainer Reviews

Elliptical cross trainer reviews can help you determine where to best invest your money so that the cross trainer you purchase will best suit your needs and give you the best piece of equipment for your money.  Fortunately in the past decade demand has risen for a quality elliptical cross trainer suitable for home use.  This has brought many more elliptical cross trainer brands and models to the market.  The competition has been good for the consumer as it has given many more choices to the buyer from which to choose.

In reading elliptical cross trainer reviews of the top brands it is important that you keep in mind there is not one right model for everyone.  So if you read one that says this one or that one is the very best on the market it is likely biased.  With the number of machines on the market there is likely to be a variety of great models on the market.  Some brands offer specific qualities and features that make them better for one person over another.  For instance some brands offer features that make them more desirable to a multiple user home by providing multi-user workout data memory and easy adjustment for multiple users.  While others are better suited to users that are petite with shorter stride needs, there will be another that better suits a sturdier user.  Some are suited for infrequent use while others could be used by a marathon trainer.  In going through individual elliptical cross trainer reviews keep in mind what needs you have and stay focused to those needs and you will be happy with your final choice.

Elliptical cross trainer reviews are a good source for determining which brands are developing new technology for their models.  Touch screen technology found with some cross trainers have brought a new array of services to the fitness consumer.  Ease of use is evident with a touch screen but there are also other exciting features to be found such as more detailed statistical data from a workout so you can better determine your performance.

Other considerations to be at the top of your list when going over elliptical cross trainer reviews is what purpose the machine will be providing.  Is the machine for weight loss?  Or is strictly for fitness training and cardiovascular health workouts?  Is the user going to be pushing their performance to the maximum every workout or is the user more concerned with finding an efficient workout that is low impact and easy on the joints?  While all elliptical cross trainers are providing a full body workout there are some that would be better suited to the top athlete and another better suited for the joint replacement surgery recovery patient.  Then again, there are still other machines that can serve both of those type of users making it the perfect machine for a multi-user household seeking those needs from their new cross trainer machine.

The best way to use elliptical cross trainer reviews to your advantage is to make sure you know what you need, what goals you hope to achieve with your machine, who the user or users will be, and what features are absolutely necessary and what ones you want but would not be a deal breaker if you couldn’t find them on a machine you considered.  In keeping the focus on those details you will be able to consider the reviews and know you are narrowing your choices of those elliptical cross trainers on the market that are right for you.