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Tips for Getting the Most from your Treadmill

Purchasing a treadmill maybe the first step to a new you, but the results you will be looking for will need some on-going effort and commitment as well.

After your purchase, knowing how to get the most from your treadmill is the key to maximising results. Use the following simple tips as a start to ensure that you daily treadmill routine will have you on your way to meeting your fitness and weight loss goals in no time.

Establish routine

If you want to see results from this exercise equipment, you must first establish a daily treadmill routine. How long will you devote to the machine each day? When will you use it? Choose a time of day that you can commit to. Make it a habit.

Stick to a healthy diet

While exercise will help you get results, diet and exercise together can more than double your chances of getting the results that you are searching for. Along with daily devotion to your treadmill, choose to change your diet. Cut fat and sugar from your diet and use the machine daily and you will quickly begin to see a change.

Stretching

Many people underestimate the benefits of stretching. Along with your daily treadmill routine, incorporating stretching into your schedule can give you a boost. Stretching reduces you chances of injury when using the machine and can also work to give you the flexible, tone body that you are working hard to get. Spend at least 10 to 15 minutes of your day stretching before you get onto the treadmill. You will quickly begin to see your body change as stretching and exercise being to change your life.

So, a treadmill is the perfect piece of equipment to aide you in losing weight and toning your body. Use these tips for getting the most from your treadmill listed above to help you get the maximum benefits from the machine. From establishing a treadmill routine to incorporating a daily stretching program, a treadmill can be the key to achieving the success that you have been waiting for.

 

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Today’s Top 3 Interest Free Offers

Following the announcement of the Interest Free offers launch on the web site, here are our top three 0% APR offers;

Orbus XT4000 Elliptical Cross Trainer.

Retailing at £599, discounted to £349, and now available from under £30 per month, over 12 months, this is one of the best value Cross Trainers on the web. With rave reviews and outstanding specification, this heavy duty, superior home use trainer is the must have pieces of equipment in any home gym.

Orbus Pro X9000 Treadmill

Retailing at £999, discounted to £549, and now available from under £42 per month, over 12 months this must be the ‘best buy’ running machine option available online today. It has such a gigantic spec and unrivalled build quality; why would you buy anything else? 

Horizon Oxford 4 Air Rowing Machine

At only £599 the Oxford 4 is one of the best recognised and best equipped rowers available anywhere in the world. Now available at under £45 per month, over 12 months we guarantee this is the best offer you will see anywhere on this iconic machine.

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Cross Trainer vs Treadmill

Running machines and cross trainers are the two most popular pieces of fitness equipment. And when people are looking for a superb aerobic workout, they will more often than not choose one or the other to complement their exercise equipment collection!

Elliptical Cross Trainers are relatively new to market, compared to Treadmills. Consequently, the treadmill is better known and has long been the number one choice. But which machine should you chose to give best performance and hence best value for money?

Quite simply, personal choice will outweigh most other aspects of the decision. Some people just love to run, whereas some prefer the lower impact cardio exercise a cross trainer can bring. In effect, this signifies the main difference. Treadmills, although nowadays commonly well cushioned, do affect higher impact on the body. Also, they are more limited ion respect of giving a whole body workout. Having said that, for the dedicated runner, they offer a true training experience, which will undoubtedly be worthwhile.

Elliptical Cross Trainers are impact free, and the dual handlebar and leg motion, which can be reversed, offers a broader whole body workout, whereas running machines focus on the lower body as they simulate outdoor jogging.

Interestingly, although both types of machine are excellent at burning calories and improving cardio respiratory health, because of the lower impact, cross trainers may burn more calories with effectively a reduced felling of ‘effort’.

Again, personal choice will lead most buyers, but if you are unsure, then the thoughts above provide a few aspects that may weight your judgement and are well worth considering.

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Knee Pain and Running?

We all know that running produces a high level of direct impact force on the body and joints. Well scientist have developed a space age method of reducing these forces, which allows professional athletes to train longer, harder and more frequently with minimal stress and recover from injury.

For us mere mortals, if we get knee pain when running, for example; then we need to look at other solutions. Maybe we need to consider better quality, better suited footwear. Take some good advice, and don’t be swayed by some heavy discount labels. They may not save you in the long run.

We can also move our training patterns, from a regular road run, to a cushioned deck treadmill workout. Or we can even move away to a different exercise that provides very low impact levels, such as Elliptical Cross Trainers, indoor exercise bikes, road bikes or rowing machines.

In reality, we should probably do a combination of both. Maybe combine different activities, but always be sure that footwear is adequate.

But for U.S. Olympic runner Jenny Simpson, the options were much more futuristic! Take a look at she used a zero gravity treadmill to help recuperate and train hard for the race of her life.

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What does the average Olympian think about health, wellbeing and nutrition?

With an amazing 65 medals in total, including 29 Gold’s, out team GB really did perform fantastically at the London 2012 Olympics. To only be beaten by China and the USA on the medal table is a real feat for such a relatively small country!

With the games still in our mind, have you ever wondered what an Olympian thinks about health, Nutrition and lifestyle that gives them the edge?

Well, we can all learn from these guys, so whether you exercise ‘punishment’ is to pound on your treadmill or sweat on your cross trainer or exercise bike, this same thought process and help improve your performance and wellbeing. Even if you know you will never be stood on the podium blasting out the National Anthem, or crying with joy as would more likely be the case!

Recently NBC published a great video where they asked top US athletes what their thoughts were. Its definately food for thought!

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Simple steps to improve your running technique

 

Good running technique comes more natural to some of us than others.

The good news for those with poor natural technique is that will a little work, your running style can be improved allowing for more efficient and effective fitness training.

Here are a few simple tips on how to improve your running technique, which are designed for the long distance targets, like 10k or marathon junkies, but can also help give the exercise novice a more effective and safe running experience, be it on the road or on your treadmill running machine.

Change one part at a time – Concentrate on one aspect of your style at a time, and try and alter that first, before moving onto the next.

Land on your midfoot – landing on your toes, your calves will fatigue quickly, on your heels and you are probably over striding and you will be wasting momentum and risking injury.

Keep your hands at waste level – let your hands slightly brush your hips

And arms at 90 degrees – To help with the push off and building momentum

Relax your hands – cup your hands and relax. Tension can result in tightness in the shoulders, neck and arms

Keep the posture straight – straight and erect posture will balance the load correctly

Don’t bounce – Keep you stride low to the ground to maximise forward energy and minimise wasted effort.

You can get more details on this and other great running tips at the runners guide.

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At odds with your running feet?

 

Maybe you feel you could do with the exercise…. but sometimes your feet could really do with a rest!

Sore or aching feet after running is not uncommon. Even the most expensive, attractive, stylish, supportive and technically brilliant running shoes can leave your feet in some discomfort following a long road run or treadmill session.

The general rule seems to be the longer the run, the more the pain, but if you are new to running, or returning after a break, then even a short session can cause some soreness and discomfort.

Of course, if symptoms persist, then you should consult your doctor, but there are some basic home remedies can be applied which will give relief in most cases.

Rest – It all starts here as this is possibly the best cure for sore and swollen feet. Try and plan your workout to fit in before a period where you need to have minimal movement, and maximum rest. Try and stay off your feet for a period after your exercise to allow recovery. This sound common sense, which of course it is, however taking a moment to plan it, may mean it becomes reality more often than if it is left to chance!

Elevation – of course, you will know that soreness will be accompanied by its friend, swelling! Your feet will swell due to the amount of pressure applied during a run. This can cause blood to ‘pool’ in the area, as good circulation is reduced by the constant pounding of a run. This build-up of pressure will cause swelling.

So, once finished, during you ‘rest’ period, remove footwear and socks and elevate your feet above pelvis level. This should then allow the blood to circulate more naturally and effectively giving relief from the swelling.

Ice – Putting an ice pack on the affected area is often the choice of the aching runner. The cold of a towel wrapped pack helps relieve the pressure that builds up in your feet during a run, and should help reduce swelling, or even prevent swelling if you haven’t been affected already.

A 10 to m15 min session of ice should be long enough.

Immersion – Finally, try soaking your weary feet in a foot bath. Again 10 to 15 mins should be fine and the temperature can be warm, to sooth and relax, or cold, to work like an ice pack and reduce pressure.

All of the above appear simple steps, but the best possible approach would be to make sure you plan the time to see if they can assist in your recuperation time, after that hard treadmill session, or exercise run. Good luck!

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Sweating to Improve your Mind?

It’s easy just to concentrate on the visual results of training and exercise.

Next time you are sweating on your Elliptical Cross Trainer, or pounding ‘the streets’ on your Treadmill, just take a moment to consider that all this work can make you smarter and happier as well!

Smarter and Happier? – If you think your exercise regime will only give you an advantage in respect of weight loss, stamina or cardio efficiency, then you might be missing the full picture.

It’s true that your efforts will help reduce the risk of heart problems, diabetes and cancer, but it’s true that your mind and wellbeing may benefit just as much from your effort and commitment.

Harvard Medical School psychiatrist John Ratey, the author of the book, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, explains that “Exercise is the single best thing you can do for your brain in terms of mood, memory, and learning.”

He adds that “Even 10 minutes of activity changes your brain.” So, surely, if you ever need any added incentive to don your trainers and climb onto your fitness equipment, then this positive message should be it.

If you want to explore these ideas in greater detail, then you can check out the book on Amazon. We recommend it as a great read for those looking to gain, or even re-build, inspiration for your fitness workouts.

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Motivation for your Treadmill Workouts!

Following on from our earlier blogs on the subject of Interval Training, we can highly recommend the Treadmill Trainer Blog by Yuri Elkaim, a true authority who provides excellent Treadmill Interval Training and general Running Tips.

Take a look at his new running programs. They are  tailored to suite every need, whether you using your home treadmill for regular training just to keep fit, or even if you have specific goals such as a 5k, 10k, half or full Marathon to work towards, there is great advice for everyone.

You will also see there are some great audio downloads and treadmill running video tips, so do take the time to look at the blog. It’s a ‘must read’ for all running enthusiasts.

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Age Is Nothing But A Number!

 

If you could imagine the perfect advert to motivate you to your fitness goals, then Ernestine Shepherd would be it.

Ms Shepherd, or ‘Miss Ernie’as she is known, is a 75 year old Body builder who runs 10 miles every day, will tell you that exercise if the secret to everlasting youth. Well, it’s difficult to argue with that.

‘Miss Ernie’, has become the world’s oldest female bodybuilder, and insists that age is ‘nothing but a number’. It’s clear that this is not just talk, as she religiously gets up at 2:30am every morning for her training run and her enthusiastic gym workouts. She regularly works the Treadmills and Cross Trainers as part of her punishing routine.

The super fit pensioner from Maryland, USA, set the record in 2010 to 2012, while competing in bodybuilding championships, despite the fact that she didn’t come from a family of fitness enthusiasts, and even more remarkably, she didn’t start training herself until she reached her mid-50s.

“When I was younger, I was never, ever considered athletic. I was too prissy,” Miss Ernie told the BBC.

“But at age 56, my sister and I were invited to a picnic and we had to wear bathing suits and we didn’t like the way we looked, so we decided to exercise.

“My sister died of a brain aneurysm in 1992, I was so sad. She came to me in a dream and she said I wasn’t doing what I said we would do. So I did it.”

Now teaching a fitness class at her local church, Ernestine Shepherd is able to help women decades her junior, reach their own fitness goals and live a healthier, happier life.

Her belief and passion shines through, and to all that meet her it is clear.

“I always practice what I preach. I don’t teach bodybuilding. I teach health, happiness and prosperity – that’s the formula!”

It’s difficult not to agree with that!

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Paralysed – Claire Lomas Completes Marathon

Completing a marathon is a remarkable challenge for anyone! But to do it paralysed from the waist down – like Claire Lomas is truly remarkable.

Claire became paralysed after a horse riding accident, but she wouldn’t let this stand in her way. The 32-year-old, who has a spinal injury, crossed the finish line at 12.50 on Tuesday after 16 days. Thanks t a pair or robotic legs which have allowed her to walk again.

“It’s a moment I am going to treasure for the rest of my life” She told the BBC.

Claire’s efforts have raised over 83,000 for spinal research, a charity which funds medical research to develop treatments for paralysis.

While the majority of people that participate in the marathon finish within a few hours. Claire knew that it would take her weeks, as she could only complete a mile a day. Although her speed increased as the days passed, she stayed in a hotel at night and travels by car to the point she left off the evening before. Before the final leg of her 26 mile route, friends and family supporters gathered outside St Stephens Tavern in Westminster to cheer her on. Claire assumed that this was just a busy day in London, but in fact people were there just to support Claire. Because the amazing level of support Claire said that the last half mile was pretty easy to walk.

Claire said that the marathon had been very difficult, both physically and mentally, but the support of the people kept her going. Unfortunately because of the rule changes this year Claire was unable to qualify for a medal. However, Olympic rowing champion Sir Matthew Pinset launched a Twitter campaign to get her one, 15 participants donated their medals in recognition of her achievements. Claire has raised enough money to fund a three year research project into the treatment for paralysis.

The riding accident left her paralysed from the chest down, but her sporting background gave her determination she needed to get back on her feet again. For the past 3 months Claire has trained intensively for the marathon using a robotic walking suit with a system of motion sensors which allow her to detect and control movement. When she shifts balance, the suit triggers her joints to move forward enabling her to take a step.

This story is so remarkable, and I hope it motivates others to get out there and get walking and running to keep active, once they have seen what a paralysed woman can achieve. It’s important to make the most of life and to keep as healthy and fit as possible, because no one knows what is around the corner.

Orbus leisure has a range of cross trainers, vibration plates, treadmills, and exercise bikes suitable for beginner’s right through to experts. Check out the range of home gym equipment on offer and change your life for the better!

 

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Top Treadmill Tip of The week

The Interval Workout

This is a 40-minute long interval training workout that can allow you to burn up to 500 calories. If you perform it 5 times a week you can ‘waste’ a total of 2500 calories. This means that you would have to adjust your diet and save 150 more daily in order to sum up 3600, the equivalent of 1 pound weight loss. Interval workouts are some of the most popular workouts for fast weight loss. This work out is based on 17 intervals. The speed varies for each interval in order to alternate the exhaustion with resting periods. The incline for this treadmill workout remain at zero during the entire workout. Check the information table below and get all the detail of this treadmill interval workout. You even have information about the calories burned for every interval. Note that the amounts of calories burned are for a 130 lbs (59 kg) woman. The amount of calorie burned is higher if your weight is higher and/or if you are a male.

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Unstoppable Energy

Winter is over AT LAST! so put a spring in your step with these energy boosting tips!

1. Never skip breakfast. Break the word itself down “to break a fast” and your body can’t drive in full gear if it hasn’t had the fuel.

2. Move daily. If you move more you’ll find that you have more energy. You can go to the walking while the weather is nice! Invest in a Treadmill or a Cross Trainer for when you’re at home. Just keep those legs moving!

3. Eat smaller, more frequent meals. Snack throughout the day, and eat smaller more frequent meals, this way you will experience a steady dose of energy instead of experiencing energy drops. But try not to snack on fatty/sugary junk food.

4. Try a new tact. Spring is the best time to get rid of those bad exercise habits and start new ones. Put the scales away for a while, and focus on how your clothes fit and how you feel in them.

5. Drink lots of water. Dehydration can be the cause of fatigue because it slowly creeps up on you. You should aim to drink around 8 cups a day, if you drink any less you could become sluggish all the time.

6. Exercise in the AM. Sure you’d have to get up slightly earlier, but doing your workout in the morning instead of after work can give you an energy boost that can last all day, so waking up an hour or two earlier doesn’t matter, because you can get that time back at night.

7. Invest in some home fitness equipment. For example you can do a vibration plate workout whilst you watch TV, and may encourage all of the family to get active.

8. Eat lots of berries. Berries that are blue, red or purple are great for you, the colour comes from Anthocyanin which is a powerful antioxidant that boosts energy and all berries contain tons of this!

9. Talk a walk outdoors. Get some fresh air in your lungs with a change of scenery, and a brisk walk can really get your blood going and can work wonders for your moods and motivation. The sun is a signal to your body that it’s not bedtime yet, so you’ll instantly feel more alert and energetic.

10. Get plenty of sleep. Energy starts with a good night’s sleep, adults need an average of 8 to 9 hours to restore and regenerate their minds and bodies.

 

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Springtime – The Best Time of Year to Get Active!

The months of being able to hide those lumps and bumps that we hate under those warm knits are finally behind us, while this can bring a sigh of relief to some people, it will most likely to bring horror to those who have been hibernating in their homes since November.

Statistics prove that a lot of us are overweight and unfit, and that many of us would like to change the way we look and feel in one way or another. Spring is here and it’s time to stop making the excuses and to face up to the truth. Don’t worry you don’t have to join a gym and take hours out of your busy schedule, when the answer could be right on your door step:  Home Gym Equipment!

If you’re considering purchasing a new piece of fitness equipment, whether it’s the only piece you want or another addition to the established home gym, then you’ll realise that the quality equipment will come with a heavy price tag. Be it a Treadmill, an Elliptical Cross Trainer or a new Vibration plate, this can be a huge investment for majority of us. But have you considered what time of year you should be buying your equipment?

After the Christmas period the New Year’s resolutions start to kick in and more people want to get fit and will be tempted to purchase fitness equipment. So this means that there’s a heavier demand in winter, so spring and summer will see a slowdown in sales, and it is in these months where you can find the best deals and lowest offers. You can really save money compared to the winter time prices, and you can see a great example of this on an Orbus Leisure Web site, where the summer sale prices are at their lowest ever levels.

 

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Sport Relief 23rd-25th March 2012

It’s finally here, all preparations are complete, it’s taken a lot of planning but this weekend will see the biggest Sport Relief ever!

Over the past few months celebrities such as David Walliams and John Bishop have completed some of the most amazing Sport Relief challenges yet. Frank Skinner has even set his own personal challenge to overcome a lifetime fear of swimming.

Freddie Flintoff has amazed the world by setting an astonishing 14 records in the space of 12 hours, which included some very strange tasks including the most hotdogs made in 1 minute – 9 and the fastest 100metres on a Pedalo (1minute 58.62 seconds)

Members of the England Football team have been battling it out in the Kitchen, Strictly Come Dancing took to the water, and the stars of the fantastic sitcom Benidorm encounter Simon Cowell and the Britain’s Got Talent judges. Frank Lampard and his fiancé Christine Bleakly make a cameo appearance in the comedy ‘Outnumbered’ Even the biggest names in Rugby are getting stuck in, teaming up to sing with JLS.

And you can see it all in a superb night of sporting entertainment starting at 7.00pm on BBC1 Friday 23rd March.

It’s not just about the celebrities of course, over the weekend more than a million people will be taking part in a mile long run for Sport Relief all over the UK to raise money for people who need it the most, both here in the UK and in some of the world’s poorest countries so any donations really do make a difference!

So enjoy the show tonight and if you’re taking part in the Mile at any point this weekend then good luck!

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March Madness Sale: Best Buy Guarantee on All Fitness Equipment!

At Orbus Leisure we thought we’d treat our customers with major discounts this month, and as we continually aim to provide the best offers and promotions on the internet, we maintain our price promise and will not be beaten on price for any equivalent product in any of our categories.

Elliptical Cross Trainers: We have carefully selected a range of elliptical’s to ensure that there’s a machine for every user for every occasion. This is our best ever cross trainer sale with 60% off of our fantastic range of ellipticals but hurry! This is only for a limited period of time only!

Treadmills: Again we have some great deals on our treadmills, and we supply some for the best units on the internet, with a range to incorporate any requirement from simple home use, to fully commercial treadmills. Our offers often change because here at Orbus Leisure we will not be beaten on price.

Vibration Plates: We supply some of the best home use and commercial models available on the market. Our BH Fitness Pro Vibe Plate is the leading oscillating unit in the UK. Our prices are almost 70% lower than the nearest high quality competitor, and our CF1250 Oscillating Plate is the fastest selling unit on the web.

Exercise Bikes: For regular gym goers who love their spin classes, the casual home user, we have a grade of bike that will suit your needs, with some offers that simply won’t be beaten.

 

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How To Run Stronger And Faster Than Ever.

If you’ve decided that you want to add a treadmill as a piece of home gym equipment then your ultimate goal is probably to become a faster runner. To do this, follow this strength and mobility circuit that Women’s Fitness have created because it can help to improve your running technique and lower your risk of injury.

Start with a few minutes of brisk walking to warm up, and then perform the exercises shown below.

Single Leg Dip

Why? To strengthen muscles that stabilise the pelvis and knee join.

How? Stand with your weight evenly spread out over both feet. Lift one leg in front of you and imagine you’re going to sit on a bar stool. Then direct your bottom backwards and bend your supporting knee, It’s important that you only go as far as you can without feeling uncomfortable. Try and do 6-10 repetitions per leg

Bridge

Why? It strengthens the glutes and lower back which improves pelvic stability.

How? Lie on the floor with your knees bent and with your feet flat. Raise your body to form a line from your knees to your shoulders. Hold the position for five seconds and then lower for five seconds. Repeat this five times.

Full Squats

Why? Strengthens glutes, hamstrings and quads; they improve ankle flexibility and elasticity in your Achilles’ tendon.

How? Stand with more weight on the balls of your feet. Hold your arms out directly in front of you; keep your torso upright ensuring your knees don’t wobble in or out. Let your heels lift when they feel like they’re going to go. Go as deep as you can and then raise yourself back up into the start position. Repeat 6-10 times.

 

Plank

Why? This exercise strengthens core stabilisers and your lower back, this will improve running posture.

How? Lie down with your face to the floor and your elbows under your shoulders with your hand clasped. Engage your core and raise your body upwards to for a straight line from your neck to your heels. Hold the position for as long as one minute, but don’t forget to breathe regularly.

 

Hip-flexor Stretch

Why? Tight hip flexors restrict your stride and put that extra bit of stress on your back.

How? take a large step forward with your left leg, allowing your knee to rest on the floor so that your shoe laces are facing down then bring your torso upright and curl your tail bone under, then press your right hip bone forward. If this feels like it’s too easy, take a hold of the foot of your back leg and draw it towards your buttock on the same side. Repeat with your other leg.

 

Calf Stretch

Why? Tight calves contribute to excessive rolling of the foot.

How? Take a large step forward with your left leg, bending your left knee. Make sure that your right leg is straight, with your toes pointing forwards. Press your right heel into the ground, but keep your torso upright it’s important that you don’t arch your back then swap sides.

 

Spine Mobiliser

Why? Lower back pain is common in runners so better spinal mobility reduces the problem.

How? Lie down with your knees bent and with your feet on the floor close to your bottom. Open your arms at shoulder height and let your knees drop to the left. Bring them back to the centre and drop to the other side. Repeat a few times, and then hug your knees to your chest.

For more running tips visit Orbus Leisure

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Voucher Code Crazy!

This February Orbus Leisure has gone Voucher Crazy! Check out the site to see a range of fantastic ‘Extra’ discount voucher codes and saving up to an amazing £200 OFF Sale Prices!

All the ‘Extra Saving’ voucher codes can be used exclusively on the Orbus Leisure Web site during February.

They include up to and EXTRA 25% off all Vibration Plate Sale Prices, and an EXTRA 5% off Sale prices on all Orbus Elliptical Cross Trainers and again, and EXTRA 5% off all Sale Prices on Orbus Branded Treadmills.

There has never been a better time to get fit for less!

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Sport Relief 2012

So Sport Relief is on the horizon, so what other great opportunity do you need to do a spot of fund raising as well as keeping fit?

Sainsbury’s sport relief events take place across the country on Sunday 25th March, there is an option to do 1, 3 or 6 miles, so you can get involved as a family, as a team or alone. It’s a great way of exercising. There are over 600 events being organised, where people can get involved in their own communities all over the country.

The one mile distance is a family favourite and is great for mums, dads, and kids as you can run, jog, or walk. You can complete the mile however you like whether it be a light hearted family competition or in your own time if you have smaller children. Sport Relief is also a great way of sending a message to children all over the UK, as it’s vital that they look after their health and keep fit in order to live a long and happy life.

Three miles is more of a challenge and could be ideal for the fun runner, or for the beginners who want to set themselves targets to try and race against the clock, or even to beat fellow competitors. You don’t have to do months of hard training to enjoy a 3 mile run.

The 6 mile run is for the people who like to push themselves to the limit and would be enjoyable to people who like to set themselves challenges. This distance may be more appropriate for the advanced runner, but if you want to be ambitious you should consider pre-training in order to get your body used to running such long distances. Perhaps it may be an idea to invest in piece of home gym equipment such as a treadmill or cross trainer so you can train your body to run at its full potential. Treadmills are great to have around the house, as you can train regardless of the weather conditions, and all the family can benefit from this piece of equipment.

So however you decided to take part, Sport relief is a great excuse to get fit and healthy. So get your running shoes on for this excellent a fun charity race!

 

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Orbus Leisure – Did You Spot Us On TV?

We made our TV debut this week, did you spot us? Our Fitness Equipment featured in The Jeremy Kyle Show’s 5 Days of Christmas Event, where we donated a Treadmill to one very hardworking and determined young man.

The story started 12 months ago, when 27 year old Patrick was featured with his wife and children. Patrick was facing a bleak future unless he shed a substantial amount of weight. Fast forward 12 months and with an enormous amount of hard work and determination Patrick has lost an amazing 10 stones. The Jeremy Kyle show wanted to recognise this achievement by delivering Christmas presents to Christmas and we were more than happy to help, sending an Orbus Treadmill over to ITV HQ.

We wish Patrick all the best on his weight loss journey and we are sure the Treadmill will be put to good use. There is still a way to go but after his achievements this year we are sure that Patrick will reach a healthy BMI in no time.

He has been a true inspiration! Well done Patrick!

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Why You Need A Treadmill In Your Home!

Running is one of the most popular sporting activities, with thousands of people running for enjoyment and health benefits on a daily basis. Running outdoors in the fresh air can be liberating, but as the nights draw colder and darker it can be easy to lose your motivation. This is where a home treadmill can play its part.

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A treadmill offers the user some fantastic advantages, some of which you cannot even achieve from running outdoors:

  • Reduced impact on the joints

Unlike a hard, concrete floor a treadmill will have a cushioned running platform, which absorbs some of the impact felt as your feet hit the belt. You therefore have a reduced risk of injury or strain to your ankles, knees and hips.

  • Workout in the comfort of your home

You don’t have to head out in inclement weather with a treadmill, in fact the weather will have no impact on you at all. You can exercise whenever you like, wearing whatever you like!

  • You can run day or night (or a bit of both)

Unlike a run outdoors, which usually follows a circuit and therefore requires a pre-determined amount of time, you can make your treadmill workout as long or as short as you like. If you only have ten minutes to spare in the morning before work then that’s fine. The workout schedule is totally flexible and totally up to you.

  • Your personal security is guaranteed

Running alone, particularly at night can pose a risk to your personal security. This problem is removed when you are exercising within your own home. A big advantage to all, but something that appeals for women in particular.

  • You can add variety with ease

Many treadmills are now feature packed and can offer the ability to add hill climbs, slow walks and rapid sprints. By choosing to follow a pre-programmed routine you can really challenge your body and get a powerful workout which has been developed by experts.

  • Increase your motivation

With the treadmill in position in your home you are more likely to use it. Just make sure you create a stimulating exercise environment which could feature a TV or radio – something to keep you occupied as you workout.

A treadmill really is a fantastic piece of equipment that, if you use it regularly, will transform your physique and improve your general level of health and fitness. Millions around the world already exercise at home with a treadmill; why not take the decision to join them today?

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When the sun shines, should we be thinking about winter?

If you are considering the purchase of a new piece of fitness equipment, be it the only piece you will want or another addition to an established home gym, then you will realise that quality equipment will come with a heavy price tag. Be it a Treadmill, an Elliptical Cross Trainer or a new Vibration Plate, this can be a major investment for most of us.

Now you may think there is little you can do about that. You can search and study, looking for the best deals and best specifications. Of course, this is very advisable, as the more information you have, the more informed your buying decision will be. However, have you ever considered what time of year you should be buying your equipment?

It may sound obvious, but during the year, as winter draws closer, most people will feel more confined to indoors, and less likely to indulge outdoor fitness activities. This will tempt them towards the purchase of equipment. Likewise, after Christmas, as the New Year’s resolutions kick in, more people want to get fit and will again look at possible purchase. This means a heavy increase in demand during the winter months. So the buying of fitness equipment is very seasons, and the summer will always see a slowdown in sales for the retailer.

So, for the smart, forward thinking buyer, the summer months are always the ones where the best deals and lowest offers will be around. You really can save compared to winter prices. You can see a great example of this on the Orbus Leisure web site, where summer sale prices are at their lowest ever levels.

So, the sun may (or may not!) be shining, but there has never been a better time to look forward to winter!

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Five Tips for Running on a Treadmill

A treadmill is the exercise machine of choice for many people.  Most home gyms are complete with a treadmill that gets used several times a week.  To get the most out of your treadmill, it is important that you are using it correctly.  The best results come when you are correctly running on the machine.  The following information gives advice on running on a treadmill.

Warming up and cooling down is essential

This is important for any workout but it is especially important when running on a treadmill.  Running is a cardiovascular workout.  You need to give your heart time to adjust to the exercise before you begin and to slow down once you have completed the workout.  Walking briskly at the beginning and end of your workout will provide an adequate warm up and cool down time for your body.

Setting the right speed can help you avoid injury

If you are just beginning on the treadmill, you will need to become familiar with what your running speed will be.  Many people begin at a pace that is too fast for them and end up falling off.  Begin slowly and gradually increase the speed. Once you become familiar with using the machine, you will know what speed works best for you.

Adjust the incline to get a good work out

If you are looking for the best workout possible from your treadmill, you will need to adjust the incline.  Set the incline on level one to begin with and see if it is a challenge for you. If it is not, gradually increase the incline level until you feel that it is a challenge.  Running with an incline will burn more calories and give you better results from the workout.

Keep your hands off the railing

The railing is there to help you get started on the treadmill. If you continue to use it through the workout, it will have a negative impact on the results that you can see from running on the treadmill.  Use the rails only in the case of an emergency to break a fall or to take a breather.

Stay away from the back of the treadmill

If you find yourself getting tired and slipping off the treadmill, you might want to take a break and regain your strength.  Many people injure themselves by falling off the back of the treadmill because the speed is too fast or because they are tired.  Some people also lose focus and fall.  Stay aware of the back of the treadmill.

If you are looking for weight loss results from a treadmill, running is a great way to get started.  Follow the tips above to ensure that you are correctly running on the machine.  If you are looking for the most effective workout possible you will need to focus on speed and incline.  Avoid keeping your hands on the railing or getting near the back of the treadmill.  Properly using a treadmill can give you the results you are looking for.

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Walking on a Treadmill

Walking on a treadmill provides many of the same benefits as running.  You must pay close attention to the speed you are walking on the machine. The faster you walk the better results you will see from walking on the treadmill. It is important that you walk fast enough to get your heart pumping.  You can get a good cardiovascular workout from walking briskly on the machine.  Walking is recommended for people who have knee of back injury.  While running on a treadmill is considered a high impact exercise, walking briskly on the machine is perfect for those who have sustained a previous injury.  If you are worried about the impact the machine will have on your injuries, consult your doctor before you begin walking or running on the treadmill. He may recommend a daily workout plan for you that will have the least impact possible on your injuries such as beginning with only 10 minutes a day on the machine.

Walking and running on a treadmill share many common benefits.  Both serve as physical activity that your body needs to stay healthy and fight off disease.  The mental benefits from walking and running on a treadmill can help keep you happy and healthy.  Many people who buy a treadmill for home use report fewer bouts with depression.  If you are able to, consider taking the challenge of running on your treadmill.  You will get the most benefits out of running.  Do not be afraid to try it.  You will be surprised at how quickly your body will adjust.  You will become leaner, stronger, and physically fit.  Whatever you decide, make an effort to get the most out of your treadmill.

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Running on a Treadmill

A treadmill is a great addition to any home gym.  Once you have purchased the machine you may find yourself wondering if running or walking on the machine is best for you. Both running and walking on a treadmill can offer great results if you want to lose weight or tone the muscles in your legs. However, there are many other benefits associated with running and walking on a treadmill.

Running

Running on a treadmill is an excellent way to lose weight.  30 to 40 minutes each day running on the treadmill will help you shed unwanted pounds quickly.  A great cardio workout, running can help strengthen your heart and ward off diseases in the future.  Other benefits of running on a treadmill daily include a decrease in depression or anxiety, obesity, bone and muscle loss, and risk for cancer.  Running on a treadmill can improve your immune system.  Once your body is in shape and you are exercising on a daily basis, you will look and feel better on both the inside and the outside. If you have never taken the opportunity to run on your treadmill, consider doing so.  Start out at a slow pace and gradually increase.  Running may be difficult in the beginning but you will find that your body will quickly adjust to running.

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