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Staying Motivated during Your Treadmill Workout

Treadmills offer the perfect workout for those who are willing to take on the challenge. However, getting on the machine day in and day out can send you straight into boredom.  After weeks and weeks of working out on the machine, you may find yourself searching for ways to stay motivated on the treadmill.  The following are tips on how you can stay motivated while running or walking on your machine.

Find the perfect location for your treadmill. If your treadmill is located in the back bedroom, away from your family, you may find it difficult to want to be on the treadmill. Consider moving it into the living room or closer to your family.  Your family can serve as your motivation and you won’t feel as if you are secluding yourself from others.  You can also consider putting it into a toy room so that you can run and watch your children play at the same time. Consider relocating your treadmill outside so that you can get some fresh air while working out. Finding the perfect location for your treadmill will help you stay motivated.

Turn up the radio. Music can make all the difference when you are using your treadmill. It can serve to get your heart rate going.  There is music available that works specifically for motivating during a workout.  Try focusing on the music rather than focusing on the monotony of running or walking on the treadmill. You will see a major difference in your motivational level if you have music playing in the background during a workout.

Invest in treadmill workout video series. Search the internet to find great treadmill workouts that come with a trainer for motivation.  It is easier if you have a trainer to follow.   These videos may also benefit you by teaching you how to properly use the treadmill.  You will become familiar with running drills and other treadmill exercises that can give you the best workout possible.

Find a friend to workout with. If you have a home gym, invite a friend over for a good workout.  Set up a rotation for you and your workout buddy.  Include running on the treadmill for 15 to 20 minutes as part of the rotation. It is always easier to work out if you have a partner.

If running or walking on a treadmill is a part of your daily workout routine, you may find it difficult to stay motivated.  Use the above advice to increase your motivation and get the best result from your treadmill.  Find the perfect location for your treadmill. Feeling secluded is likely to put a damper on your workout routine.  Turn up the volume on your radio and find a friend who is willing to work out with you on a daily basis.  Whatever you do, do not give up.  Stay motivated when using your treadmill. Overtime you will see the results that you have always been looking for.


Walking – A Outstanding Way To Lose Weight

If you’re wanting to melt off some fat, you’ll also want to get started working out on a regular basis. Is working out a thing you’re not used to doing? Often it can feel a bit too much and even a little bit dreadful… not to worry, there’s a quick way to get back into exercising again: walking! You should integrate walking into your exercise program if you haven’t already done so.

There are many ways to add walking into your day-to-day routine. You and your pet can both work out by taking a 10-minute walk around your neighborhood. Ten minutes may not seem like a lot of time until you see that it equals to 70 minutes over the course of a week. Walking your dog two times every day will double that number. Consider walking to your workplace if you live fairly close to it. Of course, if it’s going to take you 2 hours to walk to work, it’s not such a great idea to walk there daily (but feel free to try if you feel you can do it!). It’s not unreasonable to walk for half an hour to get to your office and it will give you one hour of exercise every day going back and forth. Even if you commute to work, you can nevertheless try adding walking into your day by walking to the next bus stop before you get onto the bus. Or have you considered buying a treadmill? Treadmills are great if you want to walk at home, and are ideal for the cold winter months when it can be hard to motivate yourself to head outdoors for some exercise. Walking isn’t difficult to add to your life.

Walking is great for your body and overall health. Because it’s a kind of aerobic workout, you’ll burn calories while also losing weight and bettering your cardiovascular health. Unlike running, which can be stressful to your joints, you can walk at a pace that works for you. My brother is very lean (but he eats a good deal of junk food) and I ask him how he he can remain thin. Even though he states he doesn’t have a clue, I think the fact that he walks daily may help. After he’d said that, it made sense. Walking is so easy to do there’s no reason you you shouldn’t try it.

If you can get into the habit of walking everyday, it will be something natural to you and you’ll find it easy to slim down. Because walking is not a vigorous workout, it’s better to remain motivated and stick to your program. You can jack up the intensity level of your walking as you become used to walking regularly. There’s no excuse not to do it if you feel fine with that. Walk at a faster pace than you normally do and perhaps jog for a few steps along the way if you feel keen to do it. After this, you may be interested to advance to more challenging activities or to use other more demanding pieces of home gym equipment.

There’s no reason that you can’t walk a short distance daily. Even people with busy schedules can find 10 minutes each day to walk around the block or visit the local gym for a stint on the treadmill.


Buying a Treadmill? A Point to Consider…

Are you shopping around for a treadmill right now? Running is such a popular activity and a treadmill is the perfect antidote to cold, dark nights pounding the streets. You can run safely in your own home, varying your workout as you go. But before you make your final decision there is one specific feature we feel you need to look out for in order to ensure you buy the best treadmill for your money…Shock Absorption

Running is a fun activity, but it can be damaging to your joints because a level of shock is transferred through your ankles, knees and hips each time your feet hit the floor. Running on hard tarmac can be really stressful to your joints, so if you are swapping the streets for a treadmill you need to make sure you purchase a model which offers a level of shock absorption.  At the low end of the price scale, many treadmills will offer no shock absorption whatsoever. Basically, you will be running on a belt wrapped around a solid platform, with no suspension or give. Whilst you may think you are saving yourself some cash, but with these lower end models you will receive a poor quality workout and possibly an injury. And if you are injured your treadmill is of no use anyway!

Look to the big brands, such as BH Fitness treadmills, when making your purchase. They are more likely to offer treadmills with cushioning underneath the belt. Not only should such suspension offer you a more comfortable run, but you will also be reducing the likelihood of injury. And if the experience is a good one you are more likely to want to repeat the training routine, which will see you reach and maintain your health and fitness goals with certain success.


Treadmill Workout Tip

A treadmill offers a great way for anyone to workout at home. But there are some tricks you need to know to help you make the most of your workout…

When outdoors, runners are often battling against the wind. Even a slight breeze can offer a certain amount of resistance and this forces you to run a little bit harder. When running indoors you do not have this, so you need to find other ways to challenge yourself. The incline you run on is a great way to add resistance to your treadmill workout. Set it to 1 or 2% and you will start battling against gravity, which ultimately forces your muscles to work harder.

You could also try alternatinge between incline and speed. Set and incline and run slower, then reduce it back to flat and run faster. Doing this during one workout can really boost your results.


Choosing the Right Fitness Equipment

Orbus Leisure have a great range of home fitness equipment, but if you are unsure about which piece of aerobic apparatus is right for you read out quick guide:

Elliptical Cross Trainers

These are low impact machines which are suitable for all abilities. They place less stress and strain on your joints and workout the whole body, improving cardio vascular fitness and stamina over time. An elliptical cross trainer allows you to burn muscle and shed weight faster than other pieces of gym equipment. For this reason they are incredibly popular.

Exercise Bikes

Cycling is a great cardio exercise and if you want to tone your lower body then an exercise bike is ideal. There are two main types of exercise bike; upright and recumbent. An upright closely resembles a traditional bicycle whereas a recumbent has the pedals positioned in front of the user.  Like a cross trainer, an exercise bike offers a low impact workout.

Treadmills (Running Machines)

A treadmill has long been one of the most popular pieces of fitness equipment, both for home use and in a commercial gym setting. The user can use the treadmill to walk, jog, run and sprint so you can train whatever the weather. If space is tight opt for a folding treadmill.

Rowing Machines

Rowing machines offer a challenging yet rewarding workout. The user will exercise the legs, torso, abs, arms and back and over time will improve suppleness and posture. Because the motion is rhythmical and flowing the exercise is low impact, reducing stress on your joints.

We hope this brief overview helps you to decide which piece of gym equipment is right for you. However, if you are still unsure just give us a call – we are the experts in home fitness and our friendly advisors will be able to help you choose the product that is right for you.


Go on a “Fun Run” with your Treadmill and your iPod

A treadmill is one of the most popular pieces of home fitness equipment, but by their nature the routine is repetitive and it is easy to become bored. Thankfully, you can now buy treadmills with MP3 technology, meaning you can plug in your iPod and listen to music and watch videos whilst running.

And for an added bit of fun you can now download an App called the “Run Fun Trainer” (for iPod and iPhone). This amazing app allows you to follow any route in the world whilst on your treadmill. Fancy a race? You can stimulate real race routes in real time; the app tells you when to raise and lower the gradient and the visuals make you feel like you are really there.

Anything that makes exercise more fun gets the big Thumbs Up from us!


Want to Try a New Sport for 2011 – Part 2: Treadmill Workouts

The treadmill is one of the most popular pieces of fitness equipment around. Look in any gym and the chances are you will see several cross trainers lined up and in use. And it is easy to understand why… Running, jogging, sprinting and walking are activities we can all do and a treadmill allows you to do all four in one straightforward routine.

Check out the BH Fitness EC02 Treadmill from Orbus Leisure

To get the most from your treadmill workout there are a few things you may not have considered…

1.       You control the Pace

With a good quality treadmill you are able to set the pace. This means that you can tailor the workout to suit your ability and deliver on your overall goals. You should avoid using the treadmill at one single speed. Variety is the key to any workout, so start off with a warm up and then try incorporating some hill climbs and descents. These will really get the heart pumping and the muscles working to the max.

2.       Get your Running Posture Right

Posture is important, particularly when you are running on a treadmill because you can be tempted to cling on to the hand rails and slouch forward. Let go, stand tall and run with a straight spine. If you are hunched over you will not be running comfortably and you could risk injury.

3.       Get Motivated

We often talk about how hard it is to stay motivated. Many of us are as keen as mustard in January to get fit and lose weight, but by Easter our good intentions have fallen by the wayside. Think about why you are running and what you want to achieve from your treadmill workout. If necessary, pin a photo of a slimmer you onto the wall in front of the unit, so as you run you can visualise how you will look with a little hard work and effort. If you find you get bored get some music on or watch TV whilst you run. This stimulation can really help you to get in a rhythm.

If you are serious about getting in shape then a treadmill is really worth some serious consideration. Running is a great exercise that can really transform the shape of your body (for the better). If you are thinking of buying a treadmill check out our quality models today.


Want to Try a New Sport for 2011 – Part 1: Jogging

Want to get in shape? Has getting fit and losing weight featured in your New Year Resolutions list? Most of us would admit that we want to live a little healthier but it is no good just saying it; words mean nothing without action. So, get up, dust of your running shoes and get moving.

Over the next few weeks we will be updating our blog with some great health and fitness tips and will feature exercises that are easy to do, even if you have never worked out before.

In our first article we are focusing on jogging.

Jogging is perhaps the easiest and cheapest of all sports. In terms of fitness equipment all you need is a good pair of running shoes, shorts and a T-Shirt and you are ready to start. If you have never jogged before don’t be too ambitious. Plan a relatively short and simple route close to your home and head out with a bottle of water to keep yourself hydrated. If jogging the entire route proves too challenging try alternating between jogging and fast walking. This is actually a great way to achieve a good cardio workout and when you are ready you can even add fast sprints into the mix. As your ability increases you should lengthen the course and try to add more challenging obstacles like hills and steps. Anything that increases your burn rate will deliver more impressive results.

If you don’t like the idea of running solo why not join a local running club? They offer sessions for people of all abilities and ages so as well as getting fit you may also improve your social life!

Many people are put off jogging by two things, the first being the great British weather (after all, who wants to run when it is cold, wet and windy outside?!). The second is our long dark nights, which can be particularly off-putting for the lone female jogger. In this case why not consider buying a treadmill. Treadmills (also known as running machines) can offer you a great run from the comfort of your own home and many models include settings that offer variety in terms of speed and levels of difficulty.  Orbus Leisure has a great treadmill from leading fitness equipment manufacturer BH Fitness starting at an affordable £499 with free delivery. Look for the BH Fitness EC02 Treadmill today.

Whatever your preference, jogging really is a superb form of exercise that will boost your health and fitness levels within weeks. With this in mind, get those old running shoes out of the cupboard and get moving!

The BH Fitness EC02 Treadmill from Orbus Leisure