The Treadmill - Your Best Friend or a Foe?

by Darryl on October 25, 2009 0 Comments

A Good Cardiovascular workout is an essential part of any fitness or weightloss program. As part of a good cardiovascular workout, running or walking is a cheap cost effective way for you to be able to start your new exercise routine. However most of us live a hectic life balancing work committments, family and a exericise routine can become a challenge. The treadmill has developed over the last 20 years to aid the balancing of your hectic life.

The origin of the treadmill was in 1817 to reform prisoners and was called a treadwheel. The machines of today were designed and developed in the 1950's for medical research and diagnosis of heart and lung diseases. Todays models have advanced from these machines however the principle of the treadmill is much the same.

The treadmill consists basically of a conveyor belt, a motor and a frame. The belt moves in ...

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Choosing the Right Shoe for your Training

by Darryl on October 24, 2009 0 Comments

Going into a sports store these day looking for a new pair of shoes can be a daunting experience. There are many types of shoes to choose from and just working out which shoes are best for your specific needs can be challenging. Therefore this post will help to guide you through the initial stages so that when you walk into the store or purchase your shoes online you can make an informed decision. will look to provide you with the latest information on: running shoes; walking shoes and cross trainers.



Running Shoes


Running shoes have revolutionized over the last 20 years with the major companies like Nike, Adidas and Asics to name a few, spending large volumes on developing the perfect running shoe. The running shoes have over the years from being made from leather to now being created from synthetics. The goals of the perfect running ...

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When your should check with your doctor first

by Darryl on October 23, 2009 0 Comments

Before beginning Exercise Program: When your should check with your doctor first.

Living a healthy lifestyle and keeping fit is key to a productive life. However if you have hereditary illness in the family it is best if you consult with a doctor or medical practitioner first.



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Exercising regularily will aid you in controlling your weight, strengthen your bones and muscles and reduce your risk of medical ailments. However before you start of on your crusade to fitness and well being you may want to consult with other family members about hereditary illnesses and consult a physician.

Physical activity as a general rule is safe for a large percentage of people and I am a keen advocate of more exercise is better for you however at what cost, is the point. On discussing this with a most personal training experts the consensus is ...

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The Cool-down after Exercise

by Darryl on October 21, 2009 0 Comments

Just as important as the warm-up before exercising it is equally important to implement a cool-down segment in your exercise routine. The cool-down should be low impact and involve gentle stretching and body movements.

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The reasons it is critical to warm down from your bodies perspective are:

  • Your core body temperature decrease - This will decrease the risk of a sudden fall in your body temperature. During exercising especially with cardiovascular exercise your body temerature increases. When completing this it may be a good idea depending on the air temperature to put on and extra layer of clothing to bring down your body temperature gradually.
  • Realigns the muscles used in the exercise routine - Muscles upon cooling down will contract or shorten to the body resting length. If you cool down too quickly you could greatly reduce your long term flexibility and experince muscle tightness.
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The 3 Fitness Components

by Darryl on October 20, 2009 1 Comment
Fitness and health can mean different things to different people. In the next few blog posts you will see the importance of each of these three vital components whatever you motivation is and how these can be incorporated into your busy lifestyle. The three components are: Cardiovascular exercise; resistence exercise and flexibility which will be discussed in detail in this and future posts. Just remember that to maximise the benefits of your workout it is imperative that you correctly warm up and after exercise cool down

Cardiovascular exercise

This exercise involves the lungs, heart and blood circulartory system. As it takes in and uses oxygen it is also called an aerobic workout or exercise. For higher intensity workouts the body is not able to meet its energy demands with oxygen alone. This is called 'anaerobic' exercise which produces further energy by the breaking down of other chemicals within the body ...
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The Warm-up before Exercise

by Darryl on October 20, 2009 0 Comments

Before you embark on any exercise session it is imperative that you have the correct equipment and warm up. The warm up will prepare your body and mind for the physical exercise your body for the strenious exercise that you will be completing especially if you intention is to complete an intense workout session.

A proper warm up should involve light movement of the major joints including shoulders, spine hips and knees. This will prepare these major joints and internal tendons for excess movement later in the workout. Some people skip the warm up and delve straight into the workout but a good effective workout is important because:

  • Increases you core body temperature - This will reduce potential muscle injuries as the muscle tendons and ligaments will be warmer and more pliable when contracting.
  • Increases the blood flow to the muscles - The greater the volume of blood to the muscles, the ...
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