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Treadmill : Things To Watch Out Before Buying A Treadmill
By: Jasdeep Singh

Treadmills are known to be the most popular and most effective home exercise and fitness equipment with 33% of the sales and is capable of burning around 850 calories per hour

Treadmills basically serve two purposes :

a) Walking.

b) Running.

No matter, you are running casually or running seriously Treadmill is just the perfect equipment for you. The more energy you put in, the more speed you get out of it. Treadmills are great assistance for your cardiovascular muscles. It burns around 860-900 calories in an hour as per the studies which is an amazing feat for any jogger or weight looser .

Best part is, the chances for injuries and extra stress to critical joints is very less in case of TREADMILLS. It works 247 and 12 months a year. No snow, No sun can effect it, it just keeps working:-)

Things to look out in Treadmills before buying it: Treadmill Tips

It all boils down to the capacity of your pocket. Treadmills can vary from 1000$ to 3000$ (oops that too costly ..right ) but you have to choose it very wisely because your investment has to last very long. So expect to pay somewhere around 2000$ for buying a quality product. Something less than that means you are loosing on quality in some way. Try to go in for best Treadmills. But before buying, here are some points to be taken care of.

a) For Home use : Go in for DC motors as they are less noisy.

For commercial use, Go in for Ac motors but they are a bit noisy and requires a dedicated line.

---------------------Random Tip : If you are buying a treadmill for running purpose, make sure it has a running platform of at least 60 inches.

b) Horse Power : Do check out the Horse Power of the machine. It shouldn't be less than 1.5 CONTINOUS DUTY Horse Power because anything less than this can be quickly worn out. The concept behind this is, the heavier the motor would be, the larger it will works for.

c) Heart rate Monitors : An optional Feature.

d) Incline Adjustment : You can adjust the incline of the treadmill as per your needs and as per your cardiovascular muscles need.

e) Deck : A Good Deck operates at low temperature and doesn't need much maintenance.

f) Belt : It should accommodate your longest stride That means the length of the Belt should be no less than 48". Width should be no less than 17".

g) Electronic Board. You can cut your expenses here. Generally the normal Treadmill has speed, incline, time, distance and calories.With the addition of other features , price go up. You can always compromise on additional features according to your pocket.

h) Frame : High alloy Steel is preferred over the aluminum Frame . Select Welded Frame over bolded Frame.

i) Find out does your treadmills has emergency shut-off?

j) Incline range should vary from 0 percent to atleast 10%.

k) Listen to its noise in running state and make sure it isn't too irritating for you.

l) Last but not the least, do look out for services and set-up. make sure it is included in the price. Also watch out for Warranty.

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The Power of Stretching    - Dave Snape


Your muscles ache from a good stretch. This is quite
normal and is part of the process. Stretching has
seemingly been with us and particularly with athletes
since the beginning of time.

A very key point to good stretching is to hold the
stretch for at least seventeen seconds. This is a
pearl of wisdom gleaned from a ballet teacher a few
years back. She said that any stretch under 17
seconds was just not effective.

The 17 second rule is exceeded in the high intensity
Bikram's yoga where stretches are held for about 30
seconds. Don't forget the high level of heat that is
used in Bikram's to extract that last little bit of
stretch out of your muscles. An interesting twist that
is not necessary to gain benefits from stretching. But,
it can't hurt, right?

So what kind of benefits can you expect from
stretching? That's an easy one. Have you ever seen the
movie, Blood Sport? Did you know that Frank Dux could
truly stretch his body to the extreme. The actor that
played him was quite elastic as well.

Great elasticity is also something you might see in
well trained Spetsnaz (Russian) agents. They often work
out with Russian kettlebells too. They are for superior
strength gains and the ability to withstand ballistic

Why are stretching and flexibility considered important
to these people? Stretching gives one the ability to
have explosive power available at one's fingertips
without the need to warm up. Of course most of us are
not martial artists or agents. But, you'll be happy to
know there are plenty of other benefits.

Let me give you an example. After learning to sit in
the full lotus position for long periods of time, my
ankles became very flexible. One day I was walking
along and my left foot fell into a pothole. This mishap
pushed my ankle sideways to about 90 degrees from it's
normal position.

Amazingly, this didn't even hurt, not one bit. If my
ankle hadn't been so flexible, I may have suffered a
sprained ankle. At the very least, it would have hurt
for days.

Key point: stretching helps you to avoid injuries.
Not only that but if you do have a muscle, tendon or
ligament injury it should heal faster, theoretically

Stretching actually grows the ligaments, tendons and
muscles being stretched. They really grow longer over

Check with your physician before undertaking any type
of exercise, including stretching.

Here is some good instructional material on stretching:

Dave Snape

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