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Monthly Archives: September 2012

  1. Save Time & Build a Home Gym!

    With the sun setting earlier and the temperature progressively cooling over the next few months, exercising  outdoors is more problematic than it is pleasurable once the winter months hit. No more walking the dog 5 times a day like you did when the sun was out until 8:30 at night. No more playing basketball outside at least once a week. Not too many ultimate Frisbee games happening in New York City parks during December. I mean, if you live in Chicago and work from 8am until 5pm, Monday through Friday, and it's dark and 13 degrees when you get off of work, it's not too fun running for 3 miles. Maintaining your fitness routine from the Spring and Summer and carrying them into the Fall and Winter, can be a rocky transition for those living in cities with real Winters. Staying in shape during the colder seasons is especially tough because going outside in general can be such a production. To use Chicago as an example again, if you want to go to the during th

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  2. Use an Exercise Bike for Your Restless Leg Syndrome!

    I have Restless Leg Syndrome and Periodic Limb Movement Disorder which means not only do I feel as if I might go crazy if I don’t move my legs in the evening anytime after 7pm until the morning, I also have uncontrollable limb movements in the late afternoon and evening.  Not only do I feel a burning need to move my legs, my arms and legs twitch all on their own, completely out of control.  I need to rub my hands together, crack my knuckles, so my legs don’t twitch so much.  (No idea why this helps.)  Pressing the inner arch of my foot with a thumb can sometimes help too.  But basically, I can’t sit to read or watch TV without uncontrollable jerks. So now I have an upright exercise bike, right next to the couch, where a chair used to be.  In the evening I watch TV, my legs s
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  3. Take Advantage of the Hot Weather

    According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the first 6 months of 2012 broke the record for the hottest first six months in a calendar year in the history of the Continental US. Along with that record, many other heat records have been obliterated this year as a result the of extreme heat and dryness. Eighty percent of the contiguous Unites States is in some sort of a drought. What is the silver lining you ask? Why are you reading about this on a fitness blog? Well, the answer is that you should be exercising outdoors for a longer part of Summer, Spring and Fall, due to the lack of climate restrictions. Usually in Cleveland, Ohio around this time of year it is getting to be darker and colder by the day, but not this year. Cleveland is bright and sunny around 3 in the afternoon each day, which is perfect weather for running. Be grateful of the droughts and heat waves of 2012 as they have made it easier for you to exercise outside - :)

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  4. The Best Organic & Therapeutic Stress Reliever is Working Out!

    Thinking of working out does not make you feel like a superstar, because research shows that after you are 15 minutes into your 30-60 minute workout, you will feel on average over 50% less stress and more joy, than you felt prior to beginning your workout. For many of us, stress concentrates and builds up due to things like road rage, a bad day at the office or problems at home, but it all seems to just evaporate once we start working out. All forms of exercise act as stress relievers. Running on a treadmill in your home or at the gym, running laps at your local track, lifting weights, using a rowing machine, riding your stationary bike, whatever your fitness fancy is, it is an organic stress reliever like no other. Heavy weightlifting is my favorite way to relieve stress. After an hour of bench presses, curls and dips, I rarely if ever, get frustrated with red lights and pedestrian incompetence. Sometimes I just get so steamed up over the most inconsequential annoyance

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  5. Treadmill Maintenance Tips: Directions for Taking Care of Your Treadmill!

    Treadmill maintenance such as properly aligning its running belt, keeping dust out of the motors, using a treadmill mat underneath and using a silicone spray to lubricate the belt, are some things you can do to better take care of your treadmill. If you buy a commercial treadmill (a treadmill that would be used in the gym), it should last over a decade in your home. Commercial treadmills are designed for all day wear and tear in gyms and when you buy one of these heavy duty treadmills in your home, it will only get used a fraction of the time it gets used in a gym like 24 Hour Fitness, so the commercial treadmill should last exponentially longer in your home than it would in the gym. With that said, if you take care of your treadmill through keeping the running belt aligned correctly and lubricating it twice a year, it will be rated to last twice as long as it would if you did not keep your tread in optimal condition.

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  6. Maintaining Positive Expectations Makes it Easier to Get Fit

    Expect to do well. Have confidence in your ability to look and feel your best. Possessing a confident attitude is half of the battle when it comes to the fight against obesity and lethargy. How many of you reading this truly believe that you could be in great physical shape if you wanted to? You have to be ready to win. If you have worked out 2 or 3 times over the past 5 years, well, I'm guessing your confidence in your ability to look like your favorite movie star, is gone. But what if it wasn't? What if you reallllly did believe that you could look and feel great, instead of just day-dreaming about it? Ironically, cardio and strength training are just as much mental exercises, as they are physical. Your mind tells you to stop and to give up, but the strong willed and determined just keep fighting. Your mind tells you "this sucks, i'm not having fun, this is hard, excruciating. physical work". But, what if your mind told you to just keep running? What if

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