Buying a Treadmill? Here Are Six Important Questions to Ask the Salesman

Do you have a passion for running, but want to move it indoors? Do you want to improve your fitness, but aren’t ready for the gym? Whatever your reason for buying a treadmill, here are six important questions to ask your salesman first.

1. Is the Treadmill Suitable for My Goals?

It’s important to find a model suitable for your goals. Many factors will influence this, and the salesman should advise you accordingly. For example, if you’re a long distance runner, you’ll need a sturdy treadmill that’s can cope with the miles. Likewise, if you’re a sprinter, you’ll need a model that can keep up with your pace.

Don’t be alarmed if the salesman asks for your weight – this will help determine the type of motor required. The horsepower of the motor is important, and is affected by weight, so must be taken into account when finding the best model to help you reach your goals.

2. Do You Have Space to Store the Treadmill?

You must consider where you’ll use the treadmill, and how you’ll be storing it. Will the treadmill remain in one position inside your house, or will you store it elsewhere when not in use? If you’ll be storing it elsewhere, you should consider a fold-up model. There are lots of exceptional choices when it comes to fold-up treadmills, so you don’t have to worry about compromising on the quality when space is lacking.

If space isn’t an issue, you might want to consider one of the larger, semi-commercial machines. These are often preferred if you have advanced goals, need a model that can support very long distances, or fast sprints.

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4 Steps to Workout Smarter and Not Harder

4 steps to workout smarter NOT harder - for women

Living a Fit Lifestyle is what we modern women desire the most, but at the same time struggle with the most.

You’re dedicated to your career, have busy family life, and uber chaotic schedule. At the same time, your fitness is important, you’re hitting the gym and have done every diet under the sun. Yet, you can no longer squeeze into your favorite pair of jeans and really don’t feel all that hot about yourself. You feel like you’re doing everything right, but progress seems to be painfully slow.

Do you blame your age? Is it your metabolism? Plagued by cravings and unhealthy eating habits?

Nutrition is certainly key when it comes to reaching your goals. Working out, however, is a science in itself!

Now, I hope you don’t take this the wrong way, but just because you spent an hour in the gym doesn’t mean your body is going to change at all. Just as your creating a meal plan for yourself, you need to plan your exercise and focus your efforts on what’s going to get you the greatest bang for your buck so to speak.

We are all busy. Who has time to waste in the gym? If you are going to workout, you need to workout smarter and not harder to really see results in the least amount of time.

So, are you ready to shave some time off your workout calendar and get your body to the next level? Then read on for the 4 Steps to Workout Smarter and Not Harder.

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Imagine yourself in IMMERSIVE FITNESS by Les Mills

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Les Mills. The opinions and text are all mine.

I’ve always loved group fitness classes. They make working out actually fun and I’ve always enjoyed the motivational atmosphere.

However, with time – it can get repetitive and boring. I haven’t actually been to any group fitness classes in a long time. I get bored easily. It sometimes still feels like work and I don’t really want it to. I just want some excitement dammit.

And then, I saw this….

The video stars Genevieve Aitken, a 25-year-old stunt performer and actress whose recent projects include Mad Max, The Hobbit trilogy and Evil Dead.

This is nuts because this is actually a totally new concept that Les Mills is doing that is set to revolutionize the fitness industry. It’s called “Immersive Fitness.” Ummm what?!

This new concept in studio fitness that features cinema quality video content projected onto screens of a purpose-built studio. Instructors cue exercise moves that synchronize perfectly with music and graphics, creating a truly immersive fitness experience. The new concept is the integration of technology, exercise education and creative design.

Can I just say I want this in my gym! How exciting does this look!? Seriously!?

If you wanna learn how to experience this… Currently, there are plans for a US tour in 2015 that would feature pop-up, purpose built studios to allow consumers to try the experience. The dates and cities of the tour are TBD, but you can receive updates if they sign up at:http://www.lesmills.com/immersivefitness or follow along @http://instagram.com/thepr0ject

Do you belong to a gym?
Would you like to see Immersive Fitness offered at your local gym?

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The next level of fitness is here. IMMERSIVE FITNESS™ surrounds participants with cinema quality video content projected onto screens of a purpose-built studio. Exercise moves synchronize perfectly with music and graphics, creating a truly immersive fitness experience. Learn more!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Les Mills. The opinions and text are all mine.

The next level of fitness is here. IMMERSIVE FITNESS™ surrounds participants with cinema quality video content projected onto screens of a purpose-built studio.  Exercise moves synchronize perfectly with music and graphics, creating a truly immersive fitness experience. Learn more

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Les Mills. The opinions and text are all mine.

How to prepare for your first race

Preparing for your first race?

Perhaps it is an item to cross of your bucket list. Maybe it’s a way to stay in shape. It could be a way to stay active with your family.

No matter what your reason is for starting your running journey, it likely will include a race. Races are a great way to celebrate the training miles you have put in!

How to prepare for your first race?

When it comes to your first race, it can be a little overwhelming. No matter the distance, no matter the size of the event, no matter where the race is – here are some tips to make your first race experience a great one!

5 Tips to Prepare for your First Race

1. Do a little research.

When it comes to your first race, the nerves can definitely rise. Be prepared for what race day holds by researching your race! Check out the website, look for race recaps or even email the race director. This will help you prepare for how many runners you will encounter, the race course, water stations, parking, etc – meaning less nerves on race day.

2. Leave the time goals behind.

Sure, you may have an idea of what time you would like to finish your race in. Good news – since this is your first race, it is an automatic personal record! Leave your time goals behind and take in everything your first race experience includes. You will have plenty of other opportunities to work on that time goal!

3. Nothing new on race day.

During your training, you have used certain clothes, shoes, fuel, etc. Use these same items on race day! Don’t try a new pre-race dinner. Don’t drink coffee before the race if you haven’t before. And don’t wear a new outfit or shoes. Stick with what you KNOW works, and you won’t pay for it in the middle of the race!

4. Have a mantra.

Things happen during a race. Maybe the weather isn’t what you were expecting. Maybe there is a hill midway through the race that seems to last forever. Maybe your legs start to feel sore. Prepare by having a mantra ready. This quote, saying or song lyric is what can push you through and get you to the finish line!

5. Enjoy every mile.

You will never get a first race experience again, so take it all in! Read the signs. High five the spectators. Look at the scenery. Take in the excitement. Enjoy every single mile – you have worked hard for this moment!

 

With these tips, your first race is a memory you will cherish forever. No matter how you cross the finish line, it is a great accomplishment and should be celebrated – so be sure to celebrate well!

 

megan-headshotAbout the Author:

Megan Biller is a lady on the run in Michigan. Three years ago she began running, and since has run multiple 5K, 10K, half marathon and marathon races, including the multi-day runDisney Dopey Challenge. She chronicles her running journey on her blog, Running Toward the Prize and is the author of Magical Miles: The Runner’s Guide to Walt Disney World