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Home Exercise Equipment for Seniors

Is there good Home Exercise Equipment for seniors?

Staying fit or getting fit requires exercise—not moving perpetuates not being able to move. But simple home exercise equipment for seniors makes it possible to start a fitness plan at any age and at any level—no excuses.

One simple way to get started is with an Exercycle.  An Exercycle is an economical piece of floor exercise equipment for seniors that provides a safe and gentle form of low impact activity in the home. It stimulates circulation and is ideal for toning leg muscles; it can also be used on a table to exercise the arms. And the tension can be easily adjusted for more or less resistance.

Another option is to start a walking program, possibly the simplest form of exercise. You can start with short walks and increase the time as you build stamina. The key is to add steps every day. A simple way to track your progress is with a pedometer  that measures distance walked, time elapsed and calories burned while walking. Its built-in memory captures data so results can be compared and progress checked over an entire week of activity. If walking outside on uneven surfaces is problematic a  home treadmill is a good alternative.

As you become more fit, you’ll want to attempt more aerobic workouts to get more benefit from your efforts. This means that you’ll want to elevate your heart rate to within the safety zone recommended by your doctor. Using a heart monitor  is an easy way to know that you’re in the right zone. Choose a monitor you can program to announce low and high heart rates and even to remind you to work out!

Strength-training is an important part of every workout plan to maintain muscle tone, but you don’t need heavy or cumbersome pieces of weight training equipment. Cuff weights are adjustable ankle weights and wrist weights that fit snugly and secure easily with a Velcro closure strap—if holding even a light dumbbell is hard for you, wearing light weights around your wrists and ankles should allow you to exercise without discomfort.

Another way to strength-train without weights at all is to use your own body as resistance with a product like Therabands.  A set of Resistance Exercise Bands provides virtually unlimited application possibilities for increasing strength, physical mobility and flexibility. Bands with different resistances, or strengths, allow you to move up to a band with more resistance as you develop muscle strength. Each 5-foot length band is recognizable by its color: yellow (light), red (medium) and green (strong). This special system of progressive resistance can be used for both the upper and lower body muscles.

With so many pieces of exercise equipment for seniors, staying fit has never been easier.

 

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Elliptical Machine Workouts – Are they for me?

Why Choose an Elliptical Machine for your workout?

Here’s part of a good extract on the benefits of using an Elliptical Machine for your workout:

The elliptical machine is good for all ages and fitness levels (barring those who are injured), says New York City-based fitness expert Amie Hoff. “It’s a very easy motion and can give people a sense of security,” she says—which can be particularly helpful to gym newbies who may be intimidated by other equipment. Bonus: You don’t need a manual to understand how to use it.

The elliptical machine is softer on the body in general—and that’s pretty major for people with joint, knee, and lower back issues, Hoff says. The gliding motions are low impact, but can also have major payoffs.

But it’s up to you. One study suggests exercising on an elliptical machine leads to similar fitness improvements as hitting the treadmill or a Stairmaster . They key? Making sure you work as hard (read: keep that intensity UP) and as long as you would on the other two machines. In other words: no coasting! Hoff suggests challenging yourself by cranking up the incline (which works the booty a little more) for three to four minutes, then decreasing the incline as you increase speed, and alternating until you’ve completed your routine.

The elliptical is good for all ages and fitness levels (barring those who are injured), says New York City-based fitness expert Amie Hoff. “It’s a very easy motion and can give people a sense of security,” she says—which can be particularly helpful to gym newbies who may be intimidated by other equipment. Bonus: You don’t need a manual to understand how to use it.

To find out more information and read the full article  click on the link below

http://greatist.com/move/elliptical-benefits

Call us on 09 2813541 to enquire about having an elliptical machine at home.

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Our Concept 2 Rowing Machines are the best

What are the best rowing Machines to hire?

At fit2run we hire out  Concept 2 Rowing Machines.  Why?

For anyone who rows at a rowing club or a fitness centre it’s most probable that the only rowing machine you will come across are the Concept 2 rowing machines.  These are what most clubs will use.

Having said that there are a number of other options out there.  There are water rowing machines which have a totally different mechanism.  There are also a wide range of other rowing machines out there from different suppliers.

The rowing machine as a piece of fitness equipment is widely used and is a highly effective low impact workout for both upper and lower body.

And it goes without saying that rowing is of course is a  sport which stands alone in it’s own right as we well know from the NZ teams amazing results at the Rio Olympics and  with  previous  successes by our world class rowing team.

People do ask what the difference is between the models of the rowers that we stock.  We can discuss this with you when you call or email.

As always we are happy to help you with getting the outcome from your training  that you are looking for by matching you with the best piece of fitness equipment for your needs.

Happy rowing from the fit2run team.

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Exercise Machines Testimonial

Testimonial from one client hiring one of our  Exercise Machines.

“Hopefully  we will deal with you guys again soon.  I very much recommend you to all the ladies that come through and are interested in hiring equipment to help them”

We do love to hear great feedback such as this one which we received recently from a client who rented one of our exercise machines  to use in her studio – This machine was successfully used by a large range of clients attending the studio.

Fit2run holds an excellent range of equipment and rent out exercise machines for:

* Home  Gym use

* Studios who use fitness equipment

*  Commercial Gyms who need equipment

* Gyms in Apartment Blocks,

* Gyms in Hospitals and Rehabilitation facilities,

*  Schools  and Churches

*  Sports and Rowing clubs

*   and to Cruise Ships!

It’s amazing how widely exercise machines are used!  Do you have  a particular need or piece of equipment you are looking for. Chances are that we can help you due to the diverse nature of involvement in the fitness industry. What we do promise is that if we can help you get sorted and up and running we will!

People will often call us to discuss their needs so don’t worry if it seems that your need is a bit particular.

Feel free to call us on 09 2813541 to see how we can get the right piece of fitness equipment to meet your specific needs.

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Treadmill Hire Auckland

 Looking at Treadmill Hire Auckland?

Great because portable treadmills such as you are looking to hire are a great way to workout at the comfort of your home, without the distraction of nature or lack of time. Gone are the days when you would have a dozen reasons not to workout. Today working out is not only easier, but also much more necessary, considering the rising stress levels and less time for health.

The most important development over the last few years has been the growing awareness of health. People like you are conscious of the dangers of not exercising and keeping your body fit. Home gyms have become particularly popular. Various kinds of  exercise machines have been developed to help people workout at the comforts of their own homes.

A treadmill is a revolutionary machine in this respect, as it allows people of all age groups to exercise, depending upon their need and necessity. In this way just one or all members of a family can benefit from the hire of a single treadmill.

However, another problem in the urban world is the lack of space. This is where   treadmill  hire Auckland comes in.

We have some great solutions for you .  A portable treadmill can be your answer for your home. It has a lot of benefits.

Portable treadmills are compact, light weight and a movable piece of equipment. Their belt is small   for enabling them to fit in small spaces like bedrooms, apartments, hotel rooms and offices. They are collapsable, making it easy to move them or store them in constrained spaces.

Ask the Fit2Run team about getting you sorted for  treadmill hire Auckland today!

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Treadmill Hire. We will get you up and running!

Treadmill Hire is high on the list for many to do  as the weather gets wetter now.

Why hire a treadmill from fit2run.  We have been in the fitness equipment industry for a long time and  know our treadmills and the treadmill hire business inside out.

More than that we are very customer focussed.  Your business is our business and we are here to help you get the perfect treadmill for your treadmill workout at home.

How do you choose a good treadmill?

Have a look at the you tube clip below. This will guide you through the best way to choose and get your treadmill hire right.

If you are living in Auckland and wish to know more about our great range of treadmills for rental then call us now.  We will get you going in before you know it.

 

 

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Rowing Machine Technique – perfect workouts

Correct Rowing Machine Stroke

Are you wondering how to correctly use your rower?  Here’s some tips for best practice.

The first movement when using a rowing machine is  called the “Catch”

  • Firstly, seat yourself on the rowing machine adjusting the foot straps if needed. You are ready to go!
  • When rowing make sure your arms are straight;  your head is neutral; and your shoulders are level and not hunched.
  • Your Upper body should be leaning forward from the hips with the shoulders
    in front of the hips.
  • Your shins need to be vertical, or as close to vertical as is comfortable for you.  The Shins should not move beyond perpendicular.
  • Your Heels may lift as needed.

The second part  of the movement is the “Drive”

  • Start the drive by pressing with your legs, and then swing the back through the vertical position before finally adding the arm pull.
  • The Hands  should move in a straight line to and from the flywheel.
  •  Your Shoulders are to remain low and relaxed.

To  Finish the movement

  •  Your upper body is leaning back slightly, using good support from
    the core muscles.
  •  The legs are extended and the handle is held lightly below your ribs.
  •  Your Shoulders should be low with wrists and grip relaxed and the Wrists should be flat.

We include here the link for the video to watch the demonstration of this techniques given by  the Concept 2 site.

http://www.concept2.com/indoor-rowers/training/technique-videos

If you are looking to get going with rowing we currently have model C and D Concept 2 rowing machines in stock.

Call us on 09 281 3541 to get rowing.

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Home fitness equipment survey results

Home Fitness Equipment tested

Tests of 40 home exercise equipment machines

According to the survey carried out below by consumer, on home fitness equipment,  we at fit2run hit the mark by carrying all of the equipment mentioned and used widely in the market.

“Thinking about cancelling that gym membership and  getting your own  equipment /  working out at home? You’re not alone. Industry analysts say that gym memberships peaked at 42.7 million in 2006, have slipped slightly since, and are expected by some to decline further in these recessionary times. But sales of home exercise equipment, including treadmills, elliptical exercisers and stationary bikes, have continued to grow in recent years.

We trotted, plodded, and pedaled on 40 machines including treadmills, elliptical exercisers, and stationary bikes, testing for exercise range, ergonomics, construction, safety, and more.

“The top one is the one you enjoy because if you enjoy it, you’ll use it more frequently,” says Christina A. Geithner, a professor of exercise science at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash.

That’s helpful information, considering that 37 percent of Consumer Reports subscribers used their home exercise equipment less frequently than they expected, according to a survey in 2007 by the Consumer Reports National Research Center.

Treadmills are the most popular, commanding about 55 percent of the home fitness equipment market. Running is the gold standard for cardiorespiratory fitness, but elliptical exercisers and stationary bikes might help strengthen your legs, hips, and glutes more than running because you can ramp up the resistance to work your muscles harder.

A workout on an elliptical exerciser is a good choice for those with joint problems or extra weight. Those machines can also help you improve balance. And they have one advantage that most treadmills don’t offer: the ability to work out in reverse, which stimulates the muscles differently, Geithner says.

There are two kinds of stationary bikes. The traditional upright type resembles a regular bicycle; a recumbent bike has back support. They provide similar workouts, though Geithner says an upright might work your glutes better because you can fully extend your hips. Because body weight is supported, both types are options for people who have difficulty with balance or have lower-limb injuries. A recumbent might be more comfortable for those with back problems.”

Posted: December 2008 — Consumer Reports Magazine issue: February 2009
Call us now on 281 3541 to get your home fitness equipment in place. We can help.
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TREADMILL USE -SAFETY GUIDELINES

Here are some guidelines for  Treadmill Use (Treadmills for dummies)

Safety tips for using a  Treadmill

The treadmill is among the easiest cardio machines to use. Still, treadmill users are not immune to poor posture. And if you’re not paying attention, you can stumble. On occasion you may see someone slide off the treadmill like a can of beans on a supermarket conveyor belt. Here are some tips to make sure this doesn’t happen to you:

  • Start slowly. Most treadmills have safety features that prevent them from starting out at breakneck speeds, but don’t take any chances. Always place one foot on either side of the belt as you turn on the machine, and step on the belt only after you determine that it’s moving at the slow set-up speed, usually between 1 and 2 miles per hour.
  • Don’t rely on the handrails. Holding on for balance when you learn how to use the machine is okay, but let go as soon as you feel comfortable. You move more naturally if you swing your arms freely. You’re working at too high a level if you have to imitate a water-skier — in other words, if you hold onto the front rails and lean back. This is a common phenomenon among people who incline the treadmill, and this position is bad news for your elbows and for the machine. Plus, you’re burning far fewer calories than the readout indicates. However, if you have balance issues, grasp the handrails lightly so that you feel steady and secure.
  • Look straight ahead. Your feet tend to follow your eyes, so if you focus on what’s in front of you, you usually walk straight ahead instead of veering off to the side. When you’re in the middle of a workout and someone calls your name, don’t turn around to answer. This piece of advice may seem obvious now, but wait until it happens to you.
  • Expect to feel disoriented. The first few times you use a treadmill, you may feel dizzy when you step off. Your body is just wondering why the ground suddenly stopped moving. Don’t worry. Most people only experience this vertigo once or twice.
  • Never go barefoot. Always wear a good pair of walking or running shoes for your treadmill workout.
  • Don’t read while on the treadmill. You risk losing your balance and stumbling off the side or back.
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What to look for in the best Treadmill

What should I look for in a good Treadmill and how can I choose between  the different treadmills on offer?   Let us help you out here. We have free expert advice on hand to make sure you get the right Treadmill for your use.

There are a few basic things to consider when looking to hire a treadmill or running machine.

Firstly,  you need to ask yourself what  your treadmill workout or usage will  be? Do you want to you a walk, jog or run?.

Secondly, How tall are you  or the heaviest user in the house?

You will find that when you ring a great treadmill hire company they will ask you these questions because all of these factors affect the size of the treadmill you will need.

Some treadmills have very small running/walking decks or mats, and the cheaper treadmills won’t have automatic incline which to us at fit2run is essential to have.  All of the treadmills we carry in  stock have these features.

Automatic incline, Foldable, good sized running decks, stable, fully programable. And all have monitors and displays.

The bigger the treadmill the more suited it is for runners because of the stride of a runner.

Our latest stock also comes with the benefit of  MP3 inputs/speakers and fans.

Call us any time for advice and to discuss further as we are  always happy to help you  based on our long experience with matching the best home gym equipment for individual needs.

 

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See Our Tips on YouTube Our YouTube Channel

At fit2run we are committed to making fitness equipment hire and service easy. Enjoy these youtube presentations in which we guide you through:

  1. How to Choose a Treadmill
  2. Treadmill Belt Maintenance
  3. Understanding Error Codes on Treadmills
  4. How to Tension a Treadmill Belt

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