Tag Archive: Fitness Routine
Do you need to consider your home workout equipment for winter?
Winter has definitely arrived and with it the change to our fitness routines and this often means reconsidering what sort of workout equipment we have at home.
The goal is to work out how we can achieve inside the home on those cold or wet and dark evenings what we managing to achieve outside during long summer months.
It could be that walking on a treadmill will maintain that walking jogging or running capacity , or maybe it will be hiring and using an elliptical cross trainer that is going to do the job to maintain a steady home workout and good fitness levels over the colder months. One of the main challenges with outdoors fitness routines is the shorter day. For many it’s not such a great option to hit the streets while it’s dark, and even worse, wet.
Butwhat we do know is that if you are determined, as many of you are, then once you have the right workout equipment at home maintaining your fitness goal is still very achievable and maintainable during the change of season.
Some people will be quite comfortable with different home gym winter options and then there are others who are a little uncertain what might work best for them in terms of home equipment – whatever your situation we are happy to discuss the best options with you and for you.
Call us on 09 2813541 and we can see what will help to keep you going over the winter months.Read More
For those who are looking for a vibration machine to hire you can’t do better than the Power Plate. This is the elite product in the vibration machine range and is widely used by the athletic community and in fitness studios.
As our Fit2run staff are the master technicians for this product we know the product very well. We deal with customers from all around the north island who wish hire or buy these products from the company, and those who rent the power plates generally love using them.
Fitness routines for Power Plate use are readily available and demonstrated on Youtube or check out the following website http://www.powerplate.com/nz/
How do I choose the right size treadmill?
To hire or buy the right sized treadmill you need to take in to account the weight and height of the heaviest user as well as your exercise requirements. Does you fitness routine include running or is it walking and light jogging. if you are a runner or say over 6ft tall you will need a treadmill with a longer a running surface to account of your stride.
If you are a walker and under 110kgs and not over 6ft then some smaller treadmills will do the job. Tip: If you are going to get a treadmill make sure you choose one that has an electric incline. It’s so much easier!Read More
The trick to getting off to a good start with your training in a new year is to set realistic weekly goals, write them down and mark them off as you go along.
By doing this you have a better chance of continuing regular exercise because your fitness goals are achievable and you are accountable as well.
It doesnt matter what you do as long as you are training at least 3 times a week and also as the weeks go on you are increasing the duration and intensity.
So write down your weekly goals today and get started!
If you would like to change your routine by using a different piece of fitness equipment you can contact the friendly Fit2run team today to arrange an item of equipment to best suit your needs.Read More
The sun is out and summer holidays are here. Many people hire fitness equipment from us over summer to keep their fitness routine in place and to lose some of those excess kilos that can pile on over the christmas period.
The key to summer fitness is to maintain a steady fitness routine and compensate at times for the excesses by increasing where needed your exercise levels.
So if you are planning to put away the exercycle, or the rower or treadmill over the Christmas period think about getting out those road bikes, or doing some wonderful summer walks or runs, or rowing those kayaks and keeping fit over summer.
The team at Fit2Run wish you all a safe and healthy festive and summer season.Read More
A lot of people make the comment, “I can’t run”!
The answer to this is very simple we all can run and in fact running a half marathon or marathon is not beyond anyone’s reach.
Where a lot of us go wrong however is we try to do too much to early, the trick to running as with any aerobic activity is to gradually build into it, starting very comfortably and increasing duration and intensity every week until you reach a point you can comfortably run for 40 + minutes without even thinking about it.
A great way to get started is to allocate 3 x per week for 20 minutes to a walk/run routine. To start you do more walking then running and as you progress the running will increase to a point you can run 20 minutes without stopping, at this point you increase your runs by a minute or 2 each time and after 8-12 weeks you will be running 30 minutes three times a week and you will wonder how you got there.
This is a great way to do it for two reasons, you will not put too much pressure on yourself and you will eventually enjoy it and also by easing into it you reduce the potential for injury.
A great way to get started is to use a treadmill at home, on a treadmill you are in control of the speed and incline and it is very easy to set things to a place you need them to be.
Contact us today to discuss treadmill rental and how we can help you achieve your fitness goals.Read More
Regular exercise is vital in the fight against stress and in the battle to reduce stress.
As well as that it has the added benefits in that it gives you energy, keeps you physically fit, helps you get a better night sleep and will improve your mental focus.
Regular exercise doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money on a gym membership or home exercise equipment. It is as easy as going for a walk 3 times a week or walking to work.
Aerobic exercise is essential to managing stress levels and in any program to reduce stress.
When you are stressed stress chemicals are released into your bloodstream which both produce the physical symptoms of stress and which perpetuate the stress cycle, exercise uses up these stress chemicals in the muscles as energy, exercise also releases endorphins which act as mood elevators.
The mayo clinic advises the following regarding exercise and stress relief
Exercise increases your overall health and your sense of well-being, which puts more pep in your step every day. But exercise also has some direct stress-busting benefits.
- It pumps up your endorphins. Physical activity helps bump up the production of your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins. Although this function is often referred to as a runner’s high, a rousing game of tennis or a nature hike also can contribute to this same feeling.
- It’s meditation in motion. After a fast-paced game of racquetball or several laps in the pool, you’ll often find that you’ve forgotten the day’s irritations and concentrated only on your body’s movements.
As you begin to regularly shed your daily tensions through movement and physical activity, you may find that this focus on a single task, and the resulting energy and optimism, can help you remain calm and clear in everything you do.
- It improves your mood. Regular exercise can increase self-confidence, it can relax you, and it can lower the symptoms associated with mild depression and anxiety. Exercise can also improve your sleep, which is often disrupted by stress, depression and anxiety. All of these exercise benefits can ease your stress levels and give you a sense of command over your body and your life.
Alot of people are unsure about what they need to do to get back in to exercise program after a long break away from it!
The answer is simple start small and build as you go.
If it has been a good few years since you have completed any regular exercise there is nothing wrong with starting with 10 minutes a time, three times a week.
Three times a week is perfect when starting back into exercise, by doing it this way you will be doing enough to gain positive results, it is manageable and also your body will have time to rest in between.
The trick is making sure when you have done a few sessions and it is getting easier gradually increase your time per session just by a minute or two, while keeping your sessions to 3 times per week.
Don’t feel that you need to rush it, people who often rush into exercise after a break only last a month or two. While on the other hand if you take a more gradual build as you go approach you are more likely to be regularly training in 18 months time.
Good luck and get into it today!Read More
It seems that more and more people are struggling to keep up a regular exercise and training routines these days.
And as a result these people are not achieving their exercise goals.
The answer is easy really, build up gradually and vary your training and as a result keep it interesting.
The people who look at their training like a part of their life and as a result appraoch it with a liitle by little approach are the people who after 18 months of starting training are still going strong and reaching their goals.
All you need to do is be realistic, 20 minutes of exercise 3 times a week is the perfect place to start if you have not exercised in a while, and as you improve add a minute to your time or an extra couple of repititions, increase your intensity as needed.
Also equally as important is keep exercise varied, use all the types of exercises available to you to make sure you don’t do the same exrercise too often.
At Fit2run we can help when you hire any piece of equipment with us you have the option of changing your equipment for a different piece every month if you wish too.
Start with a rower change to a treadmill, you decide.
We have a varied range of equipment from domestic to commercial grade equipment as well as specialised rehabilitation equipment. We have equipment for every person big or small, athlete or just starting out!
Call Simon our fitness expert on 0800fit2run and he will make sure we fit you with the equipment best suited to your personal needs!Read More