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Polar are renowned as one of the leading manufacturers of high quality sports watches. This makes them well worth considering if you are seeking a watch to improve your training, especially if heart training is what you want to partake in. If you’re after an affordable training watch but don’t need a laundry list of advanced functions, then the Polar FS3c watch might be one to consider. It is a basic heart rate monitor watch, with a simple design and functions that are easy to use. It supports zone training and can automatically create a target zone based on your maximum HR measured based on your age. Here is a brief Polar FS3c review.

The Polar heart rate monitor FS3C watch can display your current as well as average and maximum HR of a training session. The watch comes with the Polar T31 coded chest strap that features OwnCode transmission encoding that prevents cross talk interference from other transmitting devices. The Polar watch supports HR zone alarms, that alert you when you are pushing too hard, or are not pushing hard enough to achieve your desired fitness gain.

The Polar FS3c heart rate monitor watch comes in a black watch case, but there is also a Polar FS3c grey heart rate monitor option to choose from as well. The timepiece features a large digital watch display and a single start/stop button on the front of the watch. This watch is simple to operate and easy to learn, allowing you to pick it up and use it without having to spend a day trudging through a confusing watch manual to learn. The watch can record a single session, with a summary page that displays your details for the last session.

Another great feature that the Polar heart rate monitor FS3c watch is the HeartTouch feature that allows you to operate the watch without pressing a button. Simply bring your Polar sports watch close to your chest strap and you can control the watch without pressing any buttons. The Polar FS3c watch is a great timepiece that supports HR training and is simple enough to just wear and use. One of the best places to purchase the Polar FS3c heart rate monitor watch is the internet where you will usually find the best deals. If you want to buy the FS3c Polar watch or would like to view more information, follow the links to visit our website where you can learn much more.

Source by Rod McAnally

The most carefully planned holiday, business trip or expedition may be ruined by illness, much of which is pre­ventable. It is logical to put as much effort into protecting your health while abroad as you have into planning your itinerary and obtaining the necessary equipment and travel papers.

Unfortunately, it is not in the best commercial interests of travel companies to emphasise the possible health hazards of destinations that are being sold to potential customers: most holiday brochures limit health warnings to the minimum legal requirements, and some travel agents are woefully ignorant of the dangers of travel to more exotic climates. Our doctor recently treated a travel agent for life-threatening malaria caught on the Kenyan coast. He had not taken malaria prophylaxis, despite the long and widespread recognition of the dangers of malaria in this area.

Happily, travellers’ health problems are usually more mun­dane. Fatigue from overwork before a business trip or much-needed holiday, the stress of travel itself, exposure to new climates and over-indulgence in rich food, alcohol and tobacco, all contribute to increased vulnerability to illness. Short-lived episodes of diarrhoea affect up to 50 per cent of travellers, and up to one fifth of tourists on some Mediterranean package holi­days will have mild respiratory problems such as head colds, ‘flu-like illnesses or, rarely, more severe pneumonias such as Legionnaires’ disease.

Sunburn or heat exhaustion are common, and accidents associated with unfamiliar sports such as skiing are an obvious hazard. But the most common cause of death among expatri­ates is road traffic accidents, and not exotic infections.

It is sensible to get yourself organised well before you travel and the following pre travel health check-list might be useful. Starting three months before you travel, consult your family doctor and specialist agencies, as necessary, to obtain information about specific health problems at your destinations. You need to consider your own and any travelling companions current health, medical and dental fitness for travel and current medications. You must get adequate health insurance. Plan and obtain necessary immunisations and malaria pro­phylaxis. Plan and obtain other medications, first aid items,and any necessary documentation. Consider whether you should attend a first-aid training course if you are going on an expedition.

When travelling outside Europe, it is wise to obtain informa­tion about compulsory immunisation requirements from the appropriate Embassy, Consulate or High Commission of each country that you plan to visit. However, do not expect their per­sonnel to be able to give you general medical advice, and their information is not always as up to date as it should be. British travellers to exotic locations should also consult their District Public Health Department or one of the centres of specific ex­pertise for the latest information on im­munisation requirements and malaria prophylaxis.

Source by Ian SG Smith

The Weslo Cadence 78s Treadmill is a lower affordable option for people wanting a quality treadmill. The Weslo company has been making treadmills for years and have become a well known brand that consumers have come to trust. The Cadence 78s is one just model they offer.

The Cadence 78s model goes from 0 to 10 miles per hour in .01 mph increments. Just push the up or down arrows for the speed on the console to adjust the speed. Your speed will be displayed on the LCD monitor.

The incline on Cadence 78s model is also adjustable. You can adjust this model from 1.5 to a 10 percent incline. Beginners as well as the more athletic will all be able to set this treadmill to their personnel level.

This model features a large LCD display that shows you current information. You can scroll through the options to see how many calories you have burned, how far you have traveled, your speed, and the amount of time you have spent working out. When you see the amount of calories you have burned increasing, it will make you want to work that much harder.

This Cadence 78s model has a 2 horsepower motor. It’s assembled size is 61″ x 29″ x 52″. The Cadence 78s can hold a maximum of 250 pounds, which is better than some of the other models in this price range. This model also has the “Easy Pulse” heart rate monitor. A water bottle holder is built into this model, however you will have to purchase a bottle separately.

The factory warranty is comparable to the more expensive brands. The Weslo company offers a 1 year motor warranty and 90 days on parts and labor. This is included in the price, which makes this treadmill a very good deal.

The Cadence 78s is a space saver model. Those of you who don’t have the space for a large piece of exercise equipment will appreciate that this model folds up for easy storage. Of course you can leave it out permanently if you wish.

The Weslo Cadence 78s treadmill offers many basic features at an affordable price. Those of you who want a good treadmill but can’t afford to spend a lot should consider this model. With the Weslo warranty you know you are still getting a company that stands behind their product.

Source by Jennifer Langston

When I was 15, the televisions show called Eye on LA visited my house to do an interview with me on the martial arts for a spot they were producing on Ninjitsu. They also wanted to see my backyard as I had turned my 2000 square foot garden into a fully fledged ninja training camp. This series of articles is going to tell you what I had in my backyard so you too can create your own martial arts backyard dojo too. Since there have been a lot of developments in the arena of fitness and martial arts gear, you should be able to come up with a more modern version of a training location.

Before I begin.

If you are just beginning to place some items into your yard, garage or large room – do not worry too much about looks at first. Your first priority is performance and training. As you progress, you can focus on improving the look and feel of your workout location. This means that you can start by throwing in some used tires, old weights, or whatever you can find at the dump that can be somehow converted into a training tool. In the beginning, get very creative.

I have not put the items (or tips and ideas) in any particular order and since this is article one of many, you will need to review the other articles for the full scope of what to include.

THE NINJA BALANCE BEAM

I started training on 4×4 wood (covered in duct tape) balance beams in the martial arts as part of a warm up. They are great for improving balance as well as working on your kicks. In my backyard I was lucky as we already had some long wooden poles about 12 feet each. They were being used as a sort of border before the fence that led to a schoolyard. They were similar in size to a 4×4 only they had rounded edges. Because they were meant to look rough, I had to worry about getting splinters. However, they were a welcome addition to my obstacle course.

I have used everything from a fallen coconut tree to a simple block of wood (4×4) from Home Depot. Whatever you use, try to find something that you can walk across in your bare feet. You can raise the beam for more of a challenge or just leave it on the ground as it is.

Here are a few ways to use a balance beam:

Basic training

Simply practice walking across the beam or beams. Then try walking faster or even running across the beams. Finally, close your eyes and try to walk from one end of the beam to the other. This is a lot harder than it sounds.

Slow motion kicks

One simple exercise we use in our camps is for students to perform slow motion kicks (like front kicks) on the beams as they walk across the beam from one end to the other. For example:

  • Step up onto one end of the beam
  • Focus first on getting your balance
  • Perform a front kick step-by-step in slow motion
  • Take a step forward and repeat the process with the other leg

The above training is simple, but it will drastically improve your balance as well as your kicks. Good kicks to work on are:

  • The low sweep kick and front kick (easiest as you do not have to pivot the foot as much).
  • Side kicks and round kicks (harder as you need to move more and maintain balance)

You should be familiar with the coil position, pivot, extension and recoil parts of any kick. The main idea is to perform the kicks slow. It is much harder to throw a kick slow (breaking it into 1 second parts for example) than it is to throw a fast kick. You can also combine the training and perform one at a slow speed, another at medium speed and the final kick at a fast pace. Kicking slow will develop the muscles and parts of the body that create the foundation for powerful kicks. Kicking fast will help you advanced balance (adjusting and regaining balance after …

Are you looking to find your true potential? Is your new goal running the 5k faster than your usual speed? Are you thinking about how to run a faster 5k? Getting your best out at a 5k is a challenge in itself since this distance requires you to pool in the endurance of a marathoner and the speed of a miler – a tricky combination to meet. A beginner at running will choose this distance to race since it seems very ‘doable’ while the seasoned runners get a kick out of running fast for the short distance without having the ‘beat up’ feeling that normally accompanies a long race. The gateways to speed are dedication and consistency, no matter if you are a novice trying to graduate from a steady jog to an amiable run, or an old timer at running just trying to up your time. Training for a 5k distance will surely also be helpful in running other distances, yes – even a marathon.

The 5k race is a distance which could possibly slip by you very fast, but aiming for the finish line unprepared, you could be facing unnecessary exhaustion and tiredness in the second half of the race. Having said that, the next obvious thing is having a training plan in place which is designed to address the exact demand – in this case, increasing your speed at a 5k race.

How to Run a Faster 5K- The 5K PR Plan

Reaching your personal best is THE GOAL! In order to accomplish a successful PR in a 5K, there are a few different types of workouts you should be inculcating into your training plan. You will be required to go a step beyond just your general aerobic runs, which will keep up your general fitness levels, but not your speed limits in a 5K. There’s no ‘one-size-fits-all’ training program and you are going to want to tweak the workouts a bit to suit your needs. What a 5K training plan will do is develop the following areas in a gradual but consistent manner:

Endurance

Strength

Speed

Tapering

5K Speed Training Plan:

As is rightly said, ‘Train hard and go in rested’ is a good policy to follow. How to run a faster 5K is possible only through a dedicated training plan. Below we have taken into account some 5k specific workouts to incorporate into your 5k speed training plan to achieve that PR!!

1. Interval Runs:

Interval runs are used to up the runner’s anaerobic threshold levels, endurance levels and build muscle strength.

One minute intervals:

Start off with a pre-warm up by walking two to three minutes, warm up with a ten minute run at an easy effort. Follow with one minute of hard running, and one minute of recovery – repeat 8 sets of the same. Relax by running with an easy effort for five minutes followed by a three-minute walk.

Two-minute intervals:

Start off with a pre-warm up by walking two to three minutes, warm up with a ten minute run at an easy effort. Follow with two minutes of hard but with controlled effort running, and one minute of walking and one minute of jogging for recovery – repeat 6 sets of the same. Cool by running with an easy effort for five minutes followed by a three-minute walk.

1-2-3 Intervals:

Start off with a pre-warm up by walking two to three minutes, warm up with a ten minute run at an easy effort. Then repeat the following steps three times –

One minute of hard running but with controlled effort and one minute of an easy walk or jog for recovery.

Two minutes of hard running and one minute of jogging and one minute of walking for recovery.

Three minutes of hard running and one minute of walking and two minutes of jogging for recovery.

2. Tempo Runs:

Tempo pace is completing a workout at speeds approaching 5K pace and maintaining it for a significant period of time. A tempo race is typically three to seven miles of distance to cover at a pace that is 30 -45 seconds slower than your 5K race pace. This workout is intended to be …

CardioZone makes a number of similar elliptical trainers, falling into the

lower price range than the Nautilus or Octane brands. They have four types

of trainers, and each one is suited to different workouts and user needs.

The stride matches the users and is almost impact free, which is especially

important to people with knee problems. The Cardio Zone is quiet because

it’s so smooth.

The Cardio Zone Club E is the peak elliptical trainer of the series,

designed for an intense workout. It is self-powered by an electromagnetic

generator with forward and reverse. It consistently keeps track of your

heart rate with handle sensors, and then adjusts the settings so that

optimal heart rate and fat burning are consistently kept up through the

workout. There are five different set programs in addition to the manual

setting. The cost is approximately $1195.

The mid-range CardioZone Elite E has a heavier-duty frame and is suited for

constant use in a gym or club environment. It has bigger foot platforms, an

advanced display screen, and a magnetic drive system that doesn’t need a

battery or plug. Like the Club E, it has a long range of motion and is both

quiet and smooth. It retails for about $795.

The CardioZone Pro E costs approximately $445 – a fraction of the price of

other elliptical systems. It is a very basic model and lacks the advanced

features of higher end models, but for a beginner looking for a low impact

workout it is a good choice. It has magnetic resistance and a manual tension

adjustment.

Finally, the CardioZone Gold E is the least expensive model that CardioZone

makes, and at about $298 it’s a very simple model. It is smaller than the

other models, and has a steel frame. It doesn’t offer many of the same

display features or quick workout adjustments. This model would be best

suited to a beginner who needs a low impact workout and doesn’t need to

monitor heart rate or workout progress.

Source by Raymond Brookside

The well-known English novelist Dorothy ‘Dodie’ Gladys Smith had shared her views on a stimulating bath. And this is what she had to say: “Father says hot water can be as stimulating as an alcoholic drink and though I never come by one… I can well believe it.” Indeed, she was right since bathing in hot water is amazingly refreshing for both the mind and body.

The elite among the Romans of yore used to spend hours in sauna baths and thus regale in their pastime. Medically it has been proved that bathing in mild hot water opens up the pores of the skin which in turn is extremely good for health. On this score, it is worthwhile to note that many natural hot springs have therapeutic values in them.

Incidentally, one need not go in search of such hot springs. Today, the delights of hot springs could be had at the backyard of one’s home. These are marketed globally by different companies dealing in health and fitness systems. Price tag-wise, these hot tubs are not essentially meant solely for the rich and expensive. There are models that are affordable for everyone to begin the journey to relaxation.

They come in various dimensions and each hot tub is spacious enough for five to seven persons to squat and share those delightful moments. These tubs, depending on the model, have systems of jets through which the water splashes on the body to render an invigorating experience of water massage.

These branded hot tubs are the fruits of a self-made person named Keith who had a penchant for good things in life and designed the first prototype in 1978. Interestingly, the makers of these hot tubs have kept human ergonomics comfort in view while designing and manufacturing as such the curved contoured seats fit the human body perfectly. The water jets are positioned at appropriate spots in a hot tub.

The companies that market these products have numerous other systems that are domestically manufactured as well as imported to maintain healthy body and mind. They come in two versions – Elevation series and Integrity series. According to the users, the Elevation version is for an immersive exercise experience.

It has integrated consoles and attachable TVs, iPod, video to watch choicest programmes while exercising or a music system to listen to favourite inspirational tunes. It has a programmed trainer that charts out different exercises alongside the results from it. In the Integrity series, the bike is reported to be aesthetic in design with facilities for iPod and TV controls for a melodious experience.

Source by Tarun Sharma

1. Love yourself – join an exercise program

Okay, we all know it’s important to exercise. But did you know that joining a program or a gym can help you feel a real sense of community? By making this commitment over time, you get to know others who feel the same way about taking care of themselves. You see each other frequently. It’s a bond that can rival what some find with fellow church members or volunteers for a cause. Those buddies are there for you even when storms occur in other parts of your life – relationships, jobs, and so on. If funds are low, check out city programs or the Y in your area.

If you hate groups, find a workout buddy – OR if you’ve got the cash, a personal trainer. It’s so good to have company on those days when you’re just too tired to work out. And with the trainer, since you’re paying him/her, there’s no commitment. You don’t have to feel bad if you absolutely CAN’T make yourself go. Just reschedule.

2. Treat yourself regularly – you deserve it Reserve time for your favorite pampering activities — pedicure, manicure, waxing, or whatever your bag is. Even if you’re not used to doing this, giving yourself this time is a powerful way to affirm that you are special. If funds are low, give yourself the gift of time to do it for yourself. Go to a salon and have someone show you what to do. As a friend once said – a man’s man who also had pretty good sensitivity, “Hey, if you don’t do it for yourself, why would anybody else?” Another great one – plan a day in bed. No guilt, just enjoy!

3. Open your heart – give as generously as you can Because you’re the only one supplying them, both your time and your money are precious to you. But opening your heart does more than nice things for others – it clears the way for you to receive even more good. Choose a cause you care about and dedicate some time/money. Take the time to choose and purchase gifts that truly reflect your recipient’s personality. If you need ideas, spend some time on Google searching for “gift ideas” for the type of person you’re buying for. Or get to know someone who has that magical ability to put romance in every gift – and then ask him or her!

4. Fall in love! Adopt a pet Unless you’re allergic to every living creature in the world, you’ll get more out of taking care of a pet than it will cost you. Visit the animal rescues in your area. If you don’t have the time or energy for dog walking and don’t like cats, consider a unique lower-maintenance pet – bird, snake, rabbit. Talk to the experts before you go for these types of animals–each requires a learning curve to have the most successful relationship. Look up the House Rabbit Society or similar groups. And be sure to have a backup who’ll take Mortimer when you’re out of town!

5. Don’t live in fear – take reasonable risks with money As the sole support, you likely don’t have much backup if things go wrong. But by making sure you understand what your options are – and realizing the worst possible outcome is probably not as bad as you think – you may be able to spend more than you think. On the other hand, don’t dig yourself in beyond recovery. It’s not fun to live with no credit at all for 7 years – the typical fallout from bankruptcy.

6. Learn to enjoy eating out alone Yes, it can seem hard at first if you haven’t worked up to it. Try this: go to your local coffee shop or café. Order your favorite drink (coffee, latte, wine, whatever) and promise yourself you’ll sit there for at least 5 minutes before you leave. If even that’s too much, at least plan to walk casually down the street with your cup for a few minutes. Next time, order a muffin with your coffee. Practice! If you need distraction, bring a book. Some experienced …

Anytime you can have two for the price of one, that’s a great deal. That is one of the reasons I am rather impressed with the Stamina 55-2065 Dual Action Elite Programmable Elliptical / Stepper. It bears the versatility of an elliptical mixed with a stepper and the convenience of being able to use both functions in the same workout.

Simple Switching Between Elliptical and Stepper – The modification knobs that are on the Stamina 55-2065 Dual Action Elite Programmable Elliptical / Stepper let switching from one feature to the other a smooth and simple operation. All you have to do is connect the adjustment knobs to the rail caps and you have a fully functioning stepper home gym. And with the simple movement of switching those adjustment knobs to attach to the pedal sliders, you turn your unit to an elliptical trainer. It is just that simple.

Two Functions for Maximum Exercise Possibilities – the Stamina 55-2065 Dual Action Elite Programmable Elliptical / Stepper comes packed with alternatives so you can customize your workout program. There are 12 built in programs that you can begin with to make as many as four personalized exercise regimens. Using the option to switch between the elliptical and stepper mode, you receive a thorough body workout while hitting your cardio exercise objectives at the same time in a low impact setting. Obviously some design and engineering genius went into the Stamina 55-2065 Dual Action Elite Programmable Elliptical / Stepper to offer this much functionality in one home gym.

Many Sports and Many Exercise Goals – To obtain the best you can attain in utilizing the elliptical mode of the Stamina 55-2065 Elliptical, you would need to take up cycling, skiing, stair climbing, and walking. But you can get the good of all of those sports in one workout on this home gym system. There are forward and reverse motions that focus on different exercise goals and muscle groups. The forward mode helps tone the hips, thighs, quadriceps, and buttocks. The reverse mode develops the thighs, calves, hamstrings, and lower buttocks. Joined together, you get a complete lower body toning in one exercise session.

The Stamina 55-2065 Dual Action Elite Programmable Elliptical / Stepper Review – Negative Aspects

More Resistance Please – while the number of resistance levels that come with the Stamina 55-2065 Dual Action Elite Programmable Elliptical / Stepper are acceptable, if there were some extra levels at the higher resistance extremes, that would stretch the use of the machine if you ever did get in fantastic shape to get good from it.

Not Really a Body Fat Calculator – It seems foolish that there is a body fat computer on the Stamina 55-2065 Dual Action Elite Programmable Elliptical / Stepper. You really can only get a correct measurement of body fat utilizing a pinch caliper. So Stamina could have forgot this feature entirely.

More of a Heart Rate Approximation – If you employ the heart rate monitor on the Stamina 55-2065 Dual Action Elite Programmable Elliptical / Stepper and then take your heart rate using another method, the elliptical will not be very accurate. So don’t count heavily on heart rating measurements you get from the Stamina 55-2065 Dual Action Elite Programmable Elliptical / Stepper. If a precise heart rate is important to your exercise program, it is suggested to purchase a detached monitor that is committed to this task.

Source by Kevin Kapsi

It Beachbody’s 21 Day Fix worth it? With so many fitness programs out there, it is hard to tell which are worth the money, and which are a waste of money. Let’s take a look at The 21 Day Fix and evaluate the real value of Beachbody’s program.

The first thing to look at when evaluating the worth of a program is whether or not the trainer is someone you should be listening to. Anybody can film a workout DVD. That doesn’t mean that you should listen to just anyone. The trainer that Beachbody worked with for this program is Autumn Calabrese. She currently holds personal training certifications from The National Academy of Sports Medicine and American Fitness Professional and Associates. She is also a national bikini competitor, and has been praised for her simple portion control techniques. She has also helped a large number of clients lose weight safely and effectively. Throughout the 21 day of the program you will workout for about 9 hours. In a gym you would expect to pay about $40 per hour for a personal trainer. While I am sure that Autumn Calabrese charges more, let’s use $40 to be safe. So, based on the hourly rate of a personal trainer, we are up to a $360 value for the 9 hours of working out.

The next thing to look at to decide if The 21 Day Fix is worth it is whether or not anything else included in the program other than the workouts? The answer is yet. The big part if the portion control system. Autumn has created a system using different color and size Tupperware containers. Each one is specific to a specific food group. You simply fill each container each day, and that s what you eat. It is hard to put a price on this system, since this is the only place that it is available. So, for the containers, I will put them at the value of a package of Tupperware containers. Let’s use $10, bringing us up to $370 total.

Next, we need to look at the nutrition guide. This guide is loaded with recipes and ideas that can be used to fill your containers. Consulting a nutritionist can be extremely expensive, but since it is Autumn, let’s just say it would be another hour at the $40 personal trainer rate. That puts us at $410 so far.

Let’s ignore the WOWY support system that Beachbody gives you access to once you purchase The 21 Day Fix, and the support that you receive from your coach, and we can leave the total at $410. What is the actual price of the program? The answer is $60. So, looking at this in a strictly mathematical sense, is The 21 Day Fix worth it? Absolutely!

Source by Joe Malone

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