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Looking for the best fitness equipment that’s easy on your wallet while burning mega-calories? You may be surprised to know you have some great options out there.

The fitness equipment industry is always coming up with innovative products to help you lose weight faster – and get more bang for your buck. But you do have to do a bit of hunting.

To help you out, here are 3 fitness machines that will help you burn a lot of calories – and they all come in under $1,000!

#1. Hybrid Trainer

This is a very cool 2-in-1 machine that comes in for under $400. You can use it as a recumbent bike – or as an elliptical trainer.

By moving the pedals and the console, in 2 quick steps you can change it from an elliptical trainer to a bike – or vice versa. There are 16 resistance levels to add more challenge to your workout and burn more calories.

Plus it comes with iFit LIVE – which lets you connect to the Internet and download countless new workouts. You can even go online and run (or bike) famous trails all over the world, from Paris to Sydney.

The hybrid trainer is a great way to get 2 machines for the price of (almost less than) one. Plus you get great workout variety. So if you don’t want to do an elliptical workout one day, no problem just use it as a bike – and vice versa.

Note that the original Hybrid trainer has a 15 inch stride – which might be a bit too short for taller users. However there is a Hybrid Trainer Pro model that gives you a longer stride for a few hundred more – under $600.

#2. Ski Machine

This is a classic – the ski machine has been around for year and still keeps selling over and over again.

Ski machines simulate the cross country skiing workout, using both your upper and lower body muscles.

By using both upper and lower body muscles, you end up burning more calories than say, a treadmill walking workout. And you get upper and lower body toning as well.

Another great thing about the ski machine is that it is generally lighter and easier to move than a regular treadmill or elliptical machine. And the price comes in usually around $699 – so it’s also very affordable.

#3. ACT Elliptical Trainer

The ACT has also been around for a couple of years however it’s generally updated every year with the latest toys and new workout features.

What makes this elliptical interesting is that instead of one large flywheel in front or behind the pedals (like you get with standard crosstrainers), there are two smaller flywheels on either side of the footpedals.

This gives you several advantages. First of all, you end up standing more upright on the pedals and leaning less on the handrails on this trainer than with other designs.

That means you can possibly burn more calories (since you’re not putting as much weight on the machine itself). Also, the footpedals tend to be placed closer together – which lessens the strain on your hips. So a lot of people feel more comfortable on this machine – especially after long workouts.

Finally the ACT also comes with the option of iFit LIVE. As stated above, this means you can download new workouts, or run anywhere in the world.

You can also track your workout stats online – to set new goals and see how far you’ve come. This alone can help you track and burn more calories faster than with another machine that doesn’t have iFit.

And the ACT elliptical comes in under $1,000 in most areas.

So those are 3 ideas for the best fitness equipment for under $1000 that still give you more for the money.

Take your time and remember to listen to your body when exercising. Get a machine that you love and before you know it, you’ll be watching the weight come off and loving how you look in the mirror!

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Source by Karen T Miller

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P90X and Insanity workout both give you outstanding fitness and health results. Both workouts alone give you show-off muscles. The difference lies in technique underlying both workouts and trainer. Both workouts are discussed below:

P90X Workout

Tony Horton created it. Tony Horton is a great motivator. He keeps you motivated by posing jokes off and on. He has created many workouts exclusively of this workout. He is the creator of Power 90, Tony Horton and Kids, P90X2, Ten-Minute Trainer and P90X one-on-one. This workout comes along fitness and nutrition guide along with workout calendar. You can learn to eat clean while learning about workout moves. You will get your free Beachbody coach to keep you motivated and online assistance for emergency 24/7. It requires 90-days to complete one round. The best thing about this workout is that you can switch to multiple schedules.

You can keep your muscles healthy and strong by consuming supplements. These supplements are meant to be purchased separately. If you have medical issues, consult your physician before jumping into this workout. It is a fusion of resistance and strength training. It engages “Muscle Confusion” to build rock solid body.

Insanity

It is a rough terrain to health and fitness. Shaun-T created it. He is a creator of many other famous programs like Insanity Asylum, Hip Hop Abs, Rockin’ body workout. It is a no equipment workout. It requires 60-days to complete one round. It engages “Max. Interval Training” to train you harder. It comes with its nutrition guide to guide you on clean eating tips and recipes. Fitness guide comes along to teach you about workout moves. Workout calendar that comes along this workout ensures that you do your workout on time. It engages High Intensity Interval Training that is not at all suitable for beginners. It is a fusion of Cardio and resistance training.

A comparison

P90X is suitable for beginners whereas Insanity is tough. If you are in a hurry to get fitness and health result, go for insanity. It took less time but it is not for the faint hearted people. The other workout is easy to go with beginners but requires many equipment.

P90X Insanity Hybrid workout

For any hybrid workout, make sure you have completed both workouts separately. P90X Insanity Workout is done by many fitness enthusiasts to maximize the benefit of both workouts. Together, it is an excellent combination of Cardio, resistance and strength training. P90X Insanity results give your body enhance muscle definition. The review indicates that doing hybrid workout is fun. At the same time, it is a grave challenge to your body.

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Source by Bruce John Carter

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I’m tempted to say, “Almost anything,” because the calorie myth is being disproven over and over these days. Finally!

That myth is a distraction from the real effects of foods. Below are just a few.

1. Food and Brain Chemistry

No, there’s no brain chemistry in food. But certain properties of foods help the brain produce certain brain chemicals.

Protein foods supply amino acids.

As you remember from 7th grade biology (!!?!?), amino acids are the “building blocks of protein.” Aminos are used by the brain to make brain chemicals that influence our moods.

Three of them are dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. Protein also provides B vitamins to help the brain make those 3 chemicals.

Dopamine is associated with pleasure and reward. It triggers alertness, clarity and faster response time. A brain on dopamine is ready for action.

Norepinephrine is another reward chemical that triggers alertness. It’s anti-depressive and has analgesic properties.

Serotonin makes us feel relaxed and calm. It decreases stress, anxiety and depression. It’s also an analgesic. With food, serotonin produces satiety, especially for carbs.

To take advantage of the natural properties of protein foods, eat fish, shrimp, crab, poultry, eggs, beef, cottage cheese, high-protein yogurt.

But I’m Vegan!

Use the many plant protein powders available. Hemp, pea, brown rice, sacha inchi, and vegetable protein powders effectively replace animal proteins. Vegan or not, never skimp on protein if you want your brain to function optimally.

2. Food and Hormones

We’re NOT talking about hormones given to animals that can harm the health of those who eat the foods. This section is about the hormones our bodies produce when we eat specific foods.

Here are 3 examples of how hormones triggered by foods can affect us.

CCK

When we eat fats and/or protein foods, the body releases CCK (cholecystokinin).

CCK is almost magic. It makes us feel we’ve had enough food and don’t need more for a while. It decreases appetite for carbohydrates and also stops carb cravings.

Insulin

When we eat starches (“carbs”), the pancreas releases insulin. Insulin is absolutely vital, but in excess can cause trouble. What can excess insulin do?

• It promotes fat storage, moving glucose into fat stores.

• It inhibits fat utilization (oxidation), so we burn carbohydrate for fuel instead.

• It promotes inflammation and is at the heart (!) of a number of metabolic conditions that increase the risk of heart disease.

Glucagon

When we eat protein, the body releases glucagon. Glucagon moves fat from storage into the bloodstream, so it can be used for energy.

Those are only 3 of the hormones that respond to specific foods we eat. As you can see, they have benefits that make them more compelling than calories in / calories out.

3. Food and Sleep

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter and sometimes classified as a hormone. It’s produced in the brain and the intestines and is found in platelets and other locations. It’s a vasoconstrictor.

Serotonin is best known as an antidepressant but does a lot more.

In the GI tract, it helps to control appetite, especially for carbs.

When we’re injured, serotonin is released by the platelets. It triggers vasoconstriction to decrease blood flow and promotes blood clot formation.

What If We Don’t Have Enough?

Low serotonin is linked with anxiety, low self-esteem, cravings for sweet and/or starchy carbs, and sleep difficulties.

If you have trouble falling asleep at night, try eating a small portion of healthful starch about 80 or 90 minutes before bed. The starch will start the process that allows the brain to produce serotonin. Serotonin in turn produces melatonin, often called the sleep hormone. All natural, no side effects.

If your sleep problem is waking up in the middle of the night and not getting back to sleep, starches will help you fall asleep again.

Keep your portions small. The idea is to change brain chem, not add another meal.

ALSO! This works best if you eat protein with your meals and snacks throughout the day.

As you can see, food is much more (and more interesting!) than calories in / calories out.

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Source by Joan Kent

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