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If you are serious about losing one pound per week then it is important to understand how to chose the right home exercise equipment.

Your choices will depend on your ultimate weight loss goals, your budget, room available for equipment and the type of exercises you plan to do.

To achieve proper fitness and health it is important to make cardiovascular exercise a part of your exercise regimen. Cardiovascular exercise increases overall health, boosts the immune system, reduces the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and some cancers, and helps you to shed excess weight.

The following are the basic cardiovascular equipment available for use in your home:

Treadmills
Although treadmills can traditionally take up a lot of room thanks to the long running track, home treadmills are available that will fold flat for easy storage. It is possible to pay from a few hundred dollars to $2000 or more for a home treadmill; choosing the right model for you is a matter of personal preference. Some machines come complete with an incline function to simulate running uphill, and others come with a range of workout options for specific routines such as fat burning, interval training, hill training and more. You will need to make sure that the machine you choose will fit into the space you have available, and that it will be sturdy enough to meet your needs. Think about what you will be using it for, and make sure that it will support your workout goals. If you are a faster runner, make sure it will be fast enough for you as some machines have a maximum speed limit of 10mph.

Elliptical trainers
These don’t take up as much room as treadmills, and allow a great workout for your whole body in a relatively short space. It is possible to purchase an elliptical trainer for under $100, with more expensive machines costing in excess of $1000. Check that you will be within the weight limit for the machine you choose, and that it is stable when you use it. Most elliptical trainers sold for home use have a shorter stride than the commercial machines you may be used to at the gym, so make sure the stride length will be comfortable for you.

Elliptical trainers usually allow you to increase the resistance level so that you can make your workouts harder, and, like treadmills, may also come with different workout options. Some machines have an incline function which simulates walking or running uphill, which can add an extra dimension to your workout.

Stationary cycles
These are usually available as traditional upright cycles, or as a recumbent bike, which you use in a reclining position. Fans of recumbent bikes state that the position makes you less susceptible to the back and leg strain using a traditional bike can cause; it is a good idea to try out a few different types to determine which is more comfortable for you.

Stationary cycles generally allow you to increase resistance levels and select a preprogrammed workout. Make sure that the cycle feels comfortable to use and the position of the seat and pedals can be adjusted to your requirements. Stationary cycles are generally among the most compact of home exercise equipment, and many can be folded for storage.

Indoor rowing machines
Rowing provides a good workout for the whole body, and indoor rowing machines are becoming increasingly sophisticated. It is possible to pay from around $100 for a basic machine to upwards of $1000 for a machine which will allow you to set a range of different workout options and challenge other users online.

Rowing machines can take up quite a bit of space due to the rowing track, although many models will fold up after use. Make sure that the seat and handle are sturdy enough and that the movement of both feels smooth and comfortable. If you are a regular rower, you may need to ensure that the level of resistance will be enough to deliver a sufficiently challenging workout. The model you choose will be dependent on the features you will need, for instance do you just want a basic machine which allows you to row, or do you want to be able to select different options, such as games, challenges or racing a pace boat.

Weights
Weight training is an anaerobic exercise, and is ideal for strengthening and toning the muscles. As muscle mass requires more calories, weight training can help you to burn fat.

Weights are generally available as either weight machines targeting specific areas of the body, or free weights including dumbbells or kettle bells. The type of weight equipment you choose will generally depend on your budget and the space you have available.

Weight training machines are generally safer and easier to use than free weights. However, they can take up quite a lot of space and tend to be more expensive, although it is possible to buy home gym systems which allow several different weight training exercises to be preformed in a relatively compact space. Make sure that the resistance level will be high enough for your needs, and that the range of exercises offered will match your exercise goals.

Free weights are generally cheaper to buy, fairly versatile and easier to store. They are not as easy to use and the risk of injury may be greater than using a machine. When selecting your free weights, make sure that they will be heavy enough to provide you with a good enough workout and that you know how to use them safely.

Educating yourself about the right home exercise equipment will help you achieve better health and fitness at home.

 

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The 10 Minute Trainer

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There’s a lot to be said for what can be accomplished in 10 minutes. But a workout? Has a successful system ever been done in 10 minutes? Now it has! With Tony Horton’s impressive 10 Minute Trainer, you can have your body (and life) transformed in only 10 minutes a day – and we can all find 10 minutes to spare no matter how busy our days are.

The results in weight loss and health benefits are worth it. Not knowing what to do and not being able to squeeze one more thing to do into an overloaded schedule is the reason that many people – from A list celebrities to stay-at-home moms, from working dads to college students – say is the reason why they’re overweight and out of shape.

The 10 Minute Trainer can take even the busiest life and show you how to squeeze in the time it takes to treat your body well. Anyone can take advantage of this program and get in better shape.

This system uses exercise routines created to maximize a weight loss and body toning workout. It’s found in the quality of the workout rather than in the length of time. This is accomplished by combining the exercises while toning at the same time, so you get an all in one program that really works.

The DVDs in the program cover various moves like lunges as part of a great cardio workout that waves goodbye to the inches you don’t want. The focus is on the exercises, so those who don’t like dance style exercise videos will really appreciate these.

The 10 Minute Trainer comes with four workouts total – and each one can be accomplished in 10 minutes. You get the workout that focuses on working your whole body, a workout that focuses on the bottom half of the body (so you can really tone your backside) and you get a routine that burns calories fast. The last exercise teaches exercise mobility with Yoga in a routine called Yoga Flex.

Adding to the power of these workouts, you receive resistance bands along with the set. There’s a calendar too, so it’s easier for keeping up with your exercise schedule. What’s extremely handy is the included meal guide that teaches how to create healthy, weight loss friendly meals in a snap.

The 10 Minute Trainer also gives some extra goodies in the form of exercises that address stomachs that protrude over belt tops (also known as muffin tops). Another extra included is the set of cards that you can take with you so that even if you don’t happen to have a way to watch the DVDs, you can still get your 10 minutes in.

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Anyone trying to lose weight wants to find the best diet and workout that burns the most calories. Workouts that burn the most calories in the least amount of time are typically the high-intensity and rapid pace cardio workouts.

Below are some of the easiest workouts for burning the most calories possible. The estimated calories burned will vary depending on how much you weigh currently, and the level of intensity you achieve with each activity.

Be sure to consult your doctor before beginning an exercise program, and with each of the workouts below be sure to include an adequate amount of time for warming up and cooling down.

Running/Sprinting

Running and alternately sprinting at a rapid pace is one of the best calorie-burning workouts, burning 400-500 calories in just 30 minutes.This is also a form of burst training. The downside of running and sprinting is that you may need to work your way up the physical fitness level necessary to do it, which can take time. The likelihood of injury is higher too with risk of pulled muscles, shin splints, sore joints and muscle soreness. It is crucial that you warm up with stretching before and after your workout.

 Jogging

Jogging is less intense than running and sprinting, but can still burn up to 300 calories in 30 minutes. To maximize the calorie burn, you can jog in a hilly area, or include a 2 to 3 minute sprint every so often. The good thing about jogging is that it can be started gradually by starting with a brisk walk and breaking into a jog for a few minutes, then slowing back down to a brisk walk.

Cycling

Whether you use a stationary bicycle or ride outdoors, cycling can burn up to 500 calories in 30 minutes – especially the more intense “spinning” workouts you can do in a health club or by following along with a DVD at home. Cycling is low-impact and has relatively little risk for injuries, and it doesn’t usually stress the joints like running can.

Aerobics

There are plenty of aerobic workouts that burn a lot of calories. Some are more like choreographed dance routines, and some require additional equipment like a medicine ball, dumbbells, pull-up bars, and steps. Step aerobics is done at a fast pace and involves stepping up, down, and around a stationary step on the floor, and is one of the best calorie-burning aerobic workouts.

It does not really matter which workout you perform to burn calories, the key is performing an exercise that gets your heart rate up and improves your physical fitness level that is safe for your circumstances and you are willing to do consistently. If you consistently follow one of the above workout plans and eat a balanced diet you will begin to see the weight come off leading you to a more healthy and optimal life.