Sabine Reviews the Best Treadmills for the Money

If you’ve decided it’s time to get healthier and more fit, you might be considering a treadmill for use at home.  With an abundance of models available today, it can be hard to sort through the hype to find a model that really meets your various needs.  Understanding what to look for can help make your decision process a little easier and help make you more confident about your investment.

One of the first considerations should definitely be your budget.  With quality models starting at around $200 and going up (and up and up) from there, you’re sure to find a model that won’t break your bank.  Knowing upfront what your max budget is can help narrow the field a bit by automatically ruling out anything you can’t afford.  Staying within your budget is actually a great way to keep you feeling positive about your purchase as opposed to letting your guilt over going over budget be a reason to let your new treadmill become another dust collector.

 

Treadmills have come a long way in the century or so since they were invented, but continue to rely on a moving belt that’s wound around a platform.  Models can be self propelled, meaning that the speed is entirely controlled by the user’s pace, or offer users the ability to set their preferred walking, jogging, or running speed.  If you’re relatively tall, be sure to look for a model with a long enough platform that you can achieve and maintain your natural stride length.  A platform that’s too short for your stride will result in an awkward gait that could make it harder for you to maintain proper balance and alignment and could lead to injury.  Many newer treadmill models now offer the ability to adjust incline and resistance in addition to speed.  Varying all three elements can be a great way to get a more effective lower-body workout by engaging different muscles in different ways.  Changing up your workout every few weeks is also a great way to avoid training plateaus and boredom, both of which too often end up being reasons we work out less often.  Visit best treadmills for the money for reviews of some top picks for running and walking.  You’ll also get some review highlights, both the positive ones and potential issues experienced by some users, to help you make your best choice.

 

Most newer treadmills have the ability to track heart rate, distance, and even calories burned.  Though the amount of calories burned can definitely be taken as a reasonable indicator, there’s no way for a machine to know precisely what your exact metabolic rate really is.  Models that ask you to input gender, age, height, and weight will give you a closer estimate than those that don’t.  When it comes to tracking heart rate, there are models that feature strap-on monitors or smart-phone compatibility, as well as models that will measure your rate via handrails or bars that you grab when you want to check your heart rate.  Since these bars often require a less-than-natural reach, make sure you find one that won’t be too awkward if you opt for such a model.

If you have lower-body or back issues and think a treadmill might not be the best choice for you, an exercise bike might be a better option.  Bicycles offer an effective workout with less joint impact than treadmills and allow you to sit during exercise.  Those with lower back issues should look for a model with as comfortable and supportive a seat as possible.  Upright exercise bikes look a lot like regular bicycles and require that you sit upright as you pedal.  Recumbent bikes allow users to sit in a more reclined position while pedaling and generally have seats that offer a little more back support than a regular bicycle seat.  Check out upright exercise bike reviews for reviews of several stationary bikes, both upright and recumbent.
Whether you opt for a treadmill or stationary bicycle, finding a model that allows you to be as comfortable as possible is one of the best ways to ensure that you stick with your exercise regimen.

Sabine’s Best Tips for Getting Back in Shape

If you’re like me and many others, you know it’s time to get back into better shape.  If you’re like me and many others, this isn’t the first time you’ve said that and this won’t be the first time you’ve tried.  There are some common-sense tips we can all follow that will get us to our goals once we’re prepared to accept the fact that getting out of shape didn’t happen overnight, so neither will getting back into shape.  The good news is that reaching our goals won’t take nearly as long as getting to where we are now–as long as we actually stick with it this time!

 

Baby steps

It seems easy enough, right?  Too often, though, we feel the need to go from zero to 100 all at once.  Since we’re not always able to do as much as think we should, we end up getting discouraged and frustrated.  Instead of just shooting for the moon, shoot for the moon with stops at closer points along the way.  If your goal is to jog five miles a day, start off walking five miles a day.  If a two-mile walk is all you can handle right now, that’s fine.  And that’s two miles a day more than you’ve been walking, right?  Increase your distance as you’re able until you reach five miles.  Then work on jogging part of the way and walking the rest.  You’ll probably be surprised at how quickly you reach your jogging goal.  The same is true of any exercise routine.  Start by doing as much as you can and work your way up, with your goal always being to do just a little more than you did yesterday.  Consider buying the best treadmill you can afford to help you in your journey.  And then use it regularly.  A treadmill can be a great way to get in some extra steps during your favorite show.  

 

In addition to breaking your exercise goals into stages, you should do the same with weight loss goals.  If your ultimate goal is to lose 40 pounds, break that up into four 10-pound increments.  Celebrating milestones along the way can help keep you more encouraged and motivated, making it more likely that you’ll reach your long-term goal.

 

This same principle also works for healthier eating goals.  Giving up all of the “bad” foods and beverages all at once is usually a recipe for disaster.  Instead, slowly increase your water intake, and make regular smaller changes to your food and drink choices.  Decrease your coffee or soda intake over a few weeks.  Gradually replace refined carbs with whole grains. Slowly introduce more fresh produce.  This gives your body and your brain a chance to adjust to new eating habits without feeling like you’re depriving yourself of your favorites.

 

Track progress

Make a note of your starting weight and measurements.  Write down your ultimate and short-term goals.  Document your starting walking distance, or number of pushups you can do, or whatever else helps to measure your current fitness level relative to your goals.  Tracking your progress along the way helps you to see that your hard work is paying off, and this is another great motivator.  Just don’t track progress on weight and measurements more often than once or twice a month.  It does take a little time for your hard work to show on the outside, but trust me, if you start eating better and moving more, you will reach your goals.  

 

Stick with it

Don’t give up just because you don’t think you’re progressing quickly enough.  Getting “there” slowly is better than not getting there at all.  If you find yourself getting bored with your workouts, change things up.  This helps to keep your brain engaged and your efforts more effective.  Chances are, it won’t take more than a month or so of a healthier diet and more exercise for you to start feeling and looking better.  Think of how much better still you’ll look and feel if you don’t give up on yourself!