How to Choose your  Best Fitness Trackers and Health Gadgets

How to Choose your Best Fitness Trackers and Health Gadgets

Home remedies for weight lossAll we need is a fit body, active mind, hygiene life, desired structure and remainders that help us to reach our goals and motivate so as to set new check points.

Whether it is fitness or good structure, technology trends have proven support to achieve targets.

The process of emptying pockets to purchase bulky exercise equipment is no more required, exercise from where you are and check the result in your hand with the various Health and Fitness Gadgets available.

Here is what these fitness and health gadgets do:

  • While you walk they count for you and show the steps taken
  •   Track your steps and stair and will provide a complete report
  •   Will rate the amount you eat and what you weigh
  •   Will measure the intake and expenditure of calories
  •   Measures distance travelled
  •   Time spent
  •   Built-in apps powered by walk
  •   Counts aerobic steps taken

Features of the fitness and health gadgets

  •   Portable
  •   Durable backup
  •   Long lifetime
  •   Smart
  •   Cheap

With such features how one can go away with bulky equipment rather than opting for these advanced technology benefited Fitness and Health Gadgets. There are varieties of fitness trackers, fitness monitors, fast track accessories and fitness scales that performs multiple tasks, of which, the one that best fits the requirement can be chosen.

How to Choose your  Best Fitness Trackers and Health Gadgets

Fit Tips: Choosing the Right Running Shoes for your Feet

Marahon shoes

Running is the best form of exercise for boosting your cardiovascular health, according to many experts.

Whether you go for a brisk run a couple of times a week or want to train for that first half marathon, no matter what your running capabilities are both runners new and experienced need to make sure that they are wearing the correct running shoes for their feet.

Flat Feet

If you have flat feet or low arches, you may find that your feet over-pronate when you run. Pronation is the rolling motion of the foot when it comes into contact with and then lifts off the ground.

Over-pronation can see an unnatural roll of the foot, this places pressure on the inward part of the foot – causing foot pain in the arch of the foot. A common foot condition that can affect those with flat feet is Plantar Fasciitis.

This is where the arch of the foot becomes inflamed – causing a sharp pain when you run or place pressure on the foot. To combat Plantar Fasciitis, and other associative foot pains caused by low arches, it is best choosing running shoes that provide support to the arch of the foot along with stability.

This can be achieved through changing your running shoes or using insoles for flat feet.

Podiatrists also recommend that specialist Plantar Fasciitis shoes with targeted arch support should be worn even when you are not running to help realign the foot and heel to a natural position, and reduce excessive pronation.

High-arched Feet

If you have a high arch, it is likely that you will under-pronate when you run. Under-pronation sees feet roll outwards as you run.

As your feet won’t pronate as much as they should do, your feet aren’t as effective at absorbing shock – this can cause shock to impact the foot as well as the lower legs and knees.

When buying running shoes for feet with high arches, it is advisable to choose shoes that offer cushioning to ensure shock absorbing protection for the heel and the arch of the foot.

As well as specialist running shoes for high arched feet, insoles can also be placed in your everyday shoes to provide consistent support to the foot.

Neutral Feet

Unlike feet with high or low arches, neutral or ‘normal’ feet generally do not suffer from any foot pain caused by biomechanical flaws. However, it is worth taking into account that if you wear running shoes that contradict your foot type, you may experience foot pain.

How to Choose your  Best Fitness Trackers and Health Gadgets

Fit Tips: Mental and Physical Benefits of Swimming

“Believe in yourself, not only in swimming, but in life itself. You always have to have fun. You have to have an open mind. If you’re not enjoying it, don’t do it. Life’s too short.” ~Debbie Meyer

swimmingWhether it’s about losing weight, increasing fitness and endurance or just finding something to keep up busy during our spare time, we all have a reason to exercise and it is something that should be important to us.

Whatever your reason, you probably already know the many benefits for exercising, with the obvious weight loss and fitness being at the top of the list.

But the benefits are certainly not limited to physical well-being–mental and emotional health can also benefit from regular exercise. Swimming in particular has a whole host of benefits for the body, inside and out.

Those who struggle to lose weight for any reason may find that swimming is a great alternative to some forms of exercise, particularly if the reason you have trouble losing weight is related to joint pain, heart or lung problems or even just that you are intimidated by the thought of exercise methods such as running and swimming.

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Swimming allows you to do more with less, the water takes the stress off your joints by supporting your weight, and swimming also uses your whole body, which means that you get a more equal, full body workout rather than just concentrating on one area of the body.

Compared with most other aerobic exercises, swimming is probably the most effective way of increasing the strength of your muscles and toning them.

Of course this won’t build your muscles the way weight lifting or resistance training might, but it will steadily and comfortably increase the strength of your muscles and joints to tone your muscles more subtly.

This comes about as a result of pulling your body through water, rather than air, which is of course a much denser substances and thus forces the body to work much harder to accomplish the movement.

It is also shown that muscle strength is not the only thing improved, swimming can help you to improve your bone strength too.

Do you have sore joints, or occasional pains in your joints when performing normal actions? Do you want to improve the flexibility of your joints and body?

Swimming helps with this a great deal, the water supports your weight during the exercises, which allows your joints to strengthen the way they do during your regular exercises, but without having the pressure on them that causes pain and increases the chance of injury.

Swimming also puts your body into a variety of positions and uses a range of motions that allow your joints and muscles to stay flexible.

There are plenty of swimmers and swimming coaches, who have throughout history acknowledged the happiness and positivity of a swimmer in the water. William Wilson was among the first noted to do so, in 1883, he wrong in his book ‘the experienced swimmer, when in the water, may be classed among the happiest of mortals in the happiest of moods, and in the most complete enjoyment of the happiest of exercises’.

In a way, all exercise accomplishes this, however swimming is a little more advanced; the body releases endorphins when we exercise, these can be considered to be “feel-good chemicals” and cause a sort of natural high.

Swimming is more specifically considered a meditative exercise, the body constantly being stretched then relaxed and the concentration on very slow, steady and deep breathing are all similar to those seen in other meditative activities such as yoga.

The concentration on these activities can be very helpful in aiding you to drown out your surroundings and forget about the things that you find stressful.

Research has also indicated that swimming can change your brain; a processes known as hippocampal neurogenesis replaces the brain cells that are lost because of stress.

In general it is very good for the brain; boosting brainpower and reducing cognitive decline that can lead to problems like Alcheimer’s later in life, it can even help you to control addictions by giving you that exercise high with endorphins and dopamine and even sharpen your memory.

About the Author
Kate Critchlow is a freelance writer with a strong interest in keeping fit and healthy despite a very busy work schedule. As a result she is passionate about a number of activities from Martial Arts to Scuba Diving.

How to Choose your  Best Fitness Trackers and Health Gadgets

It’s OK to Be Awesome: How to Step Into Your Greatness

How To Step Into Your Greatness
By Lissa Rankin, OwningPink.com

Lissa Rankin

It’s so freakin’ easy to play it small. And no wonder! From the time we’re children, we’re encouraged to let the guy win so we don’t make him feel bad, to minimize our beauty so our friends won’t get jealous, to tone down our genius so others won’t feel threatened, to dim our light so no one feels dark in our shadow.

My 5 Year Old Daughter Is Adorably Confident

My five year old daughter thinks she’s brilliant, innovative, artistic, gorgeous, popular, and wildly lovable. And all of those things are true. At this age, she gets lots of support for being confident. People agree with her when she tells them how awesome she is.  But the sad truth is that sometime in the next few years, no matter what I do to try to counterbalance the pressures she’ll be subjected to from all sides, my superstar child will start dialing it down. She’ll shade her sparkle. She’ll get socialized to fade.

She won’t be alone, of course. Her friends will all be trained to do the same. They learn playing small in school, right along with the reading, writing, and arithmetic. And we tend to reinforce what they learn.

Humility Vs. Narcissism

We dress up the tendency to play small with words like “humble,” “modest,” and “unpretentious.” Those who don’t play small get labeled with supercharged words of criticism like “arrogant,” “cocky,” “full of herself,” “conceited,” “egotistical,” and “narcissistic.”

Sheesh. None of us want to get saddled with that kind of baggage, so we dial it down and then wind up middle-aged, having lost touch with our pizzazz.

What nobody tells you when you’re twelve, learning how to be humble and unpretentious, is that we’re giving up one of our greatest gifts when we agree to dim our light for the sake of being accepted into the world of unremarkable people.  I’m not suggesting you can’t be simultaneously humble and sparkly – just look at Jesus! But when we step away from our greatness in order to fit in, we dig our own coffins, especially when it comes to our professional lives.

I’ve learned the hard way how to navigate the loneliness of being a bright, shiny light (you can read about how I felt as a child here). But the older I get, the more fearless I am about stepping into my own greatness and embracing my light.

Others have reinforced that lately. Nia founder Debbie Rosas encouraged us to all step into our brilliance as we danced at the Nia White Belt Intensive. Mama Gena in her School of Womanly Arts encourages us to brag. In both programs, I got to practice – in tandem with hundreds of other women – stepping into my own greatness and being held in loving arms, rather than being rejected.  It felt liberating, like unhooking that too-tight bra and flinging it to the high heavens. When you step into your greatness, you finally feel the lightness of flight, rather than the burden of the weight of diminishing your brilliance.

With all the lessons I’ve learned from others that are stepping into their greatness, I’ve learned a few things I’ll share here.

10 Tips For Stepping Into Your Greatness
  1. Nobody can dim your light but you.
  2. Dialing it down doesn’t really make anyone else feel better. It just makes you feel worse.
  3. Confidence and narcissism are not the same thing. Narcissists lack true confidence and overcompensate to make up for the lack.
  4. When you step into your greatness, you attract more people than you repel.
  5. The confident know they will always land butter side up. Those people take more risks, fall down more often, and wind up shining the brightest.
  6.  All you have to do is your best.  Stepping into your greatness doesn’t mean achieving some unattainable benchmark. When you do your best, you let your light shine.
  7. Being confident means managing your fear.  When your fears outpower your confidence, you dim your light. Stepping into your greatness requires facing your fears head on and making the choice not to let them rule your decisions any longer.
  8. Within your vulnerability lies your strength. Stepping into your greatness doesn’t mean tooting your own horn. Sometimes your greatest strength lies in your flaws, frailties, and foibles.
  9. It’s okay to brag. Yes, your vulnerabilities can be your strengths, but it’s also okay to shout your triumphs from the rooftops. Imagine if we all gave ourselves permission to say “I rocked it today!” What if we started every conversation by asking “What’s awesome in your life?Wouldn’t life be grand?
  10. You can’t claim credit for your greatness. Within this wisdom lies your humility. We are all vessels for the Divine to shine through us when we get our egos out of the way. Why would you want to dim your light when it’s merely Divine light shining through you?
Do You Consider Yourself Confident?

Or do you dim your light so nobody will think you shine too bright? Do you frown upon confident people or label them arrogant? Have you figured out how to step into your greatness without cutting yourself off from the brilliance of Divine light? Share your stories here!

If you’d like to feel more confident in your life, sign up for my friend Dr. Susan Bernstein’s program Kick-A** Confidence:  Discovering the Power of Your Personal Preferences.

Dialing it up,

Lissa

Lissa Rankin, MD: Founder of OwningPink.comPink Medicine Revolutionarymotivational speaker, and author of What’s Up Down There? Questions You’d Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend and Encaustic Art: The Complete Guide To Creating Fine Art With Wax.

This post originally published by and reprinted with permission from OwningPink.com.

How to Choose your  Best Fitness Trackers and Health Gadgets

No Longer Just for the Rich and Famous: All About Personal Training at Home

 

beautifu9Ordinarily, if your alarm app tried to wake you up at 6 a.m. on a cold January morning to get you to go to the gym, you would probably think nothing of turning it off and going back to sleep. What if it was your personal trainer at the door ringing the bell, instead?

You would have no choice but to get up. A personal trainer visiting people at home could be the best way to stay with your fitness goals.

Even 10 years ago, believing that everyday people could afford a house call by a personal trainer would have been a stretch. The personal trainer business has changed now, though. To begin, there are more trainers looking for work now than there used to be. They have had to cut their prices to stay competitive. The troubled economy has something to do with it, too.

Personal trainers don’t have a bottomless supply of well-heeled clients anymore. They need to compromise and train ordinary people to get by.
Officially, house calls cost about $100 a session. Many clients, though, manage to easily work the price down to $75.

The economy is slow and it’s a buyer’s market. The smaller fees that house calling personal trainers charge isn’t as much of a sacrifice as it might appear, though. They do get to keep it all. If they offered their services at a gym, they would split their fees with the management.”

Like everything else, home personal training has both positives and negatives.

For clients receiving personal training at home, the experience can feel like telecommuting – you need to give up the lively environment of a fully equipped place for other benefits. When you call in a home personal trainer, you no longer get access to high-tech gym equipment, saunas or group exercise sessions.

People who love their home sessions, though, feel that it’s a fair trade-off. If a house-calling personal trainer can get them to stop making excuses, the arrangement can achieve more than the best high-tech gym.

For personal trainers in this business, visiting people at home is a step down. They need to carry heavy exercise equipment to people’s homes, make do with low-tech tools and help people work out in unglamorous environments – messy homes with pets and children running about.

People try all kinds of ways to make home personal training even more affordable.

Even $50 and $75 sessions can add up very quickly. Many people are able to afford home sessions because they don’t engage their trainers for long. People often consider in home personal training as a way to get fit for a wedding, an important party, an interview or the beach. They haggle, put a package deal together and pay for it in advance. You can get a weight loss plan together at $1200 for 25 sessions. Many people can afford this price level.

It’s possible to get this kind of training for half or quarter this sum, too. You just need to rope in a couple of friends with everyone chipping in to pay for the whole package.

One needs to consider the safety angle

Many home training businesses exist to help people find trainers. They have trouble, though, when male clients insist on being sent female trainers. Usually, such requests are turned down if the male client is home alone.

 

About the Author

 

Jessica Watts is a retired high school gymnastics instructor. She likes to spend her days painting the next masterpiece and blogging about her insights online. She recommends to get a weight loss plan instead to consider in home personal training as a way to get fit.

 

How to Choose your  Best Fitness Trackers and Health Gadgets

Food as Fuel: Surprising Energy Boosters From the Garden

gardeningAthletes are always searching for foods to boost their performance, since so much of our performance and energy is based on what we eat. If you’re wondering what the newest trend in food as fuel is, the answer may surprise you. Echinacea has long been used as a health boost and remedy and beetroot is a common kitchen ingredient, but both foods are also used for athletic performance fuel now, too.

Even if you aren’t an athlete, you can still benefit from the performance benefits of including these ingredients in your smoothies every morning. Many people who don’t actively engage in high-demand athletic programs still use a daily smoothie to get their nutrients and energy for the day. It’s easy enough to use these foods once you have juiced or powdered them. Here’s what you need to know about beetroot and echinacea.

Echinacea: increases oxygen transport in your bloodstream.

Are you searching for a way to boost your endurance? Echinacea, traditionally taken in extract or supplement form as a health booster, increases your levels of a certain hormone called EPO. EPO regulates the production of your red blood cells, which actually affect how much endurance you have because they affect your oxygen transport. If your body can transport more oxygen, you can endure for longer and keep your energy level up. You may even notice a difference after taking echinacea for just two weeks.

Beetroot: increases speed and stamina during exercise.

When research measured how long it took runners to run 5k with and without beetroot supplements, they found a 41-second improvement in those who ate beetroot. The vegetable helps to increase your oxygen transport level just like echinacea and also reduces how much oxygen your muscles need to function at their best. This means that if you’re short of breath at the end of a race, your muscles may not seize up as much. Cyclists who consumed organic beetroot juice could cycle for longer and the placebo effect was not observed.

Incorporating both into your diet is easy.

You may be intimidated by the name of these two foods, but if you’re patient, you can juice beetroot to incorporate this vegetable into your smoothies or drink the juice directly. If you’re undergoing a 5 day juice fast, this can help you survive the last few days of exhaustion and fatigue that could otherwise result from missing nutrients in your diet. Echinacea is easy to find in extract form and incorporate into your smoothies. Greens powder may also contain one or both, and this powder works well because you can easily add powdered vegetables to a smoothie without having to process beetroot or echinacea plants yourself.

Whether or not you are an athlete, you can benefit from the recent discoveries of the health benefits of echinacea and beetroot. Improved endurance and speed will help you even if you’re just walking to work! Incorporating one or both of these ingredients into your smoothies will help you add these benefits to your day without having to get used to a whole new taste or meal.

Jessica Watts is a self-confessed health nut and mom of three. When she has free time, she enjoys blogging online about gardening, organic living, health and nutrition. She recommends that if you’re undergoing a 5 day juice fast, echinacea and beetroot can help you to overcome the fatigue due to fast.

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