gardeningWe are always told that keeping active can help to reduce stress and also make us healthier, this is particularly important for people over the age of 60 to help prevent many illnesses associated with old age, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, heart attacks and strokes.

Gardening is a great way for people to get outside, be active and relax while doing something productive and worthwhile. A recent study shows that older people are not getting enough vigorous exercise, and advises that people over the age of 60 should try to get around 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week.

What is so good about Gardening for Keeping Active?

Whether it is getting your hands dirty sowing seeds, mowing the lawn or using a weed eater to keep the weeds at bay, gardening will get you moving, raise your heart rate and help you release endorphins, or “feel good” hormones. The most strenuous garden work no doubt involves digging by hand of any sort, whether planting a sapling, or digging hole for a gate post.

This sort of activity will get the heart beating faster and will get most people sweating. Even mowing the lawn or carrying around a weed eater will give similar results, all of which in moderation can have many positive effects on a person’s health. I would recommend that if you have any kind of back pain that you avoid activities that will put you at risk of making the condition worse e.g. bending over a flower bed or heavy lifting.

Growing your own Vegetables

Not only can you keep fit by doing regular work in the garden you can also grow a huge variety of vegetables and other food that will also benefit your health and could make you a bit of cash too. Health advisors recommend that adults should eat 7 portions of fruit and vegetables per day, if you can achieve this then you are much less likely to get ill and it can significantly extend your lifespan.

Stress Relief

Gardens are also places where people who may have lots of stress in their life can put everything to the back of their minds and just get back to nature. Too much stress in our everyday lives is bad for our health, it’s ok to be stressed sometimes, but if you find that you are stressed 24/7 then this can have serious impacts on your long-term health. For example if your sleep is being affected then you should really look at making some changes to your life to reduce the amount of time you are stressed out, and making time for some gardening could really help you unwind and take your mind off things.

Give it a try

Gardening is not for everybody, especially if you don’t have your own garden or an allotment then it’s going to be difficult to get started, but for those people who may be retired and perhaps are spending more time in bed or sat on the sofa then it could be a lifesaver.

hydrotherapy  poolHydrotherapy has been around for thousands of years in various forms and was used for the treatment of many injuries and illnesses. The romans are well known for their ‘roman baths’ which were primarily used as a place to socialize, get clean and take advantage of a long relaxing soak in some hot water.  Some of the many hydro therapies had no effect, such as water with ‘magical’ healing properties, or cleansing water thought to cure leprosy, however hydrotherapy is known to be good for physical injuries that may affect the sufferers’ ability to put weight on their legs, or back.

What Is Hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy is basically the use of water along with the various properties of it to treat various conditions. Hydrotherapy in modern medicine is mainly used to treat a wide range of physical injuries and as a way to deliver hot and cold to the body which can have different effects on the body. With the most popular method being the use of cold temperatures applied to the body to reduce swelling and aid muscle recovery, also known as cryotherapy, which is widely used in many sports.

As for treating physical injuries, water is good for reducing the effect of gravity on the body when submerged in it. So for many people with back or spinal injuries the first place they will start their rehabilitation is a hydrotherapy pool. There they can have their treatment done without the risks of falling and the stresses on their body will be much less.

How Can I Use Hydrotherapy?

Depending on where you live in the world will determine how easy and affordable it will be to get access to a hydrotherapy pool. If you live in a country with socialized healthcare then speak to your doctor to be referred to specialist for hydrotherapy and they can normally arrange for several sessions to help your specific condition, however if you are required to pay for healthcare treatment you will need to find the best method that is affordable for you.

Paying to see a physician and requesting hydrotherapy treatment is likely to be the most expensive option for many people. However if you have plans to undergo rehabilitation from injury at home then there is always the possibility of having your own hydrotherapy pool. There are several home pools available that can be used for hydrotherapy treatment and for exercise too, such as the Fitmax iPool, which uses a harness that can allow the user to swim and keep them supported whilst in the pool.

Hydrotherapy Could Help You

If you have any sports injuries that are particularly common in impact sports, which can range from back  / spinal injuries to bruising and swelling, then the various types of hydrotherapy described above can help during the rehabilitation and recovery stages. It’s important to remember that hydrotherapy is not so effective when used independently of other treatments so it is always best to consult your doctor to arrange a suitable range of methods to aid recovery.

rowing machine in gymIn the United States, obesity is an increasing problem.  Whether you are a child or adult, the increasing number of Americans dealing with being overweight is so prominent that it has sparked a national conversation on the matter.  Though there are numerous questions as to why it is happening, the solutions are all the same.  People need to lose weight.

This quickly devolves into any number of possible solutions.

What is causing people to be overweight?  Simple!  A lack of exercise.  Also, a lack of a proper diet.  Also, eating way to many calories.  Also, people are sometimes born predisposed to gain weight.  Also…

As you can see, there are a number of solutions to obesity and being overweight.  Most of the time, they focus on light exercise, with a heavy emphasis on controlling the diet and even questionable dietary supplements.  The truth is that being healthy and losing weight requires a focus on all of these things.  That means, we need to spend more time focusing on types of exercises we can do.

One exercise, that is often overlooked is a rowing machine.  Able to easily fit inside a room, a rowing machine offers a wide range of movement and sporting interesting levels of calorie burning.  Lets take a closer look at rowing machines, and see if they are right for you.

What is a rowing machine?

A rowing machine like the york r700 platinum rowing machine is a type of gym machine designed to simulate the exercise from rowing a small boat.  This involves sitting in a sliding seat with your feet in a holder.  Your hands are on a bar, and you use your legs and arm muscles to push away from the base.

Why should I use a rowing machine as opposed to a treadmill?

A rowing machine works better then a treadmill or other exercise machine because it is low impact on your joints.  This has two major benefits.  The first is that regardless of how much you exercise, you reduce the risk of incurring an injury.  Second, the fact that rowing is low impact means that you can use rowing to cross train, or even as a substitute for a high impact machine or run if your limbs need time to recuperate.

How many calories am I looking at burning during a workout?

Rowing in many ways is as intensive as jogging.  A 30 minute workout at 160 pounds and medium intensity will burn about 260 calories.  This all depends on your weight, intensity, and duration. Read this short rowing guide for beginners.

Price and places to buy.

A rowing machine can be bought directly from retailers and range from 100 to 500 dollars depending on brand and quality for a good selection of quality rowers check out http://myrowingmachine.co.uk.  In addition, rowing machines can be bought second hand for significantly less, making them an affordable machine for your weight loss.  Just make sure, if you are buying second hand, that the product will is guaranteed to work.  There are any number of parts that can go wrong, ad nothing is worse then buying it only to have it not work on day 1.

mid-range e-bikeElectric bikes are becoming more and more popular in recent years, which is not surprising considering the soaring cost of gas causing people to look for cheaper alternative modes of transportation. For the newcomers the the world of e-bikes it can be a daunting and confusing process to find the best bike for your requirements without spending a fortune.

E-bikes are ideal for people who want the benefits that you can get with a regular bike such as avoiding traffic jams and saving money on gas, all while avoiding some of the negatives of riding a bike such as struggling up hills or if you need to arrive at work fresh and not feeling exhausted.

Some of the most expensive e-bikes can cost around $10,000 but these can travel at speeds of 40-50mph so are very different to mid range bikes such as the prodeco phantom x2 which costs around $1,200 and the prodeco outlaw which costs around $2,200. As for the cheapest e-bikes, they start at around $500 – $600 but generally weigh more than mid-range e-bikes and have a smaller travel distance per charge.

What To Avoid

If you are looking to purchase your first electric bike then there are several things that you should take into consideration depending on what you want to be able to do with your bike.

  1. The first thing to consider is if you will need to get an e-bike for urban or off-road riding. If you need one for off-road then you will definitely need one with suspension such as the prodeco models mentioned earlier. If you need one for urban riding then you can still use an off-road one or one that doesn’t have suspension. As a rule of thumb if you only require one for urban riding then you can expect to spend less on your bike as they are generally cheaper without suspension.
  2.  It’s also important to consider how far you will need your e-bike to be able to go on a single charge. So if you plan on using it to commute to work and you live 10 miles from you workplace then a bike that can do around 30 miles per charge will allow you to get to work and back each day with some room for detours.
road race bike

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Purchasing your first road bike is going to be tremendously different than receiving your first bicycle – though the excitement should be at almost the same levels, if not just a bit higher.

Remember that you’re not purchasing your new road bike to get down to the end of the street and back (without ever crossing before receiving your parents’ permission), but instead you are investing in a high quality piece of fitness equipment that can transform your lifestyle, your health, and your weight in a ridiculously short period of time.

Obviously, if you have done any research whatsoever into the road bike world, you’re going to discover that there are literally hundreds and hundreds of different options to choose from. This is going to make things more than a little bit difficult on those who are new to the road bike world to find the picture-perfect bike for them to get started with – unless you follow the tips and tricks included below and from a great site for new cyclists: http://thecliftonbikeshop.com

bike on the road

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Comfort always beats out bells and whistles

The biggest challenge that a lot of people have when they go to purchase their very first road bike is that they get sucked into all of the marketing and advertising hype that surrounds many of the more expensive bicycles available on the market right now.

High-end bicycle manufacturers have been producing road bikes with all different kinds of bells and whistles, tools, technologies, and even specialty construction materials for some time now. And while some of these extras are included to actually produce major performance benefits, the truth of the matter is that the overwhelming majority of them have been produced to sell more product to unsuspecting road bike owners like yourself.

Instead of going to the most “decked out” road bike in the shop, you’ll want to instead look at road bikes that are amazingly comfortable and can provide you with the kind of ride that you are after like the GMC Denali Road Bike or Giordano Libero . After all, even the very best bells and whistles won’t be enough to get you back on your bike if the ride isn’t comfortable.

Rely on professional expertise to help you purchase the right bike the first time

Yes, you might be able to find absolutely fantastic deals on your new road bike online – but that doesn’t mean that you should avoid walking into your local bike shop and talking to professionals that might be able to help you purchase the right bike the very first time.

This is what these professionals do every single day, and most of the time all of them are road bike enthusiasts themselves. They pay attention to the industry common know which brands and bikes are better than others, and will be able to help you select the right bike for your specific needs and goals. This is the kind of assistance that you will never be able to find online, simply because the person to person interaction has been a limited entirely.

Working with bike shop professionals to find the right bike the first time is well worth the extra investment you may incur.