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Be Prepared Before Participating in Extreme Sports

If you are serious about playing extreme sports, you had better be serious about your training. You cannot responsibly participate without being properly prepared. The result may end in injury and serious setbacks in your physical health.

Extreme Sports is an allure for many that cannot be ignored. It is an itch that must be scratched. Extreme Sports that have become most popular in recent years are rock climbing, trail running, and maybe even the most recent is bicycle motocross. These are action sports that demand mental and physical control.

There is also the more known extreme sport that has made a resurgence. Skateboarding started in the 50’s and restarted in the 70’s. In the 90’s it lost its momentum and has now regained popularity and is experiencing an evolution into high-tech that ensures this sport is here to stay.

As The Bootcamp states in its article Preparing for Extreme Sports: Training for the impossible

“Cardiovascular training is another often neglected aspect of many workout regimens. While HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is often recommended for most athletes, something that drains your energy within 20 minutes isn’t going to be much help when you’re faced with a marathon up ahead. You must condition your muscles and lungs to be prepared for longer excursions and to teach yourself how to efficiently spend your energy. These conditioning exercises must be well thought out prior to embarking on your extreme sport escapade to avoid injury and above all; enjoy your time!”

cardiovascular exerciseTime can be the issue that causes this sensible advice to be ignored. Check out our post on How Do I Improve My Health With No Time Available For Me. In addition, consider getting an in-home gym set. Do your research. Get what fits your body’s needs and your health goals. If you need help in making that choice, call us at AddvantageUSA at 888-601-5527.

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Staying Fit During the Cold Holiday Season

It’s easy to be focused on getting in shape leading up to the summer months, but once the cooler weather arrives and we say goodbye to swimsuits and shorts, many people seem to lose that motivation. Even worse, the holiday season coincides with the cooler weather and we go from eating leftover Halloween candy to Thanksgiving meals to multiple holiday parties with rich food and irresistible sweets.

So what can you do to stay fit during the colder holiday months?

Water – You’ve heard it before, but drink LOTS of water. Besides the health benefits of drinking water, it can also suppress hunger leading you to eat less food at those holiday gatherings.

Endurance TF3i Folding TreadmillStay Active – Whatever you do, make sure that you keep moving. When it’s cold outside, it can be difficult to convince yourself to get out of your cozy bed in the morning to exercise. If it’s too cold outside, jump on a machine like the Endurance TF3i Folding Treadmill in the warmth of your own home.  Further, with holiday family gatherings, we quickly make excuses that we have no time, but don’t buy into these excuses. Make exercise a priority and schedule it into your routine so that it doesn’t get overlooked. In the post How I Stay FIT During the Holidays, Tara suggests working out in the morning to get it done. She says, “No one wants to miss out on family fun, games, treats, and memories so they can go hit up the local gym.  So, just make it happen first thing in the morning and then you get to forget about it the rest of the day!”

Moderation – Especially in the height of the holiday season, you may find yourself missing exercise more often than you’d like, so don’t be too hard on yourself. It’s okay to give yourself a break sometimes. Of course moderation is key! In the post New Year’s Resolution Reboot, it states, “Generally, you will need to burn around 500 calories more than what you eat per day for a whole week to lose about a pound.” Be realistic and know that this may not be likely during Thanksgiving week, especially if you’re on the road or have more than one group with which you share a Thanksgiving meal. But at the same time, you can make good choices like stopping after your first plate of food instead of going back for seconds or deciding to drink water instead of soda.

Accountability – Finally, don’t try to go at it alone. Find someone who shares your desire to stay healthy no matter what the season and encourage one another in your journey.

Don’t be intimidated by what this holiday season can do to your health. Rather set yourself up to enjoy the season and stay healthy while doing so.

If you’re interested in learning more about in-home exercise equipment that can help you stay fit, talk with AddvantageUSA. We have agents ready to help you find equipment to meet your needs!


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How Do I Improve My Health With No Time Available For Me

How do people improve their health in these crazy times?

In a time when we have no time, it is inspiring to hear the success that people like Maggie Ross have had. As Maggie says:

I stopped worrying about skipping a workout.

Because of my setbacks in training, I had to skip workouts in my training schedule. Even though at the time I was freaking out that I wouldn’t be ready come the time, it turns out I was more than prepared. Now, I don’t sweat it if I sleep in instead of hitting the gym or if I skip a run to go have a drink with friends. In the long haul, my mental health is more important than a workout – I can catch up tomorrow.

Maggie gets it. Our everyday pressures and stresses created the situation we are in. Pressure and stress are not going to help us get out of it. We should recognize the behavior that we have developed that has caused our health to be less than great. Then we need to flow through the behavioral changes to a successful and healthy life.

Now that our head is on straight, we can take the practical steps that will help us achieve our goals. One of those steps is to have exercise equipment right on our own home. It seems to be just too much sometimes to get dressed in the proper workout gear (you have to look good even when you know you will be a sweaty mess in the end), then get in the car, drive to the gym, and so on.

Consider getting an in-home gym set. Do your research. Get what fits your body’s needs and your health goals. If you need help in making that choice, call us at AddvantageUSA at 888-601-5527.

What steps have you taken in your busy schedule to help meet your goals?

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Functional Training Allows Natural Movement When Exercising

Functional training is preferred by many because it allows natural movement during your exercise program. You can mimic regular tasks or everyday situations during your exercise program. To build strength and endurance using natural movement allows you to adapt your exercises specifically to your sport or your everyday activities.

As Fabio Martella says. “Functional training is the utilization of exercises which involve complex, multi-joint movements of the upper body, core and lower body. These movements enable greater overall bodily functioning and performance enhancement through improved coordination and the proper stimulation of muscular firing patterns.

This can lead to better muscular balance and joint stability, decreasing the possibility of injuries. If you are an athlete wanting to improve your performance or a parent that wants to safely carry their children, functional training is designed to assist you.

Exercise devices that do not employ functional training, such as fixed training equipment that you may see in your local gym, restrict movements to a single plane of motion. This is can be simulation of unnatural forms of movement. Functional training builds strength and endurance using natural body movement.


Addvantage USA offers the BFFT10 Best Fitness Functional Trainer that features adjustable pulleys which swivel 180 degrees providing a wide variety of starting positions. If you would like to learn more about functional training, contact AddvantageUSA at 888.601.5527.