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Elliptical vs. Treadmill

Elliptical vs Treadmill

There has been much discussion over whether an elliptical or a treadmill delivers a better workout. People tend to argue strongly for one or the other, but in reality, neither is really better, it is just that they are different. Which is right for you depends on your individual workout goals and preferences. Let’s take […]

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4 Benefits of Exercise You Might Not Know About

<p>It's pretty common for people to exercise in order to lose weight or build muscle, which are both great reasons to work out. But as science and those who exercise regularly will tell you, there are a number of additional benefits we can derive from it. It doesn't matter how old you are, how fit you are, or what type of exercise you enjoy, there are a wide range of positive effects brought on by hitting the treadmill or lifting a few weights, both mental and physical.</p>
<p>Here are just a few:</p>
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	<li><strong>Reduce Stress and Anxiety</strong></li>
<p>Whether you've simply had a long day at work, or you suffer from an anxiety disorder, exercise is one of the most effective ways of ridding yourself of both physical and mental tension. Working out—especially aerobically—raises the production of a variety of brain chemicals such as norepinephrine, which helps limit the brain's response to stress and anxiety.</p>
<li><strong>Increase Happiness, Memory, and Brainpower</strong></li>
<p>Not only does exercise decrease the negative things affecting your brain, it also increases a lot of the good. The endorphins released during a workout can cause feelings of thrilling euphoria (aka the "runner's high"). Exercise has also been proven to increase the production of cells in the hippocampus and other parts of the brain associated with memory, higher thinking, and decision making. Running sprints, for example, has been shown to increase vocabulary retention.</p>

It’s pretty common for people to exercise in order to lose weight or build muscle, which are both great reasons to work out. But as science and those who exercise regularly will tell you, there are a number of additional benefits we can derive from it. It doesn’t matter how old you are, how fit […]

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It’s Time to Get in Shape – All New to Me!

<p>When I was younger, the thought of exercising never even crossed my mind. I was one of those girls with a fast metabolism, and it seemed like no matter what I ate I never put on a pound. My friends all joked that I had a hollow leg.</p>

<p>Well, now I'm 35, and I think the hollow leg must be all filled up. It's not that I've packed on a ton or weight or anything like that, it's just that I'm starting to feel the after-effects of my years of enthusiastic cheese-pizza consumption, if you know what I mean. So, with a stereotypical New Year's resolution, I vowed to because one of those people who work out, and soon I had joined a gym.</p>

<p>I quickly realized that a gym doesn't really work for me. Not only does it not fit into my schedule, I'm pretty knew at this exercise thing and I'm a little self conscious about doing it around other people. </p>

<p>I mentioned this problem to a friend, and she pointed out that the obvious solution was to get some exercise equipment at home, and she even had a recommendation as for where to start—with a treadmill. She even went as far as suggesting a specific treadmill, the XTERRA Trail Runner 6.2, which she had in her own home. She said that not only was it a great machine, it also had an outstanding warranty and was guaranteed to last.</p>

When I was younger, the thought of exercising never even crossed my mind. I was one of those girls with a fast metabolism, and it seemed like no matter what I ate I never put on a pound. My friends all joked that I had a hollow leg. Well, now I’m 35, and I think […]

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