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  1. home treadmill, foldable, treadmill, running machine

    Which treadmill is best for home exercise?

    Working out at home is a great way to enjoy fitness and wellbeing benefits and work towards your goals. Whether it’s weight loss, time out, stress management, maintaining healthy joints or improving your mobility, we have you covered.

    We often get asked, ‘which treadmill is best for me?, ‘which is the best treadmill for home?’ and ‘how can I get a cheap home treadmill that is still great quality?’

    Vitality 4 Life has a complete range of high quality home treadmills or as some may call them ‘running machines’ to suit your needs, each with a 5 year warranty you can trust.

    There are 11 home treadmills in our AbodeFit Health range and the great thing is you can choose a basic walking treadmill which is suited for those who simply want a light walk and to get active, all the way up to those who enjoy running and fitness programs.

    All treadmills are easy to get going, some being foldable treadmills and portable treadmills too.

    We have listed below the key features and benefits for each treadmill so you can decide which one suits your goals and needs the best.

    Best treadmill for Weight Loss

    Weight loss is the number one goal for a lot of our customers. All of the treadmills will achieve this goal so it is dependent on a few things such as your overall fitness level and ability.

    For some, just being able to walk comfortably to get their daily exercise is enough. Our range of walking treadmills that reach speeds from 6km to 8km per hour are ideal. If you require a handrail to feel safe during your work out we would recommend our WS 570, Ws470 or WS770.

    For those that want to both walk and run we have treadmills that reach up to 12km per hour. This way your treadmill can help you all the way on your fitness journey from walking to running as you gain greater fitness levels. Our top of the range WS610, WS810 and WS830 are durable, quiet, foldable and have easy to use touch screen controls and safety keys

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  2. Why Choose a Low EMF Infrared Sauna?

    Why Choose a Low EMF Infrared Sauna?

    Most professionals agree that there are many health benefits with regular infrared sauna use.  From muscle relief to heart health, from stress relief to looking feeling younger using an infrared sauna regularly can  improve our quality of life.  These days, however, as we are surrounded by many man made products that produce electromagnetic fields (EMF) we may need to think about lowering our exposure. Using a low EMF Infrared sauna can help keep our exposure to a minimum.

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    What is EMF?

    EMF stands for electromagnetic force (or electromotive force). EMF is found in the natural world by sources such as the local build-up of electric charge in the atmosphere associated with thunderstorms. The earth's magnetic field is used by birds and fish for navigation. They are also emitted from our manufactured products and our own bodies. Mobile phones, television, computers, kitchen appliances, power points etc all emit EMF's in regulated low ranges. EMF is present in just about any situation where electricity is used and is, therefore, part of everyone’s everyday life. Some believe that  due to our modern lifestyles and constant contact with EMF it could be dangerous to our health.

    Some studies have shown a correlation between exposure to EMF and incidences of leukemia and some other cancers, fatigue, stress, and even infertility.

    The greater the electric current the stronger the EMF and as you sit for prolonged periods of time in a sauna close to the heater you may be exposed to greater levels. Choosing a low EFM infrared sauna and reducing your exposure allows you to reap the health benefits of sauna but k

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  3. Jiggle all the way with VibroSlim this Xmas

    Jiggle all the way with VibroSlim this Xmas

    Instead of just wishing good vibes to a loved one at Christmas how about giving them a VibroSlim vibration machine.

    A personal VibroSlim vibration machine is the perfect way to gift the feel good vibes to people we love. We all know how hard it is to remain active around Christmas and we are really busy too. Choosing a personal fitness machine for your family member or friend as a Christmas gift can help them to stay fit and keep the weight down by jiggling all the way through Christmas.

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    The good thing about having personal exercise equipment at home is the opportunity to just jump on any time you have a moment. Exercising up to 30 minutes a day has huge health benefits. Taking a few minutes here and there between all the things we need to get done can balance out our holiday food challenges.

    Vibration machines are gentle on joints and are a low-impact form of training, meaning VibroSlim vibration machines are suitable for anyone, including Grandma, through to conditioned athletes who are able to adjust the settings and add extensive exercises and accessories to get a more intense workout.

    Help your family or friends to jiggle their way to a healthier happier them. Even at Christmas.

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  4. Holistic Exercise with Pilates

    Holistic Exercise with Pilates

    Where did Pilates all begin?

    Joseph Hubertus Pilates was born in Germany in 1883. As a child, Joe suffered many ailments including asthma so he turned to exercise and athletics to help. He studied various exercise routines and was transfixed with the idea of the classical Greek ideal of man with a balanced mind, body and spirit. Hence Pilates was born.

    In 1912 Joe went to the U.K working as a defense instructor at Scotland Yard but at the outbreak of World War I he was interned as an “enemy alien”. Rather than wallow he refined his ideas by training other internees by rigging springs to hospital beds to enable patients to exercise against resistance. These contraptions were the innovation behind later equipment designs. 

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    In 1926 Joe headed to America meeting his wife Clara along the way. When they arrived they opened a studio near the New York ballet. This lead to many dancers and other athletes becoming his clients. Some of those clients then went on to open their own studios throughout the U.S.

    Then Hollywood came calling and where the stars go the media follows. The pilates business boomed and entered the fitness mainstream.

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  5. Infrared Sauna - last longer

    Infrared Sauna - last longer

    If you can't handle the heat - you don't have to stay out of the infrared sauna

     

    The benefits of regular sauna can seem too good to be true, it is a fountain of youth, you can lose excess weight, balance your hormones, reduce stress, detox, stave of anxiety, depression, memory loss, even Alzheimers, improve your circulation, get better sleep.... the list is endless.

     

    But what's the point if you can't cope with the heat?

     

    How long do you last in a sauna? It's a marathon sometimes just to stay in there sweating and heaving till you nearly pass out then running for the door to the plunge pool. The relatively new game in town is the infrared sauna with more benefits for less the heat. You can even buy a portable one for your own home where you can ditch the swimming costume and towel too.

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    What is Infrared sauna and why is it different?

     

    The difference is in the hotness and how its used... bit like us really. Traditional saunas use steam to heat the air around the user to extreme levels while an Infrared Sauna directly heats the user with Infrared waves creating a ‘dry’ warmth.  With an infrared sauna, only about 20 percent of the heat goes to heat the air and the other 80 percent directly heats your body. A lot of people also find it easier to breathe than in a traditional type of sauna.infrared sauna, zen, health

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  6. Walking Treadmill - Hints and Tips

    Walking Treadmill - Hints and Tips

    If you are anything like me when I hear that I have to exercise only "30 minutes a day' it makes me want to go and lie down. Half an hour can sometimes seem like an eternity especially when you are working out. So if I am going to do it I want to do it right and get the most out of my walking treadmill. I am sure you would too.

     

    These tips may seem obvious to some but they weren't to me so I thought I would share them with other like minded souls. Good luck...

     

    Good walking posture

    Apparently, this is really important. No looking down at your phone the whole time and you must let go of the walking treadmill handrails, sorry. If you have to be entertained whilst walking you will have to prop up your device so that you are looking straight ahead otherwise it can lead to back and neck pain. We want to breath deep down into our bellies as we walk and run and bad posture will hinder that.

     

    When you hang on to the handrails the whole time it reduces the effort you are putting in and therefore the amount of calories you might be trying to lose. Your feet and legs need to be carrying your weight to gain more from your workout.

     

    So, before you hop on the treadmill give yourself a quick check over, roll your shoulders a few times, pull in your tummy a bit and tuck in your bum whilst tilting your pelvis slight forward. I know it seems like a difficult yoga pose but It sounds harder than it is. Most importantly, remember to breathe. Avoid shallow chest breathing and focus on deep belly breathing

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  7. New Year's Resolutions - Just say NO

    New Year's Resolutions - Just say NO

    People have been failing at their New Year's Resolutions for 4000 years. What makes me think I could do any better? It's been three days and I have already failed. At least back then the Babylonians were offering their resolutions up to God in the hope of improving the crop. Now we just offer them up to ourselves or our nearest and dearest who have no choice but to listen and nod along. But what do we get in return?

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    When looking at the top new year's resolutions I mostly notice this.. we have to give up, quit, try harder, be better, look better and on it goes. I think if we were going to do these things we would have already done them. Its just too hard especially with a hangover. I don't know about you but if someone or even myself tells me to do something, I just don't want to do it. It's the latent toddler in all of us. So by the time we get to the second week, or day in my case, of January, we start thinking 'bugger it' and go back to normal wishing we hadn't told anyone. And what we are left with is a little bit of guilt and self loathing. Perfect start to the New Year.

    I like the old saying 'one day at a time' it's perfect for this time of year and any other. Instead of saying I must lose 10 kg this year to feel better about myself. Maybe just one day start the day with a cleansing juice and go for a walk

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  8. Why Buy a 3D Vibration Machine?

    Why Buy a 3D Vibration Machine?

    Are you looking for the next challenge in your fitness journey, or to add variety to your work-out? The VibroSlim Radial 3D now offers you the latest in vibration machine technology - 3d vibration, also known as tri-planar vibration.

    This dual motor machine is the newest style of whole body vibration machine to enter the marketplace as it offers 3 vibration modes in 1 machine. Save money as you have the ability to choose from lineal, oscillating, or tri-planar vibrational movements, as the VibroSlim Radial 3D machine has 2 built-in motors with 3 manual modes and 3 pre-set automatic programs. This unique dual-motor machine offers all different users an effective machine where they can choose their mode, so it is extremely versatile.

    The VibroSlim Radial 3D has been called the ultimate vibration machine, as it offers the benefits from all 3 types of vibration movements in one platform. Experience what was once considered impossible - strength training, weight loss, improved balance, increased circulation, muscle relaxation, massage, and functional movement - all in one unit!

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  9. Power of Vibration Machines for Weight Loss

    Power of Vibration Machines for Weight Loss

    A Vibration Machine may be perfect piece of equipment if you are looking to lose weight, but want to do so in the comfort of your home! Vibration Machines are effective without being time consuming, strenuous on the body, or inconvenient. Read below about how a vibration machine could help you to lose weight today...
     
    How Do I Lose Weight with a Vibration Machine?

     

    In it's most basic form, the oscillating vibrations from the Vibration Machine transmit energy to the body which causes the muscles to contract and relax. Just in the same way as during normal exercise, the contraction and subsequent relaxation of the muscles burns energy. A vibration machine causes this reaction from the muscles multiple times in each second, so it doesn't take long before your whole body is tingling and warm, just as you would experience during a high intensity workout.

     

    In traditional strength and power training, the load on the muscles is determined by the weight lifted. When using the Vibration Platform, a specific frequency and amplitude of vibration is chosen and the movement of the plate loads the limbs. The vibrations stimulate a reflex contraction within the muscle which leads to a high level of muscle activation and exertion. The superior muscle-activation that the vibration machine stimulates compared to conventional training, means that less time is required to work muscle groups completely and the benefits are wider ranging than those achieved by ordinary exercise.

     

    When you combine this type of energy-burning exercise with healthy eating, its a powerful combination! By burning more energy than you consume, you will begin to burn fat from the body's fat stores.

     

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  10. Should I use a Vibration Machine if..?

    Should I use a Vibration Machine if..?

    Vibration machines are increasingly becoming a popular new form of technology used in a variety of locations. From hospitals to physical therapy clinics and rehabilitation facilities, vibration machines can be used by the elderly, athletes, someone undergoing rehabilitation, or just the average person looking to become fitter. Whole Body Vibration is very safe and oscillating technology is considered the safest and is FDA approved. Using a vibration machine can have rewarding results to our health however, it is important to understand it may not be suitable to everyone.

    The Ideal Person for Vibration Machine Exercise

    Vibration platform training is good for everyone because this exercise is easy on your joints and bones. Research has been done which indicates the following kind of people best benefit from Whole Body Vibration Technology.

      • Athletes- improve muscle function, joint and ligament stabalisation
      • New Mothers-for strengthening and reducing around the abdomen, hips and thigh areas
      • People with lower back pains
      • The Elderly- aids bone density, blood circulation, muscle stimulation, and balance

    Contraindications of Vibration Platforms

    Vitality 4 Life recommends consulting your doctor before undertaking any new fitness regime. You should not use vibration machines if you have any of the following health conditions:

    • Pregnancy
    • Acute deep vein thrombosis
    • Cardio-vascular disease
    • Pacemakers and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators
    • Fresh wounds or recent surgery
    • Acute hernia, discopathy,
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  11. Bring Yoga into Your Own Home in Five Eay Steps

    Bring Yoga into Your Own Home in Five Eay Steps

    Looking to make your living room your own personal Yoga Studio? Tired of dragging yourself up at 5:30am and having to drive to your local studio or gym. Here are some tips from Vitality 4 Life for how to bring your Yoga practice into your home.

    1. Create Your Own Routine:
    Yoga truly is best practised under the guidance of a professional. For this reason, Vitality 4 Life recommends buying a DVD, subscribing to a Podcast or talking to a Yoga instructor to put together a few different routines that you can do at home.

    Make sure you have a couple different routines available to you so you can vary your practice according to your mood, length of time, and how your body is feeling emotionally and physically.

    2. Set up a Comfortable Space:
    You'll want to make sure that you have a space to practice in that gives you not only enough room for all of your poses, but also makes you feel relaxed.

    You will be more likely to do your practice if you have a dedicated space or a space that can be easily cleared. Open the curtains and and let some fresh light and air in and put on some tranquil music. Whatever you do, just make sure you have an adequate amount of space and you feel relaxed and open to your practice.

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    3. Make an Appointment with Yourself:
    Treat your at-home Yoga practice like you would an appointment or date. Decide how many times a week you want to practice and allow

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