Monthly Archives: September 2015

Tips on Buying Home Exercise Equipment


You’ve just turned the TV off, but that “But wait, there’s more!” phrase keeps ringing in your head. Infomercials on home exercise equipment are a dime a dozen, so it’s pretty easy to be swayed by that catchy, manly voice on air. If you’re looking to buy one for yourself, first think about these things:

Identify your fitness goals. Do you want to trim certain areas of your body, or are you looking for a good cardio workout machine? Search among the various exercise equipment to see which one will help you best achieve your goals.

Will you enjoy using the exercise equipment? Is it safe to use alone?

Does the equipment look sturdy enough to last?

What storage options does the equipment have? Is there enough room in your place to stash it away when not in use?

At the end of the day, it will all boil down to whether or not you will actually use that piece of equipment. Whether it’s a treadmill or a stationary bike, it will be utterly useless if you don’t use it. Once you get results, then you’ll be able to determine the value of what you bought.

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Exercise to minimize menstrual cramps

Sit on the floor with the soles of your feet together and your legs relaxed so your knees droop to the ground.

Place your thumbs on your arches, wrapping your hands around your feet. Gently press and rub the tender spots on your arches for five minutes.

These pressure points stimulate your brain to produce pain-killing endorphins while dilating pelvic blood vessels to improve blood flow and flush out inflammation-triggering hormones. The same pressure on your belly would cause more pain, since those tissues are already tender and inflamed.

Why I refuse to undergo a medical check-up

I would rather spend time on the work mat doing yoga than undergo a medical check-up. Friends and relatives are encouraging me to have a medical check-up after complaining on and off pain in the abdominal and pelvic area. I had the same condition checked last year but I failed to have the test results examined by the proper medical person. The pain is still there but I refused to undergo another round of lab tests afraid to learn a shocking truth…