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    Merino Wool – The Several Days Fabric for Trekkers and Backpackers

    July 5, 2020

    As a beginner trekker and passionate backpacker, it’s usual for me to be out for several days once I set out for a trek or a backpacking trip. When I’m on the move, I like to be comfortable which is why I pack light and I think I’ve found the perfect item that is made for people like me. 

    I present to you my experiences from the Mountains, the Desert, and the Sea Shore wearing the Merino Wool during trekking, backpacking, in tents, at hostels, with temperatures ranging from 35 degrees to -7 degrees. I used a Merino Wool t-shirt for 7 days staright in Rajasthan and Karnataka and a Merino Wool t-shirt as a thermal inner for 5 days during Kedarkantha Trek. 


    Sounds Yuck??  It’s not, let me explain why? 

    What is Merino Wool and Why do we need it?

    Merino is a breed of sheep found in South Africa and the wool extracted from it is Merino wool. Merino wool products are a must-have when you are out for several days in the mountains, trekking or backpacking because of its anti-bacterial properties. 


    To elaborate – The Merino Sheep release/secrete oil is known as lanolin which is naturally anti-bacterial and the products made out of it do not allow bacteria to accumulate when we sweat making the product bacteria-free for several days and there’s no stink. 

    Another major reason to use the Merino Wool is its distinctive feature of effectively adapting to changing climatic conditions. It helps keep the body dry and maintain the ideal body temperature to protect you both from the heat and the cold. 

    Backpacking several states- One T-shirt- Several Days

    September 2019, I set out on a 9-day backpacking trip covering Jodhpur (Rajasthan), Jaipur (Rajasthan), Agra (Uttar Pradesh), Gokarna (Karnataka) and Goa. I went with an agenda to test out the Merino Wool t-shirt. Since I am a light packer, it’s ideal for me to pick one t-shirt that works for 7 days. 

    You can follow up my story when I tested the product here.

    My travel route included: New Delhi – Jodhpur – Jaipur – Agra – New Delhi – Bangalore – Gokarna – Goa

    I travelled in overnight buses, taxies, flights, walked around a lot in Jaipur and Jodhpur, and even took auto-rickshaws in most of the mentioned cities. I usually sweat a lot but 7-days in one t-shirt was quite pleasant, with no odour formation. The t-shirt was quick-dry with good freedom of movement. Looked like I had found a travel companion for all my upcoming trips.

    To the higher Himalayas

    Impressed with the Travel Merino t-shirt, I grabbed the trekking full sleeve Merino t-shirt, but this time for my adventures in the higher Himalayas. 

    Later in December 2019, I tried the  Trek 900 Merino Wool T-shirt as a base layer during my Kedarkanta Trek. I used it as a base layer directly over my skin and layered it with Fleece and a down jacket. It worked as a perfect base layer and kept me dry and warm from inside.

    Whenever I sweat after a hectic climb, the Merino t-shirt would dry quicker and keep me odour free throughout the trek.

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    Stand-Up Paddle Boarding in India

    June 28, 2020

    What is Stand Up Paddle or SUP?

    An aquatic sport where you stand up on a buoyant longboard and use a paddle to glide over water. Stand up paddle boarding or “SUP” is a popular sport all over the world as it tests your balance and skill in a fun session on the water. There are many places to stand up paddle in India as well as the sport grows through the surfing communities along the coastline.

    Where did Stand Up Paddle Originate?

    The origins of stand up paddle boarding probably date back to the 1700s undoubtedly rooted in historical Polynesian watercraft. Over the years these vessels used for fishing, hunting, and commute evolved into the modern-day recreational stand-up paddleboard. With advances in technology, the stand-up paddleboard is lighter, faster, and more portable than ever before. It is easy to buy a stand-up paddleboard and paddle at sports outlets in India.


    An interesting fact is that fishermen in remote villages use bundled up styrofoam wrapped in fishing nets to create a vessel pretty similar to the modern-day SUP. This image from the coastal village of Pirapanvalasai in the Palkbay, Tamil Nadu (near Rameswaram Island) shows how the traditional fishermen use a DIY paddleboard to lay their nets or jig for squid!

    What is the Stand-Up Paddleboard made off? 

    Historically SUP’s were made out of wood and evolved from that to modern foam core fiberglass epoxy or even carbon fiber composites. The most popular and portable SUP’s are now inflatable and made out of variations of PVC or Hypalon fabric which are drop stitched between layers to maintain rigidity under high pressure. Yes! You can now roll up your SUP and carry it on your back to the beach, pump it up using a high-pressure hand pump and you’re ready for a session on the water. A great example of a modern-day inflatable stand up paddleboard is the X500 touring inflatable stand up paddleboard paired with the 100 Adjustable paddles, spiral safety leash, and a double-action pump. 

    Where can you Learn to do Stand Up Paddle Boarding in India?

    There are many surf schools in India that offer stand up paddleboarding lessons. Besides the surf schools, there are independent instructors who teach the sport in rivers and lakes as well. As a beginner looking for stand up paddleboarding lessons in India we would highly recommend learning on flat water with an experienced Internationals Surfing Association – ISA certified instructor ideally working at a school that is a member of the Surfing Federation of India for a quality experience. Most SUP schools in India will have an introductory stand-up paddle course called the Discover SUP program where you can get your first experience with the sport in safe conditions.

    Photo by Rammohan Paranjpe

    Jehan Driver, ISA Flatwater SUP instructor and course director at Quest Adventure Sports Academy has developed structured training programs and quality standards for outdoor education in India. Having paddled extensively across the subcontinent with his stand up paddle he recommends a few awesome places to learn and practice stand up paddle boarding in India where facilities are available to learn the stand-up paddle, as well as rent, stand up paddle equipment in India.

    1. Rameswaram Island, Tamil Nadu
    2. Shambhavi River, Karnataka
    3. Kollidam River, Tamil Nadu
    4. Backwaters of Goa
    5. Backwaters of Marakkanam, Tamil Nadu

    Through his experience paddling in different locations across the country, Jehan Driver developed tips to offer beginners starting their journey with stand up paddle boarding in India. 

    5 tips for Stand Up Paddle Boarding in India for Beginners

    To have a great first experience with stand up paddle boarding make sure you choose a school based in a location offering flat water conditions. This could be in the ocean or on a lake where the water is calm and still giving you a chance to gain balance and confidence with a SUP.

    1. Get Geared Up

    For a comfortable first-time experience with stand up paddle make sure you have the following personal gear organized before you hit the water.

    • Sun protection – Surf hat, Waterproof sunscreen, sunglasses & retainer to make sure they stay on
    • Dress comfortably for the water – Rash vest, Board shorts & booties
    • Waterproof your belongings – a mobile pouch and a dry bag
    • Think about hydration – carry your own water bottle or hydration pack
    • Prepare for post-trip comfort – change of clothes and a quick-dry towel

    1. Get the Safety Briefing

    Make sure your instructor explains all the safety gear and protocols to you before you enter the water. This should include how to wear a personal floatation device (PFD), put on a safety leash, how to use a whistle, a brief about the location, and your route. It is important to follow these instructions throughout your experience to keep it safe and fun for everyone. Never enter the water without your PFD, whistle, and safety leash.

    1. Start Slow

    Do not get frustrated if you are unable to gain balance right away. For most, it takes a few tries before you are able to stand up on the board and paddle in a direction you want. Keep trying and surely you will be able to go pro with the help of your instructor.

    1. Learn the Turn

    It is important you learn how to turn early during your session. In case you happen to go in another direction you will be able to point your board towards the group. Turning is easy but skill derived so be patient and keep practicing.

    1. Get Familiar with the Equipment

    Just like a good pair of shoes all gear needs to be run in. Your body and skill level will adapt to the gear, so in the beginning, start with a large buoyant board – the X500 touring inflatable stand up paddleboard is a good example. A large board will help you gain confidence and soon you will be able to SUP on any type of board. Try a variety of paddle lengths till you are comfortable – ask your instructor to assist you with this. A paddle-like 100 Adjustable paddles can be customized to suit your height.

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    Yoga Gear and Accessories: The Must-Haves

    June 24, 2020

    There’s plenty to think about when you’re starting or continuing your practice. Maybe you’re thinking about which type of yoga class you should try, who your next instructor will be, or if you should head to instructor training. Yoga accessories are another thing that might be on your mind. Before you get overwhelmed, read this article. We break down accessories to help you decide which you might need.‍

    Yoga Towel

    Mats can get funky and break down with use. That’s where towels come in. A full-length towel can add longevity to your mat and improve hygiene. Towels provide a machine-washable barrier for ease and cleanliness. If you’re using yoga mats from studios, they’ll offer a layer between you and that possible funk.

    ‍Straps And Blocks‍

    Getting proper alignment is important, whether it’s your first class or a hundredth. Straps and blocks help those with limited flexibility align better. Many studios have them on hand, so you can test how they work before you purchase your own. Instructors will help you learn how to use them, so you can practice more effectively in poses at home. Blocks are amazing props that help us build strength, and get deeper into the postures.

    Yoga Knee and Wrist Pad

    ‍If you’ve been doing yoga for a while, you know how stressful it can be to your joints, especially elbows, hands, wrists, shoulders, and knees. These pads are designed to offer a soft cushion to your joints so that you don’t have to worry about these pains anymore.

    ‍Bags And Slings

    ‍Heading to class? It’s easier without worrying about if your mat will unroll or get soaked by the rain. A yoga bag or sling lets you head hands-free to class–leaving your hands available for your bike or your latte. Some bags even have space for towels, accessories, and a change of clothes.

    Mat Wash

    Designed just for mats, washes get rid of bacteria without disintegrating the outer layer of your map. They’ll also have fresh-smells, so you can enjoy a delightful scent. Lastly, they’ll extend the life of your mat.

    Hand Towel

    ‍If you’re heading into a particularly sweaty practice, like hot yoga or power yoga, a hand towel is a must. If you’re just starting out a bathroom towel or kitchen towel will do the trick. However, if you’re finding they don’t do the job, you’ll want a yoga-specific hand towel. They’re more absorbent and way more packable–to make the most of the limited space in your yoga bag.

    Blanket

    ‍Like straps and blocks, blankets are a great way to help get the perfect alignment. Roll one or fold one and use it underneath your hips so align your body into the perfect seated position at the beginning of class. And at the end, cozy up under it for savasana.

    Bolster

    ‍Used mainly in restorative, prenatal, or yin yoga classes, these are a side body pillow made to provide comfort. They’re also great to provide help with alignment–and you can use them under your hips at the beginning of class or during meditation.

    Yoga Apparel

    ‍How your workout clothes feel – no matter the type of exercise – is important, and particularly with yoga, you’ll need gear that offers lots of freedom of movement and wicks away perspiration.

    Many people now wear yoga clothing for fashion, not just class. You’ll often find yoga clothing with pockets, plenty of colors and patterns, and mesh cutouts. Remember, when you’re wearing these types of clothes to a normal yoga class, you’ll want to make sure that they actually function. Try doing some Sun Salutations in the store before buying your clothes.

    Yogabottoms are offered in a wide variety of styles, lengths, and fits. Try high-waisted leggings or pants because they’re less likely to ride down too far in inversions like Downward Dog. You can try loose-fitting pants for slower classes, but tight-fitting pants for high-velocity classes.

    Yoga shorts are a good option for men, as they often have built-in liners for comfort. Women might like shorts for very hot classes, although they most likely don’t offer as much coverage in bends and inversions.‍

    Yoga tops are another important piece for consideration. You’ll want a form-fitting T-shirt or tank top, one that fits snugly around the hips. This ensures the shirt won’t fall over your head during bending postures. You’ll want to choose a breathable, moisture-wicking material too. And why not bend forward to touch your toes in the fitting room. If the shirt gapes at the chest or falls over your head, it’s not the right shirt for you.

    Yoga sweaters are another nice piece of clothing for consideration. If you are planning on doing errands after class, you’ll probably want something warm. Extra layers can prevent that chill that usually happens after leaving the warm room of the studio.

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    Right Bodybuilding Programme During a Cutting Diet

    June 20, 2020

    Bodybuilding: What is the Right Training Programme to Associate with a Cutting Diet?

    1. What Does a Cutting Programme Involve?


    The goal of a cutting programme is to reveal the muscles you have sculpted. To do this, you will have to lose fat (or adipose tissue) without losing muscle mass, but this is exactly what makes it difficult to achieve. It is all a question of striking the right balance, being rigorous and precise. Under no circumstances should it be confused with a strict food diet aimed at losing weight (and muscles). A cutting programme is therefore about properly distributing macro-nutrients combined with basic muscle building training.

    2. When Should You Start a Cutting Training Programme?


    A cutting period should be carried out twice a year on average. To be effective, it must last about 2 months. As a rule of thumb, as soon as the body fat (or fat cells) begin to hide your muscles, you should start a cutting programme. This may seem somewhat simplistic and it depends on the body shape, metabolism and personal criteria of each person. However, you can calculate your fat mass index (FMI, not to be confused with body mass index, BMI) which is calculated as a percentage. Above 15%, a cutting diet may be necessary, but beware: is your muscle mass sufficient? These two aspects must always be taken into account because the challenge of a cutting diet is to avoid muscle wasting.

    3. SHould You Modify Your Bodybuilding Programme When Cutting?

    Yes! During a cutting period, you are on a low-calorie diet. This reduction in energy intake requires a change in your bodybuilding programme. While still training at the same pace, you will have to adjust the content of your sessions (work volume and exercise intensity). Our advice: do some basic exercises at the beginning of the session (the so-called polyarticular movements such as bench press for the pecs, squats and bar curls, should not make up the entire session – we recommend that you perform them after your warm-up) then combine them with 2 or 3 isolation exercises

    The muscle exercises can include 5 to 10 sets of 20 to 30 repetitions with a weight ranging from 50 to 60% of your 1RM at a fast pace (naturally, each time, the training should be defined according to your body shape)

    To get visible results, complete 3 sessions of this type per week.

    4. Are There Any Other Training Methods That Are Effective During the Cutting Period?


    Experienced bodybuilders may choose to vary their sessions using the following types of training:

    • HIT (high intensity training)
    • HIIT (high intensity interval training)

    These express training sessions will burn fat without losing muscle. Avoid excessively long cardiovascular workouts that can encourage muscle catabolism.

    In the world of fitness and bodybuilding, TABATA stands out as a benchmark. It involves doing exercises (burpees, sprints, thrusters, squats jumps, etc.) with 8 intervals of 20 seconds, followed by 10 seconds of recovery (total: 4 minutes of exercising to be done at the end of the bodybuilding session).

    5. Should the Cardio Training Programme Be Enhanced During a Cutting Period?


    The most important thing during a cutting period is to keep muscle loss to a minimum. That’s why, you can actually combine a cutting period with cardio training as long as you stick to the following rule: exercise in the lipolysis zone, i.e. at 70-75% of your maximum heart rate. In theory, the maximum heart rate is 220 minus your age.

    To do well and not hinder your progress, complete a few medium-intensity cardio training sessions between your bodybuilding sessions. Keep to a schedule of two 30-minute sessions a week, no more.

    As you will have realised, cutting is a training programme that should not be taken lightly. At best, we advise you to use a sports coach to define a training programme that is tailored to your body shape.

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    How to Choose Your Treadmill?

    June 18, 2020

    Using a treadmill is a great way to stay in shape and healthy or improve your athletic performances. You can train at home at any time during the day, no matter the weather!

    Are you ready to buy a treadmill but don’t know which one to get? Follow the guide!

    You should choose your treadmill depending on your fitness goals: getting/staying in shape, weight loss, improving athletic performances.

    There are three criteria to consider: performance (speed, horsepower, incline, etc.), comfort and features.

    1. Performance

    The first criteria to consider when choosing a treadmill is the maximum speed. Your needs will vary depending on whether you plan to walk at 6 km/h or run faster than 14km/h (i.e., stay in shape versus improve your performances). We suggest choosing a model with a faster maximum speed than your average speed to improve your fitness level. Don’t forget that the incline feature lets you change up your workout and burn more calories (weight loss).

    2. Fitting Comfort

    Your treadmill should be suitable for your size and stride. The faster you go and the longer your stride, the wider and longer the deck will need to be. Also remember to try out different cushioning systems to find the level of comfort you need.

    3. Coaching

    Different treadmills offer different features. Training programmes (weight loss, performance development, etc.) will help you change up your workouts. To track your progress and check your heart rate in real-time, you can choose between two types of heart rate monitors: the hand pulse grip system, or the more accurate chest strap system. Know that compatible applications for certain treadmills can give you a customised workout depending on your physical ability and goals. Enjoy having a real coach at home!

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    How to Reduce Body Heat Naturally: 10 Home Remedies

    June 15, 2020

    Do you have continues heartburn and acidity? Or a sensation of heat in palms and feet? Then it’s time to lend an ear to the whispers of your body. This might be the symptoms of excessive body heat, also referred as heat stress. Let’s dive into some tips on how to reduce body heat, its causes and effects.

    ‍The average body temperature of a normal adult is between 97.8°F and 99.0°F. it’s true that your autonomic nervous system and hypothalamus acts as a shield and maintain a balanced body temperature throughout. But at times your body becomes the heated pressure cooker, and releases excess amount of heat, calling it heat stress. Now that’s entirely a new form of stress, for you to be aware of! At times your body acts like a naughty child and does not cool by itself to maintain the body temperature. Its vitally important to have a knowledge on how to reduce body heat. Before going into cure, it’s necessary to look at its causes. This may have varied reasons, few of them are listed below for you to be aware of.

    Causes of high body heat

    1. Dehydration

    One among the natural cause of body heat. When your body doesn’t have sufficient water to cool down and to improve metabolism, it acts as dry desert, increasing your body heat.

    1. Overexertion in hot weather

    Weather is natural cause of body heat. When your body is overtly exposed to hot weather, it naturally cannot cool by itself and that’s obvious.

    1. Sun or Bushfire exposure

    When you are burning out down constantly under the hot sun, it increases your heat stress, thereby leading to several illnesses.

    1. Hyperthyroidism

    The medical condition of having a thyroid disorder. Your body produces excess of thyroid hormones reducing its capacity to cool down by itself. Thyroid increases fat deposition too, which boosts up your heat stress!

    1. Health Vs Style

    Tight fit leggings or clothes are always on trending fashion, but your craze for style at times effects your health. Regular use of tight fit clothes or synthetic clothing traps the moisture within, restraining your body to cool down, leading to heat stress. Its ok to be on style and wear what you love, but health is something that you should never compromise for.

    1. Caffeine / Alcohol

    Over intake of caffeine and alcohol can be deadly when mixed together. It increases your blood pressure and heart rate. When there is no enough circulation our body heats up and sweats off tirelessly. Thus to reduce your body heat it is indispensable to put a measure on your intakes.

    Effects of high body heat

     High body heat may sound normal, but has dreadful effects on our health and body.

    • Unpleasant symptoms

    Before jumping to major effects, it is better to look at some of the common symptoms of heat stress, which includes,

        – Stomach ulcers

        – Heat cramps

        – Skin rashes

    • Irritated mood on

    Increased body heat causes, excessive sweating, this can easily change your mood from good to bad in a minute. Increased irritability is one among the worst effect of increased body heat. It’s not good when your mood is always off, so open your senses and be alert on the how to reduce body heat.

    • Sleeplessness 

    Now that’s a dreadful thought. Sleep is as much as important and dearest for most of us like food! Not allowing your body to cool down will certainly lead you to sleepless nights. Which in turn effects all your healthy routines of the day.

    • Loss of concentration

    When your body is heated up, your head heats up simultaneously. Productivity is zero when your head is heated up like the molten lava, the concentration level with which you used to work, will never remain the same once its boiled up. It is important to maintain a balanced temperature, to enhance your creative and productive senses.

    • Cease to be the Iron man

    Yes! When you have high body heat, your strength reduces and you are never the Hulk or the Wonder Women you used to be anymore. The changes in the blood flow rate in your body creates additional demands, but you are unable to do heavy works or add more to your schedule because of the excessive body heating.

    • Severe illness

    This heat stress makes our body vulnerable to number of illness which can be serious if not treated properly. Heat Syncope and Heat Stroke are two major illness caused by excessive heating of the body.

    How To Reduce Body Heat

    Getting a glimpse of the causes and effects of high body heat might have triggered the fear deep inside you related to your health. So it’s cardinal to know how to reduce body heat immediately. Let’s dive into few tips to reduce body heat. Listed below are 10 fruitful tips on how to reduce your body heat naturally. This includes few home remedies for body heat for making your paths easy.

    1. Coconut water

    The tender, tasty, juicy coconut water does magic to your body. This is an ideal answer for your question on how to reduce your body heat. It hydrates your body and balances the temperature producing electrolytes naturally.

    1. Wear loose dress
    loose dress to reduce body heat

    It’s true that tight fit clothes trap up the moisture in your body. So shift to the new cool dress code in style. Wear a loose summer top and flaunt it in classy with a light-colored natural fabric. Its scientifically proven that natural fabrics like cotton, linen etc. reduces the high heat of your body naturally.

    1. Buttermilk
    buttermilk to get rid of body heat

    The inevitable member of our home during summer, is one among the best home remedy to reduce body heat. This healthy drink contains essential probiotic vitamins and minerals which maintain the cooling of our body even in excess heat.

    1. Sitali breathe
    sitali breathe to reduce body heat

    This is a yoga breathing technique which naturally cools our body and mind. It helps us to relax down and cool setting apart the burden of our shoulders. It’s an easy prick to do.

    • First you have to be seated in a comfortable position.
    • Stick out your tongue and roll the outer edges in, (funny but effective)
    • Slowly inhale with your mouth
    • Exhale through your nose
    • Continue doing this at least for 5 minutes.
    1. Aloe vera

    The natural cooling agent. Aloe Vera is the essential plant in every home that automatically cools down our body temperature. Its leaves and the gel inside does magic to our body! You can either consume it internally by adding the gel into water or use it externally on your skin and face. Both ways it cools down the high heat piled up inside you.

    1. Milk and honey
    milk and honey for reducing body heat

    This natural home remedy to reduce body heat is simple and effective. Add a teaspoon of honey in to a glass of cold milk and see the change by yourself.

    1. Vitamin C rich foods to reduce body heat

    Consuming foods which are high in Vitamin C boosts up your blood flow and metabolism. It’s a cure for internal and external heat of your body. Fruits like orange, strawberry, lemon etc. is tasty and healthy when consumed daily. Say bye to your caffeine drinks during summers and switch to a healthy habbit of fruity pulpy juices rich in vitamins.

    1. Grandma’s drink
    grandma drink for body heat

    It’s not officially named so, but you can literally call it as Grandma’s drink because it is a healthy home drink which your grandma might force you to drink when you are sick. Add a teaspoon of turmeric powder and almond powder into a glass of fresh milk. Stir it well and gulp it up and see for yourself, how it reduces the body heat naturally keeping you fresh and healthy all day long. 

    1. Peach punch

    Peach is known to be the natural heeler of your body heat. It contains Vitamin A and B2 Potassium which controls the body heat and maintains the balance naturally. Consume it directly adding to your salads or have a nice peach punch to hydrate yourself.

    1. Drink more water
    drink more water to get rid of body heat

    Last but not the least, hydrating your body with sufficient water is a forever tip to reduce your body heat naturally. The magic water does to your body is awestruck. Drinking cold water melts down the heat and keeps you fresh and alive throughout.

    1. Cold water baths

    When you look out for home remedies to reduce body heat, the best solution you can possibly come across is a cold water bath! Indeed, the easiest way to reduce body heat is by taking cold water baths or heading out for a swim in cold water.

    1. Lowered physical activity

    When people usually face problems like headache, cramping or  nausea due to elevated body temperatures, they tend to look out for expensive therapies to reduce body heat and generally tend to overlook the tips on how to reduce body heat naturally. When an individual sets out to understand ways on how to keep body cool, what one fails to understand is that exercises or heavy workouts can increase body temperature and cause sweating. By reducing such intensive exercises, it becomes easy to reduce body heat.

    1. Sandalwood

    This is one of those Ayurvedic items that is easily available in households in the form of soaps or powders. Applying this onto the skin or rubbing it on the body on a daily basis is known to reduce body heat.

    1. Pomegranate Juice

    The summer season along with all the heat and sweat, rashes and body odours brings with itself an important question, ‘ how to reduce body heat?’ Well, it is not that difficult to get an answer to this question, especially when the markets are flooded with the explosive ‘anar’ or the pomegranate. Fresh pomegranate juice is not only beneficial to boost immunity against several diseases and pathogens but also has cooling effects on the body.

    1. Mints

    Mints or peppermints are not only used to attain temporary fresh cool breaths or as key ingredients in thirst quenching mocktails, but are also known to keep your body cool and regulate homeostatic temperatures

    1. Watermelons

    Along with the mighty mango, another fruit that usually captures the summer market is the watermelon. Generally consuming watermelons that are known to contain upto 92% water, helps prevent dehydration and keep your body cool.

    1. Cucumbers

    Cucumbers, which are not only widely used in salads but also used for soothing the eyes during intense facial treatments are known to contain 95% water in them. Thus, cucumbers help reduce the excess heat within the body.

    1. Zucchini

    Another important vegetable which visually looks like the identical twin of cucumber, Zucchini also provides soothing effects to the body and is known to contain about 90-95% water.

    Now you know how to reduce body heat, maintain your body temperature and be alive. It is more important for children, pregnant women and for people over 65 years to balance their body temperature than others. Sweat for good and keep yourselves cool, let your body melts you down.

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    Choose the Right Treadmill for You

    June 10, 2020

    Buying and using a treadmill can be one of the most sensible health decisions you can make. As fitness professionals, we recommend treadmills more than any other piece of home exercise equipment. They are functional, easy to use, and when used correctly, provide an ideal way to burn calories, manage weight and strengthen, and enhance your cardiovascular system. But buyer beware! Since treadmills are the most extensive category in the fitness industry, there are more choices than any other fitness equipment. This is a mixed blessing. The following are important tips to make sure you maximize your investment and reach your goals.

    The shopping phase is the foundation to make sure that you choose wisely and protect your investment.

    Take your time.

    • Educate yourself by doing your homework first online
    • Start with a reputable dealer or website
    • Ask the hard questions mentioned below
    • Test the equipment thoroughly at a store or other site
    • Think long term for both your goals and other family members

    Shopping for Your Treadmill

    1. Consider your goalsand the goals of other potential exercisers in your home before you start your search. Most families will have more than one individual that will likely be using the equipment. For example, “under buying” or buying a low quality, underpowered treadmill that will be used by both a 130lb. and a 200lb. person is a common mistake.
    2. Start your shopping by researching onlineto find the equipment that interests you. Find out the top rated brands through rating websites, product reviews and more. You should visit the manufacturers’ websites and even their Facebook pages to see who is using their equipment. Often the best brands also make commercial equipment used in gyms and health clubs.
    3. Find out where you can purchase the equipmentonce you find a few companies and models that interest you. Most can be purchased online through the manufacturers’ websites or other shopping sites and through retail stores. For retail stores, better quality equipment is sold through specialty fitness retailers, not discount stores.
    4. Think about the level of service that you want.The highest level of service will come from a specialty fitness retailer. Purchasing online is often less expensive, but you will need to do more research beforehand about which products you want, and often have to assemble the equipment yourself when it arrives – though this varies by shopping sites.
    5. Authorized specialty fitness retailers.Make a list of local retailers who specialize in fitness equipment and which brands they carry. Many dealers exclusively sell certain brands. This is why it is important to do your research ahead of time. Specialty fitness dealers will likely have a more educated staff, higher quality equipment and the ability to assemble and service your product more effectively. Some have financing options.  Sometimes these dealers will also have relationships with personal trainers to help you start your program.
    6. Test the equipment. If you choose to purchase online, try to find a way to test the equipment through a friend, gym, spa or hotel. The best manufacturers often sell commercial products, so you can get a feel for their equipment somewhere else. Note that it isn’t really fair to retail sales staff for you to go into their store, take up their time then go purchase cheaper somewhere else.
    7. If you go to a store, be prepared to test the equipmentin the manner in which you will be using it. Almost any unit will feel and seem adequate if you walk on it for 5 minutes. It’s only when you begin to put a treadmill through its paces by adding incline, using different programs, or jogging on it that you will start to notice major differences in quality and comfort even vibration and noise. Plan on wearing comfortable exercise clothes and walking or jogging shoes. Don’t hesitate to spend 15-30 minutes testing the equipment. A good treadmill is a major investment. Take your time.

    Must Haves

    Easily navigable console and screen with a large digital readout.Ask yourself, “does the layout make sense?” A sales person should show you some basics like start and stop, but after the first several minutes, the buttons and console should make intuitive sense.

    Shock absorption system.This is a major “hook” for almost all treadmills now, but make note. When you walk fast or run, does the deck feel firm and stable, yet forgiving? It should not feel “soft” or spongy as this type of cushioning can create knee injuries in the long run and also wear out quickly. On the other side of the spectrum, you don’t want a treadmill that feels like you are running on asphalt. Look for a manufacturer that provides compelling, research-based, evidence on why their cushioning system works. Ask the salesperson why a manufacturer chose their cushioning and how it works. There should be some methodology in the system other than simply putting in rubber spacers or dampeners.

    In addition to cushioning, some treadmills even go so far as to make automated adjustments to belt speed in order to compensate for minor variations in foot speed during workouts – a technology that proposes to make your session more comfortable and easier on your body. A test workout at the store will help you determine if these features really improve your workout. Remember, anything that will make your workout more comfortable and easier to stick with is worth considering.

    Electronic Features.Many treadmills have a spectrum of features to lure buyers ranging from fans and interactivity, to displaying calories burned. Consider what is important to you and how you will use it. The key is to look for electronic features that are both motivating and challenging. Look for an electronic package that will grow with you as you progress and one that will accommodate the needs of other users in your home. As fitness professionals, some of the most effective features we’ve found include: interval programs, quick start functions, and specific user IDs that are customizable and can store past workouts to be used in the future.

    Adequate Motor.This has become one of the most confusing data points of all. Don’t be fooled by the “bigger is always better” rhetoric. In reality, a 2.0 and above continuous duty HP motor is sufficient for virtually any user if the other components are high quality (continuous duty is a measure of horsepower under regular anticipated use and is far more meaningful than “peak” horsepower).

    For example, a good cooling mechanism reduces heat on the motor and other key components – extending the life and wear on these parts. A large motor with a poor cooling mechanism makes for a bad combination that will likely result in premature wear and tear on parts as well as poor performance. Look at the treadmill as a system with matched components not just a unit with a “big” or “quiet” motor.

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    Programming and Motivation

    The basics from a fitness point of view are: elapsed time, distance, speed, and incline. Having a measure of calories burned can also be motivating for the right individuals. Consider what additional information or features will help keep you motivated day after day. No one can answer this for you.

    Think about what has worked for you in the past and what has not. Remember all that matters in the long term is whether or not you use the equipment day in and day out.

    Some of the most useful added features include:

    Heart Rate interactivity. Measuring your heart rate (HR) is the surest indicator of progress and proper intensity. Everyone has a target heart rate range they should work within. Too high and you risk injury. Too low and you won’t reach your goals. The best treadmills will actually adjust speed while measuring your heart rate to make sure that you stay within this range. You simply punch in the desired HR and the machine will respond accordingly throughout the workout. Look for a HR control that adjusts incline at a minimum. Adjusting both speed and incline may pose some concerns for users. Often on products that adjust both speed and incline, you cannot make manual adjustments. If you are feeling uncomfortable with the settings, you have to stop and get back in to the program. Incline-only HR programs allow for manual speed adjustments to keep you feeling safe and in control.

    Pre-set and custom programs.One of the leading reasons people quit a program is boredom. Having a treadmill that provides a myriad of programs will help keep a program fresh and full of variety. The ability to customize a program for your specific needs is also a great feature. Look for some research behind the programs.

    User Profile/ID. Separate user IDs that store data for individual users are ideal for families, husband and wife, or workout partners and are great for competing against others and yourself. The user IDs allow you to keep your own odometer, store a database of your workout information, and create custom courses based on your own personal preferences and goals. This is a great way to measure progress. The best treadmills will “remember” your workouts and even those of other users in your house. Look for the ability to store workouts for two or more users in order to duplicate them again.

    Ease of Use.In the world of personal training we have found over the years that many clients are intimidated or simply frustrated with the amount of features and buttons on a treadmill. It becomes another obstacle to regular exercise. The best treadmills keep it simple. Big green buttons mean go. Big red buttons mean stop. Emergency stops should be well labeled and it should take no more than 2 to 3 “button pushes” to launch a program. Look for a treadmill that has a manual or “quick start” mode as well as the programs described above. These modes require only 1-2 pushes of a button and you go. Basically, look for a treadmill that will do the thinking for you.

    Interval training.Interval training means periods of high intensity combined with periods of lower intensity – a very effective means of increasing fitness levels quickly. Look for programming that offers numerous options for interval training. A typical program operates on a one min rest, one min work interval set-up. The programming should be set up so that all you have to do is set the rest period one time and the work period one time and the machine takes over from there.

    Fitness test. This is a great tool for motivation and measuring progression. Essentially this is a pre-set program based on a scientific set of principles that “test” your fitness level at any given time. Essentially you launch the program and the program will take you through a program that gauges fitness level based on variables such as heart rate, distance and speed, etc. Research shows us that the second biggest reason people quit an exercise program is lack of results. Accomplishing a fitness test on a periodic basis will help you see your progress.

    Safety and Maintenance

    Running and walking on an electronic piece of equipment is very effective and simple. It can also be unsafe and fraught with quality issues if you don’t choose wisely. Here’s what to look for:

    Safety features. Look for basics like a safety key and belt speed that starts and stops in small, gradual increments. Make sure the treadmill has handrails or console grips that are comfortable without being obtrusive. Can you run or walk comfortably without hitting them? Are they ergonomically located so that you can use them when you start or stop? Testing in the store for several minutes will help you choose wisely.

    Maintenance. Look for a treadmill that is maintenance-free. Although some basic care is advisable, you should not have to spend time lubricating and servicing your treadmill after every workout. A well-designed unit takes normal wear and tear into account so you don’t have to and helps save you time and hassle. Look for a deck that is reversible – meaning you can have the deck flipped when normal wear takes its course on the running surface. A reversible deck essentially doubles the life of your treadmill surface.

    Warranty. A treadmill is an electronic piece of equipment. A quality unit is a long-term investment that, with regular use, will require service at some point. Most quality treadmills will offer a lifetime warranty on the frame. When it comes to other components, look for a warranty that provides for at least 1 year of labor and a minimum of 1-3 years coverage on parts. Ask your salesperson what components are covered.

    Be sure your warranty includes:

    • motor
    • deck and belt
    • electronics

    Equally as important, does the dealer from whom you are purchasing have their own service staff who are trained and authorized by the manufacturer to service your equipment?

    About the author

    Gregory Florez, founder and CEO of First Fitness, Inc, is one of the country’s leading experts in several

    health and fitness categories including: personal coaching and training, product trends, and fitness technology. His companies, First Fitness, Inc. and FitAdvisor.com have worked with over 40,000 executives and employees of Fortune 500 companies around the world, including DuPont and Intel, to improve the health of their valued employees over the past 22 years.

    Mr. Florez’s FitAdvisor Health Coaching Services were rated as the top coaching service by the Wall Street Journal. He has published several books, served as a board member for IDEA, and is a spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise. He is featured regularly as a writer, speaker, and expert in industry publications and conferences including: Health and Fitness Business, The American College of Sports Medicine, Club Industry, and consumer media, such as The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Men’s Health, Vogue, Good Housekeeping, and Smart Money magazine. He is also a featured columnist for Club Industry’s Fitness Business Pro magazine, and The American Council on Exercise’s Professional website. Gregory is a former college and Nike sponsored athlete and participates in a variety of endurance athletics.

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    Specifications to Look for Before Buying a Treadmill

    June 8, 2020

    A home treadmill can be a great investment, giving you more options for exercise when you’re out of time, can’t get to the gym, or can’t get outside. Using a treadmill in a gym is one thing, but considering one for your home gym is another matter. A good treadmill is expensive and buying one doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll use it on a regular basis.

    Before you decide whether to but a treadmill, consider these factors:

    • Budget: How much would you like to spend?
    • Extras: Consider program options, heart rate monitors, and additional features.
    • People: How many people will use it, and how often?
    • Space: How much room do you have? Should you get a folding treadmill?
    • Usage: How you will use it—running places more stress on the machine than walking and requires a longer belt for a longer stride.

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    Budget for a Home Treadmill

    Your budget is probably the number one consideration in buying any piece of home fitness equipment, especially something as big and expensive as a treadmill. It’s important to get the highest quality treadmill you can afford. A quality treadmill will be comfortable, quiet, easy to use, and will last a long time.

    If you want a treadmill that will last, you’ll likely spend at least $1,000, although spending between $1,500 and $3,000 will offer more stability, better motors, and more workout options. If you have two or more users in your household, it is wise to look at models costing at least $1,500.

    There are some so-so models that fall under $1,000, but keep in mind those may not last as long, especially for runners or if you have several people using the treadmill.

    If you have a limited budget, consider buying a lightly-used or refurbished treadmill. You can often find these for sale by previous owners as well as at some stores that sell used fitness equipment.

    Treadmill Motor Horsepower

    The horsepower delivered by the drive motor directly affects the quality of your treadmill and how your workouts will feel. Figuring out horsepower and motor specifications can be confusing.

    To make it easy, look for a motor with at least 1.5 continuous-duty horsepower (CHP). If you plan on running on the treadmill frequently, you’ll be better off choosing 2.5 to 3.0 CHP. You will also need a more powerful motor depending on your weight.

    Minimum Specifications

    Other things to look for include:

    • Belt size: For running, the belt should be at least 48 inches long and 18 inches wide. If you are over 6 feet tall, you would need at least a 52-inch belt for walking and a 54-inch belt for running.
    • Control panel: It should be within reach and simple to use.
    • Cushioning: The running bed should absorb shock and the belt shouldn’t move around with every foot-strike.
    • Incline: Get a treadmill with an incline that goes up to 10 percent or higher. If the treadmill has a decline feature, that is also valuable to give a better simulation of outdoor running conditions.
    • Maximum weight rating: This is a consideration if you are a larger person, and it is also an indication of the sturdiness of the treadmill. Look at the maximum user weight rating (which is optimistic) and subtract about 50 pounds for a realistic figure.
    • Speed: If you plan on running, get a treadmill that goes up to 10 mph or higher.
    • Stability: The treadmill shouldn’t shake when you run or walk on it and the frame should remain stable

    Space and Folding Treadmills

    A treadmill looks a lot smaller in the store than it will in your home, so be sure to measure your space before buying. A folding treadmill may seem like a good option, but it will still take up space when folded.

    Other considerations are that some models are much easier to fold, unfold, and move. You may have to tilt a heavy treadmill back on its wheels to move it, which can be a challenge. Test this in the store so you know it will work in your exercise space.   7 Things to Check Before Buying a Folding Treadmill  

    Programming Extras

    Before you buy a treadmill, think about the kinds of things you want. Before you go shopping, ask yourself a few questions such as:

    • Can you maintain a treadmill?
    • Do you want running or walking programs included?
    • Do you want a heart rate monitor included?
    • Do you want the ability to link your treadmill to apps or websites such as ifit.com for new workouts?
    • Do you want both incline and decline to simulate both uphill and downhill?
    • Do you need a treadmill that folds or do you have enough space for a regular treadmill?
    • What’s the most important feature you want in a treadmill?

    Try Before You Buy

    You may not be able to find all your treadmill choices at local sporting goods stores, but it pays to do some research and try as many treadmills as possible. Make a list of treadmills you’re interested in and call local sporting goods stores to see if they’re available locally.

    Spend at least 10 minutes on each treadmill. Make sure it’s quiet and that it doesn’t shake, even when running. While you’re there, see where the drink holder is. Is there a place to put your music player or cell phone? Can you add a book rack?

    Treadmill Warranty, Delivery, and Set-up

    The manufacturer’s warranty will often give you significant clues as to the quality of the treadmill. Look for a lifetime warranty on the frame and motor, or a minimum of 10 years. Electronics should have a 5-year warranty. Parts and labor should have a 2-year warranty.

    How will you get the treadmill into your home? Delivery costs can be significant if they are not included in the purchase price. Also, consider how you are going to move the treadmill from your doorstep to your designated workout area and whether that is included or will cost extra. New treadmills usually require some assembly and you should see if that is included or requires a separate fee.

    Using Your Treadmill

    Once you get your treadmill home, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to try out the different programs and get into a routine. Treadmill workouts get pretty boring if you do the same thing all the time. Be sure to take the time to explore all of the variations so your new treadmill doesn’t linger in the corner becoming a clothes rack.

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    How to Choose the Right Treadmill

    June 7, 2020

    Customizable for those of all fitness levels, treadmills are the king of the home gym. Buying a treadmill for home use can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to run you ragged. This Pro Tips guide is here to help you take the first step toward finding the right treadmill for you.

    MANUAL VS. MOTORIZED TREADMILLS

    One of the first things you should consider when buying a treadmill is the power source. While most modern treadmills have a motor, some are manual.

    MANUAL TREADMILLS

    With manual treadmills, it’s up to you to power the belt. The treadmill begins moving through the action of your feet. Manual treadmills require more effort from runners than motorized treadmills.

    Manual treadmills are more cost-effective and do not require electricity. However, there are certain drawbacks. They tend to have less features, are less sturdy, and you also have to manually change the incline. In general, manual treadmills tend to be better for walking rather than running.

    MOTORIZED TREADMILLS

    Motorized treadmills have motors powered electrically with continuous horsepower, or CHP. The CHP measures how much power the motor maintains throughout the workout.

    Motorized treadmills include more features and are suitable for longer training sessions. With various settings for speed and incline, they allow for more varied workouts. However, motorized treadmills tend to be more expensive. The higher the CHP, the more expensive the cost.

    RUNNING SURFACE

    Also known as the belt or deck size, your treadmill’s running surface is a key component. There are a few different elements of the running surface you will want to look for.

    • Running Surface Length: Lengths of treadmill decks range from 45 inches to 60 inches. Treadmills with a short length work well for walkers. Those with long surfaces are better for running. However, users with long strides may also prefer a longer deck.
    • Running Surface Width: The width of treadmill decks ranges from 16 inches to 22 inches. Treadmill users with wider frames may prefer a wider deck. Meanwhile, those with smaller frames may opt for a narrow deck to be closer to the side handrails.
    • Belt Thickness: The thicker your belt, the more cushioning and comfort provided to legs and joints. Some belts come with a built-in cushion to help provide more shock absorption as your run.

    Those with limited space should be mindful of length and width before purchase.

    TECHNOLOGY AND FEATURES

    Treadmills come with a variety of technologies and features. Some can help advance your fitness goals, while others simply provide a little more luxury.

    • App and Wireless Compatibility: Modern treadmills often have app and wireless compatibility. This allows you to track your performance with corresponding smart phone apps.
    • Built-Ins: If music helps you get into your groove, then you may want to consider a treadmill with built-in speakers. Some models feature television screens that allow you to catch up on your favorite shows as you catch up on your steps. Treadmills may also have built-in water bottle holders or cooling fans for added convenience.
    • Folding: Light on space? A folding treadmill may be best for your household. These treadmills have a deck that folds up for easier storing when not in use.
    • Preloaded Workouts: Some treadmill consoles have preset workouts with specific speeds and inclines. Preloaded workouts sometimes include displays with virtual sceneries.

    When making a big purchase, you want to tread carefully. Features aren’t the only consideration when buying a treadmill; budget plays a role, too. Learn more about what is driving the price of your treadmill.

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    TREADMILL BUYING GUIDE

    June 5, 2020

    The right home treadmill can help you lose weight sensibly, incorporate fitness into your daily life, and enjoy exercise from the comfort of your home whatever the weather. If you’re on the hunt for a new home treadmill, learn more about how to find your perfect match with the help of our free treadmill buying guide below. It covers what features to look for when browsing treadmill options and how you can save time and money along the way.

    Watch Our Video “How to Buy a Treadmill” To Get Started

    This treadmill buying guide is divided into two sections. The first part provides a treadmill shopping warm-up featuring five simple treadmill buying tips to save you time and money. Part two zooms in on the key treadmill components in more detail to help you understand how to buy a machine with the right motor power, track size and other features to suit your individual workout needs. When you reach the end of the guide and are more familiar with key treadmill terms and features, you will be ready to explore which brands and models are right for you. To help with this, the guide concludes with links to our honest treadmill reviews and overall brand reviews.

    HOW TO BUY A TREADMILL

    PART ONE: WARM UP FOR TREADMILL SHOPPING

    Why should you warm up before treadmill shopping? There’s two main reasons which spring to mind. Firstly, you want to avoid brain sprain! With a huge array of brands, models and offers on the market, treadmill shopping can be overwhelming. Warming up will help you narrow down your options and give you a clearer idea of what you are looking for. Secondly, companies play price games. If you don’t know the rules, you could end up feeling cheated instead of happy with your decision. Learn how to buy a treadmill wisely with these simple tips and tricks.

    1. CHOOSE YOUR WORKOUT SPACE AND TREADMILL SIZE

    How much room can you offer a treadmill in your home, and where are you going to put it? To save time before shopping, measure the floor space you plan to put your treadmill on. If you’re considering a folding treadmill, also measure any space (L x W x H) you have to spare for storage. Treadmill dimensions are usually published, and keeping this information handy makes you a more efficient shopper. Keep in mind that the required running space, which you can work out via the treadmill belt size, can also impact the overall footprint of the treadmill. We recommend a 22″ wide belt for runners and 20″ for walkers. Although a 20″ belt is sufficient for runners, it just leaves a little less room for error.

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    As a general rule, a minimum of 50″ in belt length is recommended for walkers, 55″ for runners and 60″ for runners over 6′ tall.

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    Once you have worked out how much space you need in your home to have a treadmill, you can start thinking about treadmill size. Standard home treadmills are about 7′ long and 3′ wide. Although there are many folding treadmills on the market which are significantly shorter, they still require lots of room when they’re in use.

    Looking for a foldable home treadmill? Luckily, foldable treadmills are now offered at every price point. Be sure to review the specs and dimensions of any folding treadmill you have your eye on before buying, and measure your space to ensure you have ample room. One example of a high-quality folding treadmill for runners is the Sole F85. If you’re looking for more options, browse our picks of the best folding treadmills when you’re ready.

    Spend too much time sitting at work? You should try a desk treadmill. They work just the same as standard treadmills whilst also providing desk space and can be great for boosting productivity at work. Depending on your weight, you can burn between 80-180 calories per hour walking at a moderate speed; that’s up to 1,440 calories in a single work day!

    2. IMAGINE YOUR TREADMILL WORKOUTS

    Do you envision relaxing walks, intense running or something in between? Answering this question will help you narrow down your treadmill selection by motor power. The heavier the exercise you anticipate, the higher powered motor you will need. We will take a look at motor power in more detail in the second section of this guide.

    Your answer to the above question can also help you choose the track size for your workout needs. Walkers can save money by choosing shorter treadmill tracks and runners (especially tall runners) will need more room to stretch out.

    3. SET YOUR PRICE

    Cheaper Treadmills: Comparing Treadmills Up to $1,000

    • Under $500

    Treadmills under $500 are very low-end, so even when $499 reflects a deep discount we’d proceed with lots of caution. In this price range, the warranties are often void after just 90 days. These treadmills can be handy for occasional walking or jogging during bad weather, but if you use them regularly or intensely they could break down within a few months. Common shortcomings include wobbly frames, noisy belts, very small workout areas, flickering data screens and minimal workout programming.

    • Under $800

    A small minority of treadmills under $800 earn high scores in our reviews. Most machines priced around $799 can serve hassle free for at least a year, especially when they’re used just for walking, but it’s difficult to supply all-round high quality at this price. Generally, shoppers need to choose between durability and engaging features. For example, you could get a manual incline here, but maybe not a power incline. You could get a contact heart rate monitor, but not a more accurate wireless pulse reader. For help sorting through the options you can see our list of best “cheap” treadmills.

    • Under $1,000

    With about $1,000 to spend at a big treadmill sale, a walker or jogger can find some great bargains. Some of these machines have full prices around $1,499 and have parts and labor coverage for a couple of years. The best buys have full tracks, modest power inclines and a good variety of workout programs. As for their displays, classic LCD monitors are most common on treadmills under $1,000, but sometimes 7-inch touch screens are available too. These treadmills usually provide speakers with an AUX port for you to stream music or listen to podcasts, and are sometimes compatible with wireless heart rate transmitters. See our list of best treadmills under $1,000 for some options in this price range.

    Better Treadmills: Comparing Treadmills Priced $1,000+

    • Under $1,500

    The most popular home treadmills for runners and serious walkers have full prices around $1,999 and up, but you can order one for $1,499 during sales. Compared with treadmills under $1,000, these cardio trainers are higher powered and more comfortable to use. They are also equipped with better features such as steeper power inclines, larger touch screens, enhanced workout options such as heart-rate controlled workout programs, and sometimes, wireless chest straps. See our list of best treadmills under $1,500 for some options in this price class.

    • Under $2,000

    Our top-rated home treadmills under $2,000 have impressive performance, cutting-edge electronics, and all the comforts of health club treadmills. The best treadmills in this price class are ideal for avid runners and for households with more than one trainee. Some of the most valuable features of these treadmills are found behind the scenes. Machines costing a bit less might look similar (with 10″ touch screens and spacious tracks, for instance) but won’t necessarily endure as long or perform as well. The best treadmills under $2,000 tend to have higher quality belts that last longer than others in their price class. These higher quality belts may also be maintenance-free as opposed to other belts that require occasional waxing. These treadmills are usually also equipped with better cushioning systems, which make a big difference to comfort and endurance and have even been shown to boost calorie burn rates.

    • $2,000 and Up

    Premium treadmills are often sale-priced at $2,000 at up, with full prices reaching $3,500 or more. This category includes incline trainer treadmills (great for calorie burn), very high-speed treadmills for marathon runners, and all-round luxury treadmills for everyday exercise at any intensity. These cardio trainers carry light commercial warranties and/or very long residential warranties. Highlights vary among the treadmill brands and models, but some top features in this top tier include: very high maximum speeds, excellent absorption of shock and sound, extra-large monitors, web-enabled touch screens, integrated television, and fitness tests in addition to standard workouts. The best-value models in this price range have maintenance-free tracks and reversible decks which give them twice the life.

    Different models within the same price class can vary in features and performance significantly. Our in-depth treadmill reviews walk you through how specific models compare with each other. You can also use our lists of best treadmills by price as a reference.

    4. DECIDE WHICH FEATURES YOU’LL USE

    Most treadmills have special features. Such features aren’t necessary for cardio training, but they can improve the exercise experience and help keep you motivated. Examples are preset workout programs, Bluetooth speakers and TVs. You should assess which treadmill extras will actually help you meet your fitness goals and which ones will go unused. Being honest about your needs for guidance and distraction during training is an important part of figuring out which treadmill is right for you.

    Here are some of the most practical special features treadmill shoppers should consider:

    1. Automated Incline

    Treadmills with inclines make exercise more interesting by varying your ride. They also have three very practical benefits: they make treadmill exercise easier on your joints, allow faster calorie burn and support better muscle definition.

    You may be thinking about how much incline you would actually use on your treadmill and how much incline you should be using to maximize calorie burn. Most home treadmills today have maximum inclines of 10, 15, and 20%. Incline trainer treadmills have maximum inclines of 40%; these allow you to burn calories at a runner’s pace by simply walking.

    2. Workout Programs

    Most home treadmills today offer built-in workout programs that control their speed and incline. Keep in mind that the cheapest treadmills only work in manual mode and that treadmill workout menus vary in size and variety. Often this programming justifies a price hike, so be sure that you would take advantage of the additional workout guidance before you sacrifice the extra dollars.

    Beyond the preloaded workout options, you can now choose to add extra workout technology to your purchase with many treadmill brands. Here are a couple of options you might want to pursue:

    • iFit offers users unlimited personalized workouts through their monthly membership, which often comes free with certain brands’ treadmill purchase for a limited time. As well as accessing hundreds of video workouts delivered by personal trainers from fitness studios around the world, the iFit Google Maps app lets you draw any route in Google Maps and virtually experience it with your treadmill! Besides being immersed in a Google Street View of your choice, you’ll experience the rise and fall of terrain as the treadmill incline/decline responds to the programming. The treadmill brands that currently offer iFit are NordicTrack, HealthRider and ProForm.
    • Passport Virtual Active workout programs are delivered through interactive videos. A Passport player works with your home TV to immerse you in scenic settings with ambient sound, and as your workout speed changes, the video and audio adjusts accordingly. Passport is compatible with most treadmills by Horizon Fitness and Vision Fitness.
    • Wireless Pulse Monitors can help you exercise more efficiently by providing accurate heart rate data. Wireless heart rate monitors offer the most accuracy, and some treadmills with wireless monitors also offer heart rate control; their preset workout programs will adjust to help you stay in your target heart rate zone.

    3. Treadmill Accessories

    Most treadmill brands allow you to personalize your purchase. As you seek out the best treadmill for your specific needs, keep in mind that there are a number of unique accessories to help you reach your unique fitness goals. Just a few extras you can consider as you weigh up your options include:

    • Treadmill Mats: A treadmill mat can improve the durability of your treadmill and the flooring underneath, especially if you plan to place your machine on carpet. They also make it easier to clean the floor around your treadmill and minimize the noise caused by the vibration of using your machine.
    • Treadmill Cleaning Materials: You want your treadmill to last. A great way to ensure this is to buy the proper cleaning materials to help it stand the test of time, including cleaning solutions and brushes specific to your treadmill. It’s best to wait until you receive your owner’s manual to ensure you purchase the appropriate materials for your machine.
    • Entertainment Accessories: Don’t want to invest in a treadmill with a built-in screen? Maybe you already have a treadmill and just want to update it with the latest accessories, or instead want to use the technology you already have. For this, you could buy a tablet holder so you can use your tablet or iPad while you workout or a reading rack so you can enjoy a book or magazine using your e-reader. You could even buy a TV stand to put in front of your treadmill so you can catch up on your shows whilst you burn calories.

    Some other special features to consider are on/off cushioning, workout fans, water bottle holders, tablet computer holders, touch screens, and HD TV.

    4. TAKE A TEST RUN AND READ TREADMILL REVIEWS

    It’s wise to try a treadmill before inviting it home for good. You can test various brands in sporting goods stores and in some department stores such as Sears. However, if you do decide to test in-store and find your perfect match, be sure to buy your treadmill online! Usually the manufacturer’s website offers the best deal once you consider online discounts, sales tax, treadmill delivery and consumer protections. 

    If testing a treadmill isn’t feasible, then it’s especially important to read honest reviews featuring feedback from real customers; this is something we take seriously in our review process. We’ll give you the inside scoop about which home treadmills you should put at the top of your list, which ones seem like quality health club treadmills and so forth.