Why You Should Add a Treadmill to Your Home Gym

Fitness has been a love and priority of mine for the past ten years.  During that time period, I’ve done several different routines and have gone from single to married to having young children.  My desire and love for exercise has never changed in that time, but my situation has changed and demanded adjustment.

I love home gym machines because of the huge amount of flexibility that they give you.  As a mom of young children, I don’t have the freedom to go outside for a workout all the time.  And I definitely don’t have the extra time that it takes to drive to a gym, workout and then drive home.  For me, my workouts need to be as streamlined, efficient and effective as possible.  This is why I consider a home gym a worthy investment and why I’m slowly (and constantly) building mine up.

Keep reading for reviews, benefits, and other information about a great machine to add to your home gym today!

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Prenatal Yoga: Safe and Effective Workouts you can do While Pregnant

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I’m currently coming up on my 30th week of pregnancy with baby #3.  As I’m already a mom of two small children, sometimes all I have time for in a day is a quick 10 minute workout session.  And at 30 weeks pregnant, I don’t always feel like doing something really hard and intense.  My mobility is changing; my belly is getting bigger and my baby is requiring more and more nutrients to grow and develop.

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Is the Stamina Body Trac Glider the Best Rowing Machine under $200?

The Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050: Product Review

Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 (image will take you to Amazon)

Are you someone who wants to build up a home gym but your budget is limited?  Or maybe you are interested in giving rowing a try but don’t want to commit to the cost of a machine like the Concept 2 rower .  In either of these cases, checking out the Stamina Body Trac Glider could be well worth your time!  Continue reading for more information on this low-cost, effective rowing machine or go straight to Amazon here for the current price.

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Riding a Bike Century at 22 Weeks Pregnant: Ride Report

Ride to Defeat ALS Century: Cycling for Two

Preparation

I got up at 4:30am as I had to drive an hour to get to the start.  I didn’t have much to do besides make coffee and get dressed as I had done most of the work the evening before.  My game plan before an event is always three basic things:

  • Go over my bike and make sure everything is in working order
  • Ride at least 10 miles to make sure everything actually works. (The ONE time I didn’t do this, I got two flats within the first 10 miles of a 100 mile ride.  It ended up delaying us by two hours, which meant the last 20 miles were in horrendous heat.  If I had just stuck to this rule, I would have gotten them on my short ride and taken care of it before the big day.)
  • Get my clothes and equipment ready.  For this ride, I needed bike shorts, jersey, 2 water bottles, a couple packs of Clif Shot Bloks for emergency food (I used these strawberry ones off of Amazon), wallet, iphone, keys, shoes, helmet, riding gloves, a jacket (in case of rain), and a change of clothes for when I was done.

    Jersey, shorts, helmet, clif shot bloks, gloves and shoes
    Jersey, shorts, helmet, clif shot bloks, gloves and shoes

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Can you Ride a Bike Century while Pregnant? 10 Important Tips

Riding a Bike Century while Pregnant:

Should you even ride a bike while Pregnant?

Out doing what I love!
Out doing what I love!

Despite what some people may think, cycling (or bike riding) is actually one of the recommended forms of exercise for pregnant women, due to its low impact attributes and cardiovascular benefits.

I’ve been cycling regularly for seven years now.  In that time I’ve done several 100-mile centuries, and even more metric centuries (100 km or 62 miles).  I did four 100-mile centuries when I was pregnant with my first child in 2012, including a double century (200 miles in one day: Seattle, WA to Portland, OR, 11.5 hours riding time).  I’m now pregnant with my third child (due November 2016) and am preparing for a century in a couple days.  This particular century is a ride to raise funds for those suffering with ALS:

I have not done a century this far along yet, and although I feel mostly prepared, I’m undecided yet whether I’ll be doing a metric century(100 km) or a 100 mile century.  

This brings me to the Top 10 Important Points that I’ve learned over the years when doing long distance endurance events or races while you are pregnant.

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Concept 2 Model E vs. Concept 2 Model D: Which is better?

If you’re looking for a high quality rower, chances are pretty good that you’re are thinking about getting a Concept 2 Indoor Rower.  In looking around, you may have noticed that they have a Model D and Model E and that although the Model E is approximately 20% more in price than the Model D, there otherwise doesn’t seem to be much difference.

That’s what this article is for: to save YOU your valuable time in researching and give you a clear article on the differences between the two models so that you can make an informed decision before you purchase.

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Concept 2 Model D Indoor Rower

Concept 2 Model E Indoor Rower

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Equipment under $500: Is the Stamina Air Rower the Best?

Stamina Air Rower (1402 ATS) Product Review:

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The Stamina Air Rower (1402 ATS) is one of the most well-reviewed indoor rowers that you could buy within a $500 budget.  This makes it a great choice for those who want to enter in the world of indoor rowing but are operating within a smaller price range.  If you don’t have a lot of time right now, head on over to Amazon here for more information and the current price.  Otherwise keep reading for more information on this machine.

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Best Treadmills under $500: Review of the Weslo Cadence g 5.9!

Weslo Cadence g 5.9 Treadmill Review

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Are You Looking for a Way to Stay Fit But:

  • You have a limited budget.
  • You don’t have the time or means to get to the gym.
  • You have a small home and need a easy, cheap, space-saving solution that will allow you to get the job done.
  • You need a way to exercise, no matter the time of day, weather, or child-care logistics.

If any of these describe you and your needs, then the Weslo Cadence g 5.9 Treadmill just might be for you!  Continue for a full, comprehensive review on its pros and cons. Or go straight to Amazon for more information and prices.

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How I Stay Fit Throughout Pregnancy:

Exercise throughout pregnancy?  Absolutely!
Exercise while growing a baby? Absolutely!

I am currently pregnant with my third child, due November 2016.  I gave birth to my first two in 2013 and 2014 respectively.  They were 18 months apart and this one will be about 2.5 years from my last.  I have exercised through all that time, utilizing my own home gym and the equipment I’ve built up over the years.

As I currently take care of my children full time, I need my workouts to be as efficient and effective as possible and the current equipment I’ve chosen to buy have been specifically geared towards that requirement.  Over the last several years I’ve learned what my body can handle and the importance of exercising consistently when I’m pregnant.

Keep reading to find out what I do and what I use:

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