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Don’t Let Pollen Pollute Your Workout: Five Foods that Fight Spring Allergies

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

There’s only one thing worse for your home exercise routine than flu season: allergy season.

Spring is in the air, but so is pollen. That means all those beautifully flowering trees and plants are releasing tiny, annoying grains that infest your nose with irritants, sending your immune system into overdrive. Since your body is trying to protect you, it mistakenly labels the pollen grains as foreign invaders and starts attacking the allergens by releasing antibodies and associated chemicals, resulting in the runny nose and itchy eyes that slow you down every spring.

Of course, working out inside on your Smooth elliptical or treadmill eliminates some of the adverse effects of allergy season by allowing you to avoid direct contact with the pollen-infused air. But sometimes you just can’t get away from those symptoms. At Smooth Fitness, we feel your pain, and we’d like to share one of the best ways to fight off your allergies this spring season: eating healthy. Believe it or not, many natural foods contain nutrients capable of relieving your allergy symptoms.

1) Dark-colored produce: As if you needed another excuse to reach for the veggies instead of the potato chips, many naturally occurring plant compounds contain antioxidants that prevent damage to your airways. Try beets, berries, cherries, and red grapes for the best results.

2) Spicy turmeric: A yellow spice found in most Indian curries, turmeric offers anti-inflammatory benefits similar to many medicines. If you’re not into curry, you can also add it to soups, stews, or salad dressing – just be sure to avoid anything dairy-based, since it will reverse positive effects with its mucous-forming properties.

3) Leafy greens: For a great source of hesperidin, a phytonutrient with antihistamine properties, go green with veggies like broccoli, spinach, and romaine or red-leaf lettuce.

4) Black, green or white tea: Drinking tea might seem like a no-brainer comfort food when you’re feeling sick, but did you know that these teas also contain an important nutrient called quercetin? With antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antihistamine properties all rolled into one, quercetin is great for improving lung function during allergy season.

5) Tree nuts: Because they are high in magnesium and vitamin E, which alleviate breathing difficulties while boosting immunity, tree nuts like walnuts and pecans are a great way to fend off your spring allergy symptoms. Just don’t go overboard – nuts tend to be high in fat, so portion control is vital if you’re trying to lose weight.

Armed with these five allergy-fighting foods, you should be back on the home exercise horse in no time at all! Whether you’re increasing the resistance on your Smooth elliptical or running faster and longer on your new treadmill, your overall health and fitness can only improve when you incorporate a nutrient-rich diet into your workout regimen this spring.

Add a Little Substance to Your Spring Accessorizing

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

With shorts suits, sporty dresses and low heels ushering in a new season for fashion, spring of 2013 is already shaping up to be an exciting time to splurge on some trendy new accessories. But here at Smooth Fitness, the #1 internet retailer of home fitness equipment, we invite you to invest in a new kind of accessory: one that can help you slip back into those high-waisted cropped palazzo pants you’ve been unable to squeeze into since Christmas, just in time for bikini season. They’re called fitness accessories, and they’ll help you pull off any new style that strikes your fancy this spring.

Find Your Center

  • Ab wheel: Capable of providing one of the best core workouts of any fitness accessory on the market, the ab wheel helps you work muscles in not only your abdominals but also the oft-hard-to-reach lower back – improving your posture all the while.
  • Stability ball: Supported by the Mayo Clinic as one of the best fitness accessories for strengthening your core, the stability ball is a staple in Pilates and yoga classes thanks to its emphasis on incorporating balance and spinal stability into every workout.

Build Your Strength

  • Kettle bells: The main difference between a kettle bell and other forms of resistance training is that you only use one at a time, which offsets your center of gravity and forces your body to work extra hard at maintaining balance. That means you’re challenging all kinds of different muscle groups as well as your heart and lungs – all with just one simple fitness accessory.
  • Medicine ball: Originally used during World War I as a rehabilitation tool for the elderly, the medicine ball has come a long way to develop into one of the most versatile fitness accessories available. Choose between six- and ten-pound medicine balls here at Smooth Fitness to round out your home exercise with a flexible accessory that serves multiple functions in the world of strength training.

Smooth Fitness offers a variety of other home fitness accessories, including balance toners, exercise mats, wrist weights, resistance tubes and more! If you want to achieve the best wellness possible for you, you’ll need a comprehensive collection of home fitness equipment, and a key component of that is fitness accessories like the ones described here. So do your health a favor this spring! New fitness accessories from Smooth Fitness might be just what your home exercise routine has been missing.

Take a Spin on the All-New SitNCycle by Smooth Fitness!

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Trying to strengthen your core, but feel like you might scream if you have to do one more crunch? Smooth Fitness is pleased to introduce you to an all-new product that combines core, cardio and convenience in one portable package: the SitNCycle!

Although it’s technically classified as an exercise bike, the new SitNCycle utilizes a super-unique hands-free design that forces you to engage your core while you’re pedaling. Yoga and pilates fans already know how important balance is when it comes to strengthening your muscles; when you incorporate it into a cardio workout, the results are truly one of a kind. Since increasing your muscle mass makes you burn more calories when you’re simply going about your daily activities, imagine what that muscle training will do for your body while you’re already in the process of burning calories – up to 500 in just one hour on the SitNCycle, by the way, depending on your level of intensity. Now THAT’S how you get the most out of exercising at home!

Like all the best stationary bikes, the SitNCycle allows you to adjust your resistance to determine the intensity of each workout, making it the perfect piece of fitness equipment for beginners and veterans alike. But the best part about the SitNCycle is the convenience it provides anyone who is looking to buy gym equipment that they can accommodate in tight spots and tighter schedules. Since you don’t need your hands, “I’m too busy” as an excuse for skipping your workout becomes a thing of the past. Park the SitNCycle in front of the TV; pedal while catching up on your studies; move it to the computer room to check your emails. Whatever you need to get done today, the SitNCycle allows you to do it without neglecting your health and well-being.

If you’ve been searching for the best stationary bike to help you exercise at home, the SitNCycle should be at the top of your list. And if you’re feeling lost in your efforts to buy gym equipment online, you’ve already found your way! As the #1 internet retailer of home fitness equipment since 1996, Smooth Fitness is happy to provide a variety of solutions for achieving your personal health goals.

How to Get Over the “I’m Just Not a Runner” Mentality

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Ever heard that saying “anyone can be a runner,” and automatically roll your eyes in irritation?

We’ve all been there. It’s annoying because while it’s technically true – barring a disability, we all have legs and are capable of putting one foot in front of the other in a repetitive motion – it certainly doesn’t seem like it sometimes. Watching the confident, muscular athletes of a professional track team or the graceful, lithe participants of a marathon, it’s almost second nature to respond with a simple shrug and an accompanying “that’s not me, it’s never been me, and it never will be me.”

But as logical as it seems at the time, comparing yourself to other (perhaps more objectively “successful”) runners does nothing but hold you back from your own running potential. Sure, you might never finish a marathon or even enter a race, let alone win one. But you don’t have to be a pro athlete to make running a part of your lifestyle – especially if you ease into it with help from a treadmill.

Running on a treadmill is great for beginners for a few reasons. First of all, the cushion of the treadmill belt helps prevent those injuries that are all too common when you start moving your body in a way it deems foreign and unfamiliar. Second, running on a treadmill eliminates the potential for encountering pesky hills, wind, rain, and anything else the outdoors might throw your way, allowing you to focus on perfecting your stride and learning to breathe rather than conquering more advanced challenges.

Finally, the treadmill is your best friend when it comes to brutal honesty. Because running will inevitably be difficult at first, it’s easy to fall into the “I’ve been running FOREVER” trap when you’ve really only logged three minutes. The treadmill displays your distance, time, speed and heart rate right in front of you at all times, so it won’t let you fool yourself into thinking “mehhh, good enough” about a mediocre workout.

If you’re ready to enter the heart-pumping, lung-strengthening, fat-burning world of running, start by buying an affordable treadmill from Smooth Fitness. As your #1 internet retailer of home fitness equipment, Smooth Fitness can be trusted to sell you a quality product at a reasonable price – which must sound pretty good when the end result means a happier, healthier you.

Avoid the Pitfalls of the Treadmill-to-Outdoors Switch

Friday, April 5th, 2013

It might not feel like spring with all the snow we’ve seen in places like New York over the last couple of weeks. With temperatures in the mid-50s in Washington DC and low 70s in California, however, it does seem like all that wintry weather might finally be behind us. Which means that many of you home fitness enthusiasts are probably considering trading in some of those evenings on the treadmill for mornings on the trails.

The team at Smooth Fitness is just as excited about spring springing as you are. But transitioning from the soft cushion of a treadmill belt to the unforgiving rigidity of concrete can mean harsh consequences for your body and your psyche. Before you hit the pavement, keep a few things in mind:

  • Losing momentum: If logging 3 miles on the treadmill feels slightly easier than logging three miles around your neighborhood, that’s because it is. It’s not noticeable enough to detract much from your workout, but by propelling you forward, the treadmill belt does some of the running work for you – and that’s without taking into account factors like hills and wind. So don’t be a hero; start off slow and give yourself time to adjust to running outdoors.
  • Problems with pacing: One of the best parts of a treadmill is that it keeps your pace for you. Whether a 5K or a marathon, everyone who’s completed a race knows that pacing is perhaps the most vital aspect of becoming a good runner – and often one of the hardest. Try running with a friend so you can pace each other, or plan a playlist of high-tempo running songs.
  • Pavement pains: There’s just no getting around the fact that running on pavement is terrible for your joints, not to mention it makes you more prone to shin splints and muscle cramps. If there’s a shortage of dirt trails around your area, avoid pavement pains by taking a few minutes to walk, warm up your muscles, and stretch them out before you begin running. Stretching cold muscles is useless, so try to make post-run stretching a habit as well.

Of course, if you’re in the market for a new treadmill, warmer weather doesn’t necessarily mean you should put off buying one until November. April is famous for rain showers and other wet weather that’s less than ideal for a jog in the park, and the 100-degree-plus weather of summer isn’t always the most encouraging, either. Stay prepared for whatever the fickle weather throws your way by browsing through our Smooth treadmill selection for the home fitness equipment that keeps you fit, rain or shine!

How to Skip the Gym and Still Lose Weight: the Beauty of the At-Home Workout

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Whether you’re trying to lose a few inches off your waistline or you just want to keep your heart healthy, you’ve probably never been encouraged to skip the gym in order to achieve your goals. But here at Smooth Fitness, we’d like to suggest that a gym membership isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean you can just kick back, pop some popcorn, and watch the pounds melt away. But investing in home fitness equipment can be a smarter decision than hitting a gym every day – especially if you plan on making fitness a way of life rather than a short-term fad. Read on about the benefits of at-home cardio workouts and buying your own fitness equipment.

  • Money in the bank: Between signup fees, ongoing monthly payments, and hidden annual or contract charges, gyms usually know just how to milk you for all you’re worth. If you’re planning on making fitness part of your lifestyle, all those membership costs really add up over the span of even just a couple years. So while you might shell out $1,000 for a quality treadmill, you’ll be saving tons of money in the long run.
  • In-your-face motivation: We’ve all experienced ignoring the alarm clock when it tries to wake us up for that early morning drive to the gym. But if your elliptical is staring you down every time you walk into your TV room, it’s a little more difficult to make excuses for skipping your workout because it’s raining, because the gym is too far away, because you woke up late, etc. Simply by sitting there where you can see it all day, every day, home fitness equipment provides all the exercise motivation – not to mention convenience – you need to truly commit to an active lifestyle.
  • Power of investment: Knowing you’ve just spent a large amount of money on something can be a pretty powerful impetus. If you spend money on a treadmill or elliptical and then it sits covered up in your basement, you’re going to feel horribly guilty. You can cancel a gym membership at any time, but the “I bought the treadmill, now I have to use it” mentality could be enough to psychologically force you to complete those oft-dreaded cardio workouts.

So next time you start thinking it’s time to get back to your New Year’s resolution by getting back in the gym, think again! Instead, take a look at the affordable treadmills or ellipticals available here at the #1 internet retailer of home fitness equipment, and don’t forget to browse through our selection of comprehensive home gyms and fitness accessories while you’re at it. Smooth Fitness is your resource for everything you need to complete your own home gym collection today!

8 Percenter – How To Make Your New Year’s Resolution Stick

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Another year gone and another year of New Year Resolutions, so what’s the difference between this year and last? Last year most of our resolutions were long gone within a month. What can we do to make this year different, what are tricks of the trade to allow us to ditch that weight, save more money, go back to school or get that dream job? Statistics show that only about 8% of us stick to our resolutions. How can you become an 8 Percenter? (more…)

The Importance of Stretching

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

How many times have you seen someone not stretch before they work out? Maybe you’ve jumped on the treadmill yourself once or twice without loosening your muscles first. There are many benefits of stretching you might want to consider before skipping and hopping directly in to your exercise routine.

The first and most important benefit to gain from stretching is relieving of pain! Most of the stiffness and tightness you feel in your muscles after a workout can be prevented by stretching. Another important benefit of stretching is that it releases a lubricating substance from the cartilage within your joints; which allows your joints to move more smoothly, preserving the cartilage in your joints and keeping your bones from scraping. Stretching is also known to improve the circulation of water and nutrients through your body, which slows the aging process. Studies have also shown that stretching can lengthen muscles and, by doing so, can improve your posture.

Here’s the kicker. All these benefits are achievable, even if you don’t regularly work out. You can experience a healthier, more comfortable day, just by stretching.

In order for stretching to be effective, you’ll need to warm up your muscles first. A simple ten minute walk or jog will make a huge difference. Remember, cold muscles are tighter, and will make you have a harder and more uncomfortable time stretching.

However, there are times when stretching should be avoided. Don’t stretch before intense workout sessions like sprinting or other high-intensity cardio training. Also, some chronic health issues can be exacerbated by stretching. Consult a Doctor if you have an injury or other health issues that may cause problems.

Benefits of Using Treadmill Programs

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

It’s important to stay motivated to workout. Doing the same workout everyday can lead to workout-boredom, which can eventually lead to giving up on fitness goals. It’s not just your mind that gets bored after a while of the same exercise, sooner or later your body will adapt to the workout you’re doing and will be challenged less (if at all). In order to keep you and your body actively engaged in fitness, you should choose a program that fits you and your objectives best. (more…)

How to Choose a Treadmill

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Choosing a treadmill to purchase can be very difficult and confusing these days. With so much contradictive information on the internet, a person looking for a home treadmill for the first time may not have or understand all the available information in order to choose the right treadmill, even after doing research. How much horsepower does the motor need? What’s the difference between peak performance, intermediate duty, and continuous duty? What indicators do I need on a console? These are a few of the many questions people have when searching for a treadmill for their home. (more…)

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