Category: Health

Bikes Vs Rowing Machines: How to choose

Both indoor bikes and rowers are cardio machines but that’s where a lot the similarity ends. Spin bikes have been part and parcel of both commercial and home gyms but in the recent years, rowing machines have become extremely popular. Wondering why? Here are a few differences between them.

In this article, we’ll cover major factors like quality of the workout, price, storage etc.

Workout quality

While both machines claim to provide a full body workout we have to give the rower the edge here. Spin bike focuses mostly on the lower body muscles like your glutes, hips etc. while most of your upper body muscles remain static.

In a rower, each stroke requires the movement of both your upper body muscles like your shoulders, arms and even your core along with the hips, glutes, thighs etc. thus engaging more upper body muscles than a spin bike.

This also makes rower the perfect equipment for those recovering from injuries or for people with joint or spine related issues.

Cost

Both the machines come in a wide range of prices and thus it’s safe to say there’s one for everyone but if you’re looking for a high-end model with top-notch features than a rowing machine like the Concept2 Model will cost you around $1000 whereas one of the best spin bikes like the Keiser will cost around $1500.

Cheaper rowers come without important features like a good display screen or adjustable saddle etc. Also, the frame is usually made of low quality steel. For the budget buyers, the spin bike is the ideal alternative and will last you longer.

Storage and space

When is use the rower by far requires a large amount of space as compared to a spin bike. With a rower, you’ll need about 9ft of area whereas a spin bike will require 5-6 ft. but when it comes to storage, rowers take the lead.

Rowing machines have lesser height and thus can fit under your bed when not in use. Also, most rowers can be folded into an upright position too and with the Concept2 even the railing detaches. On the other hand, spin bikes cannot be folded and will have to be unassembled.

Other features

High-end models of both rowers and spin bikes come with all the required features like an LCD monitor. The monitor should be big and clear enough to be viewed from a comfortable seated position.

Also, monitors should provide important workout related information like the calories burned, distance covered, time and most importantly heart rate, a feature the cheaper models often lack.

The saddle and in case of the spin bike even the handlebars should be adjustable for the perfect positioning. The pedal or the foot plate should come with straps for added safety. A spin bike should also come with an emergency stop button that’s not too far away.


Women on Love, Sex and Work After 40s

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About the Contributors

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How to manage stress – 7 simple techniques

Stress can initiate a vicious cycle where each thing that goes wrong causes more stress that in turn makes you more prone to make mistakes so more things go wrong. You my start feeling that you are losing control of your life and even your mind.

But worry not, there are many solutions to the problem of stress in our lives. Here are 7 simple techniques to help you find your way out of the vicious cycle.

1. Stress is a part of your life, always remember that.

Make stress your friend! Stress has a genuine biological function that can be used for positive outcome. Body’s natural tendency of “fight or flight” can enhance your performance if focused at the right moment. Athletes, sportsmen and politicians are never relaxed before a big competition or election. Use stress wisely to push yourself a little bit harder when it counts most.

2. Stress can be contagious, so avoid as much as possible.

A stressed person tends to make life difficult for others in various ways, so those people become stressed too. To protect yourself, either give them space and keep away, or practice relaxation techniques to ward off the infection.

3. Learn from the most calm person in the room.

If you are not yet able to be the person who keeps calm when everyone else is losing their head, then look for that person and learn from him or her. What are they doing differently? What is their attitude? Are they trained and experienced? Figure it out from afar or sit them down for a chat. Learn from the best stress managers and copy what they do.

4. Use breathing to trick your body from stress

You can trick your body into relaxing by using deep and slow breathing. Breathe in slowly for a count of 7 then breathe out for a count of 11. Repeat the 7-11 breathing until your heart rate slows down, your sweaty palms dry off and things start to feel more normal.

5. Do not let stressful thoughts get any closer.

It is possible to tangle yourself up in a stress knot all by yourself. “If this happens, then that might happen and then that might happen and then there’s no hope for any of us!” Most of these things never happen, so why waste all that energy worrying needlessly? Give stress thought-trains the red light and stop them in their tracks.

6. Know your trigger points and hot spots

Make your list of stress trigger points or hot spots. Be specific. Is it only presentations to a certain audience that get you worked up? Does one type of project cause more stress than another?

Knowing what causes you stress is powerful information, as you can take action to make it less stressful. Do you need to learn some new skills? Do you need extra resources? Do you need to switch to decaf?

7. Watch your diet, nutrition and get enough sleep

Lack of sleep, poor diet and minimal exercise wreaks havoc on our body and mind. Kind of obvious, but worth mentioning as it’s often ignored as a stress management technique. Make sure you get plenty of rest. Learn to switch your thought patterns with relaxation techniques.

If you are struggling with stress constantly, feel free to check out this Panic Puzzle Program.  Author Rich Presta developed this system. He struggled with panic attacks itself and did extensive research looking for solutions.


Thanksgiving Recipes – Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Thanksgiving brings the charm of relishing delicious feasts along with family and friends. Garlic Mashed Potatoes are one of the favorite dishes everyone enjoys. Here is the quick recipe for preparing Garlic Mashed potatoes.

Ingredients:

  • 3 or 4 large potatoes
  • 4 or 5 garlic cloves, peeled and mashed
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup heavy cream, milk whole or half ‘n half
  • Butter or olive oil to taste
  • Salt to taste

Recipe:

  • Cover potatoes with water sufficient to cover in a heavy-bottomed pan. Add garlic and salt to taste. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat slightly and simmer until potatoes are tender.
  • Drain potatoes and set aside. Return empty pan to heat and add butter, leaving until butter melts. In a separate pan, bring cream or milk to boil. Do not allow to curdle; remove from heat immediately when it starts to boil.
  • Mash the potatoes, beating in the butter and half & half, cream or milk, mashed garlic, and salt and pepper, until potatoes are smooth and fluffy.
  • For milder garlic flavor, parboil garlic along with potatoes, then mash with potatoes.