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Good Alternatives to Treadmills

There are many people out there who exercise on a regular basis and those on a more moderate basis. One thing that can be common for both groups is getting bored or staleness if using the treadmill on too much of a consistent basis which could cause a person to cut back on his or her cardio or cut it out altogether. To hinder this type of action to take place, it is important to find alternatives that can be a great cardiovascular workout but something that does not feel all too familiar, so to speak. There are certain factors that could come in to play that could limit certain options, especially those that take place outdoors because of inclement weather and so forth. One of the more trending options recently is boot camps, which involve many different types of exercises done at a high intensity. Great alternatives to treadmills when the weather is nice is going to the local park to go for a run or jog, go biking, or find some other related activity outside that would be conducive to a really good cardiovascular workout. More option will vary depending on the gym that the individual is paying a membership to. For instance, most fitness centers and gyms have bikes, ellipticals, and rowing machines. There are certain gyms that can provide other options, such as, the Jacobs Ladder, stair climbers, and some more high efficiency treadmills, which have speeds and inclines which are much higher than traditional treadmills. No matter what might sound good to a particular person, there are numerous options are variations that are out there for any person to get a great cardiovascular workout in. So the next time you feel bored, try a new machine or get outside and find something enjoyable.

Donny Hein

Are you getting too much of a good thing?

Up to 20% of athletes experience overtraining, which is also commonly referred to as “staleness”. If an individual is not getting the proper rest time after the overload of intense exercise, the body will have an increasingly harder time recovering from a workout. If inadequate rest periods are continued, performance will actually decline. It is important to note that overtraining is not just for athletes. Regular exercisers who do not get enough rest can experience it as well. Below are some common symptoms of staleness.

1. Fatigue which could also be accompanied by feeling of irritability, moodiness or depression

2. You just don’t feel like working out/ losing enthusiasm for your sport

3. Persistent poor performance accompanied with higher fatigue level

4. Sleep disturbances/ inability to focus

5. Restlessness/ hyperactivity/ increased resting heart rate

6. Continued feelings of soreness and stiffness in muscles and joints

7. Injuries

8. Weight loss accompanied by loss of lean muscle

Katch, F. I., Katch, V. L., McArdle, W. D., (2010). Training for anaerobic and aerobic power. In E. Lupash (Eds.), Exdercise physiology: Nutrition, energy, and human performance. (pp. 483-485).

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