January 3, 2013
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30 Tips for Staying Active

We have put together a list a some great ways to help you stay active this New Year and to finally achieve those fitness resolutions.

Staying Active with LifeSpan Fitness

1. Put yourself first. Write your exercise in your date book as if it were a doctor’s appointment and keep it!

2. Put your fork down between each bite of food. It takes 20 minutes for the stomach to signal the brain that it is full.

3. Go for a walk, hike or run instead of going out to eat a high calorie lunch.

4. Never go to the grocery store hungry.

5. Don’t buy anything that has white flour or sugar in it for a week.

6. Put exercise in the “brush-your-teeth” category.

7. Be an example for your children: eat healthy and exercise daily. They will inherit these habits. Remember, children are like sponges.

8. Drink more than 8 glasses of water a day.

9. Only do exercise that is fun. If you don’t enjoy it, you won’t stick to it.

10. Work out in the mornings. Statistics show that after-work or evening workouts have a much larger attrition rate than first thing in the morning.

11. Do one family event a week that involves exercise. Go for a hike, bike ride, swim, or walk.

12. Eat dinner together. Not only is it an important time to find out what happens in our children’s day, it is an important time to be examples for our children’s eating habits.

13. Eat a healthy breakfast.

14. Pack healthy snacks for both you and your children, so you are not tempted to grab unhealthy snacks on the run.

15. Cut up fruit and veggies and keep in the refrigerator for healthy snacking.

16. Don’t buy or keep junk food in the house, so you won’t be tempted during the day or night.

17. Go for a walk after dinner and let your food digest.

18. Keep a food diary for one month. Write everything down that goes into your mouth. You might be surprised.

19. Try to eliminate sugar from your diet. Sugar produces insulin, and insulin causes us to store fat.

20. Don’t eat out at restaurants more than once a week. Restaurant meals average 800 more calories than if we eat at home.

21. Challenge a spouse or friend to health or fitness goal. And put a date on it.

22. Limit your children’s screen time to 30 minutes a day and allow yourself the same.

23. Limit your alcohol to only weekends.

24. Say one thing you are grateful for out loud each day. It could turn your day around.

25. Make an agreement with your spouse that you each get one hour a day to workout. And help each other stick to it.

26. Take a workout vacation, surf camp, yoga retreat, or to a spa with your spouse or best friend.

27. Get plenty of sleep. It makes everyone happier.

28. Stop drinking soda, including diet.

29. On the days you want to blow off your workout, make a commitment to do only ten minutes instead of the usual hour. You will feel better and it will help you stay committed the next time you feel like blowing it off.

30. Eat as much high-fiber food as possible–it helps to fill you up.

December 26, 2012
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LifeSpan TR5000-DT5 named “Best Desk Treadmill”

Best-Desk-Treadmill-TR5000-DT5The LifeSpan TR5000-DT5 Treadmill Desk is named the Best Desk Treadmill by Treadmill Doctor for 2013. Followed up by the TR5000-DT3, TR1200-DT5 and the TR1200-DT3.

“The Best Buy winner for Treadmill Desks! The best integrated treadmill desk unit on the market today in an affordable price range. Be sure you are committed to this type of exercise because it will set you back more than $2k.” – Treadmill Doctor

About the product:

The TR5000-DT5 Treadmill Desk combines our DT-5 desk with our most durable treadmill option. If you’re looking for a treadmill desk that will be used by multiple people throughout the day and requires almost no maintenance the TR5000-DT5 may be the best product combination for you.

Like other LifeSpan Treadmill Desk options the TR5000-DT5 features independent shock absorbers to isolate the walking deck from the frame. This creates a more comfortable walking surface and makes the treadmill extremely quiet during operation. The TR5000-DT5 comes standard with LifeSpan’s trademark features. Intelli-Step™ counts and records the number of steps you take and displays them on the console. More accurate than a pedometer, Intelli-Step automatically detects the impact of your foot striking the treadmill belt. Intelli-Guard™ automatically stops the belt if you step off during your workout for added safety and is a major development in protecting treadmill users and those around them.

In addition to these features the TR5000-DT5 includes a heavy 3HP AC commercial motor, upgraded walking belt and deck that never required lubrication, and aluminum side rails. With these enhancements the TR5000-DT5 is rated at 10 hours of use per day – our highest daily usage.

It includes a sturdy work surface measuring 46.5″ wide and 31″ deep to easily support your laptop, printer, computer display and other electronics devices. The large armrests create stability as you type and write and the cable slot in the desktop along with the cable tray beneath the surface provide a secure place to stow extra cords and cables from your electronic office.

The integrated LED digital display shows steps taken, walking time, calories burned, distance traveled and walking belt speed. In addition, this new console is Bluetooth-enabled so you can connect wirelessly to your Windows or OS X computer to automatically track results while you exercise. Once you’re done walking, sync your data with your LifeSpan Fitness Club account to retain your exercise history online.

The TR5000-DT5 is a commercial quality treadmill backed with a lifetime warranty on the frame and a three year warranty on the motor.

December 17, 2012
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Tips for Staying Active During the Holidays

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  • Wear workout shoes.  Airports have nice long hallways for walking while waiting for a flight.  If you have time, walk between terminals instead of taking a train or moving sidewalk.
  • Before you go, look online to find parks, running tracks, pools and gyms at your destination.
  • If staying with family, ask about your options ahead of time and plan, plan, plan.
  • Get your family involved in a group activity such as a walk, hike or snowshoe, it’s a great time to connect away from the food.
  • If you are staying in a highrise hotel, you can always climb the stairs.  Throw in some lunges every 5 landings and you’ve just enhanced your workout!  Throw in some pushups too for bonus points!
  • If you are in a new city, get out for an early morning walk.  There’s no better way to see a city come alive than by having your “feet on the ground”.  Have you been to Chinatown at 7am?
  • Walking is always a great option, even if you take two, twenty minutes walks (after dinner is always good) it’s better than sitting!

As I always say, “something is better than nothing”!  Plan ahead, look forward to activity and enjoy!

December 11, 2012
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Benefits of a Stretching Machine

There are many benefits to stretching the body. However, many athletes skip it, do it incorrectly or just don’t do enough of it. With the LifeSpan SP1000 Stretch Partner, you no longer have an excuse to skip it.


Stretching correctly allows you to push your body beyond its comfort zone, thereby increasing your overall physical ability. It improves your range of motion and increases the blood flow to your muscles, thus improving your circulation. For an athlete the benefits are even greater. Stretching helps condition the muscles and joints, thus helping to prevent injuries and reduce recovery time and prevents muscles and joints from seizing up and improves elasticity, allowing better posture and technique.

For a lot of elderly people, maintaining mobility can be problematic to achieve. Muscles and joints weaken and range of movement deteriorates as we age. Stretching helps develop and maintain strength in these areas and can significantly provide greater quality of life.

Stretching should be part of every workout regime and the SP1000 can make it simple and more effective.

  • The Stretch Partner supports assisted and unassisted stretching.
  • Assisted Stretching is at the core of the Stretch Partner design by leveraging each user’s gravity regardless of body type and level of flexibility. The benefit is a deeper stretch for assisted stretches.
  • Unassisted Stretching is aided by properly positioning the pelvis and knees so that the back is properly stabilized.
  • The Stretch Partner provides muscle isolation and leverage. By isolating the muscle that you’re stretching you have greater control over the stretch and less resistance to overcome. Leverage allows you to easily control the desired intensity.
  • The Stretch Partner supports balanced flexibility. Being flexible in particular areas or joints does not mean that all areas are flexible. Often people are more flexible in one joint than the other. The Stretch Partner provides consistent positioning allowing the user to focus on specific joints, or areas of the body to obtain balanced flexibility and range of motion.

December 4, 2012
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Sedentary Lifestyle: Couch Potato Meets Cubicle

office-cubiclesAs someone who has spent the last 15 years sitting at a desk during work, a total of 31,200 hours, I can definitely say my body is starting to feel it. At 44 years old I’m still very active, but regular daily exercise often takes a back seat to other obligations.

Not to mention in my youth I could get away with hours spent sitting studying at the library or in class without getting up to shall we say “stretch out my legs.” Don’t get me wrong I do find myself getting up to get the occasional cup of coffee or use the fax machine, anything to wake myself up at the office.

We all know a lack of physical activity can create an onset of many health risks and diseases, but if you’re at all like me there just isn’t enough time in my week to devote to this. Now that we at LifeSpan have introduced out new Treadmill Desk were finding an increasing amount in the benefits a little more activity can bring and the harm of living a sedentary lifestyle (aka “couch potato”).  Societies lack of movement has literally brought on a new field of medical research termed inactivity physiology, focusing on the effects of prolonged periods of inactivity. Basically, until recently we as human beings have been nomadic and therefore this is the lifestyle our bodies have evolved to maintain. When you throw in high fructose corn syrup, online shopping and forty-plus hour work weeks our bodies don’t know how to adjust.  According to Marc Hamilton, a PH.D associate professor of biomedical sciences at the University of Missouri, when you sit for prolonged periods of time, your body begins to shut down at a metabolic level. When muscles meant for large amounts of activity are sedentary, circulation will slow and you will burn fewer calories. If you’re picturing images of walrus’s laying on a sheet of ice or hippos basking in the sun, you’re not that far of base visually.

All in all while hours spent at the office may be great for your pocket book, they are taking a toll on your on all of our bodies and there are many things you can do to get you up and moving in the workplace. Beyond following my example of making regular drips to the coffee machine you can try getting up and talking to a coworker rather than taking the easy way out and emailing them, taking the stairs to your office or spend some time standing at your computer.

November 29, 2012
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Why Stretch?

Many factors impact flexibility. Lifestyle, age, gender and individual physical characteristics such as bone structure and muscle mass all affect our level of flexibility.

Regardless of these factors, stretching can have significant benefits to quality of life, including flexibility, balance, posture, back pain, and human performance.

The Basics of Stretching

Strength Training, Cardiovascular Exercise and Stretching are all key components to a comprehensive exercise program.

The two basic types of stretching are assisted and unassisted stretching.

•  Assisted Stretching uses outside assistance such as body weight, a strap, leverage or gravity as an aid to improve the stretch. This is the most common form of stretching.

Unassisted Stretching stretches one muscle by actively contracting another muscle. Unassisted stretching requires more effort, but can be very helpful for improving movement in everyday life and sports performance because it develops strength while building flexibility.

Both types of stretching can be used statically, where the stretch is held for a short period or dynamically, where the stretch is done in motion and repeated multiple times.

To get the most out of stretching there needs to be a balance between assisted and unassisted stretches.

For those over 40 it’s important to know that subtle changes begin to occur in our muscles and joints that make them progressively stiffer, less functional and more prone to injury. While this aging process can’t be stopped, it can be slowed down by remaining fit, active and flexible. Research shows that regular stretching can significantly improve flexibility for individuals in the second half of life and up into the eighties and nineties.

November 26, 2012
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Fox News Showcases LifeSpan Treadmill Desks

Fox News Houston and Dr. Cecilia Valdez, an infertility specialist working at Texas Children’s Hospital at Baylor College of Medicine, dive into the benefits of staying active throughout the workday with the LifeSpan Treadmill Desks.

Based on previous findings by the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Valdez concluded that the best way to include some exercise into her busy day would be the addition of  a treadmill desk in her office. Previously, Dr. Valdez had been more active when she was seeing patients. Once she began sitting at her desk all day she had difficulty staying awake and was worried her metabolism would drop and she would start putting on weight.

Recently there has been an increase in research findings centered around the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle. As mentioned above, the Mayo Clinic was at the forefront of the research being done on these effects. As Dr. Valdez mentions, the Mayo Clinic concluded “The difference between thin people and obese people is how much they move, how much fidgeting the thin people do”.

Research also suggests that staying active while you work may increase productivity. Where movement increases the blood flow to the brain significantly, increasing productivity as well as helping prevent dementia and alzheimer’s.

 

November 20, 2012
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LifeSpan Adds the TR5000-DT3 and TR5000-DT5 to the Product Line

The TR5000–DT3  and TR5000-DT5 have been designed specifically for situations where high use and low maintenance is required. While our other treadmills require periodic belt lubrication to keep the friction between the walking belt and deck low, the TR5000 treadmill offers a maintenance free belt/deck combination. This, coupled with a 3 HP AC motor, makes it perfect for multiple-user settings.

Like other LifeSpan treadmill desk options the TR5000-DT5 and TR5000-DT3 features independent shock absorbers to isolate the walking deck from the frame. This creates a more comfortable walking surface and makes the treadmill extremely quiet during operation. The TR5000-DT5 comes standard with LifeSpan’s trademark features. Intelli-Step™ counts and records the number of steps you take and displays them on the console. More accurate than a pedometer, Intelli-Step automatically detects the impact of your foot striking the treadmill belt. Intelli-Guard™ automatically stops the belt if you step off during your workout for added safety and is a major development in protecting treadmill users and those around them.

LifeSpan TR5000-DT3 base and console

LifeSpan TR5000-DT3 Treadmill Desk

The TR5000-DT3 is perfect for users whom already own a standing desk or are looking into purchasing one separately. The treadmill and console compatible with most standing desks.

TR5000-DT5 Desk with Treadmill

LifeSpan TR5000-DT5 Treadmill Desk

The TR5000-DT5 includes a sturdy work surface measuring 46.5″ wide and 31″ deep to easily support your laptop, printer, computer display and other electronics devices. The large armrests create stability as you type and write and the cable slot in the desktop along with the cable tray beneath the surface provide a secure place to stow extra cords and cables from your electronic office.

The digital display on both models show steps taken, walking time, calories burned, distance traveled and walking belt speed. In addition, both consoles are Bluetooth-enabled so you can connect wirelessly to your Windows or OS X computer to automatically track results while you exercise. Once you’re done walking, sync your data with your LifeSpan Fitness Club account to retain your exercise history online.

 

November 14, 2012
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LifeSpan VP1000 Whole Body Vibration Trainer

What is Whole Body Vibration?

Whole Body Vibration (WBV) is a form of exercise where you work out while on a platform that vibrates at a high frequency causing your muscles to contract and stretch to maintain balance. The rapid involuntary reflex intensifies even the simplest exercises. The fast repetition of your muscles reacting along with the controlled, low impact to the bones improves bone density and muscle strength.

 

What are the Benefits?

  • Increase Blood Flow
  • Strengthen Bone Faster
  • Improve Joint Flexibility and Range of Motion
  • Build Bone Density
  • Improve Muscle Movement
  • Improve Balance and Mobility

 

Uses of the LifeSpan VP1000 Vibration Trainer

The primary use of a vibration trainer requires the user to stand on the vibration platform in proper position while the vibration platform moves. In addition to standing in an upright position, users can perform exercises on the VP1000 vibration trainer such as lunges, squats, pushups, tricep dips, sit-up twists and calf-raises to increase physical activity and improve overall strength.