Monday, March 15th, 2010

Finally Decided on Which Treadmill to Buy

The treadmill is probably the most common piece of large fitness equipment in existence. It seems really quite logical to try and simulate the most common aspect of a human being’s movement about the earth. Because of all this, the treadmill has become perhaps the most finely tuned piece of exercise equipment the world has ever known. It wasn’t even that long ago that heart rate monitoring equipment was fitted onto some of the more expensive electricity driven models. The idea of creating little motors to simulate inclines was another monumental addition to treadmills, comparable to the little blue bristles in tooth brushes that turn white when you need a new one.


So why then are there so many different models out there? You would think that in an industry as old as this one with so many products that are essentially the same, one company would rise to the top as having the paramount product and dwarf the rest. No, it seems that for every treadmill in the world, a different company manufactured it. So, how in the world does one go about purchasing a new treadmill?

Personally, the treadmill I bought was the reason and motivation I needed to get myself exercising every day. I ended up buying a NordicTrack Incline Trainer X7i thanks to numerous, really quite helpful information from The treadmill sits in my mini-basement alongside a 20″ widescreen computer monitor I now use for watching television whist working out. The treadmill was by no means a “cheap” acquisition so the price motivates me enough to use the thing daily. It also gives me a great excuse to escape from life and kids and get some alone time inside my head downstairs. I really enjoy hitting the treadmill almost every day but I’ll admit that I do need to go for runs outside at least once a week as well. As much as I do love my treadmill, I feel it would be a shame to waste all the natural beauty that surrounds me.

Anyways, work is over and I’m feeling a little sluggish so I’m going to head down to the mini-basement and give the new treadmill a good forty-five minute run.

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Excercise as an Antidepressant

I was really stressed yesterday. I guess the fact is that life has really been getting the best of me these past few days and it all seems very overwhelming, to the point where I feel nauseous. I didn’t even do anything today. Most of my time was spent browsing pages on the Internet or with my head in my hands. In front of me sits a list of 27 things that I either wanted or needed to do, but not one of them has been crossed off yet.

rain depression

When the feeling of not being able to do anything because I really didn’t want to finally got the best of me, I was reminded of a study that I read.  This study found that exercise was even more effective at battling depression then any drug on the market. I went up to the balcony and got my bike off its lock, put my cycling shorts on and headed out the door. At first, I didn’t feel much better but this was one thing on my to-do list that I was actually getting it done. I went for a 45 minute ride around the city and ended up coming back up Ontario Street towards my house at a full sprint finishing the last eight blocks uphill. I got in, I put my bike on my shoulder, carried it upstairs, stripped-down and got in the shower. The cold water hitting the back of my head made me feel like I have not felt in months.

I honestly felt like I was high on some sort of drug and felt elevated. I felt like everything was going be okay and that I could basically do anything I wanted. I knew the problems plaguing my mind before the ride still existed, but I now felt fine about confronting them and getting them off the list. The nagging feeling in my stomach has gone completely and I feel like I can finally get some work done. What’s more is that now whenever I get the feeling, I know exactly what to do.

I just want to say that I’ve been using exercise as an antidepressant for a little over a year now and I can’t imagine going back to the way my life was before. Anything seems to work as long as I get my heart rate up and my blood pumping through my veins and arteries.  If it’s raining, I hit the treadmill in my gym. If not, I will go for a run or ride my bike. Exercise is not a chore, instead it is a beautiful release from the mundane suffering of everyday life.

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Which supplements can actually support their claims?

Like many, I’m somebody who thinks that the stronger the impression information makes, the more people will retain. I think that’s probably the reason I was so enthralled with what was happening over at Information is Beautiful with their new interactive infographic. This new means of presenting data, well new to me, does so to get some hard facts across about supplements, their uses and whether or not they’ve ever been proven to do anything for a certain cause. The infographic brings it to the next level and all you have to do to learn about your favorite diet supplement is hover the mouse over it.

snake oil?

In this beautiful organization of supplements and how, or if, they work, the bubbles are organized as if it were a race to the top. According to Information is beautiful’s data, the bubbles at the top have the most evidence supporting the various claims made on their behalves. Similarly, the bigger the bubble is, the more commonly used it is in our society to treat these certain issues. There are also some rust colored balls that are supposed to be studies to watch as more and more information is being collected on the supplements and how to affect certain maladies.

I think I was most surprised by just how much evidence there was for Vitamin D’s effect in warding off cancer and keeping people in good general health. I guess every time I saw an article praising it and condemning the government for making it illegal, I just thought it was propaganda. I don’t know if it’s a good time to stop hitting the treadmill yet but it’s still very interesting stuff. I lost a good half hour to hovering my mouse over different balls and learning about supplements.