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A List of Top Exercise Products and Brands

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A List of Top Exercise Products and Brands

by Anita Penn

The New Ifit Makes Working Out Easy
The New Ifit Makes Working Out Easy Photo by Katrin Wuertemberger/Bongarts/Getty Images

The New Ifit Makes Working Out Easy

The new iFit Active wearable band expands iFit technology to iFit Everywhere. iFit is the leading fitness technology on internet-connected fitness equipment. iFit also includes mobile apps for running and cycling.

At the 2014 International Consumer Electronic Show (CES), iFit® will introduce its wearable iFit® Active band.  Fit® is the first ever technology to unify your fitness activities at home, in the club, and outside, all with a single login. With over 15 million miles logged on fitness equipment in 2013, iFit® is continually growing and evolving to create the most interactive workout experience possible.

 

Yoga and pilates exercise balls and equipment
Yoga and pilates exercise balls and equipment Photo by Katrin Wuertemberger/Bongarts/Getty Images

Yoga and pilates exercise balls and equipment

Get a yoga and pilates exercise ball.

Build a powerful core to increase flexibility, coordination and balance.  Get an amazing total-body workout by working your legs, arms, back and abdominals.

Improve your core stability, balance, flexibility and strength.

Most balls will be:
Anti-burst ball cushions your body as you train major muscles
Made with Phthalate-free Vinyl
Infused with Microban® antimicrobial product protection
Includes one hand pump and instructional exercise chart
Color:  Blue
65cm Diameter
Recommend for users 5’6” – 5’11.”

Therabands are amazing...including the flexbar
Therabands are amazing...including the flexbar Theraband

Therabands are amazing...including the flexbar

For tennis elbow therapy you pre-twist the bar and then release the twist with your hurt arm. The blue bar is very stiff and challenging to twist.

Use the Thera-Band flexbar as directed for "tennis elbow" and you should get relief as do most others.

Refer to the color chart for more information above

Good starter kit:

Thera-Band Light Set of 3 - 5FT Latex Resistance Exercise Bands Yellow, Red & Green - Polybag

 

Accupressure Mats and Yoga mat
Accupressure Mats and Yoga mat Accupressure Mat

Accupressure Mats and Yoga mat

Accupressure works!  It acts as an irritant/stimulant, making the body pump hot blood, along with adrenaline, to the affected area.  As a result, muscles are warmed up, lactic acid gets dispersed a bit, and adrenaline acts as a painkiller.

Yoga mats:  A little advice:

Thicknesses range from 1/8 to 1/4 inches. Most yoga mats have thicknesses around 1/5 inch -- which is recommended if practicing on a hard surface -- but premium mats closer to 1/4 inch and super-thin yoga mats and towels around 1/20 inch thick are also offered. Some practitioners prefer thinner mats, which allow them to feel more stable on the ground.

Yoga style matters. For instance, people who practice vigorous Ashtanga or Bikram yoga -- more intensive styles that generate a good amount of sweat -- should look for mats with a solid nonslip surface or invest in a yoga towel. Some heavy sweaters prefer open-celled yoga mats, which absorb sweat and prevent slips, but they can be less hygienic and harder to clean than closed-cell mats.

Good starter mat:  Jade Harmony Professional Yoga Mat-Best eco-friendly yoga mat

Accupressure --Why you should?
Accupressure --Why you should? Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

Accupressure --Why you should?

The first seconds are incredible. You experience a sensation of burning heat with pain that lasts for 30-45 seconds before it slowly fades away. Try to take deep breaths and get comfortable with the uncomfortable.  Your heart rate will increase (this might be the mentioned adrenaline, when the body activates its self protection mode) and your body will begin to increase circulation into the affected areas. My back felt really warm after this.

The mat helps wonderfully to release tension and help you sleep easier.  Just don't sleep with it on all night.

 

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