Vibration Plate Buyers Guide

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Vibration Plate Buyers Guide

Contains vibration plate buyers guide that is used in conjunction with vibration plate FAQ to find the best vibration plate, 3D vibration plate, or 4D vibration plate for you.

Background

First and foremost, there are two types of vibration platform machines: one with handrails or column and the other without.  Now, machines with handrails have a raised console. Also, the handrails help older adults, the elderly and others with balance issues, to maintain balance. In addition, the raised console enables the user to easily see the display

Meanwhile, vibration plates, which are machines without handrails, are easy to move around and store. Also, since they are open, you are able to do exercises that you couldn’t on machines with handrails. However, it may be hard to see the display when you are standing on a plate. On the other hand, those with balance issues can position these plates next to a table, chair or some other fixed support to help you with balance.

Acceleration

First, linear vibrations are heavily impacted by acceleration.  By the way, acceleration is measured in units of gravity.  And, the greater the acceleration, the more gravity becomes a factor in causing your body to work harder. 

However, it is medically documented that extremely high G-Forces are not good for the body. In fact, there is plenty of evidence that relatively high peak G-Force levels can be severely damaging if they are at the resonant frequency of your organs and connective tissues. Moreover, these high G-Forces can lead to irreversible damage to soft tissue, possibly harm kidneys, damage joints, cause brain injury, and detach retinas. Lastly, there is even a chance of fatality.

Therefore, it is important to use a vibration plate capable of delivering only between 2 to 4 G forces. By the way, most average people may find a 5 G force challenging.

Accessories

Second, vibration plates with resistance bands or straps allow you to get an upper body workout.  Also, some machines have the option of adding mats on top of the plate to reduce the intensity of a workout.  By the way, these mats may be useful for beginners. 

Amplitude

Third, amplitude is the distance a plate travels from either the lowest position to the highest position for vertical vibrations, one side to another for lateral vibrations, and from the back to the front also for lateral vibrations.  Also, amplitude is measured in millimeters. And, typically, amplitude ranges from one to ten millimeters.  For example, an amplitude of 3 millimeters means the plate moves 3 millimeters from one position to the other.  Moreover, the higher the amplitude the more intense the workout.

Furthermore, on a side to side, teeter totter, see-saw like oscillating platform, there is one way to adjust the amplitude. And, that is to move your feet closer to or further away from the center or fulcrum of the platform. Indeed, the further away your feet are from the center, the higher the amplitude and stronger the impact.

Display

Fourth, a LED display allows you to track your workout time, vibration speed, heart rate, and calories expended.

Frequency

Fifth, frequency of vibration, is the rate at which the plates move side to side, back and forth, or up and down. Incidentally, frequency is measured in Hertz. So, a 60 hertz plate will move side to side or up and down 60 times in one second. By and large, a plate typically vibrates at a frequency of 15 to 70 hertz.

Now, linear platforms typically move up and down at frequencies in the 30 – 70 hertz range. While pivotal platforms typically move side to side at frequencies in the 5 to 30 hertz range. However, if you are targeting a particular area of the body for vibration therapy, look for these frequencies:

Firstly, a frequency of 40Hz for the ankles.

Secondly, a frequency of 25 Hz for the knees.

Thirdly, a frequency of 20 Hz for the hips.

Lastly, a frequency of 10 Hz for the spine.

Motor Capacity

Next, a motor with higher horsepower or watts means it can handle heavier users. Also, it can deliver power to vibrate a plate with greater amplitude, more G forces, and higher frequencies.

In addition, a high capacity motor is also quieter than a smaller one because it doesn’t have to work so hard to deliver power.  By the way, motors used in whole body vibration machines usually range from 300 to 2200 watts (0.4 to 3 HP).

Also, some plates have more than one motor. Consequently, the vibration machine can provide multiple types of movements.  For example, it can provide both up-and-down seesaw oscillations as well as up-and-down linear vibrations. As a result, you get the benefits of both types of vibrations.

Noise

Next, look for a whole body vibration machine that runs quietly. Noisy machines can not only make your experience suffer, but also disturb others around you.

Plate Size

Also, a large vibrating plate provides added space which allows for a greater range of exercises to be performed.  But a large platform also negatively effects the acceleration and frequency.  Lastly, a large plate requires a larger motor to operate properly.

Plate Surface

In addition, plates come in two shapes. The standing surface is either flat or it is curved. Now, a curved surface widens your stance. Consequently, you maximize your contact and your body gets the most benefits from the vibrations.

Programs

By and large, vibration plates usually come with their own workout programs.  Moreover, these are specifically designed workouts that control the machine and automatically alter the settings. Consequently, they save you the effort of having to press buttons.

Remote Control

Most of all, a remote control offers a convenient way to adjust vibration parameters like speed, amplitude, workout time, and preset programs. Incidentally, a remote control is necessary for vibration plates.

Speed

Now, the speed determines the intensity of your oscillating workout. By the way, the higher the speed setting, the less you benefit from it.  So, if you are a beginner or if you want a massage, the speed settings should be in the higher ranges.  Meanwhile, if you are an intermediate user, the speed setting should be in the middle range. Lastly, if you are an advanced user, the speed setting should be in the lower ranges. Indeed, the lower speed setting works the muscles and the body.

By the way, speeds less than ten are best for lymphatic drainage.

Vibrations

Most of all, plates can deliver several types of vibrations, including up-and-down seesaw or teeter totter oscillations, up-and-down linear vibrations, side-to-side linear vibrations, and back-and-forth linear vibrations.

Now, in a up-and-down seesaw or teeter totter oscillation the plate seesaws up-and-down by pivoting around a central point, which closely mimics a walking motion: with one foot rising and the other falling. Meanwhile, in a side-to-side linear vibration the body moves linearly side to side. Incidentally, pivotal oscillations are characterized by their speed or frequency, amplitude, and somewhat by acceleration.

Next, linear vibrations make the plate move up-and-down vertically, back-and-forth laterally, or side-to-side laterally along a single dimension or axis.  Moreover, up-and-down linear vibrations have a higher impact because both sides of your body go up and down simultaneously. Meanwhile, linear vibrations are characterized by their frequency, amplitude, and acceleration.

3D Vibration Plates

3D vibration plates provide two concurrent movements or vibrations. Some of them are listed below.

up-and-down seesaw oscillations

up-and-down linear vibrations

side-to-side linear vibrations

back-and-forth linear or pulse vibrations

4D Vibration Plates

4D vibration plates provide three concurrent movements or vibrations. Some of them are listed below.

up-and-down seesaw oscillations

up-and-down linear vibrations

side-to-side linear vibrations

back-and-forth linear or pulse vibrations

Warranty

Incidentally, low end vibration plates may not come with any warranty.  While, some may come with a one-year warranty. And, others, may even come with a lifetime warranty.

Weight Capacity

Finally, it’s important to select vibration plates that can support your weight. If they can’t the motor gets overloaded. Consequently, it may fail sooner than designed.

Vibration Platform Machine Buyers Guide

Vibration Platform Machine Buyers Guide

Vibration platform machine buyers guide for vibration platform machines with handrails helps you understand what to look for in these machines. Also, this vibration platform machine buyers guide is used in conjunction with vibration platform machine frequently asked questions to provide additional insight.

Acceleration

First, lineal vibrations are heavily impacted by acceleration.  Incidentally, acceleration is measured in units of gravity.  And, the greater the acceleration, the more gravity becomes a factor in causing your body to work harder. 

By the way, it is medically documented that extremely high G-Forces are not good for the body. In fact, there is plenty of evidence that relatively high peak G-Force levels can be severely damaging if they are at the resonant frequency of your organs and connective tissues. Also, these high G-Forces can lead to irreversible damage to soft tissue, possibly harm kidneys, damage joints, cause brain injury, and detach retinas. Lastly, there is even a chance of fatality.

Therefore, it is important to use a vibration machine capable of delivering only between 2 to 4 G-Force. Incidentally, most average people may find a 5 G-Force challenging.

Accessories

Second, vibration machines with resistance bands or straps allow you to get an upper body workout.  Also, some machines have the option of adding mats on top of the vibrating platform to reduce the intensity of a workout.  By the way, these mats may be useful for beginners. Lastly, some machines have connectivity features like MP3, USB, Bluetooth, others.

Amplitude

Third, amplitude is the distance the platform travels from its lowest position to its highest position.  Meanwhile, amplitude is measured in millimeters. And, typically, amplitude ranges from one to ten millimeters.  For example, an amplitude of 3 millimeters means the platform moves 3 millimeters from one position to the other.  Also, the higher the amplitude the more intense the workout.

Furthermore, on a side to side oscillating platform, there is one way to adjust the amplitude. And, that is to move your feet closer to or further away from the center or fulcrum of the platform. Indeed, the further away your feet are from the center, the higher the amplitude and stronger the impact.

Display

Fourth, a LED display allows you to track your workout time, vibration speed, heart rate, and calories expended.

Frequency

Fifth, frequency is the rate at which the platform moves side to side or teeter totter as in a seesaw, up and down vertically, or side to side horizontally. Incidentally, frequency is measured in Hertz. So, a 60 hertz platform will move side to side or up and down 60 times in one second. By and large, a platform typically vibrates at a frequency of 15 to 70 hertz.

Now, lineal platforms typically move up and down at frequencies in the 30 – 70 hertz range. While pivotal platforms typically move side to side at frequencies in the 5 to 30 hertz range. Incidentally, a frequency range of 4-12 hertz is great for recovering from injuries, toning muscles, and losing a few pounds.

Handrails or Column

Next, there are two types of vibration platform machines: one with handrails or column and the other without.  Now, machines with handrails have a raised console. Most of all, the handrails help older adults, the elderly, those with limited mobility, and others with balance issues, to support themselves and maintain balance. In addition, since they are standing on the platform, the raised console enables the user to easily do the following.

First, easily see the display.

Second, start or stop the machine.

Third, change the speed.

Fourth, change the workout program.

Finally, view the heart rate, speed, and time spent on the machine.

On the other hand, if they were using a platform without a raised console or a remote controller, they would have to bend over to use the console. 

Next, machines with handrails allow you to do workouts such as squats and many others where holding the handrails help you maintain balance. However, machines with handrails are, generally, not convenient to easily move. So, they are used in a relatively fixed desirable location.

Motor Capacity

Now, a motor with higher horsepower or watts means it can be used by heavier users. Also, it can deliver power to vibrate a platform with greater amplitude, generate more G-Forces, and higher frequencies.

In addition, a high capacity motor is also quieter than a smaller one because it doesn’t have to work so hard to deliver power.  By the way, motors used in whole body vibration machines usually range from 300 to 2200 watts (0.4 to 3 HP).

Furthermore, some machines have more than one motor. Consequently, the vibration machine can provide multiple types of movements. For example, it can provide both pivotal or side to side oscillations as well as lineal or up/down vibrations. As a result, you get the benefits of both types of vibrations.

Noise

Next, look for a whole body vibration machine that runs quietly. Noisy machines, can, not only make your experience suffer, but also disturb others around you.

Platform Size

Meanwhile, a large vibrating platform provides added space which allows for a greater range of exercises to be performed.  But, a large platform also negatively effects the acceleration and frequency.  Lastly, a large platform requires a larger motor to operate properly.

Programs

By and large, vibration platform machines usually come with their own workout programs.  Moreover, these are specifically designed workouts that control the machine and automatically alter the settings. Consequently, they save you the effort of having to press buttons.

Remote Control

Now, a remote control offers a convenient way to adjust vibration parameters like speed, amplitude, workout time, and preset programs. Incidentally, a remote control is not necessary for vibration machines with handrails.

Speed

Next, the speed also determines the intensity of your workout. By the way, the higher the speed setting, the less you benefit from it.  So, if you are a beginner or if you want a massage, the speed settings should be in the higher ranges.  Meanwhile, if you are an intermediate user, the speed setting should be in the middle range. Lastly, if you are an advanced user, the speed setting should be in the lower ranges. Indeed, the lower speed setting is better for exercising muscles and body.

By the way, speeds less than ten are best for lymphatic drainage.

Vibrations

Most of all, vibration platform machines can deliver several types of vibrations, including pivotal or teeter totter and lineal or up and down or horizontally.

Now, pivotal platforms pivot around a central point, which closely mimics a walking motion: with one foot rising and the other falling.  Moreover, the body moves side to side. Meanwhile, pivotal oscillations are characterized by their frequency, amplitude, and somewhat by acceleration.

Lastly, lineal platforms make the platform vibrate in one direction: either vertically or horizontally.  Moreover, lineal machines have a higher impact because both sides of your body go up and down or side to side simultaneously. Meanwhile, lineal vibrations are characterized by their frequency, amplitude, and acceleration.

Warranty

Next, low end vibration platform machines may not come with any warranty.  While, some may come with a one-year warranty.  And, others, may even come with a lifetime warranty.

Weight Capacity

Finally, it’s important to select vibration platform machines that can support your weight. If they can’t the motor gets overloaded. Consequently, it may not work as long as one which is not overloaded. Incidentally, machines with higher horse power (or HP) generally support higher weight and vice versa.

What are the Best Ways to Get Relief from Back Pain

What are the Best Ways to Get Relief from Back Pain

First and foremost, at some point in their lives, close to 80 percent of Americans try to get relief from back pain of some kind. Next, adult women experience more back pain than adult men. Also, 33 percent of adults say back pain effects everyday activities, including sleep. Moreover, 90 percent of acute low back pain is resolved within six weeks.

Relief from Back Pain due to Spine Problems

Ankylosing Spondylitis

This type of arthritis typically starts by making your lower back and hips stiff and sore, especially in the morning. Over time, it spreads up your spine and to other joints and organs. Vertebrae and bones in the rib cage could fuse, leaving you hunched over. Young men get it more often than women and it may be hereditary. Early treatment with exercise and medication helps slow the progress.

Cauda Equina Syndrome

The nerves that branch out from your spine in the lower back help your brain control your legs and the organs in your pelvis. A herniated disk, fracture, or other condition could put pressure on this group of nerves, called the cauda equina. Surgery is needed right away to restore any loss of feeling, movement, or control of your bladder and bowels.

Cervical Spondylosis

As you get older, the following can happen to the spine in your neck: you could get a slipped disk; or the vertebrae may sprout extra bone, called spurs; or the ligaments that connect the vertebrae can get stiff and tight. Consequently, your neck may hurt or harder to move. Or you could have permanent damage if the disks or vertebrae squeeze nerves and nerve roots a lot.

Relief from Back Pain due to Kyphosis

In this condition the spine bends forward. It usually happens when the vertebrae crack or mash down. It’s most common in older women. It can cause pain and other problems, and, in severe cases, it bends your whole body out of shape. Treatment include painkillers, exercise, or surgery.

Osteoarthritis

Most noteworthy, each of the spine’s vertebrae has slippery tissue at both ends that helps the back flex without friction. If this cartilage gets rough or wears down, the vertebrae start to rub against each other, and it makes your back painful or stiff. Known as osteoarthritis, this problem occurs because of:

  1. 1Repeated overuse from performing a specific task or
  2. 2Playing a favorite sport or
  3. 3Exercising such as jogging or running for years or
  4. 4From carrying around excess body weight

Eventually, the repeated impact, from these activities, thins or wears away the cartilage that cushions the ends of the vertebrae. As a result, the vertebrae rub together, causing a grating sensation. Joint flexibility is reduced, bony spurs develop, and the joint swells. Usually, the first symptom of osteoarthritis is pain that worsens following exercise or immobility. Regrettably, osteoarthritis tends to get worse over time. While it can’t be reversed, painkillers, therapy, and exercise can help ease the symptoms.

Osteoporosis

In the United States, more than 53 million people either already have osteoporosis or are at high risk due to low bone mass. In fact, osteoporosis, is a condition resulting from loss of bone tissue. As a result, bones become less dense and more likely to fracture. In addition, osteoporosis can result in a loss of height, severe back pain, and change in posture. Finally, osteoporosis, can impair a person’s ability to walk and can cause prolonged or permanent disability. And, if someone does reach this condition, mobility scooters may provide a way to lead a somewhat independent lifestyle.

Most noteworthy, some of the risk factors for developing osteoporosis include:

  1. 1Thinness or small body frame
  2. 2Family history of the disease
  3. 3Being postmenopausal and particularly having had early menopause
  4. 4Abnormal absence of menstrual periods (amenorrhea)
  5. 5Prolonged use of certain medications, such as those used to treat lupus, asthma, thyroid deficiencies, and seizures
  6. 6Low calcium intake
  7. 7Lack of physical activity
  8. 8Smoking
  9. 9Excessive alcohol intake.

Incidentally, osteoporosis can progress undetected for many years without symptoms until a fracture occurs. Osteoporosis is diagnosed by a bone density scanner.

Relief from Back Pain due to Sciatica

The sciatica nerve causes pain to shoot down your lower back through into your leg. This happens because a herniated disk, bone spur, or some other spine problems puts pressure on the nerve. Hot packs, cold packs, stretching and painkillers can help.

Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a condition where your spine is out of shape. The most common type affects children during their growth spurt bending the spine sideways. The shoulders might be uneven or one shoulder blade might stick out more than the other. A brace may help as well as surgery.

Slipped or Herniated Disk

A cushion called a disk is located between each pair of vertebrae. As you get older, these disks start to dry out. Consequently, if you put too much stress on your back, the disk may tear or break. As a result of this herniated disk, the arms or legs might hurt or fell numb or tingly. Hopefully exercise or painkiller may help. If not, the only alternative is to have an operation.

Spinal Stenosis

The spine has a space in the middle for the spinal cord and nerves that branch out. When those space shrink, bones can press against the nerves. Any time these nerves are touched, you could feel pain, tingling, or numbness, or your muscles might seem weak.

About 90% of those with this condition develop it as part of the natural process of aging. As you age, your bones naturally go through a process of degeneration. This is called spondylosis. This process is worsened by osteoarthritis—arthritis of the bone that is felt in the joints. This leaves less space between your individual vertebrae which, along with loss of bone mass, can promote bone spurs. Your body’s facet joints begin to grow to account for the extra stress your back is put under by this process. That leaves even less space for the nerve roots that flow through your spinal cord and down your spine.

Now, in mild cases, stretching your back may provide relief. On the other hand, in severe cases, a surgeon can make more room for the nerves.

Spondylolisthesis

Vertebrae may slide sideways, so that they don’t line up with the ones above or below them. This is a main cause of lower back pain. It happens as your body ages, but it can affect young people who do sports that stress the lower back like football, gymnastics, and weightlifting. Rest helps, but surgery might be needed.

Syringomyelia

Sometimes, a little fluid-filled sac called a cyst can form in the spinal cord. It could happen when brain tissue pushes down from your skull into your spinal cord or from an injury or tumor. Syringomyelia does cause problems. However, if the cyst keeps growing, in can injure your spinal cord, in which case surgery is needed.

Tumor

Cancer growing in the lungs, breasts, prostate, and bone more likely spreads to the spine. Consequently, your back hurts with the pain spreading throughout the body. Your arms or legs may become numb or weak. Part of you body could even be paralyzed. At this point, surgery, radiation, or chemo are the most likely way to get some relief.

Relief from Back Pain due to Behavioral Causes

Backpack

Backpacks are great for carrying load as you walk or hike. However, the wrong backpack or not wearing it correctly puts a strain on your shoulders, neck, and back, as well as tiring out muscles supporting your spine. Therefore, use the following guidelines to avoid or lessen these effects.

  1. 1Reduce the weight in the backpack. In fact, heavy load may cause spinal discs to compress
  2. 2Carry only what is essential
  3. 3Put the heaviest items close to your back and the lighter items on the outside away from your back
  4. 4Use a backpack with wide padded shoulder straps. The width and the padding helps distribute the load as well as providing a cushion.
  5. 5Because it helps distribute the load, always use both straps to carry the backpack
  6. 6Better still, get a backpack with a waist belt. These take some of the load off the shoulders. Consequently, neck pain and back pain above the waist is reduced.

Relief from Back Pain From Wrong Type of Bicycle

Hunching over to grab the handlebars of a bicycle, like a professional is bad for your back. Regrettably, you get back pain if you are too stretched out or cramped up on the bicycle. Therefore, before you buy a bike, get an expert to verify if the bicycle is right for you.

Exercise

First and foremost, regular exercise helps prevent or aggravate back pain. In fact, back pain is more common in those who are unfit or overweight. Also, those who only exercise intermittently have an increased risk of back injury. Most noteworthy, those with acute back injury can recover with a mild exercise program that gradually gets intense.

Meanwhile, don’t do too much of any exercise (including yoga) because overdoing exercise causes back pain. Finally, people who are too thin are also at risk for back pain, especially those with eating disorders and osteoporosis.

Food

Above all, eating unhealthy foods means your body doesn’t get enough nutrients to stay strong and this leads to inflammation. In fact, processed foods made with refined white flour and white sugar are top culprits in causing inflammation. Most noteworthy, these processed foods include packaged white breads and rolls, baked goods and candy. Also, soda and other sugar-sweetened drinks are in the same category. 

Next, fried foods and fats — such as margarine, shortening and lard — also promote inflammation. So do processed red meats, like bacon, sausages, hot dogs, salami and other deli meats. Even lean red meat should be limited to once or twice a week.

Instead, replace these foods with those known to be anti-inflammatory, those high in natural antioxidants and other protective compounds. Incidentally, these include good-for-you fats such as mono- and poly-unsaturated plant-based oils, most types of nuts and seeds, and fish with omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, tuna and sardines. Furthermore, other anti-inflammatory foods that should be on your menu are whole grains, green leafy vegetables and tomatoes. Citrus fruits, berries and cherries are also key for fighting inflammation. Next, the body needs lean proteins, whole grains, fruits, and healthy fats like those found in an avocado, to build strong bones, muscles and soft tissue in your back. Finally, eat foods containing nutrients like phosphorus, calcium and vitamin D.

For example, instead of eating packaged white breads, make your own bread using healthier ingredients. Also, instead of consuming sugar-sweetened drinks make healthier home made soda,  juices, or smoothies.

Regrettably, overeating makes you add extra pounds, which put a strain on the bones and muscles in the back. Therefore, it’s best to eat, slowly, healthy foods with fewer calories.

Relief from Back Pain due to Jogging or Running

As you get older, its best to stop running or jogging. Above all, running or jogging jars your body and the vertebrae with each step. Regrettably, as you get older, this jarring can lead to arthritis in the lumbar region of the spine. If you must, see your medical provider regularly to make sure the bones in your spine are not deteriorating. You don’t want to wait until it’s too late at which point you have no choice but to stop both running and jogging.

Lifting Weights

Next, lifting weights excessively can result in back pain. Most of all, it’s important to lift weights using correct form. So, if you are not sure what that form is, ask a trainer at the local gym or sports club to show you the correct technique.

Other

Back pain can also be caused by injuries, disk degeneration, and infections.

Sedentary

Next, being sedentary is another reason for back pain. Above all, your spine needs support from strong stomach and back muscles. And, lifting weights or climbing stairs can help. Also, low-impact exercises like walking outdoors or indoors on a treadmill, biking, or swimming can help by protecting the disks between the spine’s vertebrae.

Meanwhile, other low-impact exercises you can do indoors include the elliptical stepper, recumbent cross trainers, compact elliptical machines, or long stride elliptical machines.

Sitting for Long Periods of Time

Next, sitting for long periods of time stresses back muscles, neck, and spine. Also, your body doesn’t like sitting for long stretches. So, to relieve your body, it’s best to get up and move around for a few minutes every 30 minutes.

In addition, every hour, gently stretch and move your head and neck in all four directions. Also, once is a while try leaning back in the chair with your feet on the floor with a slight curve in the lower back. Finally, at every opportunity, stand for a few minutes.

Relief from Back Pain due to Sitting Position

One cause of back pain is from sitting hunched over a desk working on a computer. Another cause is from slouching in a chair.  Regrettably, if you hunch over or slouch often enough, over time, the spine’s natural curve is affected. In addition, the cushioning of the disks that lie between the spine’s vertebrae gets damaged. Consequently, arthritis starts to show up.

Moreover, sitting up too straight, in a chair, can also result in back pain. In fact, the best remedy for this is to sit straight in a chair that supports your back. Also, set the chair’s height so that your feet rest naturally on the floor.

Sit-ups

Sit-ups are hard on your back. They push your curved spine against the floor and work your hip flexors. Incidentally, hip flexors are muscles that run from the thighs to the lumbar vertebrae in the lower back. Moreover, when the hip flexors are too strong or too tight, they pull on the lower spine, which puts stress on the lower back.

Instead, do planks. They use a better balance of muscles on the front, sides, and back of the body than sit-ups which only targets a few muscles.

Sleeping Mattress

First and foremost, sleeping on a mattress that hasn’t been replaced in years can hurt your back. Indeed, the mattress needs to be firm enough to support your back, but soft enough to fit the shape of your body.

However, people differ in their response to mattress firmness. In fact, a study on mattress firmness was done in Spain. Some of the study participants slept on a medium-firm mattress. Indeed, a medium-firm mattress is one that is rated 5.6 on a 10 point hard-to-soft scale. Meanwhile, the study showed that those who slept on a medium-firm mattress (rated 5.6 on a 10 point hard-to-soft scale) had less back pain and disability than those who slept on a firm mattress (2.3 on the scale).

Therefore, at the next opportunity, try out a new mattress and find one that helps you the best.

Relief from Back Pain due to Sleeping Position

While sleeping on your back is fine for some people, for others this can cause low back pain or make the back pain that they already have even worse. If you are used to sleeping this way, one way to get relief is by putting a rolled towel or pillow under your knees. This will help keep the natural curve of you back.

On the other hand, sleeping on your belly is bad if you have a back problem. However, if you are used to sleeping on your belly, put your head on a very soft pillow or sleep without a pillow. This will help keep your neck and back in the best position.

Meanwhile, side sleeping is the best option for a back pain. In addition, putting a pillow between your legs takes the pressure off your hips and lower back.

Finally, the right pillow is also important to avoid or get relief from back pain. For example, orthopedic pillows provide proper support to your spine. Meanwhile, orthopedic pillows are also referred to as therapeutic pillows. And, these therapeutic pillows come in three varieties: cervical, lumbar, and knee.

Smoking

Smoking decreases blood flow to your spine. Consequently, the cushioning disks between your vertebrae break down quicker. Smoking can also weaken bones and give you osteoporosis. Even coughs from smoking can cause back pain. So, it’s best to stop smoking.

Remedies to Get Relief from Back Pain

  1. 1First, bed rest helps with an acute back strain or injury. But don’t stay in bed too long. In fact, remaining immobile in bed can make the back pain worse.
  2. 2Second, spinal manipulation and massage from a chiropractor can relieve many types of back pain.
  3. 3Next, you can give yourself a massage to relieve back pain. For example, deep tissue massager, handheld back massager, or a massage chair might be something to try before going to an expensive chiropractor or massage therapist.
  4. 4Also, passive motorized leg exercisers help relieve back pain in the elderly. 
  5. 5In addition, research has found that vibration platform machines, vibration plates, 3D, and 4D vibration machines help alleviate back pain.
  6. 6Next, acupuncture can help with back pain that does not respond to other treatments.
  7. 7In addition, yoga and progressive relaxation can help
  8. 8Finally, cognitive behavioral therapy may help.

Best Weight Loss Solutions for the Obese

Best Weight Loss Solutions for the Obese

Weight loss solutions for the obese are discussed below.

Are You Obese?

First and foremost, those with a Body Mass Index (BMI) that is between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight. Meanwhile, anyone with a BMI that is 30 or higher is considered obese. However, not everyone with a BMI over 30 is necessarily obese. In fact, anyone who is muscular (such as athletes) may have a BMI over 30 but they don’t have excess body fat. So, to be obese, in addition to the BMI exceeding 30, the waist circumference is more than 40 inches for men or 35 inches for women.

Why Should You Care?

Well, first of all, the obese are at risk of developing:

  • Arthritis
  • Cancers of the:
  • Breast
  • Cervix
  • Colon
  • Endometrium
  • Esophagus
  • Gall bladder
  • Kidney
  • Liver
  • Ovary
  • Pancreas
  • Prostate
  • Rectum
  • Uterus
  • Coronary heart disease
  • COVID-19 symptoms that are severe
  • Depression
  • Gallbladder disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Liver problems
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sleep apnea and breathing problems
  • Social isolation
  • Strokes
  • Type 2 diabetes

What can You Do?

Build Muscles

Muscles are more metabolically active than fat. So, muscles burn more calories than fat. As a result, if your muscle content decreases while your fat content increases you will burn less calories. Consequently, start a program to strengthen and build your muscles.

Sleep Well

Research shows sleep deprivation causes weight gain. In fact, the research found that the sleep deprived not only ate more but they ate foods loaded with calories. This is because lack of sleep causes the hormone ghrelin to boost your appetite and the hormone leptin to suppress hunger. So, to avoid this situation, keep a schedule where you sleep about the same time and get up about the same time every day.

Eat Well

A diet for the obese may consist of:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Potatoes, whole grain rice, pasta
  • Fish, eggs, beans, some meat, other non-dairy proteins
  • Small portions of food and drinks with high fat and sugar
Work Out

Cardio work outs like walking, brisk walking, jogging, swimming, and indoor equipment like treadmill, elliptical machines, or sitting cross trainers.

Strength training to build muscles. Start slow and very gradually work up to more heavier weights.

May be Meds

Finally, meds are available if none of the above help. However, you must consult with your physician before using any of these drugs.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Approved Medicines

Bupropion-naltrexone or Contrave

Liraglutide or Saxenda

Phentermine-topiramate or Qsymia

Semaglutide or Wegovy

Benzphetamine, Diethylpropion, phendimetrazine

Orlistat or Xenical

FDA Approved Over-the-Counter Weight Loss Drugs

Alli is approved for use in adults 18 and older who have a BMI of 25 or more.

Other Meds
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A Guide to Treadmill Benefits: Why Using One Might Be Right for You

A Guide to Treadmill Benefits: Why Using One Might Be Right for You

Treadmills are one of the best pieces of exercise equipment you can buy for your home. They provide significant benefits, offer a treadmill workout without going outside, and make it easy to maintain an active lifestyle. In this post, we will outline some of the essential treadmill benefits so that you can decide if treadmill use is appropriate for you!

Treadmills offer a treadmill workout without going outside. Running is a great form of exercise, and treadmill workouts provide the same benefits as outdoor running while avoiding many of its downsides! Treadmill workouts also make it easy to maintain an active lifestyle, so if you want to work out at home on your schedule, treadmill use might be for you!

Let's discuss some of the promising benefits of using Treadmills.

Treadmills Are Convenient and Easy to Use

Treadmills are very convenient and safe for your workout because you can use the treadmill at home. It is an excellent way to keep yourself healthy without going out of the house. Also, you do not have to worry about sun or rain when running outside. In addition, it will be great if treadmill at home where you can control the temperature inside. Consequently, the treadmill workout in your house is very comfortable.

Easy to Store

The folding treadmill is easy to store. Once you have finished using it, all you need to do is fold the treadmill and place it in a corner of your home or even under the bed if there's enough space for that. This makes the treadmill one of the most convenient workout equipment available today since it can be stored easily.

Treadmill helps in Weight Loss

Treadmill is a great way to lose weight as it helps burn calories. It’s used for walking or jogging. Also, treadmill can even be an effective way to shed pounds without having to go outdoors. Now, you can do treadmill at home or gym. The treadmill is not just for weight loss but also helps in stamina, endurance, and staying healthy workout without going outdoors.

Build Strong Muscles

Treadmill is an excellent way to get in shape and build muscles. Start with a simple walk, then work your way up the intensity of treadmill workout, so the treadmill will help you burn calories while building strong leg joints.

Great Cardio Workout

Treadmills can be a great way to burn some extra calories, and treadmill workouts are known for being low-impact. So if you have bad knees or hips but still want an effective cardio workout in your life, treadmills might work perfectly for you.

Aerobic exercise, done for 30 minutes on most days of the week, has been found in medical studies to have the ability to reduce blood pressure and hence prevent heart disease. Furthermore, according to another research, running may aid in the improvement of our High-density Lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels, which are considered good cholesterol.

Less Stress on your Body

One of the great things about using a treadmill is that it reduces impact on your body. But, unfortunately, running outside on concrete can have long-term negative consequences as you put pressure onto joints and muscles with every step taken--the same thing happens when we run continuously for hours at a time!

Running on a treadmill is safer than running outside, due to the soft surface. This makes it less stressful for your body and there are no rough patches of ground with obstacles that can cause serious injuries like rocks or potholes may pose when you run outside.

Treadmill Improves Joint Flexibility

Jogging is a great way of increasing joint flexibility. It can help with staying mobile and remaining upright, especially in your old age when bones get brittle from lack of use or osteoporosis sets into place which causes them to break easily due to their weakened state.

Joggers have an increased risk for conditions that limit mobility but running on treadmills every day will reduce this chance by slowing down degenerative diseases while also keeping you more active than walking simulator games do!

Track Your Workout

If you want to be healthy, exercise regularly. It not only makes your body feel better but also boosts the quality of life for yourself and those around us! To reap these benefits, we must track our movements, so make sure you keep up with what has been done right along this journey as well as taking pleasure in any milestones reached like completing one mile or running an extra lap at work out today.

Helps in Controlling Diabetes

Increasing your physical activity can help you keep the doctor away, and it might just do that by regulating blood sugar levels. According to a research conducted by The American College of Sports Medicine and diabetes associations with running or walking five days per week as an aerobic exercise has been shown effective for controlling type 2 diabetes in those who have it

Aerobic exercises such as walking may be one way we control our glucose metabolism from creeping up on us without realizing until it’s too late! This study showed how regular bouts at work helped participants maintain tighter curves than before which means less risk associated with high-risk health issues like heart disease all because they exercised more often

Conclusion

Treadmills are an easy way to get a great cardio workout. They’re also suitable for building up muscle mass and bone density. If you want to lose weight, treadmills can help with that too! There are many benefits of using a treadmill which is why it's one of the most popular types of exercise equipment today. We hope this blog post has helped you decide if getting a treadmill would be best for your home or gym.

Seated Cross Trainer FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

Seated Cross Trainer FAQ

Contains seated cross trainer FAQ or frequently asked questions. Use the FAQs along with seated cross trainer buyers guide to compare seated cross trainers to find the best one.

Q. Who is the recumbent cross trainers good for?

A. First and foremost, a recumbent cross trainer for seniors and others lets you get a workout while seated. So, if you have back problems or find it inconvenient to mount a bike, or use a treadmill, a recumbent cross trainer is good for you. Also, these recumbent cross trainers are good for anyone with disabilities, mobility problems, health issues, those in rehab, the elderly, and others who like the idea of getting a workout while sitting. In fact, these cross trainers are easier on your joints like ankles, knees, hips, and back than other forms of cardio workouts.

Q. What are recumbent cross trainers good for?

A. Now, recumbent cross trainers are good for getting cardio, exercising your muscles and staying fit. Most of all, you can use these machines to exercise your leg muscles like the calves, thighs and others. Moreover, you can also use these cross trainers for exercising your arms, shoulders, and the upper body. Furthermore, you can use these machines for exercising your legs alone, your arms alone, or both legs and arms at the same time. Meanwhile, getting a cardio workout, that these machines offer, helps your cardiovascular system. And, by using the resistance knob to turn up the intensity you can burn some real calories, fat, and lose weight as part of an overall fitness goal.

On the other hand, these trainers are good for someone to get a lower body, upper body, or full body workout while reading a book, watching a favorite show on television or talking on your cell phone.

Q. How long should you use the recumbent cross trainer?

A. Now, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends 30 minutes of cardio workout five days a week. So, if you have a recumbent cross trainer at home, set up a consistent time to use it five days a week. If you can't complete the 30 minutes, then start with a time period that you can and then gradually increase the duration over days and weeks to reach the 30 minutes duration.

Q. How to make a recumbent cross trainer workout interesting?

A. There is no question you need to get entertained while you work out on a recumbent cross trainer. Without such a distraction, it will be hard to continue working out with the recumbent cross trainer. And, one of the easiest solution to this problem is to add a TV so that you will get entertained as you work out. Moreover, you can do two tasks concurrently. One is to get a workout. And the other is to get entertained by tuning into your favorite channel.

Finally, keep track of your workouts. For example, jot down the date, the length of time on the machine, workout intensity, and other interesting data provided by the console. Hopefully, as you progress, your workouts get more intense and you may see progress in your stamina, weight, and other relevant metrics.

Q. What's the difference between rear driven and front driven cross trainers?

A. First, rear driven cross trainers have the flywheel in the back. As a result, your feet move in an elliptical manner mimicking natural running or walking. Also, rear driven cross trainers generate a smoother motion.

On the other hand, front driven cross trainers have the flywheel in the front. As a result, your feet move in a circular motion. Also, the stride feels like you are climbing steps. Furthermore, these cross trainers often take up less space than rear driven cross trainers.

Seated Cross Trainer Buyers Guide

Seated Cross Trainer Buyers Guide

Contains seated cross trainer buyers guide. Use this seated cross trainer buyers guide with seated cross trainer FAQ for comparing seated cross trainers to find the best.

Body Weight

First, one of the things to consider, when selecting seated cross trainers, is ensuring the maximum weight it can support works for you.

Console

Second, look at the console features. Most machines provide basic features like estimated calories burned, revolutions per minute, distance covered, time spent, heart rate, speakers, mobile connectivity, and others. Also, some provide a media shelf for your mobile, tablet, and others. In addition, some also have a place holder for your water bottle.

Heart Rate Monitor

Third, if monitoring your heart rate is important to you, look for a cross trainer that provides this feature. Incidentally, monitoring your heart rate is a good way to visualize the effort your body is putting into the workout. Also, its a good way to ensure you are putting in the right amount of effort.

Impact on the Body

Fourth, look at parts of your body that the machine exercises. In particular, does the machine exercise one or more of the following: legs, arms, shoulders, biceps, triceps, glutes, quads, hamstrings, chest, or back.

Also, does the machine puts stress on joints, knees, and back. Or, is it gentle on the ankles, knees, hips, and back.

Seat

Fifth, the seat is one of the most important part of a recumbent exercising machine, especially because you will be using it as you workout. So, its important that the seat offers you comfort. For example, the seat should be sufficiently padded to provide comfort. Or, you may be more comfortable with extra cushion in the seat. Furthermore, you may prefer a wider seat.

Also, you should be able to adjust the height of the seat so you can comfortably use the trainer. In addition, it's important for you to be able to move the seat closer or further away from the console and handlebars. Furthermore, it may be necessary for you to be able to recline the seat.

Now, in some instances, a backrest may provide more comfort.

Use Methods

Sixth, some cross trainers only allow you to sit. On the other hand, other cross trainers can be used either while sitting or while standing. Now, if you prefer to get your workout while sitting only, then, those machines which only have the sitting option work best for you. However, workouts done only while sitting require you to spend more time working out, if you are targeting a certain calories burned number. Yet, some people need to sit down, by necessity. For example, some elders, seniors, and others with medical conditions or in rehab fall in this category.

Meanwhile, those who want to work out while sitting or standing will have to consider machines which can be used either while sitting or while standing. By the way, when compared to machines that have only the sitting option, machines used while standing will help you burn more calories in a shorter amount of time.

Warranty

Next, a warranty helps you with peace of mind once you’ve invested in the recumbent cross trainer. In fact, in general, warranties cover the frame, parts, and labor. Also, the longer the warranty, the more confidence you can have on the recumbent cross trainer.

Who Else does the Machine Help

Also, who else does the machine help. For example, if you have arthritis, Parkinson’s, or MS, does the machine help you.

Workout Variety

Finally, something to consider is the variety of workouts available with the cross trainer. For example, possible workouts include upper body workouts, lower body workouts, and full body workouts. Also, other possible workouts include exercising different muscles in the arms such as your biceps or triceps. In addition, you may want to separately exercise muscles in your legs, chest, or back.

And, don't forget to look at the number of training programs being offered. Lastly, you may be interested in using the cross trainer as upright bike, elliptical trainer, or recumbent bike.

Best Recumbent Cross Trainers, Sit or Stand, Lower, Full Body Workout

Best Recumbent Cross Trainers

First and foremost, recumbent cross trainers, recumbent elliptical trainers, recumbent elliptical cross trainers, recumbent cross trainer for seniors, recumbent cross trainer and elliptical allow you to sit down as you work out.

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Review of Best Recumbent Cross Trainers

Now, not every elliptical machine requires you to stand up as you use the machine. Incidentally, the difference between recumbent elliptical trainers and recumbent exercise bikes is the pedaling motion, which is longer and has a lower impact on joints. Meanwhile, recumbent cross trainer and elliptical, along with recumbent cross trainer for seniors and others also features a handle on each side of the machine that you can move forward and back like a cross-trainer. In addition, all these recumbent cross trainers provide plenty of comfort and adjustment options, making them the perfect piece of equipment for those who might have limited mobility.

Comparison of Best Recumbent Cross Trainers

User Weight Limit

Teeter FreeStep - 300 pounds

Body Champ Trio Trainer - 250 pounds

Body Rider Trio Trainer - 250 pounds

ProForm Hybrid Trainer - 350 pounds

Workout Machine Roles

Teeter FreeStep - Recumbent elliptical cross trainer

Body Champ Trio Trainer - Elliptical trainer, upright bike, recumbent bike, seated road bike, sprint road bike

Body Rider Trio Trainer - Elliptical trainer, upright bike, recumbent bike

ProForm Hybrid Trainer - Elliptical trainer, recumbent bike

Warranty

Teeter FreeStep - 1-year

Body Champ Trio Trainer - 1-year frame, 90-days parts

Body Rider Trio Trainer - 1-year frame, 90-days parts

ProForm Hybrid Trainer - 5-years frame, 90-days parts and labor

A/A+ Feedback

Teeter FreeStep - 90%

Body Champ Trio Trainer - 74%

Body Rider Trio Trainer - 69%

ProForm Hybrid Trainer - 75%

1-5 Rating

Teeter FreeStep - 5.0

Body Champ Trio Trainer - 4.8

Body Rider Trio Trainer - 4.5

ProForm Hybrid Trainer - 4.9

1. Teeter FreeStep

Teeter Recumbent – Teeter Recumbent Cross Trainer – Freestep Recumbent

Key Features

First, the Teeter FreeStep is a seated recumbent elliptical cross trainer.

Second, the dual power motion gives you a full body workout using both leg and arm muscles to burn more calories.

Third, the FreeStep recumbent elliptical trainers can be used to separately exercise your legs, arms, biceps, triceps, chest or back. For example, you can modify the workout by using only your legs with a stepping motion that mimics a leg press, strengthening your glutes, quads and hamstrings. Or, you can target your upper body by re‑positioning the handles to isolate biceps or triceps while engaging chest and back muscles for added intensity and definition.

Fourth, the Teeter Recumbent’s three naturally reclined comfortable seated positions reduces body fatigue. Also, these seat positions eliminate stress on joints and back while delivering a total body fat-burning cardio workout.

Fifth, the patented stride technology is used to create a natural striding motion that follows a smooth, linear path to eliminates stress on knees, joints, and back. So, it is gentle on the ankles, knees, hips, and back. Consequently, you get a zero-impact full or lower body fat-burning cardio workout without joint pain.

Next, these recumbent elliptical trainers help those with arthritis, Parkinson’s, or MS to stay active.

Also, you can use a simple dial to adjust the 13 levels of smooth near-silent variable friction-free magnetic resistance to get the desired workout intensity.

Finally, the battery powered, easy-to-read digital console is attached to the frame of the recumbent elliptical cross trainer. Furthermore, the console has a stand for your mobile phone or tablet. Meanwhile, the console displays time, distance, speed, and calories burned.

Other Features

First, the Teeter FreeStep recumbent elliptical cross trainer uses a licensed, patented, whisper-quiet, friction-free linkage system for driving the pedals.

Second, the height of the seat can be adjusted using a spring-loaded adjustment knob.

Third, the seat has three reclining positions.

Fourth, the length of the adjustable arms can be locked using auto-locking knobs.

Fifth, the transport wheels help move the recumbent elliptical.

Next, it can be used by anyone weighing less than 300 pounds.

Also, the Teeter Recumbent is 54 inches long, 53 inches tall, the back base is 29 inches wide, while the front handles are 38 inches apart.

In addition, this recumbent cross trainer for seniors uses a whisper quiet, durable, friction free magnetic linkage system.

Furthermore, it comes with a water bottle holder.

Finally, this recumbent elliptical cross trainer comes with a 1-year warranty.

PROS

You can separately or in combination exercise your legs, arms, biceps, triceps, chest, back, upper body, and lower body.

2. Body Champ Trio Trainer

Body Champ 3-in-1 – Trio Trainer – Trio Trainer Plus Two – 3-in-1 Exercise Machine - BRT7989

Key Features

First, the BRT7989 Body Champ Trio Trainer can function as an elliptical trainer, an upright stationary bike, a recumbent bike, a seated road bike, and a sprint road bike. Moreover, you can effortlessly transition between all these five modes without unmounting or adjusting hardware. Consequently, it’s like getting five exercise machines in the footprint of one.

Second, the Trio Trainer Plus Two comes with three integrated handlebars.

Firstly, a dual-action handlebar for use as an elliptical trainer.

Secondly, a wraparound handlebar, at the base of the seat, for use as a recumbent bike.

 Lastly, a U-shaped handlebar with heart-rate monitor, for use as an upright bike.

Third, there is a simple dial to adjust the magnetic resistance to get the desired intensity.

Fourth, it has sensors, to measure your heart rate, integrated into the U-shaped handlebar.

Finally, the Body Champ Trio Trainer comes with a programmable console that features 21 training programs. In addition, the console has a media shelf.

Other Features

First, the Trio Trainer is usable by anyone weighing less than 250 pounds

Second, the height of the seat can be adjusted using a spring-loaded adjustment knob. Also, the seat can be moved to be either closer or away from the console.

Third, transport wheels help move the 3-in-1 exercise machine.

Fourth, the Trio Trainer is 60 inches long, 64 inches tall, and 28 inches wide. Incidentally, it weighs about 100 pounds.

Fifth, it has a smooth magnetic-encased flywheel that is ultra-quiet so that you can use it early in the morning or late at night without disturbing anyone in the home.

Finally, this recumbent cross trainer for seniors comes with a 1-year warranty on the frame, while a 90-day warranty for parts.

PROS

First, you can use it as an elliptical trainer, an upright stationary bike, a recumbent bike, a seated road bike, and a sprint road bike.

Second, the Body Champ's 21 training programs will keep you motivated for the long haul.

CONS

However, it doesn't come with a water bottle holder.

3. Body Rider Trio Trainer

Body Rider 3-in-1 – Body Rider 3-in-1 Trio Trainer – Body Rider BRT5800 – BRT5800

Key Features

First, the Body Rider Trio Trainer can function as an elliptical trainer, as an upright bike, and as a recumbent bike. Consequently, it’s like getting three exercise machines in the footprint of one. Moreover, you can effortlessly transition between these three modes without unmounting or adjusting hardware. Consequently, it’s like getting three exercise machines in the footprint of one.

Second, the Body Rider BRT5800 comes with three integrated handlebars.

Firstly, a dual-action handlebar for use as an elliptical trainer.

Secondly, a wraparound handlebar, at the base of the seat, for use as a recumbent bike.

Lastly, a U-shaped handlebar with heart-rate monitor, for use as an upright bike.

Third, it has easy to adjust motorized magnetic resistance with A/C adapter.

Finally, the Body Rider 3-in-1 comes with a programmable exercise LCD console that features 21 training programs with pre-set options, a heart rate and hand pulse monitor.

Other Features

First, the Body Rider Trio Trainer is usable by anyone weighing less than 250 pounds.

Second, the height of the seat can be adjusted using a spring-loaded adjustment knob. Also, the seat can be moved to be either closer or away from the console. In addition, the seat has a backrest and an extra cushion for safety and comfort.

Third, it has transport wheels to help move the Body Rider 3-in-1 Trio Trainer.

Fourth, the BRT5800 is 52 inches long, 63 inches tall, and 25 inches wide. Incidentally, it weighs about 90.3 pounds.

Fifth, it has a smooth encased magnetic flywheel that allows the machine to run quietly with continuous resistance-level adjustment. In addition, the flywheel is comparable to those used in professional-grade floor cycles.

Finally, this recumbent cross trainer for seniors comes with a 1-year warranty on the frame, while a 90-day warranty for parts.

PROS

First, you get an elliptical trainer, an upright bike, and a recumbent bike all in the same floor space. Moreover, you can effortlessly transition between these three modes without making any changes to the machine.

CONS

However, it doesn't come with a water bottle holder.

And, there is no media shelf on the console.

4. ProForm Hybrid Trainer

ProForm PFEL03815K

Key Features

First, the ProForm Hybrid Trainer offers the same benefits as an elliptical trainer and a recumbent exercise bike, for a low-impact workout. Consequently, it is like getting two exercise machines in the footprint of one.

Second, the Hybrid Trainer can be used to get an effective full-body cardio workout by engaging your arms, shoulders, and back with soft-touch upper body grips. While the 15-inch foot stride gives you a low-impact lower body workout.

Third, it has a water bottle holder conveniently located on the hybrid trainer’s frame.

Fourth, the EKG grip pulse sensors on the fixed handlebars, used for a lower body workout, give a quick estimate of your heart rate.

Fifth, the LCD monitor displays track distance, cadence, estimated calorie burn, RPM, watts, and time. Also, it comes with an integrated tablet holder so you can stream iFIT workouts to your own smart device.

Furthermore, it has an onboard sound system, with dual 2” speakers, to help you follow along with your iFIT workouts or listening to music from your smart device.

Finally, the PFEL03815K has 16 silent digital magnetic resistance levels. So, if you subscribe to iFIT, the iFIT trainer can automatically adjust the 16 resistance levels.

Other Features

First, the ProForm PFEL03815K is usable by anyone weighing less than 350 pounds.

Second, the wide seat provides improved lumbar support.

Third, it has front-mounted transport wheels.

Fourth, the Hybrid Trainer is 70.5 inches long, 60.5 inches tall, and 24.5 inches wide. Incidentally, it weighs 117 pounds.

Fifth, the inertia-enhanced flywheel gives a smooth workout.

Also, the ProForm PFEL03815K has oversized, cushioned, adjustable pedals. Indeed, they help you find the most comfortable position when you are using the PFEL03815K as an elliptical trainer or a recumbent bike.

Now, see a video of the ProForm Hybrid Trainer in use.

Finally, it comes with a 5-year warranty on the frame and a 90-day warranty on parts and labor.

PROS

First, you get an elliptical trainer and a recumbent exercise bike all in the same machine.

Second, you can stream iFIT workouts to your mobile device with the sound coming from the machine’s speakers and workout intensity controlled by iFIT.

Finally, it comes with a 5-year warranty on the frame and a 90-day warranty on parts and labor.

Recumbent Cross Trainers Buyers Guide

The recumbent cross trainers buyer's guide helps you compare recumbent cross trainers features. 

Recumbent Cross Trainers FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

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Participating in sports activities is, for the most part, a fantastic method for maintaining good fitness. Now, there are times you don't have the inspiration to pound away on a treadmill or in a recreation center. However, a challenge to participate in some game would get you going. Now, participating in sports activities is certifiably not a substitute for your regular workouts. However, you can get many benefits that will help you with maintaining your well-being and good fitness.

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You can likewise help your brain's wellbeing and wellness along with reducing your weight by participating in sports activities. In fact, studies have shown that being dynamic is a fundamental component in the weight reduction process.

To know the connection between weight loss and exercise, you want to initially survey the connection between participating in sports activities and energy use. The body burns calories through effort through processing food, keeping up with bodily capacities like breathing and heartbeat, and working out. While diminished calorie consumption brings down the metabolic rate, ordinary exercise, such as through sports activities, builds your metabolic rate. In this way, you consume more calories, which, in turn, helps you get thinner.

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You can, also, further improve your sleep quality by playing sports consistently. Actual work burns up energy, which activates a recuperative interaction that occurs during rest. Sports activities, likewise builds internal heat level, and this assists with further developing rest quality by dropping the body temperature during rest. One review showed that playing moderate games for 150 minutes seven days can trigger up to a 65% increase in rest quality.

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