Rowing for Exercise

Perhaps you have no desire to ride a bike, either in reality or in your living room. Or perhaps you are just the type of person who likes a little variety in their exercise regime.

While riding a bike is certainly one of the low impact exercise, a rowing machine might actually be a better all around exercise. Unlike a bicycle, which is great for your legs and probably your core, and if you push it a bit, certainly your aerobic fitness, a rowing machine has all of these benefits and additionally works your upper body.

rower on riverThe great thing about home rowing machines today is the great variety of styles and price ranges they are available in. There is something there for everyone.  That is great news since the rower is such an ideal piece of exercise equipment.

There are few things that can get your heart racing like a good workout on a rower. The easy start can lull you into ramping up your effort quickly to where you are getting an excellent cardio workout almost before you know it. And you can do so while still having knees to use in your everyday life. (Try that after a hard session with those free weights at the club.)

As with every decision regarding exercise equipment for the home – get the best machine you can reasonably afford. Sometimes that means buy the best thing you can stretch a little for. Usually you will not regret spending a little more as much as you are likely to spending too little.

If you can’t afford the top of the line, though, get something. Even the cheapest of rowing machines is likely to give you a good workout. It is just that they might not take much abuse or last for very long under strenuous conditions.

However there is just no real way to compare what a quality piece can give you to what the bottom of the barrel offerings bring. Heart rate monitors, preprogrammed workout routines.

Many of these feedback loops are excellent motivators for maximizing your workout results. And isn’t that just what you invest in a rower for? Invest is the right word, if you plan to use this for a time, the high end machines are built with the finest materials and under stringent quality standards.

So get yourself a rower and get some of the best, low impact strength and cardiovascular workouts available anywhere.

If you haven’t made up your mind yet, get back on your bike and pedal to Hawaii.

New for You

On the other hand, if you have dialed your routine in and know that you have one form of exercise that you prefer, and you are really not the type to visit the gym every day, then a new piece of equipment for your home might be exactly the thing you need to motivate you to finally get yourself on a regular exercise schedule.

If that is the case then you could check out some stationary cycle information and examples shown on a site like Deciding to get an exercise bike is one thing, deciding just what model you want is a whole other thing. There are so many different price points to consider. So many different options that it is hard to decide which ones you will really use and which ones are just bells and whistles that you want because  they look cool.

spinningAnd then there is the whole thing about all the different ways that an exercise cycle can be designed to give you the most lifelike experience. Is a fan bike the best? Magnetic? Fluid? Unless you actually get on the different types and ride, how will you ever really know.

The best thing to do is to get all the good information you can about which bike will give you a workout that is the most like an actual ride would be. As well as the experience offered by the mechanics of the bicycle itself, you might want to think about whether a good trip simulation computer/display would be a help for you. If the illusion of riding on a road, or a course and competing against yourself from session to session is something that you think might be a help, you should definitely look at the exercise cycles that offer this sort of capability.

If, however, you are the type that enjoys just riding along listening to the music, watching tv, or reading a magazine, then the expense involved with this type of technology would just be a waste. Not only does it cost more up front, but it adds to the chances that your bike will be put out of commission somewhere along the way as the analytics system fails.

Whatever you decide, having a good quality exercise bicycle is a must. You have already decided that this is the thing you want and that you are likely to be using it for years. Any time you have gotten to the point where you have gotten this far, then you have already gotten to the point where buying cheap and disposable would be a mistake. So bite the bullet and spend just a bit more than you are comfortable with to make sure that you won’t regret your decision in future years.

No Need For New

Think long and hard before you buy a new piece of something designed to improve your health – whether it be a new bike, or a new treadmill, or a new set of weights. We all know that far too many of these momentary impulse purchases wind up in the proverbial dust bin.

It is a joke, but no joke, that so many pieces of exercise equipment end up being clothes racks. That being said, it is not necessarily a bad thing to have these momentary impulses. It is far better than having none. One never knows when one of those impulses will stick, with the desired lasting effects on the length and quality of your life.

Much like any changes people want to make to how they live their lives, improving with new habits or ejecting old bad habits, it is not an easy thing to take on a new exercise regimen. It has long been a tenet of change that one must form a new habit by performing the new behavior every day for either a week or a month (depending on the source) before it can be expected to stick.

And even if it doesn’t stick the first time, it is also said with addictions like smoking, that you should never stop trying. The chances of success go up with each attempt. Surely the same holds true for changes like dieting or exercise.

That being said, it is still pretty likely that any individual attempt will end in failure.

So consider not buying that new equipment. Given that failure is likely, it is also likely that someone else out there has recently tried and failed. And that means that there are virtually new ‘coatracks’ out there just waiting for a new owner.

Most of these are in like new condition. They have been used for a week or a month. They have no miles on them and the current owners will be more than happy to recover the space they are taking up in their bedrooms or basements or closets. They will happily wave good-bye to you as they watch you exit the driveway while they are counting their cash and decide what the next new equipment choice they are going to buy. Not too long and they will have another cast off they can pass on to someone else. And the chain will continue.

So think about buying somebody else’s used bike or elliptical or whatever it is you would like to try. If this new effort turns out to not stick you won’t be out much – especially since you can probably pass it on – and if it turns out that this time is the charm, you can buy the new bike (or whatever) of your dreams later when you know you won’t be wasting your hard earned money.

Gotta Move

The secret to good health and a good life it movement. As much as you can stand as often as you can. The thing that is really screwing people up these days is the capacity people have for just sitting around and passively taking in the world. Widening wastelines and worsening IQ just has to be the result.

California is a bit of an exception to this trend. At least for now. I am sure this comes about because of Hollywood and its reputation for being the home of the beautiful people. Being the beautiful people is a lot of work, involving a lot of exercise. Couple that with a climate that encourages people to get out and enjoy and you have one of the healthiest places in the country.

You really can’t blame people who live where it snows 7 months out of the year for getting used to staying indoors and sitting on the couch. Same for all the folk who live where it’s 120 degrees in the summer (even if it is a dry heat, don’t you know).

So in these pages I will endeavor to share my philosophy of life and health. The title says it all – keep moving. So you don’t fossilize