If You Want to Stay Well, Stay on Your Feet!

Many of us view a relaxing evening or weekend plopped on the couch as a “reward” for a long day’s work sitting at a desk. But there’s nothing rewarding to the body about all that sedentary behavior. Americans typically spend up to 75 percent of their time at work sitting, only to put in additional hours of sitting at home. As it turns out, all this sitting is a recipe for chronic illness – even if it’s offset with bursts of exercise.

Medical science has identified several potential health issues resulting from prolonged lack of muscular activity. Sedentary lifestyle has been associated with elevated risks of:

  • Stroke
  • Insulin resistance (the precursor to type 2 diabetes)
  • Brittle bones
  • Heart attack
  • Obesity
  • Mood swings/depression
  • Colon and breast cancer
  • Immune system dysfunction

If you think you can easily counteract your hours of sitting around with daily exercise, think again. Research indicates that even an hour of daily exercise, while helpful, is not sufficient to make up for 23 hours of sedentary habits. In fact, one study found that 11 hours of daily sitting boosts people’s risk of death by 40 percent, no matter how active they are outside of those 11 hours. Maybe it’s time to get up on your feet and spend significant time there – which may mean standing at your workstation, or standing in front of the TV as you watch your favorite shows. Yes, it’s a change of lifestyle, but one that could grant you a much higher quality of life.

That’s why we developed the WalkSlide. This noiseless, easy-to-use device is a dream to use even when you’re working or relaxing at home. And you’re not just standing, you’re also moving those muscles and maintaining your overall fitness level. It’s the ideal way to stay well by staying upright!

The Advantages of Owning Your Own “Portable Gym”

If you’ve ever seen people carrying portable exercise equipment around with them, you might think that they’re professional athletes, health instructors or just “addicted” to working out. But there are some enormous advantages to carrying your own “portable gym” around with you – especially if they’re as compact and versatile as the WalkSlide. Here are three reasons why.

  1. Access keeps you honest. How often do people cancel a daily workout because they don’t have the necessary tools on hand? Even if it’s a valid reason, it creates an interruption to their fitness regimen that can grow and grow until there is no fitness regimen. If you have a handy all-in-one fitness device that accompanies you everywhere, you’ll never have an excuse not to exercise.
  1. Gyms aren’t always there for you. Frequent travelers are usually too pressed for time (or too unfamiliar with their surroundings) to roam around a strange city in search of a workout facility. If their hotel has a workout room, it may be jam-packed with other travelers. Even in your own home town, you can’t necessarily get away from your busy life to drive to a gym, or even drive home to use your permanent home equipment. Carry a WalkSlide with you, and you’re liberated from all those hassles.
  1. You can work out in other people’s homes. When you stay at Grandma’s house for a holiday vacation, it’s a reasonable bet that you won’t find a roomful of exercise equipment awaiting you there. What better solution than to bring the portable equivalent of that roomful of equipment along with you? WalkSlide can serve the role of treadmill, Nordic skier or cross-training machine – and it’s quiet enough to ensure that you’ll be invited back.

Experience the convenience of having your own portable fitness solution. Order a WalkSlide today!

Walking Toward Weight Loss

You know you need to lose weight, and you know that exercise can play an important role in the process. But when you think of exercise, maybe the inner movie that plays in your head is an intense, “Rocky”-like workout montage. Well, good news: the truth is that exercising to lose weight can be as simple as walking on a regular basis.

It generally takes about 10,000 steps of walking a day to lose weight consistently, but you can work your way up to that level gradually. We developed the WalkSlide as an ideal tool for this purpose, since it’s so easy to use and lets you control the intensity of your workout. And if your primary concern is for your overall health, keep in mind that even 30 minutes of daily walking can reduce your risks of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and certain cancers – all of which have been associated with obesity – while possibly extending your lifespan by up to 7 years.

Do you feel self-conscious walking for exercise out in public or among the athletic crowd at your local gym? WalkSlide provides the perfect solution by enabling you to walk as much as you want, and shed as much as weight as you want, in the privacy of your own home.

Obviously, walking isn’t the only strategy for shedding excess pounds, especially if overeating is one of the causes. (Ask your doctor about any other changes you need to make before embarking on any exercise regimen.) But the more you walk, the better you’ll feel, and the more easily and enthusiastically you can embrace your new life. Take the first step today by giving yourself an easy way to get your walking in. Contact us to learn more about how WalkSlide can accompany your journey toward a slimmer future!

Cardio? Weights? Which Fitness Routine Does What?

If you’ve decided to start a fitness routine, you’re doing your health a huge favor. But maybe you find the whole cardio vs. weight training thing confusing; which one makes more sense for your needs? Let’s look at their respective strong points.

  • Healthy heart, lungs and circulation – If you want to improve your heart muscle strength, circulation, blood pressure and lung function, you couldn’t do better than to adopt a regular cardio program of some sort. Exercises known for their cardio benefits including walking, running, swimming, jogging, aerobics, dancing, cycling – pretty much any activity that keeps your body moving and your heart pumping.
  • Muscle strength and flexibility – The prize for this category goes to weight training, of course, since this discipline is all about building your muscles and increasing their capacity for work. But bear in mind that weight training isn’t the only way to keep strong and flexible. Any exercise that poses a regular challenge to your muscles, including walking and running, can help. Weight-bearing exercises simply rely on your own body weight instead of external weights, helping you maintain limber muscles and strong bones.
  • Weight loss/management – Actually, both cardio and weight training can help you lose excess pounds and keep them off; they just achieve this goal in different ways. Cardio is better for burning lots of calories in a hurry, but as soon you finish your workout, the calorie burning is suspended. Weight training goes about it more indirectly by increasing your muscle mass. The larger your muscles get, the more calories they burn through ordinary metabolic processes. So you burn fewer calories at the outset, but you keep burning them between workouts.

Whatever regimen you go with, walking can be a valuable part of it. So get yourself a WalkSlide, and get healthy!