Getting the right elliptical for your body and budget!


Why It’s Not Always Best to “Rest” Away Pain 

For so many, back pain is a reality that affects every aspect of their lives. When you suffer from back pain it can feel like you just aren’t able to do anything.  It can make you feel like you aren’t yourself anymore.

While it may seem like lying down and staying comfortable until it “gets better” is the best option, that isn’t necessarily the case. Keeping yourself moving and doing cardiovascular exercise can help you feel stronger, healthier and more like yourself again.

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Learn the Smart Way to Use an Elliptical for Marathon Training 

indoor marathon training ellipticalTraining for a marathon takes dedication, perseverance, time and planning … lots of time and planning.

It’s easy to only focus on the physical training and conditioning that you need, but there are a lot of other factors that you have to consider. Forcing yourself outside and just logging the miles isn’t the only way to prepare and sometimes it isn’t even the best option.

Using an elliptical for indoor marathon training can give you the variety you need to reach your goals when pesky outside variables try to slow you down!

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Injuries Can Really Throw Off an Athlete’s Training Schedule

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Ellipticals can help you recover from an injury.

You’ve worked so hard to maintain your fitness and work toward a goal. Suddenly your body can’t do what you want it to do. This can be extremely frustrating and discouraging.

But making sure that you are doing everything you can during your recovery is a huge step towards getting back to normal. Ellipticals are a useful tool for runners suffering from a wide variety of injuries. They help you maintain your cardio health, work your muscles and keep you motivated without risk of further injury.

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Ellipticals Help Runners Maintain Fitness When They Can’t Run

All long distance runners know the intense dedication it takes to maintain their training. They also know the high risk of injuries, and the setbacks that those injuries can cause.

Impact injuries like stress fractures, caused by overuse, can disrupt your strict training regimen until healed. This healing time can cause you to lose some of the fitness that you’ve worked so hard for.

This is why having a cross training alternative during that down time is so important.

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Don’t Let Hip Pain Keep You From Living Your Life

It’s much easier to stay on track when you find a workout routine that works for your specific body.  Plus, a consistent routine will make you finally feel like you’re making progress.  But when you suffer some sort of pain or injury, that progress can be quickly knocked off track.

This is the case for many people that suffer from hip pain due to an injury.  The risk for hip injury increases with age. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, over 300,000 adults over the age of 65 suffer from hip fractures each year.

It doesn’t help that many popular exercises are strenuous on the hips, including hiking, walking on uneven ground, heavy weight lifting routines, running, and a variety of sports like basketball and soccer.

But there is no need to lose your motivation and progress just because of a set-back caused by hip pain. There are many low-impact exercise options to strengthen your hips. These may help prevent an injury before it happens, and will also help keep you moving and shaking throughout your recovery.

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Here at Fitness-Equipment-Source, we make it our business to understand how people exercise throughout the country.  That is why we are one of the top trusted sources for Elliptical Reviews and Ratings.

But what about other types of exercise?  What activities get our American red blood pumping?  We did a little research and found some pretty gnarly information.  Check it out!

State-by-State:  Here are the Most Popular Exercise Activities in America

National Search Results: Here are the Top 14 Exercise Activities in the United States

Here are the top 14 exercise activities in the USA based on estimated average monthly search volume on Google’s search engine

  1.  Yoga is by far the most popular activity in the United States with 361,860 related keyword searches per month (according to Google AdWords.)

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2.  Running is the second most popular activity with 289,190 related keyword searches per month.  You’ll find the most runners in California.

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3.  238,870 was the total number of related keyword searches for hiking which is popular in Colorado, California, and Texas.

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4.  CrossFit had 138,290 related keyword searches for 4th place.

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5.  Swimming had had 117,390 related keyword searches with the highest per capita rate in the state of New Jersey.

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6.  Kayaking had 93,500 related keyword searches and is most popular in Florida.

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7.  Gymnastics reigns supreme in Texas with 64,430 related keyword searches.

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8.  57,810 related keyword searches were logged for general cardio workouts.

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9 & 10.  Bodybuilding comes in 9th place with 47,790 related keyword searches.  Weightlifting follows close behind with 45,590 related keyword searches.

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11.  Aerobics logged 44,670 related keyword searches per month.

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12 & 13.  Mixed martial arts (MMA) had 38,670 searches while martial arts had only 15,690.

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14.  Finally, 4,970 searches were found for jogging to round out the top 14 activities.

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How Did We Get These Results?

To figure out the most popular exercise activity in each state we used Google AdWords Keyword Planner Tool to examine the estimated average monthly search volume for keywords related to an exercise activity in each state.

Our study looked at 14 different exercise activities; MMA, Kayaking, Hiking, Running, Jogging, Swimming, Weight Lifting, Yoga, Aerobics, Cardio, Gymnastics, Bodybuilding, Martial Arts, and Crossfit. We were unable to use the exact keyword for each activity due to Google’s recent policy of adding in what they call ‘close variants’ into the search volume for some keywords that would have made the data unreliable (i.e. the data for the keyword ‘jogging’ includes search volume from searches for joggers which is a type of clothing).

Instead we performed in-depth keyword research to find keywords that might be used by individuals performing the exercise activity or looking to get involved in the activity (such as “yoga studio near me” or “marathon training” among hundreds of other keywords) and then pulled the estimated search volume for those keywords with the geographic location set to only include searches from a specific state. We had to pull the data across several days to avoid getting data in ranges provided by Google after so many queries using the tool and verified the data with at least one more pull to ensure the numbers reported by the Keyword Planner Tool were consistent.

Once we had all of the data, we added up the estimated monthly search volume for keywords related to one of the 14 types of exercise for each state and selected the type of exercise with the most search volume as the most popular exercise activity in that state. You can see the results from this research in our map above.


Get Our Expert Advice on NordicTrack Models Available in Canada

FreeStride Trainer FS9i

NordicTrack Freestride Trainer FS9i – Read our full review here.

The award-winning NordicTrack Elliptical Trainers are conveniently for sale online and include Free Shipping. You can shop their user-friendly web site and select the model right for you. However, they have a variety of models and designs that can make the buying process confusing.  Our experts are here to assist our Canadian friends in buying the right model for your body and budget.

Elliptical trainers typically come in front or rear models.  But NordicTrack also has a center drive design.  In addition, they offer the innovative FreeStride Trainers.  Below is a description of each design.

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Comparing Two Very Popular Brands |  Written By Fred Waters

I constantly get asked which is better – NordicTrack elliptical trainers vs Sole elliptical trainers.  Or, I get asked if a specific NordicTrack elliptical is better than a particular Sole elliptical.  The answer is not so cut and dry. 

It should be mentioned that NordicTrack and Sole are the two leading manufacturers of elliptical trainers in the U.S.A.  Besides selling huge numbers on the Internet you will find NordicTrack ellipticals in Sears and Sole ellipticals in Dick’s Sporting Goods.

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It’s hard to deny that exercise is good for you.  It’s so good…in fact…that studies are now showing that it can work just like medication for people with certain conditions. Adults and children who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can have trouble paying attention, controlling their emotions or finishing tasks.  New studies are showing that an increase in exercise for this individuals can make a significant difference in how they manage their condition.

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Discover the Benefits of Ellipticals Compared to Treadmills

Regardless of what type of cardio machine you purchase, you are going to reap some serious rewards.  It is going to help you take control of your health, drop pounds, and improve your cardiovascular fitness. Now… the big question. Should you buy an elliptical or a treadmill?  Each machine has its benefits and drawbacks.  We decided to break down the main points to consider in this handy guide. Continue reading