Bjorn Nilsen

The Top Inexpensive Fitness Tools You Need

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Stairs

Some people opt to use stair machines to get an incredible workout. Fortunately, having one of these expensive machines is not necessary to get a good workout. Any set of stairs can provide the same effect as this costly gym machine, and one study done in 2000 showed that doing stair exercises has numerous beneficial results, including better breathing and heart function.


Towel
A towel is a great replacement for resistance bands, which can often be a costly addition to workout gear. Using a simple towel in place of one of these bands provides the same effect, but at a much greater convenience and a much lower cost. A towel can be used a wide variety of stretches and exercises.

Chair

Perhaps the most underrated everyday exercise tool is the chair. It can be used to perform a vast array of exercises, such as leg and arm workouts.


Foam roller

While this tool is probably not an everyday household item, it can prove to be an invaluable help. It can be used to sooth sore muscles after a workout, or to prepare vulnerable muscles prior to an intense workout.
Rope

A rope is a helpful tool in performing some stretches, such as active isolated stretches, which must be performed before intense exercises in order to avoid damaging muscles.

Resistance tubing and bands

Resistance tubes and bands are one of the most inexpensive workout tools, and they are very portable for those who travel a lot. They can used to increase the difficulty of virtually every workout, and they come in various resistances to provide different degrees of difficulty.

Jump rope

Perhaps one of the most old-fashioned and basic ways to exercise is also one of the best. Jumping rope could be a great exercise on its own, but it is also a great way to warm up before a more intense workout, like a sprint or a long run.

Medicine ball

A medicine ball is a cheap way to help build your muscles’ flexibility and strength. They come in sizes from two to 25 pounds, so there is a medicine ball that is the perfect size for virtually every workout buff.

Bosu ball

Even though bosu balls are a little on the expensive side with one ball costing about $100, they are a great exercise tool that can help to improve core muscles, as well as balance.

Kettlebells

Kettlebells are specially designed to provide the user with quick, efficient workouts that improve virtually every basic function in the body. A quick workout with kettlebells can get the heart pumping, as well as improve muscle strength and range of motion. Kettle bells are a great solution for people who want to work out, but do not have a lot of extra time.
Measuring tape

Despite the fact that a measuring tape is not necessarily a workout tool, it can provide invaluable insight into the makeup of one’s body and how working out is changing it. It can show how much abdominal fat there is, which is key to ensuring optimal health.

Inexpensive treadmills

While some treadmills cost hundreds of dollars, it is not too difficult to find one at a secondhand store, or to buy a cheap one for $100 or $200. A gently used treadmill can still provide years of great exercises, and there is so much versatility that it would be difficult to pass up such a good deal.

Bjorn Nilsen

The Best Treadmills According to Bjorn

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As a personal trainer and adventure leader I have the luxury of spending most of my time out having fun in the great outdoors and getting exercise. However, I also need to spend a lot of time planning our excursions and coming up with fitness plans for my clients which means a lot of time at a desk. Some time ago I realized that I needed a better way to stay in shape between adventures because all the sitting down time in the office was starting to have negative effects on my fitness.

As you know, sitting is killing us very steadily as a society. It is one reason that the average lifespan of the American man is on the decline for the first time in decades. Sitting decreases your metabolism so that you end up putting on more weight and it stops proper blood flow throughout your body because you are essentially folding yourself in half. However, many of us, and many of my clients are required to do a certain amount of desk work for our full time jobs even though we would much rather be on active outdoor adventures.

For the past 5 years, I have been a faithful user of a standing desk and treadmill combination machine that I bought, and it is my ideal way of working. I don’t normally jog or do anything fast but simply being able to walk slowly is a way to keep blood flowing and stay active in my mind and body over the hours I need to spend in the office. I found that no matter what kind of chair I used, I couldn’t shake the restless feeling and fog that settles in after a few hours, but now that is no problem.

If you work at home or have the space in your office, but need to maintain your fitness for outdoor adventures or for your general health, I recommend that you should get an active working desk like a treadmill desk or standing desk that you can fit a treadmill under. This will allow you to walk at a moderate pace to keep your body active while your mind works and your fingers type or you make calls.

The LifeSpan TR 1200-DT5 is the best standing desk treadmill I have ever used and it is what’s currently in my office at my training gym. I found it after poring over many of the treadmill desk reviews on the internet. It has just two simple speed settings of either 2 or 4 miles per hour, which for me is a stroll or a steady walk. I find that the slower one is best for typing and the faster one for when I need to read a research article or scroll online. I also like that I can sync the walking data from the treadmill to my iPhone so i can get a sense of how active I was while I worked.

Even if you do not work from home, I recommend having some home exercise equipment to keep up your daily routine when it is too cold or rainy outside to go for a run our bike ride outdoors. If you want good advice on the best indoor bikes, check out Home Fitness Intel. I have a bit more experience with rowing machines and I can confidently recommend to you the Concept II rowing machine as the best for indoor training. For bikes, I will leave it to the expert reviews here: http://homefitnessintel.com/best-exercise-bike-reviews/

The LifeSpan TR1200i is the best treadmill I have used beside my standing desk. In fact, this is the same model as that model but it has more treadmill features and no desk frame. I recommend it to my clients because it has a lifetime warranty and also folds conveniently so that it is easy to store in small homes where there is no room for a fitness machine to stand all the time. It is good for running, walking, and jogging.

I hope this blog has inspired you to take a more active approach to your indoor office work. Thank you for reading.

Bjorn Nilsen

Why Adventure Travel Rocks

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At some point in our lives, all of us entertain the idea of what it would be like to travel the world, see the sights, climb the mountains, swim in the seas, explore the jungles, and indulge in every adventure in between. However, if you’re like most people, you keep right on dreaming. If you’ve decided to get into better shape and work on becoming healthier, you just may want to look into making those dreams a reality. While it’s true that any exercise is better than none at all, more and more studies are proving that exercise which takes place outdoors in nature delivers far more benefits than that which is confined to the gym.  So, while you may feel at home on your treadmill, consider breaking out of your comfort zone and look into adventure travel.

 

WHAT IS ADVENTURE TRAVEL?

Adventure travel refers to trips that are planned specifically for the activities that are available at the chosen destination(s). Swimming with sharks, zip lining through the jungle, a jungle expedition, visiting the Grand Canyon for hiking. The possibilities are only as endless as your own imagination and sense of daring. Adventure travel is exciting, rewarding, and the health benefits are unmatched by any other form of exercise. Not to mention the memories that will be made will last a lifetime.

 

BENEFITS OF ADVENTURE TRAVEL

 

Adventure travel goes beyond improving physical fitness. Mental and emotional well being are just as important to overall health as that of the body. Adventure travel and it’s activities provide new experiences which broaden the mind and encourage self awareness. Goals, dreams and fantasies are realized, leading to an incredible sense of self accomplishment and pride.

In today’s society built around all things hi tech, adventure travel offers an escape and gets you back to nature, back to your true self, a place you may have never even been before. Leave the tablet, laptop, and video game console at home as you head out to bask in the fresh air and lush landscapes awaiting you.
Adventure travel also builds your sense of social awareness in matters of nature.

About Saltstraumen Adventure

Bjorn Nilsen is a personal trainer and adventure tour leader near the Saltstraumen whirlpool in Bodo, Norway. He is the Founder and principal operator of Saltstraumen Adventure, personalized adventure tours for all ages and capabilities.

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"Bjorn are you also a kayaking guide? Also, do you offer nutrition coaching in addition to personal training?"