5 Tips for Buying Home Fitness Equipment in AZ

Are you overwhelmed by all the different brands, prices and functions of home fitness equipment? This article will provide you with tips on buying home fitness equipment in AZ: what to expect, where to go and what to buy. Whether you’re looking for a basic machine or one with the latest technology has to offer, the following information will be beneficial to you.

So, you’re looking at purchasing home fitness equipment in AZ! Yet, whether you’re looking for home gym equipment for your strength training, cardio workouts, or both – finding the best equipment for your needs can be a challenge. With so many choices to be made when looking at home gym equipment, how can you be sure you’re making the best choice for you? Here are a few points to consider:

Tip 1: Before you start any exercise program, it is important for you to get checked out by your doctor. Never begin a strength training or cardio program without doing so under the supervision of a qualified physician to prevent injuries as you train.

Tip 2: For an inexpensive solution for strength training – many people start with a good set of free weights and dumbbells. Keep in mind that if you’re not familiar with using free weights, they can do more harm than good. To get the best results, it is essential that you use proper form and balance to avoid hurting yourself. So, if you choose this route, you should also invest in a good training program with a personal trainer – someone that can not only help you built a workout routine that will help you achieve your goals, but also show you the best way to use your equipment properly and avoid injury. Another way to avoid injury with strength training equipment, especially if you’re a beginner, is to choose a strength training machine, rather than free weights. Strength training machines allow you to maintain proper form as you exercise, which will help lessen your risk of injury. Plus, strength training machines don’t require a ‘spotter’ – allowing you to work out alone.

Tip 3: Strength training machines are also a good choice if your home is ‘space limited’. You can achieve the same results with an ‘all inclusive’ home gym unit, as you can with the more traditional weight stack or plates. So, don’t feel as though you need to duplicate the huge variety of machines you see at your nearby gym. Instead, look for equipment that exercises your main muscle groups effectively. Also look for equipment that offer optional attachments – with these, you can keep your initial cost down as you start out your exercise program, and then add attachments as your workout needs progress.

Tip 4: For your home cardio workouts, there are a number of choices available. Treadmills are great because they mimic an exercise that is both familiar and comfortable. Elliptical Trainers provide a low-impact cardio workout that protects your joints, and is a favorite activity for people who want a good cardio workout without a lot of pounding on the joints. Make sure when you’re looking at cardio equipment, you find a store that can help you match the proper type of equipment to your fitness needs.

Tip 5: Although your large ‘chain store’ may offer basic home exercise equipment, a better choice is a store dedicated to helping you find the best equipment for your needs. This includes your being able to try out any piece of equipment before you buy it. Make sure that before you purchase any piece of home exercise equipment you feel comfortable with the way the equipment works.

Bob Lachniet is the owner of Fitness 4 Home Superstore, a specialty fitness equipment dealer recently named the #1 choice for fitness equipment in AZ by BestFitnessDealers.com! Find the best home fitness equipment in AZ. Visit the Scottsdale or Tempe Superstores or shop online today.

Ten Tips For Healthy Dining Out With Kids

Nothing makes a child feel more grown up than going out to eat. Yet children, like adults, eat significantly more calories at restaurant meals than they do when eating at home. In fact, the children’s menu is often the least healthy section of a menu! Think about the typical children’s fare. Chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese, pizza, hamburgers and hotdogs. And don’t forget the side dish that accompanies them all: french fries. To make it worse, most kids’ meals come with free dessert.

But eating out does not have to be a nutritional disaster. Follow these ten guidelines and your child can enjoy a restaurant meal without sacrificing good nutrition.

1. DO YOUR RESEARCH

Many fast food and restaurant chains post nutritional information on their websites. If you frequent a favorite chain and often choose certain menu items, be sure you look up the nutritional data online. You may be amazed by the calories, saturated fat and sodium in your favorite dish.

Going to a restaurant that doesn’t post their nutrition information online? You can still learn a lot from a simple web search. Go to the calorie-count or calorieking websites and type in the name of the dish you usually order. These websites have average nutritional information for thousands of foods. Chances are, you will find what you are looking for.

2. READ THE MENU CAREFULLY

Make sure you know what you are ordering. Pay attention to the descriptions on the menu. Dishes labeled deep-fried, pan-fried, basted, batter-dipped, breaded, creamy, crispy are usually high in calories.

3. DON’T BE AFRAID TO SPECIAL ORDER

Many menu items would be healthy if they were prepared differently. Small substitutions often lead to major calorie savings. Be sure to tell your waiter that you are trying to eat healthy. Most restaurants are happy to prepare your food the way you would like it.

Ask for your vegetables and main dishes to be served with the sauce on the side. If your food is fried or cooked in oil or butter, ask to have it broiled or steamed. Some restaurants even have non-fat cooking spray in the kitchen! When I go to a restaurant, I always ask for “no butter, no oil, no mayo”. These ingredients are often stuck into dishes where you least expect them.

4. SKIP THE KID’S MENU

The kid’s menu is usually the least healthy section of the menu. I like to avoid it altogether. Many restaurants will allow you to choose ‘half-orders’ of dishes on the adult menu. If the restaurant doesn’t do half-orders, consider splitting a dish with your child. Which brings us to our next tip…

5. WATCH YOUR PORTIONS SIZES!

Watch portion size; share or bring leftovers home. At a typical restaurant, a single serving provides enough for at least two meals. Even children’s menu portions are overblown! To overcome this obstacle, take half of your meal home or divide the portion with a dining partner.

It is best to decide how much your child should eat as soon as the dish is served. How many times have you told yourself you would only eat half your dish and then sat at the table picking at the plate until it was finished? Kids do the same thing. When your child’s meal is served and is overflowing, ask the waiter for an extra plate. Place an appropriate portion on your child’s plate and hand the rest to the waiter to wrap up.

6. AVOID BUFFETS

Avoid buffets, even seemingly healthy ones like salad bars. You’ll likely overeat to get your money’s worth. If you do choose buffet dining, opt for fresh fruits, salads with low-fat or fat-free dressings, broiled entrees and steamed vegetables. Resist the temptation to go for seconds or wait at least 20 minutes after eating to make sure you’re still hungry before going back up to the buffet.

7. CHOOSE CALORIE-FREE BEVERAGES

Remember that soda and juice are both huge sources of hidden calories. Try switching to water with lemon or unsweetened iced tea.

8. EAT MINDFULLY

Encourage your kids to eat mindfully. Mindful eating means paying attention to what you eat and savoring each bite. Being mindful also means noticing when you are almost full and laying down your fork. Mindful eating relaxes you so you digest better and makes you feel more satisfied. Teach your children to really taste their food and pay attention to what they are eating.

9. SLOW DOWN!

If your children are shoveling their food into their mouths, they won’t be able to tell that they are full. It takes twenty minutes for your body to realize it is satisfied. Have them put their forks down between bites or take a sip of water between mouthfuls. If your kids finish their meals in less time and still feel hungry, ask them to wait. Once the full twenty minutes has passed, they will probably no longer feel hungry.

10. REMEMBER THE BIG PICTURE

Think of eating out in the context of your whole diet. If it is a special occasion or you know you want to order your favorite meal at a nice restaurant, cut back on your other meals that day. Moderation is always key, but planning ahead can help you relax and enjoy your dining out experience without sacrificing good nutrition or diet control.

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Tips for Baking Perfect Fish Recipes

If you have some delicious tilapia fish recipes to try out or some mouthwatering baked cod dish you have wanted to make, you might be thinking that baking fish is easy. To be honest, there is nothing too difficult about it but there are a few tips and tricks that will take your baked fish recipes to the next level and guarantee perfection.

Baking cooks fish quickly at a high temperature and you can bake fish fillets, steaks, whole fish, or seafood.

Baking is one of the most popular ways to cook fish but the problem a lot of people have is their fish drying out. If you leave the fish in the oven for as little as 2 minutes too long, this might dry it out. Dried out fish is actually when the fish oil is removed by allowing too much baking time. You have to be quite vigilant and check it often. Remember too that fish continues to cook once you have removed it from the oven.

Choosing and Preparing Fish for Baked Fish Recipes

Check, the eyes of the fish you plan to buy are bright, slightly protruding, and clear. The gills should be red or pink. If the fish has cloudy, pink or sunken eyes and gray gills, it is stale and you should choose another one.

No matter whether you are shopping for fish for tilapia fish recipes, a spicy baked catfish dish, or something else, the same rules apply. The fresher the fish, the more successful your fish recipes will be.

You need to ensure the fish is properly defrosted to get the very best results from your fish recipe. Frozen fish has the same nutritional value as fresh fish and will keep in the freezer for weeks or even months, depending what kind of fish it is. To defrost fish, leave it on the lower shelves of the refrigerator for between 8 and 12 hours.

If you want the fish to be defrosted sooner, you can place it in cold water and add 3 to 4 tablespoons of salt. Then it will defrost in a couple of hours. Defrosted or fresh fish in the refrigerator should be used within 24 hours for the best fish recipe results.

Depending on what kind of baked fish recipe you are making, you might want to marinate the fish fillets in salt and lemon before cooking for firmer flesh, a fresh taste and to make it easier to handle. You can also soak your fish in water with vinegar before baking, to make it sweeter, more tender and hold its shape better.

How to Get the Best Results from Baked Fish Recipes

Because fish contains natural oils, it is not compulsory to add oil or fat before baking. To ensure the fish stays moist, you might like to brush a little oil or butter on top of it before cooking or top the fish with seasoned breadcrumbs or thinly sliced vegetables. There are many tilapia fish recipes, which make use of vegetables or breadcrumbs to add flavor and texture.

The general rule with fish baking is to bake the fish for 10 minutes for every inch of its thickness. 450F is a suitable temperature for most baked fish recipes. Unless the fish is an inch or less thick, you should turn it half way through the cooking time.

Tuck thin ends underneath to make sure the fillets cook evenly. Cooking times also vary depending how dense the fish is. Your fish is ready when you can flake it easily with a fork at its thickest point, when it is 145F internally or when it is opaque all the way through.

To stop fish sticking to the baking dish, you can place it on a bed of onions, celery, or both. This makes the fish stay in one piece when removing it from the baking dish and gives it some extra flavor.

Want some new ways to make your cod fish recipes try our fish taco recipe made with wholesome cod fish.

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