Thursday, June 05, 2008

Fabulous Home = Healthy Home

When you think about adding healthy items to your home, the first thing that probably comes to mind is a piece of exercise equipment. While this is a great start, there are many more additions and renovations that may improve your health and help you to get fit.

Why purchase a treadmill or bench press that will sit unused in your garage for years? Think about taking your basement, garage or spare room and turning it into a complete home gym. It doesn't have to be expensive, but it can be more appealing that a piece of equipment that is hiding away somewhere in your home. Find or purchase a spare television to use for aerobic workout or to keep you entertained while you strengthen those muscles. Keep all your work out accessories stored together, but put them in a place that is easily accessible so that you won't feel as if it is too much of a hassle to work with. You might also add a small refrigerator or water tank to your gym for convenience.

If a home gym is too much for you to deal with, think about adding a hot tub. They are known for their many health benefits and can provide entertainment, as well. Some say that having a soak in the hot tub will not only relieve the pressure and stress of everyday, but it can also lower your blood pressure and encourage good sleep. A whirlpool may even have the same benefits. There are many claims that in addition to lowering blood pressure, a hot tub or whirlpool tub can also relieve specific ailments such as migraines and arthritis. So if you suffer from chronic pain, a hot tub may be perfect for you.

A lot of people never think about a sauna and don't know the health benefits it can provide. A sauna raises your body temperature and boosts immune function because of this. And just like a hot tub, it can also lower pressure. And, while a sauna should not be your only form of fitness, it can contribute to weight loss. However, this is not significant enough by itself. You need to exercise several times a week to actually lose weight. Nevertheless, the benefits are great enough that installing a sauna may help your health. Just remember that if you are pregnant or have other health issues, consult a doctor before using it.

Finally, anything you add to your home that will get you up and moving can boost your fitness level. It doesn't have to be big or expensive. Just do something that will add to your health.

Chris Brown is a regular contributor to Family and Health, Exercise Equipment Review, and Sauna Review Check out these terrific sites to keep your family happy and healthy.

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