We all know that two of the most popular resolutions each year, although worded slightly different, are actually very much the same: 1) losing weight and, 2) getting in shape. It's almost impossible to achieve one without achieving the other. Unfortunately, there are some people who will persue the first in such a way that it is actually detrimental to their health, such as trying to lose weight through crash dieting or by other similar, non-healthy means.
But for the majority of people, these two important initiatives will usually be achieved simultaneously, through increased exercise and with more attention paid to eating healthier. That doesn't mean you have to starve yourself, it simply means that one's intake of certain food products, like sweets and high-fat or high-calorie snack foods, needs to be reduced.
The best way to achieve a combined goal of getting in shape/losing weight is to adhere to a regimen that includes a lower caloric diet along with increased daily exercise. Even just adding 30 minutes a day of increased activity will do wonders by the end of the year. But remember, it is a year long commitment. Don't get down on yourself if you happen to slip up on one or both parts of this equation for a day or two. If you give in to the frustration you might feel when you think the positive results should be coming at a quicker rate, you will undoubtedly find yourself in no better a situation at the end of the year and in many cases, a worse position.
Below are 25 examples of fitness equipment and aids available from retailers in the H2H Online Shopping Mall which can assist in making sure you are burning additional calories on a daily basis, more than you have been in the past. Many of these items are both portable and work in such a way that you will be able to multi-task. If you need to spend 30 or 45 minutes a night getting caught up on emails, do it while you are peddling away on a stationary bike. If you cannot stand the thought of missing your favorite TV show because you have to incorporate 30 minutes of additional activity into your schedule, don't do it. Don't miss that show. Just consider watching it while you walk on a treadmill or elliptical trainer. In the end, you'll be happy that you were able to achieve both.
1- Hers deluxe mini stepper with handle ($69.99, Amazon US), 2- Wilson Federer tennis racket for those just starting tennis (£25, John Lewis), 3- Alo yoga mat in assorted colors ($29, Nordstrom), 4- StaminaInMotion E1000 elliptical trainer ($98.99, Best Buy), 5- The Biggest LoserSlimCoach measures steps taken/distance traveled and stores data for 1 month, connections to upload data to computer (sale $79.99, Best Buy), 6- Sunny Health & Fitness exercise bike ($134.98, Best Buy), 7- Marcy cardio mini cycle stepper (sale $48, Amazon US), 8- The Biggest LoserThe Workout Weight Loss Yoga instructional DVD featured Bob Harper (sale $9.99, Target), 9- Phoenix EasyUp manual treadmill (sale $149, Amazon US), 10- V-FitHTR2 dual hydraulic rower machine (sale £59.99, Amazon UK), 11- Hammer Ellyptech 4000 cross trainer (sale £180.43, Amazon UK), 12- Element: Pilates Weight Loss for Beginners instructional DVD (sale $6.90, Target), 13- 10-Minute Solution: Rapid Results Pilates instructional DVD (sale $6.90, Target), 14- GoFit FitLog 90-day tracker along with tips for health and nutrition ($14.99, Best Buy), 15- Nike long sleeve arm warmers ($40, Nordstrom)
16- Sunny Health & Fitness Twister Stepper with handle bar (sale $71.99, Amazon US), 17- Horizon Pursuit 6 fitness bike (sale £399, John Lewis), 18-Reebok Trainer RX4.0 recumbent fitness bike ($550.99, Target), 19- Adventure Prime men's hybrid bike in 3 heights (sale £205.55, Amazon UK), 20- Confidence Vibetone vibration trainer (sale £89.99, Amazon UK), 21- Sunny Health & Fitness magnetic elliptical trainer ($142.33, Best Buy), 22- Pure Fun 40-Inch Mini Trampoline with handrail (sale $73.99, Amazon US), 23- Body Scultpure adjustable weight bench for working upper and lower body (sale £114.75, Amazon UK), 24- Confidence Vibration Plate Plus vibration trainer with digital calorie burn display (sale £149.99, Amazon UK), 25- Stamina InStride Plus electronic stepper with tension ropes ($69.99, Amazon US)