I am a fan of cardio workouts and cardio machines, but the handles on those machines — not so much. When you're stair-stepping and walking on the treadmill, holding on is not only bad for your posture and body mechanics — folks tend to slouch when they use the handles — but hanging onto the rails actually reduces the total number of calories burned by 40 to 50 percent. Talk about taking the
wind out of your sails win out of your workout. When not supporting yourself using the handles, you force your body to expend more energy and burn more calories. Going hands-free also kicks your core into action.
So let go! Or at least alternate every minute or two while you become accustomed to not holding the rails. If you feel a little unsteady read this post: Why Feel The "Y": Core Concepts. It will help you connect to your center and sense of balance while you move.
Mamas don't look like octopi, but with the amount of items we juggle, it would certainly be nice to have eight arms. We are multitaskers by nature, and a pumping session or going for a leisurely stroll would be made a whole lot more productive if we could cross another item off of our to-do lists simultaneously. While we can't give you an extra hand, we can provide you with seven products designed to keep your hands free. What you choose to do with them is up to you!
Agyness ditches the handbag sometimes — she told me so at New York Fashion Week! It's because when she's on the runway she has so much stuff going on — clothes, makeup, accessories. In her personal life, she's more low maintenance. What about you? Can you do without your lip gloss and BlackBerry once in a while?
So I was looking for new products to tell everyone about when I was bombarded by a huge number of posts talking about the new SimpleHuman "Hands-Free" garbage can. At first I ignored it, thinking, how is this new? I mean, I have a hands free garbage can at home, you know the kind with a pedal that you step on? But after surfing the web a bit more I found that every kitchen gadget site seemed to be talking about it. So finally I said, okay what's the big deal!?
Well, it turns out that instead of a handy (or would that be footy?) push pedal, there are now sensors. So instead of stepping down, all you have to do is bring your foot near it. I dunno, $200 for a garbage can sounds a bit ridiculous to me. However, if you've got the money (and six D batteries) to spare, then you might want to check out the SimpleHuman rectangular sensor can.
What do you guys think?