HomeGym Blog

Health tips and articles

  • Regular walking shown to linked to lower mortality rate

    We all know that we are supposed to do at least 30 minutes exercise, 5 times each week. However time flies and before you know it Monday morning has come around again and all you have achieved is a quick sprint around the supermarket or taking your children to and from all their various sporting activities.
    Well don't worry, new research has found that any walking throughout the week (even if you don't manage the magic 150 minutes of exercise) has been shown to lower the mortality rate of patients taking part in a study by the American Cancer Society.
    As walking is simple, convenient and free and can be done by anyone of any age it has been described as the perfect exercise. As our population continues to age, walking is ideal for people as they age, for health and longevity.
    However, if you don't fancy walking in our Great British weather as the nights draw in why not consider hiring one of our treadmills, they are ideal for walking and can be done in the comfort of your own home. It might also work out more cost effective than going for a walk round you local supermarket or shopping center! Having said that I think I may ask for a pedometer for Christmas just to see how far I walk whilst doing the weekly shop.

  • Just how much exercise do we need to keep fit?

    If you are thinking how much physical exercise should I be doing to keep fit, it is, surprisingly not as much as you would think.

    If you aim for around 2.5 hours (150 minutes) of light to moderate aerobic activity per week. That’s just 21 minutes each day of the week or 50 minutes of activity 3 days a week.
    Put another way, in just 1.25 hours (75 minutes) of vigorous aerobic activity per week, (or just 10 minutes every day) each day of the week or just 25 minutes 3 days a week you should start to see feel the benefits of your hard work.
    Physical activity should be at least 10 minutes at a time.

    Why not try walking or running on  a treadmill, cross trainer, bike or rower and see the benefits for yourself.


  • Why a treadmill is great for weight loss and toning up!

    Hire a treadmill - they are great for weight loss and toning up!

    The treadmill is our most popular piece of exercise equipment to hire.

    Treadmills provide a genuine and effective way to tone-up and lose weight, concentrating on all the major muscle groups.

    When not in use, our treadmills can be folded up neatly freeing up valuable floor space for other uses.

    Why not hire one at home? Call to hire on 0800 043 2148


  • Why exercise bike hire is great for rehabiliation

    Did you know that Homegym UK came about as a result of the need of an upright bike hire for a short term in order to recover from a hip operation? The owner couldn't find any companies to hire a bike from, realised there was a gap in the market and Homegym was created to fill that gap. We often get requests for upright bikes or recumbent bikes as they are ideal for rehabilitation following knee or hip operations. My father-in-law recently had a knee operation as a result of age and a fall earlier in the year. His consultant told him of the importance of keeping mobile (but without over doing it). He used one of our upright exercise bikes on a daily basis to help mobilise his knee without putting too much weight on the joint. It really aided his recovery. With hire periods from as short as 1 month up to 6 months Homegym can help aid your recovery from your operation. We would, however, recommend that you consult with your physician and/or physiotherapist before undertaking any exercise.

    Why not take a look at our website to see the bikes we have to hire?

  • Spring has sprung! Why not take advantage of our cross trainer hire special offer?

    What a beautiful day today. The daffodils are out the sun is shining and it feels warm. Spring is most definitely in the air. Time to think about digging out the Birkenstocks and getting our legs out. I don't know about you but my legs are still in Winter mode. Ever so slightly flabby and definitely in need of a good wax! Why not tone up and get ready for summer with our special spring offer? If you hire a cross trainer during March you can take advantage of our 3 for 2 offer. Hire for two months and you get the third month free. Cross trainers are great for cardiovascular workouts. Not only that, they also tone more areas of your body than a treadmill does. On a cross trainer both your legs and arms get a work out, with a lower impact on your knees and joints than running. So by the time that you are due to go on your Summer holidays not only will you look fabulous but you will feel fabulous too. Call us now on 0800 043 2148 or email enquires@homegymuk.com

  • Keeping active in the school holidays

    So I am doing the Swimathon again this year and hoping to be fit enough swim 200 lengths. Yes that is 5km! My training was going fabulously right up until last week. I was keeping to a timetable I had worked out and was gradually increasing the number of lengths I was swimming. So what happened? Half term happened. The children were at home, the boiler broke again and I revising for an exam. All in all, it got a bit busy again and my swimming training went out the window. However, just because the kids were at home it didn't mean that the keeping fit and healthy had to stop. It just meant that I had to change the type of exercise that I did. What did we do as a family that week? Well the dog got a lot of walks. We took our bikes out for a family bike ride in our local woods. We went walking round museums and went for a family swim. I may not have specifically done any swimming training during half term but I did make sure that we had lots of exercise. The dog was certainly happy to have a rest again this week, especially after we got lost in the woods for a while. I also managed to get on the cross trainer that we have at home. It got used more during half term as I could use it whilst keeping an eye on the children. It made a good alternative as I could use it during the time we had free.

  • Is it that time of year again already?

    The need to get active and get fit has certainly been in the news this month especially if you are a 40 something like I am. We all know that we need to be active for at least 30 minutes a day for 5 days of the week. But how exactly do we fit this in with school runs, going to work, taking the children to their clubs and sorting out the broken down boiler ( yes it did break down on the coldest day of the year!) With difficulty. As a I am definitely not a gym enthusiast I would like to know what alternatives there are out there. My personal favourite is swimming as it is all round exercise. But I have also found out there are lots of activities available in my local area depending on what your interest and free time may be. By googling get active and your local area or county you will find a website detailing all the activities available near you depending upon your postcode. When googling get active bucks I found activities such as cricket, jazzercise, over 55's walking. To make it even better Bucks County Council were offering vouchers to try out the activities for free. You can even search the website by distance or times and days.

    I now have lots of ideas of activities I can try out when all the other jobs have been finished. Why don't you have a look at what is going on in your local area too?

    You could also get active at home by hiring gym equipment! That way you can definitely fit in those 30 mins a day exercise around your busy daily life.

  • Goodbye Stoptober Hello Movember

    With the start of November comes the start of Movember. This is a campaign to raise awareness of men's health issues. Many people are probably aware of the the large number of moustaches grown this month to help raise funds for the Movember Foundation (which backs breakthrough research and funds over 1000 prostrate and testicular cancer programmes) but did you know that you can join in by being active also? There are sponsored runs and also sorts of challenges that you can sign up for. MoRunning 10k and 5k events are taking place at 17 different locations around the UK and Ireland. Or you could also host your own challenge. You can sign up at movember.com. So why not make Movember a month when you get moving!

  • Fed up with the dark nights? Hire a treadmill at home!

    With the dark nights drawing ever closer, are you finding it is getting harder to train outside?

    Why not hire a treadmill or cross trainer and keep fit at a time that suits you, whether it is first thing in the morning or when you get home from work.

    Don't let the winter months hold you back from achieving your fitness goals!

    Call us to book on 0800 043 2148

  • Looking to keep fit during the holidays?

    If you are looking to get fit during the holidays, and wondering what to hire, how about a treadmill?

    The treadmill is our most popular piece of exercise equipment, both for sale and hire within our fleet.

    Treadmills provide a genuine and effective way to tone-up and lose weight, concentrating on all the major muscle groups. When not in use, our treadmills can be folded up neatly freeing up valuable floor space for other uses.

    Why not give us a call on 0800 043 2148 for a friendly no obligation chat or to book one and kick start you 2016 fitness campaign.

  • Great British Weather

    I was greeted this morning by my daughter's headteacher with "Welcome to the first day of the summer." To say it was raining would be a bit of an understatement. I answered the headteacher with "I still have to walk the dog in this." To which she responded " Why not buy a treadmill and let the dog take itself for a walk on it?"

    As I was walking the dog in the rain, and getting more and more soaked by the minute I pondered on the conversation. Even in the summer our great British weather is full of surprises. Yes the rain was warm and not freezing cold but it would have been lovely to exercise in the dry.

    This is what Homegym can help you with. Our treadmills, cross trainers and bikes can be easily installed into your home allowing you to continue training even in the midst of our Great British Summer!

    As for a dog treadmill. Now that really has me thinking and could well be my next project. I wonder if our dog would likes the same music as I do when exercising or would she prefer to chase rabbits as shown on the ipad?

  • Looking to tone up? Try a cross trainer!

    Why hire a cross trainer?

    Just a a few sessions a week on a cross trainer will improve your aerobic fitness

    Perhaps you are a regular user or have seen them in a gym: those two-handed and two-footed pieces of equipment that mimic the actions of skiing.

    Why not hire one for a few months to see what benefits it can bring?

    Why not take advantage of our Spring offer?

    Hire a cross trainer for £50 per month! Subject to availability, limited time only.

    Call us on 0800 043 2148 to book.

  • Swimathon update

    Great news. I successfully completed my Swimathon on Saturday and got a shiny medal as a reward for my efforts. What a sense of achievement at the end of the 100 lengths! My time was 52 minutes and 30 seconds which I am very proud of.

    More importantly both my goals were achieved. I have managed to raise money for a very worthwhile cause and feel much healthier and fitter than I did in January. A friend of mine completed the 5 Km swim this year, an amazing 200 lengths of the pool. That will be my target for next time I think, that and doubling the amount of money I raise for Sport Relief.

  • Getting fit and helping good causes

    I decided to enter the Swimathon earlier this week. It is part of Sport Relief that is happening from 18th to 20th March 2016. Why did I decide to do it?

    Well for two reasons. One is to help raise money for good causes; 50% of the money raised stays in the UK supporting UK charities, the other 50% goes to help the world's poorest communities. My other reason was to help me get fit. I decided on the Swimathon as I used to be a swimmer in my younger days. I decided that I would attempt to swim 2.5km, that is 100 lengths of a 25m pool. I am currently up to 80 lengths and feeling every one of them. I have a training plan to help me get ensure that I can swim 100 lengths by 19th March (my swimathon date!). What is helping to keep me motivated during the dark winter days is know that I am getting fit and raising money for a good cause at the same time.

    Check out the Sport Relief website, there are all sorts of events going on that you can take part in such as running, walking and cycling events. Why don't you give it a try to?


  • Looking to hire a treadmill in 2016?

    If you are looking to get fit after the Christmas break and wondering what to hire, how about a treadmill?

    The treadmill is our most popular piece of exercise equipment, both for sale and hire within our fleet.

    Treadmills provide a genuine and effective way to tone-up and lose weight, concentrating on all the major muscle groups. When not in use, our treadmills can be folded up neatly freeing up valuable floor space for other uses.

    Why not give us a call on 0800 043 2148 for a friendly no obligation chat or to book one and kick start you 2016 fitness campaign.


  • What an exciting time of year!

    Christmas is on its way, Black Friday has been and gone and lots of new and exciting changes have been happening here at Homegym UK. We have a brand new, shiny website showing all our products in their glorious detail. You can now see the different makes and models that we have in our hire fleet and can click to compare models. This is to help you decide on the model that will best suit your needs. However, if this all gets a bit to confusing we are only a click or call away and can offer you advice on what machine we think will suit you best. You can email us on enquiries@homegymuk.com or call us on 0800 043 2148. We are chuffed with the look of our new website. Our Christmas present has definitely arrived early this year!

  • Are you looking for some treadmill running tips?

    While there is nothing better than running outside, the unpredictable weather, dark nights and dodgy pavements make it challenging at the best of times. With a treadmill at home you can enjoy the variation of different workout, without having to leave the comfort of your own home.

    Getting started: If you're a new runner, why not try a 30 minute power walk beginner’s workout? By power walking, you will gain many benefits. It will get your heart rate up and train your body ready for faster speeds and greater distance. If the workout feels too hard or too easy, try adjusting the speed and incline, but remember to give your body time to adjust to the workout at first. Once you feel at ease with the treadmill, why not aim to burn off about 300 calories per hour, if you are struggling for time, try aiming  for 300 calories by increasing the speed and training for 45 mins at a time.

    Now on to the sprints. When you feel like you have mastered the power walk, try upping the pace with the sprints. A 30 minute workout is a great way to start increasing your speed and distance Try alternating between a power walk and sprint and you will soon start to see the benefits as your stamina and fitness levels increases.

    Alternative intervals: Stop the boredom setting in with this 30-minute interval treadmill workout. By changing your running speed every minute, you'll also be keep any weight gains at bay. If you have more time to spare, try running for 45 mins at a time.

    Get in, and get out : If you're short on time but still want to get in a solid run, then try to run for 20 minutes at a time on the treadmill. Not only will you play with speed, but the incline also gradually increases, which means you'll get a challenging workout in under 30 minutes!

    The 500-calorie workout: If you can run for about 60 minutes per day to with this high-interval treadmill workout, then you'll burn about 500 calories. Doing it four times a week, and you are well on your way to losing half a pound.

    Rolling hills: For a bit of variation and  a challenging workout, the rollings hills workout give you the feeling of running through hills without even having to leave your home. After doing the incline variations in this workout, running on a pavement or park will seem very easy in comparison!


  • Why does running make us feel happy?

    Have you ever experienced that joyful feeling whilst out running or training on the treadmill?
    A study by the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre shows that the "runner's high" is caused by dopamine, a neurotransmitter for motivation.

    It has been found that the rewarding effects of endurance activities such as running are controlled by leptin (a hormone key to metabolism).

    Leptin is the hormone found in adipose tissue that helps to control the feeling of being full when eating. The more leptin there is the less we feel like eating. This hormone also plays a role in our motivation to run, which may have evolved from the need to find food in mammals.

    The study suggests that leptin is important both for regulating our energy balance and for motivating us to behave in a way that is rewarding for our metabolism. For example engaging in physical activity to find food. It is suggested that for humans , low leptin levels increase the motivation to exercise resulting in the runners "high". As we have evolved our hormones have evolved to tell us that when food is scarce it is fun to run and find some.

    I don't know about you but this is great news. I can now run to the cake shop safe in the knowledge that it is my hormones telling me to go find some food.

  • Autumn is nearly here.

    It is now the end of the summer holidays and the children are about to go back to school. The holidays were great and you no longer need to worry about that beach body. Apple and blackberry crumble are just around the corner, yum.
    But wait, how will you exercise with the nights drawing in and what if you have one too many of those delicious crumbles?
    Why not hire a piece of gym equipment such as a cross trainer, treadmill or exercise bike to keep you fit this autumn? You can work out in the comfort of your own home as you watch the latest season of Strictly or X-Factor (whichever takes your fancy) knowing that you are keeping healthy and toned no matter what the weather is doing outside.


  • It ain't what you do it's the way that you (get yourself to) do it!

    We all know the importance of regular exercise, the current recommendations are to do 150 minutes of exercise each week. But how to you do that when you have a busy life and the children on summer holiday?
    New research has suggested the key to completing regular exercise is to make it into a habit, therefore making exercise something you automatically do rather than thinking about when and how you are going to manage it.
    Research suggests that interventions to help people start and continue exercise focus on the execution of the exercise (for example the routine you follow at the gym). However it has been found that if people focus on building instigation habits ( the actual process of going to the gym, exercising at home) it results in more frequent exercise.
    For some people the instigation cue may be driving to the gym on the way home from work, for others it might be the alarm at the start of the day prompting them to exercise from home, go for a run or ride a bike.


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