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  • "Cycle The World Challenge" on upright bikes

    Good luck to the team at Excalibur raising money for local charities with their "Cycle The World Challenge" on upright bikes.

    This year, they aiming to raise over £15k for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance & other South West based charities through a series of events  over the next few months.

    Inspired by endurance cyclist Mark Beaumont, we’ve crazily committed to “Cycle the World in 80 working days”. With a mixture of road biking and commercial bikes (in the comfort of the Excalibur offices) this is a virtual Cycle the World Challenge, following the route that Mark Beaumont completed in 2017. With employees, suppliers, volunteers, friends, kids (and anyone else we can rope in), we will have a number of Keiser & Upright Cycles in the offices, and a hardcore team completing road challenges throughout the 80 days including London to Paris and Portsmouth to Swindon.


  • Keeping fit in the holidays

    Now spring has finally arrived, the weather is slowly starting to improve are you starting to think about your summer holidays and getting that perfect beach body ready, or just looking to tone up.

    With the half term approaching, and the children at home, are you finding it difficult to go for that run in the park? Or maybe you need some added inspiration to do more exercise.

    Why not hire your favourite piece of gym equipment, be it a cross trainer, treadmill, rower or upright bike and keep fit at home, at a time that suits you?

    If you are looking for some help choosing the best gym equipment for you and your family, the team at Homegym are happy to help.

    Feel free to give us a call us on 0800 043 2148 or www.homegymuk.com

  • Are you under estimating your daily calorie intake?

    Did you know, may people vastly underestimate the number of calories they consume during the day.

    Normally, it is recommended that we should consume in the region of 400 calories for breakfast, 600 calories for lunch/dinner and to allow for additional snacks and drinks during the day.

    In the UK, men eat in excess of 3000 calories a day, but say they only eat 2000. Women say they eat 1500 calories, while eat nearer 2500 calories.

    The recommended daily calorie allowance is 2,500 for men and 2,000 for women.

    When you consider these examples, it can take 22 minutes of running to burn off a chocolate bar,  a chicken and bacon sandwich 42 minutes of running, and a  blueberry muffin takes 25 minutes,  it all adds up.

    A healthy balance is needed between moderate eating and regular exercise to maintain a health balance.


  • Keeping fit to fight dementia

    Even a small amount of exercise can help to fight off dementia studies have shown. Its never too late to start keeping fit, and researchers have discovered that physical exercise helps with blood circulation in areas at the front of the brain which can lead to the start of dementia.

    Living with the awful disease dementia has many challenges in itself to those affected and those close to them, and the thought of more exercise may seem like a step too far, but experts have stressed that even a walk around the house or garden may play a big part in slowing down the disease.

    We all know we should aim to lead a healthy lifestyle to improve our lives, and all is not lost if dementia starts to develop. Even a small amount of exercise can improve many factors and make us feel healthier and able to lead healthier lifestyles.

    So, it is never too late to start exercising, and there is no time like the present to make an effort to improve your own lifestyle.



  • Treadmill or cross trainer - which do you prefer?

    Which is better for keeping fit, a treadmill or cross trainer?

    Walking on a treadmill takes the same amount of energy as walking on a cross trainer. However, if you have never used one, unlike treadmills, cross trainers have handles or poles which are similar to ski poles allowing you to exercise both your arms and legs at the same time and burn more calories.

    Why not hire either a cross trainer  or treadmill to use in the comfort of your own home, and keep fit during the winter months at a time that suits you.

    If you would like to try one, call us on 0800 043 2148 to arrange a delivery.


  • How to keep fit and healthy over winter

    With the dark, cold winter nights are you finding it is getting harder to train outside before it gets too dark to see?

    At Homegym,  we have a wide variety of indoor gym equipment to help keep you fit and healthy over the cold winter months. If you enjoy cycling, we have aerobic (spin) bikes, recumbent and upright bikes. Or if you prefer running or a regular walk/jog a treadmill may be your best option.

    Why not hire a treadmill, cross trainer or rower 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 on 0800 043 2148 and we will be happy to help.


  • 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?


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