An Exercise Bike for Your Home

When it comes to home design and improvement, we’re always trying to optimize our living spaces. If you’re like me, you like to try to stay relatively active and fit. Unfortunately, time is hard to come by for many of us, so we have to try to figure out how to stay in shape regardless. And that’s why I’d like to talk about designing a home gym area, and why it might be a good idea.

Jane McCafferty, one of my favorite fitness bloggers, is a really big fan of using recumbent exercise bikes. She goes over in detail here why they’re so good for you. That’s one option. Another option could be a simple treadmill, though those can get quite expensive. Whichever route you choose, make sure you have the appropriate space in your home.

Personally, we use the basement of our home for our bike. We have enough space down there, and the bike fits in really well. I will slide it out in front of the TV when I’m doing my exercises, so I can kill two birds with one stone, so to speak. To be honest, I don’t love to exercise. I dread it, really. But if I can ride my bike while watching my shows, it’s not too bad. Just make sure you’re actually exerting energy, and not just going through the motions.

There are two other areas where you can consider putting your bike. One is in the bedroom. Now, this does cramp the home design style that we strive for here, no doubt about it. It’s kind of ugly. But when you think about it, it’s not very often that you are hosting people in your bedroom, so it really shouldn’t be an issue.

Another idea is in your garage. Most people don’t care what their garage looks like, so this should work. And depending on the size, you should have the necessary space. The downside with the garage idea is that if it’s a detached unit, you may not be as motivated to go out there during the winter when it’s cold.

Whichever room in your home you choose, just make sure the space is there. That’s #1. Once you’re all set up and running, you’ll be glad you decided to make room in your home for your health.

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iRobot Roomba 630 Review

630The iRobot Roomba 630 has been reviewed by more than 375 customers on Amazon, averaging a customer rating of 4.60 stars out of 5. It retails for around $350, and is one of the best vacuum cleaners for pet hair that you can purchase today.

iRobot Roomba 630 Features

The Roomba 630 runs on a 1.4 amp motor, powering its suction capabilities for cleaning all kinds of dirt and debris. The vacuum boasts an advanced AeroVac three-stage cleaning system – it brushes the wall to loosen dirt, then the counter-rotating brushes pull the dust the debris inside, and then the vacuum transports it all into a large-chamber bin. The 630 features an acoustic sensor to detect dirt, making the three-stage cleaning system possible. The vacuum includes a single virtual wall, so that the 630 knows how much floor to cover, and which rooms to avoid. Once finished, the vacuum’s bin is easily opened, so the dirt and debris can be discarded.

iRobot Roomba 630 Pros

Amazon customers loved the convenience and reliability of the Roomba 630’s automatic features, as well as its ability to get to those hard-to-cover areas, such as under a bed or dresser and in the back corners of a closet. Some reviewers remarked at how well the Roomba picked up dog hair and pet hair, without a fuss, performing nearly as well as a regular vacuum, without much of the manual effort on the user’s end. A lot of customers remarked at how skeptical they first were before using the product, but then how pleasantly surprised they became at how proficient the 630 actually performed. “The Roomba 630 has saved my house from dog hair,” one customer raved.

iRobot Roomba 630 Cons

No matter how well a robot vacuum works, they’re still not going to perform a full-house, deep-cleaning as well as a more traditional vacuum. A few customers wrote that the 630 was not so great on thicket carpets. Another drawback of the Roomba 630 that some Amazon customers remarked upon was that it is quite noisy when in use. A final criticism is that this specific model cannot be “scheduled”, so you will have to be home to turn it on at first.

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