09 Feb

Best Home Treadmills

Working out on your treadmill in your apartment may be a bit noisy for your neighbors. Especially during intense workouts! When looking for the best  home treadmills, it is important to consider the noise levels your workouts will produce.  Not all treadmills are built the same. If purchasing quiet treadmills is one of your main priorities then the following two fitness machines are designed for minimal noise levels.

Let’s consider the Bodycraft 1120 folding treadmill. This fitness machine provides  good speed levels between 0.5 – 10m.p.h and a maximum gradient of 10%. The treadmill has a 1.75h.p motor so walking or jogging is no problem.

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The Bodycraft 1120 is easy to store as it is foldable and very easy to assemble. But the main feature is the silent motor. This is one of the best quiet treadmills around. And for less than $1000 it may be a treadmill to consider.

The noise levels are usually caused by either the motor of the treadmill or the impact on the tread belt when you run. Purchasing a low noise motor and tread belt that can withstand weight impact is important. Try to make sure the machines tread has a rubber mat placed underneath it to make it a lot quieter and enhance the durability.

Bowflex manufacture some excellent quiet treadmills. For example, the Bowflex series 7. If you are on a budget the good news is that you can pick this treadmill up for less than $1300 including free shipping. Some of the good features of the treadmill are the 3.0 horse power motor that runs smoothly without you noticing it too much. Running, walking or jogging you will find the series 7 sturdy with a top speed of 11 m.p.h and an incline level of 12%. This fitness machines capabilities are enough for the avid runner. You will find the treadmill offering 15 various programs for example cardiovascular, fat burn, heart strength and calorie goal just to name a few. What about the user weight capacity? It can take up to 300lbs max, which is enough for most of us.

The Bowflex series 7 can rival some health club machines in terms of sturdiness, and the variety of training programs available. On the downside, make sure you pre-arrange where the treadmill will be placed because it hogs space and is on the heavy side. That’s where the sturdiness comes from, its weight.

If you are looking for quiet treadmills on the market consider a Bowflex series 7. I doubt it that you will be disappointed.

14 Aug

Tips for Finding a Sighted Mentor to Assist Your Golf Game

Having a mentor is incredibly important if you’re thinking about improving your golf game and skills as a legally blind, fully blind, or visually impaired golfer. Your mentor not only has to be someone you trust, but also someone you get along with on and off the course, and preferably they are someone who actually has golfing skills and can help you improve your game.

So how do you find this perfect mentor for your game?

We have some tips:

Ask your friends for help.

Your friends are (hopefully) people that you already get along with, and so immediately these are people who could be a good partner at the range and on the course. Your friends also individuals who have had experience with your vision challenges, and can understand the unique nature of playing golf with you. And the opportunity to help improve your golf game can also benefit them, by helping them experience golf in a different way, and improving their own game by helping you improve yours.

Connect with our Regional Local Offices

Request a mentor meeting. Our Regional Local Offices are a great resource for anyone looking for help, or to connect with other legally blind or blind golfers in their area, and we also have a full volunteer list of sighted mentors and golfing professionals to help you improve your game. You can always connect with our Office via phone or email, or stop by our office, and we can set you up with a mentor meeting to meet someone who has been specially trained to act as your golfing partner on and off the course. In many instances, our mentors can meet you at your neighborhood course, or we offer transportation services as well, and group clinics and outings every week or month.

These are two of the most popular ways of finding a sighted mentor to help your golf game. If you have any others (such as a forum or another group you are involved in), we would love to hear from you.

19 Oct

Antique Diamond Ring

Fashion trends come and go, some last longer than others, but eventually fashion rides a cycle that will make its way back to the same spot eventually. As old becomes new again, a new trend in the engagement ring choice is purchasing an antique diamond ring. This antique diamond ring can be purchased from antique stores or antique jewelers or passed down from one generation to another as a precious family heirloom.

Some think that antique diamond ring is more valuable than brand new diamond rings because they have staying power or longevity and authenticity that they hold. There are a few different types of an antique diamond ring as well as uses for an antique diamond ring.

Engagement Rings

A time honored classic tanzanite diamond engagement ring design can make the perfect engagement ring as a symbol of strong and lasting love and promise to your bride, making an antique diamond ring an excellent choice. Antique diamond engagement rings seem to follow a similar design of having the diamond on top of the ring, while there are a variety of shapes that you can get your stone cut in. These shapes include the rose cut, the European cut and the mine cut. This is a different and interesting choice to make an engagement ring very special and unique.

Eternity Rings

This is an antique diamond ring that is used as either an engagement ring or as a lovely ring to dress up an outfit. Eternity rings are from the last century and hold some old world charm and mystery. Diamonds are the most popular stone used in this style of ring, although there are some made with either ruby or sapphire stones.

The style of an eternity ring is to have diamonds or other chosen stones encrusted all the way around the ring or they use an intricate design on the front of the ring.

Pricing for an antique diamond ring

When looking at an antique diamond ring, you have to keep the element of price in mind, The price of these old rings are usually quite high, and there is also the problem of supply as antique generally refers to at least a hundred years old, there are a limited quantity of these rings left in the world. So, the next step is finding them, and then getting a reasonable price.

These are not a cheap diamond ring, the price range that I found when looking up an antique diamond ring went as high as between $2500 and $10,000. The price is something to keep in mind when deciding to buy an antique diamond ring for any occasion. Of course, it is possible to find a nice quality antique diamond ring for more or less than the price range that I have listed in this article, or perhaps you have an antique diamond ring within your family making it truly invaluable.