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MP3 player comparison

I was going to write about cameras today, but I have spent the last few days buying and playing with MP3 players.

Currently, each member of my familly (except Kitty and Eli - the dogs) has an MP3 player.

They are all different types and brands, so I thought I would do a comparison.

I currently am using an Ipod shuffle on loan from tech lore.

Yesterday my youngest son bought a Sony network walkman.(With his birthday money, he turned 13 on Thursday - happy birthday Matt :-)

Josh, my oldest (14) has my old player, a RIO sport.

Mike, my husband, uses his pocket PC, a dell axim.


I will be buying one in the next few weeks for myself, and probably will buy a Sony.

Part 3 - Buying a treadmill

When you go to purchase a treadmill:

1.) Take your time - allow 20 minutes to test each one that you are serious

2.) Dress in clothes similar to what you would wear when exercising

3.) wear/bring the shoes you will wear


Make sure to allow time to test the treadmill. If you plan to run on your treadmill, run on it. Walk on it. Listen to it.

Notice how the deck feels, pay attention to the waranty, can you return it if you are not happy with it.

Get a powerful motor. Ask about how much weight the treadmill is supposed to bear, the heavier the weight, the more sturdy the treadmill.

Thats the end of treadmill buying. Next weeks subject will be digital cameras and the toys that go with them. :-)

Buying a treadmill part 2

Treadmill have a wide variety of gadgets that are available on them. The most gadget laden seem to be the Nordic Trak treadmills.

Here are a list of the gadgets that come connected - which I use and which I wouldn't waste time on:

1.) Fans - nice. Loud, interferes with listening to the TV. I wouldn't pay extra for them, but I do use them some.

2.) Ifit capable. - This lets you connect your laptop or dvd player to your treadmill, and will control the incline and speed of your treadmill while letting you listen to music (Not music you would hear on the readio, generic voice free music) and / or watch pretty scenery. Some people like this. You can virtually walk through the grand canyon, or hawaii. I prefer to watch Buffy the Vampire slayer. It is more distracting.

3.) 1 touch speed / incline controls.

Buying a treadmill part 1

I bought my first treadmill about 3 years ago. It was originally priced a little over $900.00. (I bought the floor model when the models changed for about $300.00 off.) I bought a proform, with the space saving design (where the deck folds up)

Within 3 month of having it, Sears had to come out on a service call to fix it. That held for about 2 months, and then I got into a repetative pattern of needeing service every two to three months. Needing service was a drag, it would take them about a week to come out, then they needed to order parts and come back.

I don't know if I just got a lemon, I know several people with the same brand who are happy with it. I just think that a treadmill in my house gets more use than in many other houses.

Everyone in my familly uses the treadmill at least once in a while.

Buying Cardio Equipment

If you decide to invest in a piece of cardio equipment, hopefully you have realistic expectations. Simply buying equipment is only guaranteed to make your wallet lighter.

Before you start shopping you need to know a few things:

1.) How coordinated are you? If you are really uncoordinated you might be best off with something simple like a exercise bike, or a treadmill, rather than an elliptical machine.

2.) How much money do you have to spend? Less than $500? Go for an exercyle. YOu can get a quality one for not a lot of money. OR shop the paper for a high quality slightly used piece of equipment.

3.) How much room do you have?

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