Using an NordicTrack elliptical machine is one of the best things you can do for your health – as long as you use it correctly. It is especially easy to make mistakes when exercising at home, without a coach or trainer to watch for poor form or other mistakes.
Knowing what mistakes to avoid can help you get the most out of your elliptical from NordicTrack.
Top 7 Mistakes to Avoid on Your Elliptical Machine
1. Failure to use resistance on your elliptical machine or other home exercise equipment
Resistance training strengthens muscles by making them work against force. Without resistance, muscles merely go through the motions of moving your arms and legs. Failure to ramp up resistance is a waste of a good workout and can even set you up to hit a plateau.
2. Staying with the same routine
Sticking with the same old routine can also set you up to hit a plateau, preventing you from meeting your goals of weight loss, muscle mass gain or endurance. Doing the same exercise routine all the time can also cause overuse injuries, also known as repetitive strain injuries. Switching up your elliptical routine can help you overcome plateaus and reduce your risk for injury.
3. Putting too much weight on your toes
If your toes go numb at the 2- to 4-mile mark, you may be putting too much weight on your toes. Numb toes are particularly a problem when working on an incline rather than a flat grade. Numb toes can force you to cut your workout short before you gain any real benefit from the exercise.
4. Ignoring the sound of the machine
The sound of an elliptical can tell you if you have enough resistance. An elliptical set with the right amount of resistance will be silent – if you can hear your NordicTrack elliptical spinning quickly, you do not have enough resistance.
5. Failure to enter information into the elliptical machine
Your elliptical machine can only provide an accurate reading of your accomplishments when you enter in your personal details.
6. Poor posture
Bad posture increases your risk for injuries, numb toes, and ineffective workouts.
Hydration is essential for a healthy workout. A challenging workout should make you sweat, but in the process, you may lose precious body fluid. Dehydration can cause fatigue, dizziness, and confusion that can cut your workout short. Drink water before, during, and after your workout to avoid dehydration.
Avoiding these mistakes can optimize your results from your NordicTrack elliptical workout. For the best benefits, add resistance, change your routine weekly, put your weight on your entire foot rather than just your toes, listen to your machine, enter your information, maintain good posture, and stay hydrated.