Are you looking to spice up your workouts? Here are five tools that will make your treadmill experience even better.
A weighted vest is a great tool for increasing the intensity of your workout. It’s simply a vest with pockets that can be filled with heavy items, such as metal bars or sandbags. The weight can be adjusted in order to meet your individual goals.
Research from the University of Mexico shows that wearing a weighted vest while walking on the treadmill increases the quality of exercise without increasing the perceived exertion of the exercise. It also increases strength, power, and acceleration while running. So, wearing a weighted vest gives better results without any more perceived effort.
Resistance bands are a great way to incorporate other workouts into your treadmill routine. Resistance bands can attach easily to most treadmills, allowing you to work your upper body in a variety of ways while still working your lower body. Basically, any upper body workout you can do with a resistance band off the treadmill, you can do on the treadmill. The best part is that you can do two workouts at once.
A good run is oftentimes made even better by good music. The right pair of headphones or earbuds can deliver the realism of an orchestra while still letting in peripheral noise to help you stay alert while in the gym or out on the road. Also, wireless and Bluetooth® headphones are making it easier than ever to connect to your smart device and integrate with your treadmill experience.
Please note that running with earbuds can be dangerous because it may be limiting your ability to hear the world around, which can cause accidents. There are headphones available today that provide an alternative to completely plugging your ears.
iFit is the revolutionary fitness program that integrates with NordicTrack machines to provide personalized “smart fitness” to your home training routine. An iFit membership gets you access to custom workouts, Google® Maps training routes, an exclusive member community, competitions, and even automatic stats tracking.
iFit opens up many new possibilities for treadmill training. Runners can train anywhere in the world through the Google® Maps feature. Run the streets of Paris, or hike the trails of the Grand Canyon. With iFit, a runner can go anywhere Google® Maps goes with just a couple swipes. You can also trained with a large selection of world-class personal trainers through iFit’s studio treadmill, cycling, elliptical, and floor classes.
iFit Wireless Heart Rate Monitor
The iFit Wireless Heart Rate Monitor is a standard chest strap that hugs your chest to take a continuous and accurate heart rate reading. It can send that reading to your fitness machine, smart device, or iFit wearable so that you can stay in the right zone for your fitness goals.
Heart rate monitors used for exercise such as the wireless heart rate monitoring chest strap are not medical devices, and their accuracy may be affected by a number of factors. They are also not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
By incorporating these tools, you may even start looking forward to your workouts!