UPDATED, October 16, 2020
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 your treadmill, you can do on your 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, out on the road, or at home with your kids.
Also, wireless Bluetooth® headphones are making it easier than ever to connect to your smart device and integrate with your treadmill experience. You can connect your wireless Bluetooth® headphones to your NordicTrack treadmill.
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® Interactive Training Program
iFit is the revolutionary interactive 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 so much more.
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 train with a large selection of world-class personal trainers through studio and global treadmill, cycling, elliptical, and body-weight classes.
By incorporating these tools, you may even start looking forward to your workouts!
DISCLAIMER: This blog post is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. The above information should not be used to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease or medical condition. Please consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet, sleep methods, daily activity, or fitness routine. NordicTrack assumes no responsibility for any personal injury or damage sustained by any recommendations, opinions, or advice given in this article. Always follow the safety precautions included in the owner’s manual of your fitness equipment. Never stand on the walking belt when starting the machine, and remember to always use the safety key when using the treadmill. Please remember to follow all safety precautions that are listed in your treadmill User’s Manual.