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How To Fuel Your Training At The Optimal Heart Rate

Posted on 2016-11-11

The heart is the core of the body, and it provides us with great information on how our body is doing while we exercise. It’s important to know how to calculate your optimal heart rate zones, understand the meaning of those zones, and also how to leverage that information in training to meet specific fitness goals. Calculating Your Reserve Heart Rate So You Can Determine Your Optimal Heart Rate Zones Our heart rate range can be broken into several zones. (read more)

How Biking Can Make You Run Faster

Posted on 2016-11-07

Improving your performance when you run does not necessarily mean spending more time on the road or on the treadmill. Riding a bike or using a stationary bike helps you run faster by working on your muscles in a different way. When you combine running and biking during your training routine, you will notice positive changes in the speed of your runs. Reduced Risk of Injury A key complication with any running routine is the risk of injury during your recovery. (read more)

10 Reasons to Start Working Out Today

Posted on 2016-10-14

We all know that exercise helps toward the goals of keeping your body fit and losing or maintaining weight. But the benefits of exercise go far beyond weight management and physical fitness. Having a regular exercise routine invites unexpected changes that will enhance your life in a variety of ways. Here are 10 reasons you should start an exercise routine ASAP and stick with it: 1. Strengthen Your Self-Confidence When you see the subtle or dramatic changes exercise makes to your body, you’re likely to feel better about the way you look than you did before. (read more)

Everything You Need To Know About Body Fat Percentage

Posted on 2016-10-07

Everyone has body fat. You have it and your neighbor has it. It can have a huge impact on our health, so it’s important to understand what it is, why we need some of it, and how to get rid of the rest of it. Here are 7 things you need to know about body fat: 1. Here are the basics about fat. When we hop on the scale, the scale shows us our body weight. (read more)

Plank Your Way to Fitness

Posted on 2016-10-03

If your introduction to planking exercise was through humorous internet videos and images of people planking in strange or exotic destinations, you may be selling the benefits of these exercises short. Plank exercises are a powerful way to improve your fitness and stamina. In this plank workout for beginners, we are going to explore the benefits and the basics of plank exercises and some variations. We’ll discuss how often and how long you should plank along with common mistakes to avoid. (read more)

Runners Academy: The Do's and Don'ts of Running

Posted on 2016-09-26

Everybody knows running is good for you. It gets your heart pumping, makes your brain and body feel euphoric, strengthens your joints and core, and you can do it almost anywhere! That doesn’t stop a lot of people from making excuses not to do it; however, a little knowledge can be a great motivator. Here are five do’s and five don’ts to get you in the know and get you moving: (read more)

Upper Body Workouts on a Treadmill

Posted on 2016-09-06

Running is an effective all-around workout, but it is important to also strengthen your upper body. Sometimes when you get into your running routine, you forget about toning your arms. Try implementing the following tips to work your upper body on the treadmill. Incline Push-ups After you’ve finished warming up with a small run, pause your treadmill and step off the belt, stepping to the sides of your treadmill. Place your hands close together on your treadmill’s handlebar and while keeping your feet flat on the sides, bring your chest all the way to the handlebar. (read more)

Adding crossfit workouts treadmill routine

Posted on 2016-09-01

Crossfit is known for its machine-less, high intensity workouts. The idea of using a treadmill may be a turnoff to some CrossFit fanatics, but that’s probably because they are thinking of the “traditional” way to use a treadmill. Forget setting the machine to a low jog and turning on the food channel; these treadmill workouts will align perfectly with your high power, high concentration CrossFit goals. Plank Walk- Core and Shoulder Workout Straight Body: Place feet on a block and hands on a 1 mph treadmill with wrists directly under shoulders. (read more)

Training for a 5k: What to Expect at Your First Race

Posted on 2016-08-22

Running in a 5K race offers the opportunity to improve your skills and gain new experiences. The challenge of the first race is in preparation: obtaining the appropriate items and learning correct running etiquette and strategies. While your primary goal in a 5K race is finishing the run and improving your personal times, preparation allows you to relax and enjoy the entire event. What to Bring on Race Day The items you carry to the race play an important role in the activity. (read more)

8 At-Home Cardio Fixes Besides a Treadmill

Posted on 2016-06-08

We’ve all had those times where we’re stuck in an exercise rut. We’ve hit the plateau of our cardio workout on the treadmill and need to mix it up a bit. Try some of these ideas with and without your exercise machine to get you back on track to your fitness goals. Try A Different Machine Ellipticals In addition to lowered joint impact, a great benefit to elliptical training is that it helps to change your stride, activating different muscles in your lower body. (read more)

5 Stretching Exercises All Runners Should Know

Posted on 2016-05-03

Whether you’re a short or long distance runner, properly stretching before and after exercise makes all the difference in your performance, ability to avoid running injuries, and post-workout stiffness. Sure, you may do a quick forward fold at the hips and pull one heel at a time to the glutes for a quad stretch but you may be missing out on these awesome stretches every runner should know. Stretching the IT Band and Opening the Hips Double Pigeon Sit on a folded blanket. (read more)

Injury Prevention for Runners

Posted on 2016-03-18

Injury prevention for runners is a key to keep on pace with training and for general exercise purposes. One injury can take you out of the game for a long time and destroy the endurance and strength you’ve worked so hard to build. To help prevent running-related injuries, we interviewed several top running bloggers to get their perspectives and experiences on minimizing risk through cadence, footwear, and foot-strike mechanics. (read more)

Using Your Treadmill to Train for Your Next Race

Posted on 2016-03-14

Whether it’s training for the 10th 100-mile ultramarathon or getting ready for a first half marathon, distance runners know that regular endurance training is the key to maintaining strength and stamina. They also know that variety is important for maximum benefit, and a fantastic treadmill workout can offer that diversity. These exercises should be regularly intermixed with the rest of your training regimen to help you take advantage of what treadmills can offer serious runners. (read more)

Heart Rates To Aim For On Your Treadmill

Posted on 2016-03-08

It’s easy to get on a treadmill, put in your 30 minutes at a comfortable pace, and not really think about whether your workout is intense enough to get you to your fitness goals. Here is where the value of measuring your heart rate comes into play. Using your age, desired outcome, and current physical condition, you can determine what heart rate zone is best for you. 1. Figure out your resting heart rate Your resting heart rate is determined by the number of times your heart beats every second. (read more)

How 5 Minutes on Your Treadmill Can Make Your Morning

Posted on 2016-02-05

Treadmill workouts offer a fun and innovative way to exercise and condition your body. Whether you have never worked out, are just getting back into an exercise program or are looking to take your workout to another level, the treadmill serves as a great tool because the different settings adapt to your specific needs. You can manipulate the intensity of your workout by adjusting the incline and speed of the treadmill. (read more)

30-Day Treadmill Challenge

Posted on 2016-02-02

All it takes to see dramatic results in how you look and feel is one month and a treadmill! Exercising on a treadmill burns calories and fat, reduces stress, and makes working out simple. You won’t need to battle the weather or worry that it is dark outside; the treadmill eliminates all of those excuses. Get set for your personalized treadmill challenge and feel like a new person in 30 days! (read more)

What is a realistic expectation for my weight loss goals?

Posted on 2016-01-29

After ringing in the new year, many people try to get to work on their New Year’s resolutions. Each year, the most popular resolution pertains to health and weight loss. Unfortunately, the majority of people abandon their weight loss resolutions within a few weeks. Setting realistic expectations and educating yourself about the science of weight loss can help you make steady progress toward your goals. Understanding the Science of Weight Loss People trying to lose weight often view calories as the enemy. (read more)

10-Minute Workout Ideas

Posted on 2016-01-26

Americans have less free time than ever between long working hours and other obligations. Unfortunately, exercise time is often the first thing to go when life gets busy. We all have experienced the urge to hit the snooze button or to go straight home rather than heading to the gym. Even sticking to a routing in the comfort of a home gym can be a challenge. To get the most benefit to your physical health, squeeze in exercises whenever you have a few minutes to kill. (read more)

Home Fitness Bloggers You Should Follow

Posted on 2016-01-25

Most people agree that fitness relates not only to how much weight you can lift, how fast you can run, or what size clothes you wear but includes the overall well-being of the whole person. Healthy living entails physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual wellness. This health journey requires help and inspiration from others, which comes often in the form of online blogs. You might have many reasons to follow an online fitness blogger, such as: (read more)

6 ways to keep your fitness resolutions

Posted on 2016-01-15

Just 8 percent of people achieve their New Year’s resolutions, according to research from the University of Scranton. In 2016, resolve to become part of that elite group by sticking with your fitness goals. At two weeks into the New Year, it is a good time to evaluate your resolution and make adjustments to ensure that you are on track to hit your goals. Set a “SMART” Goal One of the biggest reasons people fail to meet their New Year’s resolutions is that they do not set reasonable goals for themselves. (read more)

Tips For Maximizing Your Treadmill Workout

Posted on 2015-11-05

We constantly consume calories, only to try to get rid of as soon as possible. Treadmills are one of the best ways to burn calories. These simple tips will help increase your calorie burn for every treadmill workout. Start With A Plan All paths to success come from setting goals. Planning ahead can make all the difference in burning extra calories to tone and tighten your body. Pre-programmed Workout - iFit® on NordicTrack treadmills provides new and original treadmill workouts for you daily. (read more)

Dancing the Calories Away On Your Home Treadmill

Posted on 2015-10-29

Depending on the style, dancing can have a major neurological load on the brain. Quite simply this means you need to think a lot about your steps and body position, which elicits a high amount of brain activity. Dancing can also be a great cardiovascular workout, especially if it is done at a fast tempo. Swing dancing with a partner would be a good example of a high neurological load plus calorie burn so you get the best of both worlds. (read more)

Music and Its Effects on Your Treadmill Workout

Posted on 2015-10-20

Boredom is often hard to avoid when it comes to treadmill workouts. It can feel restrictive and confining. Aside from being able to increase speed and incline, you don’t really have much action going on except for the repetitive nature of your arm and leg swing. That’s where music comes out of the bullpen to save the day. It’s been well documented that music can raise endorphins, which are natural painkillers. (read more)

Treadmill Walking Workouts for Beginners

Posted on 2015-10-13

Marathon runners aren’t born, they’re made through hours of training. Everyone starts out as a beginner, and if you’re looking to start running, a walking plan is one of the best ways to prepare your muscles for your running plan. Sure you walk every day, but walking with a purpose works your body harder. A lot of beginners tend to shy away from walking outside, and opt for treadmills instead. (read more)

Treadmill Workouts For Targeting Abs

Posted on 2015-10-08

When it comes to treadmill workouts, you are not limited to just working your legs. With some attention and effort, you can target your abs and core for a killer work out. These workouts can range in intensity, all depending on your endurance. The following workouts were designed to target the rectus abdominis, which is in the middle of the stomach, and the inner and outer obliques, which are on the sides of the rib cage. (read more)