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In the era of COVID-19, your fitness routine has probably changed a lot. Your 15-minute drive to the gym has morphed into a 30-second walk to your living room. Your sweaty, loud, and energetic spin instructor is now behind a screen on your TV, tablet, or phone.

And your fitness center that had rows and rows of workout machines, barbells, and fitness equipment is now…a yoga mat and some dumbbells.

And since it looks like the virus is here for the long haul (or at least for another few months), you’ve realized that you need to step up your workout game. With the New Year approaching, right now you have another opportunity to change up your fitness plan, set new goals, and get back into shape.

But of course, you need the right equipment – and now is the time to invest in a quality treadmill. Continue reading


 

DASH Your Way to a Healthy Heart 

Believe it or not, you can help your heart in just 8 weeks.

How?

Eat your fruits and veggies!

We talk a lot about exercise and the benefits for your heart and cardiovascular system. But what you put into your body is just as important as what you do with it.

A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine compared data on individuals that followed a diet that included lots of fruits and vegetables, including those following a DASH diet, against a typical American diet. Continue reading


Is the AirRunner Worth the Price Tag?

Assault Fitness AirRunner

Based out of Southern California, Assault Fitness is a brand usually heard of in the CrossFit community. Assault Fitness is a division of a larger fitness equipment company that you may have heard of, LifeCORE Fitness.  In recent years, Assault Fitness has started to make their way into becoming a more common household name.

Most of their popularity is from rage over their Assault AirRunner machine from members in the CrossFit community who have at-home gyms for their training. The Assault AirRunner is a curved treadmill designed for really intense workouts. On their website, Assault Fitness mentions that the AirRunner is designed for HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workouts.

One of the most interesting things about the AirRunner is that it’s completely motor-less. Yes… you read that right. The Assault AirRunner runs completely off the power of your own two feet, it’s self-propelled. Talk about a kick-butt workout.

Here’s another thing about the Assault Fitness AirRunner that you should know right off the bat: it has a price tag of $3,699. Continue reading


Do Those 10,000 Steps Per Day Actually Do Any Good? 

Do you find yourself checking your step count throughout the day?  It might be on your FitBit, Apple Watch, iPhone or any one of the other devices you strap to your body.

step trackerAs the hours go by, you take the stairs, walk the extra block, or go to the coffee shop a little farther away. All in the hopes of reaching that magical 10,000 mark!

As this routine goes on, day after day, have you ever stopped to ask yourself, “Why 10,000?”

Probably not.  You just do what you’re supposed to do, congratulation yourself when you get there and then get ready to start from step zero when the next day starts.

However, new research is turning everything we know about step counts on its head. But don’t worry.  We’re not going to tell you that the number of steps needs to be increased…

In fact, this new research performed at the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that you could see results at just 4,400 steps!

So what prompted this change in the global understanding of daily steps? Continue reading


Ace Your Next Test With Your Running Shoes 

NordicTrack Commercial x22i Incline Trainer

Looking for an in-home treadmill? Check out the NordicTrack Commercial x22i Incline Trainer

Running is great for every system in your body — from head to toe. This isn’t news. But did you know that running could help you get ahead at work or school?

It’s true. Whether you’re cramming for a test, getting ready for a big presentation or preparing for a public speaking engagement, running could be your secret weapon for success.

We’ve talked in the past about exercise helping aging adults activate the memory centers in their brains. Then, there’s the importance of “flexing your brain” with exercise to keep it in top form for longer.

However, studies show that regardless of age, running can help you with memory retention when you’re preparing for an event that requires memorization. Continue reading


Change Your Molecules in Just 10 Minutes

We have talked about all of the ways that exercise can change you for the better, from your cardiovascular system, to your emotional health and mental health. We can look at each different part of our body and see benefits and positive results. 

Now, for the first time, we are talking about how exercise helps you on a small scale… a very, very small scale.molecules

As it turns out, just a small amount of exercise can change you on a molecular level!

In a groundbreaking new study, Stanford University is attempting to understand how exercise affects even the smallest building blocks of your body. Specifically, what happens to your molecules following an exercise session.

This information could help us understand how exercise actually changes the body, give you a better idea of your overall fitness and provide key information about how the systems within our body function. Continue reading


How Your Breathing Affects Your Work Out

breatheBreathe in… breathe out…

Most of us do this without thinking.  It’s a natural process for the body and doesn’t take conscious thought. We don’t have to tell you that if you stop breathing, things get ugly pretty quick… especially if you’re in the middle of a long run.

So have you ever thought about how you breathe?

For instance, do you ever get short of breath mid-run? Do you ever find yourself becoming light-headed or gasping for air?

In this article, we’re going to talk about the proper ways to breathe while running.  There are some small changes you can make to help improve your performance overall. Continue reading


Comparing the Bowflex TC100 and the TC200

At initial glance, the Bowflex Treadclimber may look like a treadmill. Then, upon closer inspection, you’ll see not one, but TWO treadbelts at its base.

Bowflex TreadThis may sound a bit crazy, but you don’t need to be a Cirque de Soleil acrobat to take advantage of its multiple moving parts.

The Bowflex Treadclimber was designed to be a hybrid machine, combining the benefits of a treadmill, stair stepper and elliptical all in one. According to Bowflex, this allows users to get a low impact workout that is more effective than any one of those machines on their own.

Each of the treadbelts — which Bowflex calls “treadles” — move up and down independently from one another. So as you step forward, the treadles come up to meet your foot, relieving the impact of your foot striking the deck.

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Cancelled Race Wasn’t Going to Stop this Star Runner From Shining! 

When most of us hop on our treadmill, we aren’t planning to set a world record. A personal best, or maybe just a butt-kicking session, yes. But an actual world record, probably not.

Except that is exactly what Zach Bitter did. Now to be clear, he didn’t just set out to break a world record. He did it!

Who is Zach Bitter?

Zach Bitter

Zach Bitter breaks running record on NordicTrack treadmill. (Photo: BusinessWire)

Zach Bitter is an ultra-marathoner that didn’t want to let staying in make him feel down and out. His life is dedicated to his running and he was going to be his best no matter the location. This was merely the newest in his impressive list of running accolades.

Bitter is already held to be the fastest on track and trail at the length of 100 miles.  You heard that right, 100 MILES!

And now he can add the record for the fastest on tread belt to the list. Continue reading


Treadmills Aren’t Just For Running Anymore 

It’s easy to get in a rut… especially when it comes to working out. Come on now… we’ve all been there!

And when you’re using a treadmill regularly, this rut can be even more mind-numbing.  You end up running, day in and day out.  Where’s the variety?

But don’t worry.  Nowadays, you can actually use your treadmill to do a whole LOT more than just run, walk or jog.

Yup! No need to go outside or go to the gym (not that it’s even an option these days.)  Instead, you can get a full-body cross training working using that trusty home treadmill.

Keep reading for a fun workout routine that will make your treadmill feel anything but boring!

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