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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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ProForm is Changing How You Purchase Exercise Equipment

Fitness equipment companies never ever want to be seen as boring. 

Oh… the horror!

That’s why we’re seeing one of the most interesting new takes on selling equipment with this latest offer from ProForm.

ProForm is a brand that consistently releases quality at-home fitness equipment that you know and love. It’s part of the Icon Fitness family, the largest manufacturer of at-home fitness equipment out there. This means they keep themselves at the cutting edge of what’s new and fresh.

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How to Stay Motivated and Moving While Staying At-Home 

Sticking with a workout routine can be tough, especially when you have to do it from home…

Every. Single. Day.

The lure of the couch, the fridge and Netflix can be distracting and oh-so tempting. How is one supposed to resist the temptation to just chill out?

Switching up your at-home workouts is a great way to keep yourself engaged and motivated. There’s a lot more you can do on a treadmill than simply run a certain distance or for a certain amount of time.

To save you from having to put together a fun and diverse workout schedule, we’ve done it for you.

Keep reading for a variety of workouts that includes twisting, climbing and facing the gauntlet!

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No Gym? No Public Gatherings? No Problem!

Okay, let’s just acknowledge the elephant in the room… the world is crazy right now with this pandemic situation.

And unless you have a fancy home gym in your garage, it can be a little challenging for some of us to get in a proper sweat session.

Normally, we just go to gyms, right? That’s why we have health clubs filled with rows and rows of fitness machines, long mirrors so we can admire our muscled progress, and stacks of shining weight sets.

Sigh.  The days of old… I mean… the days of a few weeks ago… before the world went crazy…

Yes, we’re living in a new reality these days.  And honestly, no one really knows how long it’s going to last.  As of the time of this writing, we still have at least a few weeks of “staying at home” so the world can kick this viral threat and take care of those in need.

The long and short of it is simple. The current world situation is challenging all of us to find new ways to keep going with life…

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Smart Tips to Keep Your Goals on Track 

RunnerDid you start January filled with shiny new resolutions to finally achieve your dream body?

But then, as the weeks slugged by you started to find excuses to cheat.  Your diet went off track.  That daily run on your treadmill suddenly took up too much time.  Your routine started to slacken, and one day, you realized it was the end of the first month and you’d already failed.

Yup… it’s a common problem.

We start out each New Year with optimistic health goals, but within weeks we’re back to our same old lazy ways.  Well, it doesn’t have to be like this anymore!

We’ve put together a list of tips and tricks to help you stick with your New Year’s resolutions once and for all!

Make It About You –

We know everyone has New Year’s resolutions and everyone wants to talk about them, but it’s not a competition. Your resolutions are for you to better your life and yours alone. Just because the person that sits next to you at work said they’re going to cure world hunger, doesn’t mean your goals aren’t lofty enough.

Keep It Short And Simple –

Your list doesn’t have to have a ton of things on it to make it worthwhile. In fact, for success it’s better to have fewer goals on the list. When you have less things you feel like you need to accomplish it’s easier to focus on them and get them done.

It’s like any to-do list you make for yourself. When you only have three things on there you are ready to get them done. When it’s a page long, it’s daunting, and you already feel discouraged with the thought of not being able to get it done.

Make Multi-Linked Goals –

This just means that instead of writing down one goal that takes many different things to accomplish, make each of those things a sub-goal. For instance, if one of your goals is to run a marathon, break it down.

Make different levels of your training into their own individual accomplishment. Getting your time down by a certain amount could be a goal. Running a 5K as prep could be another.

This way you are getting closer to your main goal, but you are able to see the progress you are making along the way.

SMART Goals –

This is a concept that’s important to keep in mind when you are setting your resolutions. SMART stands for specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound.

Keep these things in mind when you add something to your list. If it doesn’t fit all of the criteria, you may just want to modify it a little bit. It doesn’t mean you have to scrap the idea all together, you’re just setting yourself up for success when you’re setting SMART goals.

Make Time In Your Routine –

This is a big one. We are all guilty of making excuses for why we aren’t doing the things to stick with our resolutions. The easiest one to throw out there is, “I don’t have time!”

An easy way to avoid this is to put it in your schedule. Don’t leave it to chance. Schedule it for the same time everyday so you know that’s what you’re going to be doing at that time.

Research shows it takes 66 days for something to become a habit. When you’re talking about your New Year’s resolutions, that’s only about two months. Once you reach that point, the next ten months will have you sailing toward your goals with no excuses.

Measure Your Progress –

This can go hand-in-hand with your scheduling. Make milestones or set target dates in your schedule. Success even in small doses is powerful motivation, it’s backed by science. When you achieve success, your brain releases dopamine which makes you feel happy.

Motivation –

We’re talking about the motivation behind your resolutions.  Why did you pick the ones that you did? For instance, do you want to lose weight to help prevent heart disease? Are you wanting to eat healthy to improve your cholesterol?

As time passes and things get busy it can be easy to lose sight of why you set those particular resolutions in the first place. Remind yourself. Keeping the motivation behind your choices in mind can really help you better stick to your plan.

Stay Motivated –

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This may sound like we’re about to repeat ourselves, but stick with us. Now we’re talking about day-to-day motivation to get up and get working. There are a lot of ways to do this, but we’ll just touch on a few tried and true methods.

Agree to work out with a friend or join a local group. When you are held accountable to others, you’re much more likely to show up. Dragging yourself out of bed at six in the morning for a run may not be so appealing. But if you know someone is waiting for you, you don’t want to be the one that doesn’t show up.

You can also join a Facebook group or a group on your favorite fitness app. This gives you a chance to share your experiences and your triumphs. This is a powerful form of motivation, not just for you but for the others in the group. You’ll be seeing your success and have others cheering you on to keep pushing for that next milestone.

Reward Yourself –

Positive reinforcement is super important. When you reach those milestones that you put in your schedule, treat yourself to a little something.

Don’t Get Discouraged –

This may just be the most important key to the whole deal. We all slip and we all miss days, but it doesn’t discount all of the progress that you’ve made. There’s no shame because you missed a day or two at the gym…or even a week. Just get back up and keep going. You’ll feel better for it in the long run because you didn’t give up.

We know that New Year’s resolutions may not be the most exciting thing when March rolls around and the shine wears off. However, keep this tips in mind as the weeks go by and you’ll be ready for new, exciting resolutions next year.

How To Get The Most Out of Short 40 Minute Run Session

Let’s face it. Working out in the morning can just be hard.

It’s dark… your bed is comfy… and it’s just so easy to hit the snooze button.

We’ve all been there.

Maybe you tell yourself you’ll work out after work instead…

But then life happens and you have errands to run and dinner plans get made.

So you tell yourself you’ll work out the next morning…

But then. But then. But then!

It’s a vicious cycle.

Lucky for you, there’s a perfect little pocket of time right in the middle of your day that may just be the solution to your problem.

Maybe your lunch break is the time you should use for your workout.

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Plus Tips to Pick the Right Type of Shoe 

Running for exercise requires very little equipment.  A reliable treadmill, a pair of good running shoes, and a healthy dose of motivation will keep you going mile after mile! 

Shoes may seem like a simple thing, but they are still very important.  The wrong pair of running sneakers – or ones that are worn out – can cause a wide range of problems and injuries.

Your running shoes do a lot more than cushion your feet from a rough trail or your treadmill’s surface.  They provide the entire foundation and support system to keep your body moving in perfect rhythm.

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A Guide To What’s Right For You 

We talk about iFit all the time. The amazing interactive training, the group classes and the routes around the globe that are available at your fingertips. All of the options are amazing and keep things new and fresh…

But too many options can become a sea of indecision.

We’ve all been there.

Standing in the grocery store, shopping for shampoo or olive oil, thinking we know exactly what we came for…and yet. There are fifty different kinds and all of them claim to be the best for different things, or for everything. The choice becomes impossible and we either grab something to be done with it or we walk away feeling overwhelmed.

When you first buy a new machine there is so much excitement to hop on and get in your best shape. It’s like Christmas! Open your new machine, set it up…and then you have to decide what to do first.

We want to help make your entrance into the world of iFit a little easier. Instead of wading through the mountains of videos, we’ll help point you in the right direction no matter what your skill level.

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What’s New from NordicTrack

NordicTrack T9.5S – Read our full review here.

Even the most tried-and-true brands in home fitness upgrade things from time to time. And when they do, we’ll be there to introduce the newest stars of the show! 

During this last year, NordicTrack took their turn of bringing up a new model.  So, let’s take a quick look at the new T-Series and see what it has to offer.

Essentially, the T-Series is replacing the older C-Series models we’ve come to know and love.  Both sets have a lot of similarities.  And while you’ll still be able to purchase the C-Series for the time being, we are seeing a definite shift from NordicTrack towards the T-Series.

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There’s No Reason Kids Should Hold You Back From Running

Cynthia Arnold running a marathon with her three children in a stroller.

For most of us, running is a lifestyle… not just an occasional hobby.

So, when your life takes a sudden drastic turn – say, by having kids – there’s no reason your running lifestyle can’t continue. 

Sure, kids take up a lot of time and energy. But that doesn’t mean you have to curb your love of running. If you need a little extra inspiration to start running with your kids in tow, just take a look at famed stroller-runner Cynthia Arnold.

As a new mother, Cynthia may just be the motivation you need to train for your next run… stroller running and all!

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