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Tips for Treadmill Shopping & Fitness So You Can Meet Your Goals

Why is Treadmill Maintenance So Important?

Performing basic maintenance on your treadmill will extend its life and ensure that it keeps working smoothly. Your treadmill is a long-term investment and taking care of it means you’ll get the best workouts for the longest amount of time.

We’ve put together a list of the tips you need to know, straight from the top brands. Follow these guidelines to keep your treadmill running at its best.

Daily Treadmill Maintenance & Care Tips

iFit Coach Plus on the NordicTrack Commercial 2950

iFit Coach Plus on the NordicTrack Commercial 2950 – Read our full review here.

Before you get on your machine, be sure to give it a quick once over to make sure that everything is in working order. Look for any damaged, broken or loose parts. This is also a great time to check for parts that are starting to look worn, so that you can be aware of replacement needs before something breaks.

Make sure that you are wearing clean shoes. Mud and dirt from your outdoor running shoes can clog up your treadmill and create larger problems down the road!

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Why It May Be Better to Run Indoors During the Summer 

RunnerGetting out in the sun after those long, dark winter months can feel like a new beginning, even if you aren’t having to actually dust off your running shoes. Something about being able to exercise outside without strategic layers and gloves is thrilling, but we have to be careful not to let our excitement get the best of us.

There are some major perks to exercising outdoors during the summer, but also some major problems that simply can’t be ignored. We’ve put together ten benefits of using an indoor treadmill to work out during the hot summer months to alleviate some of that stress.

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Treadmills Have Been Around for a Surprisingly Long Time!

We make it our business to know everything we can about treadmills and their benefits.  That is why were wanted to share this exciting look into the 2, 000 year long history of a machine that is used by millions.

So how did the first treadmills come to be?  Were they always used for exercise?

This look at treadmill history may surprise you…

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Here’s a Packing List So Your Gym Bag is Ready to Go! 

Now that summer is here, it may be tempting to ditch the treadmill and take your run out in the sunshine. Perhaps this simply means you’ll take a longer lunch break or maybe you just want to get your workout in while on vacation.

Whether it’s hitting the treadmill at the gym or taking advantage of the great outdoors, keeping your runner’s gym bag stocked with the essentials will have you ready to go at a moment’s notice.

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Check Out These Techno Solutions to Help You Reach Your Goals! 

Staying motivated is very important when you’re trying to stick to an exercise schedule. But it can also be one of the hardest things to maintain!

Setting long-term goals to work towards is a great start. For instance, maybe you want to run a 5k in three months.  Maybe you’re planning to run a half marathon or longer by the end of the year!

There is just one problem.

Future goals don’t always force us out of bed when the alarm goes off at 5 am. This is why it’s great to have outside motivation to get you going when the going just seems too hard.

With our non-stop use of cellphones, apps, and social media, finding motivation is always right at your fingertips.

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Proper Hydration Should Be a Daily Priority

It’s even more important when you’re doing any sort of physical activity.

And downing a bottle of water when you get thirsty doesn’t always cut it!

Staying hydrated is a key factor in staying healthy. When you’re dehydrated you don’t feel your best and can’t perform to the best of your ability.

Why Fluid is So Important

Fluids allow your body to perform many of the functions that keep you going throughout the day.

Blood contains a lot of water, and fluids help maintain your blood volume. Less fluid in your body means a lower blood volume to be distributed. Maintaining higher blood volume with good hydration means that your blood can deliver the nutrients and oxygen you need to get work done.

Fluids also have a huge impact on your muscles…

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Build a Home Gym With all the Essentials

In theory, running is as simple as putting on your shoes, going outside and putting one foot in front of the other.  All you need is a good pair of shoes, right?

In reality, being a serious runner takes a lot more equipment and attention to detail.

Proper stretching, active recovery and strength training are just as important for a runner as the actual miles that you put in. These practices reduce your risk of injury, aid in recovery, and help you run farther and faster over time.

You can simply and effectively build your own runner’s home gym to cover all the aspects of your workout. Read on to find all the things you need to become a better runner from the comfort of your own home.

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What Types of Machines are Available at Sears?

sears nordictrack treadmillsNordicTrack treadmills are known for having some of the best value in the industry.  That is because their machines often have very high specs and advanced features without an outrageous price tag.  The parent company, Icon Fitness, is also responsible for creating popular ProForm treadmills.  If you are in the market for a new home treadmill, both of these brands are great options.

It can be exciting to see their machines in person at your local store.  Places like Sears, Dick’s, Costco, Sam’s Club, and Home Depot will often stock a few models of NordicTrack and ProForm treadmills for users to buy.

But if you do buy an in-store model, you will be making a huge compromise in quality.

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UPDATE:  Since this article was first published, NordicTrack has decided to revert to their original requirements.  As of this update, both the x9i and Commercial 1750 DO require a 1-year iFit subscription with purchase. 

The 1-Year iFit Subscription is No Longer a Requirement With Purchase

NordicTrack x9i Incline Trainer

NordicTrack x9i Incline Trainer – Read our complete review here.

At the start of 2018, we were disappointed to learn that NordicTrack was changing the requirements for their very popular iFit Coach programming.  For some higher end models, buyers were no longer given the option of purchasing a machine without an iFit membership.

Instead, they would be required to pay $396 for a 12 month iFit Coach Plus subscription or $180 for regular iFit Coach.  A monthly rate of $33/month for 1 year was also available for the iFit Coach Plus option. (Prices may have changed since we posted this article, so check for most current rates.)

The newest version of iFit Live includes some excellent features, but overall, we’re in favor of more freedom of choice in your buying experience.  So, we were curious how consumers would view these new requirements.

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How to Erase the Guilt After You Indulge in Your Favorite Holiday Coffee Drinks

There is nothing quite as satisfying as a hot frothy drink on a cold winter’s day.  It’s the perfect pick-me-up when you’re out doing some holiday gift shopping!

Coffee companies make the most of this time of year by not only releasing special holiday inspired drinks — they also roll out fancy cup designs and drink names that are bound to make you smile.

Ho Ho Mint Mocha?

Winter Wonder Land Latte?

Yes, please!

No doubt these drinks are delicious … but they’re also packed full of sugar and calories.  It’s okay though!  This is the season to indulge in your favorite treats and make the most of this festive season.

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