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  • How to use food and fitness to combat stress

    For many Americans today, stress may seem like a fact of life. We cram our days full of commitments and activities. And although a little stress may be good for productivity, too much of it can lead you on a dangerous path. From premature aging to an increased risk of chronic disease, the health risks of too much stress outweigh the benefits. So if you're lacking in vacation time and have a surplus of stress, hop on your TRUE Fitness equipment and follow these healthy tips:

    Exercise, exercise, exercise! Exercise can be a huge stress reliever. It pumps up endorphins and improves your mood, and can be vital to maintaining mental as well as physical fitness. Try to hop on your TRUE Fitness treadmill three to five times a week for 30 minutes, and be consistent! The TRUE M50 Treadmill comes with seven preset and two custom fitness programs, so it's perfectly designed to help you achieve the consistency you need to combat stress.

    What to drink Beverages like green tea, milk and orange juice can be helpful in the battle against stress. Green tea contains the amino acid theanine, which has been proven to relax the mind and reduce stress. The calcium in milk can help regulate your mood, and the vitamin C found in citrus has been shown to decrease the physical and psychological effects of stress.

    What to eat You may have been warned against stress eating in the past (and we're certainly not telling you to grab a pint of ice cream to lighten your mood), but there are certain foods you can pack away to reduce stress without packing on the pounds. Fish rich in Omega 3s such as salmon and tuna have been shown to reduce anxiety, and leafy greens containing magnesium (like spinach and cabbage) will also help calm your nerves. Carbohydrates can also boost your mood, so reach for some oatmeal in the morning.

    Dessert too! OK, we may not normally advise you to eat sweets, but there may be a good reason you reach for a bar of chocolate when you're feeling frazzled: dark chocolate contains antioxidants that reduce stress. And if that isn't reason enough to treat yourself, studies have shown eating chocolate regularly can reduce the level of stress hormones in your body. So go ahead, treat yourself!

  • How to get swimsuit ready while there's snow on the ground

    The weather outside may be frightful, but spring break season is just around the corner, and if you're taking the kids (or treating yourself) to the beach, it's not too early to begin the process of getting swimsuit-ready. While you may not be able to take your workout routine outside just yet, TRUE Fitness offers the perfect home fitness equipment to motivate you to slim down and tone up.

    Keep that heart rate up!
    With it's integrated touch screen technology, the TRUE PS850 treadmill is perfectly designed to help you stick to your workout plan and reach your fitness goals. Choose from a variety of scenic landscapes and perspectives and plug in your iPod for a little extra motivation to reach your full beach-body potential.

    The TRUE PS850 is designed specifically to give you the most effective and inspiring workout, and we're not just talking about those scenic landscapes. TRUE's patented Soft System® technology puts you in control of the firmness of your running surface while its digital heart rate monitoring system will help you reach your target heart rate and achieve maximum effectiveness in your workouts. 

    Keeping your heart rate up is crucial if you want to lose weight and look your best for the beach. Heart rate is a good indicator of the intensity of your workout, which in turn corresponds to the number of calories you burn. Estimate your target heart rate by subtracting your age from 220 and use the TRUE HRC Cruise Controlâ„¢ to automatically adjust your workout to maintain your target heart rate. Minimal thought, maximum effectiveness.

    Tone those legs
    Of course, getting swimsuit-ready isn't all about losing pounds. If you've reached your ideal weight and are looking to tone your legs, TRUE Fitness stationary bikes are the perfect solution. The TRUE ES9.0 Upright Bike is ideal for bike-lovers looking for an indoor biking experience that's similar to biking outside. The snow on the ground may prevent you from breaking out your bicycle just yet, but because the TRUE ES9.0 provides a realistic cycling experience you won't have to. Its aero bars, armrests and gel seat provide maximum comfort, while the bike's ergonomic design is ideal for long distance sessions, so you'll be ready to hit the beach before you even break your real bike out of storage. Best of all? The TRUE ES9.0 also has TRUE's patented heart rate control technology, which will help you keep your heart rate up for the entire workout.

    But if you're recovering from an injury or are the type that likes to read while you exercise, the TRUE PS50 Recumbent Bike is the way to go. It's low to the ground and has a mesh seat that's  designed for lumbar support, providing easy access and the ability to reduce back stress while you exercise. The seat allows for an infinite amount of adjustments so it can fit every body type and fitness level. And the TRUE PS50 has the same heart monitoring capabilities as the TRUE ES9.0, so you can still maintain your target heart rate throughout your workout.

    Let's go to the beach
    So as you're getting ready to hit the beach and dreading the moment you have to put on that itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny-yellow-polka-dot bikini, remember that you don't have to do it all on your own. Whether you prefer running or biking, want maximum support or maximum motivation, TRUE Fitness has the perfect equipment to help you become your ideal you.

  • Keep your motivation with this pumped up playlist

    One of the best ways to stay motivated on home fitness equipment is to listen to a playlist of your favorite tunes. When you're on that last leg of sprints or going through a tough incline, these songs are sure to give you the inspiration to push through and get you on your way to achieving your fitness goals. TRUE Fitness has a line of cardio fitness equipment that allows you to plug in your iPod or phone to instantly hear your favorite songs, available on both the TRUE PS850 and ES900 treadmills. Try adding a few of these songs to your workout playlist for your next run:

    Before your workout on your home treadmill gets up to full speed, start off with a quick five minute warm up. According to Fit Day, a good warm up will get your heart pumping, increase muscle circulation and get you ready for your workout. It's important to physically prepare your body for the workout ahead. Try out these songs to get you ready for exercise:

    Don't Stop Believin' - Glee Cast
    Too Close - Alex Clare
    Like a Prayer - Madonna
    Feel Again - OneRepublic
    Hey, Soul Sister - Train

    Cardio beats
    The middle part of your workout is often the most intense. Therefore, you'll need tunes that amp up your energy and keep pushing you through the remainder of your workout. Studies have even found that pumping up the volume on your iPod can help you get through a workout.

    "Psychologically, music gets you pumped up and it also distracts you from what you're doing," explained Janet McMordie, a graduate student studying kinesiology at the University of Western Ontario. "Music might also cause a surge of adrenaline that kicks things up."

    Kick your workout regimen in gear by turning up these tunes on your iPod:

    Rock Your Body - Justin Timberlake
    Technologic - Daft Punk
    Dollhouse - Priscilla Renea
    Heads Will Roll - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
    Born This Way - Lady Gaga

    Cool down
    While a warm up is essential, a cool down is equally as important. Reduce your speed so that your body has time to recover and get back to a normal resting heart rate. Suddenly stopping after an especially intense workout, according to Fit Day, can leave you feeling dizzy. Cooling down also reduces muscle soreness and allows blood to circulate throughout your body. Here are some tunes to help you cool down:

    Stop This Train - John Mayer
    The A Team - Ed Sheeran
    American Honey - Lady Antebellum
    Banana Pancakes - Jack Johnson
    Even If It Breaks Your Heart - Eli Young Band

  • How to keep up with your running routine during pregnancy

    Pregnancy may change your body dramatically, but it doesn't have to completely alter your fitness routine! Of course, you shouldn't expect to stay at the level of your pre-pregnancy running routine in your third trimester, but having a bun in the oven is no reason to stop completely. With the right workout tips and TRUE Fitness equipment, you can continue to run safely until the baby arrives:

    Know it's OK While expectant mothers may be fearful that continuing to run during pregnancy is dangerous, exercise can actually be beneficial for both mother and baby. However, it's still important to talk to your doctor about your intention to continue running and make sure you're exercising as safely as possible.

    Take it slow As your pregnancy progresses, you may find you can't run as quickly or take hills as hard as you used to. Be sure to listen to your body: if you feel any pain or pulling, take a break. Don't push through discomfort like you may have pre-pregnancy. Now is the time to maintain your fitness level, not push it.

    Avoid running in high temperatures Running inside on a TRUE Fitness treadmill in an air-conditioned room will help prevent you from overheating. The TRUE PS800 treadmill also uses the TRUE Soft Systemâ„¢ and has an orthopedic belt for minimal impact on the joints and knees and maximum safety while running.

    Be sure to stretch Stretching before and after each workout is especially critical while pregnant. It will help prevent sore muscles and back pain, and make it possible for you to continue to run well into your pregnancy.

    Stick to flat surfaces As your belly grows and your center of gravity shifts, you become more likely to slip and fall. Running on flat surfaces like a TRUE Fitness treadmill while holding onto the handles will make it less likely that you lose your balance and increase safety for both you and your baby.

    Stay hydrated Drink plenty of water before, during and after your run. Although hydration is always important when exercising, it's especially important during pregnancy: according to BabyCenter, dehydration can decrease blood flow to the uterus and may cause premature contractions.

    If all else fails, switch to the elliptical As your pregnancy progresses, you may find that running is simply too high impact. Switch to the TRUE ES700 Elliptical Trainer to maintain your fitness levels during pregnancy  while keeping pressure off of  your joints. The TRUE ES700 is designed for maximum comfort and safety with its Core Drive™ System, TRUE Lock™ footpads and ergonomically designed multi-grip handles.

  • Treadmill accessories you shouldn't ignore

    Exercising on home gym equipment is one of the most popular ways to achieve an effective cardio workout for your body. However, in order to get the most out of your workout, it's important to utilize the equipment in the right way. Treadmills are equipped with several features that are there to improve your workout and help you reach your fitness goals faster. TRUE Fitness treadmills include a bevy of top of the line features - here are just a few. 

    Heart monitoring system
    What many don't know they should be doing on fitness treadmills is checking their heart rate. It can take your workout to the level that it needs to be at in order to achieve your goals.

    "Whether you're working out to control weight, tone muscles, build endurance, strengthen your heart, relieve stress or simply maintain good health and fitness, a heart rate monitor can help you find the right pace and intensity of exercise to achieve your goals," explained NuMetrex.

    Depending on your age and weight, your goal heart rate will differ. If you're looking to lose weight, you'll need to elevate your heart rate enough to start shedding those pounds - and only a heart rate monitor can tell you if you're exercising hard enough.

    TRUE Fitness equipment takes all the difficulty of monitoring your heart rate right out of the equation. Our treadmills include patented Heart Rate Control technology that helps users to recognize their heart rate and help to monitor their workouts to their exact specifications. They are equipped with a technologically advanced digital contact heart rate monitoring system that assists in maintaining your optimal heart rate in order to really get the most out of your cardio workout and help to achieve your weight loss goals.

    Preset workout programs
    Many of the TRUE Fitness treadmills come with various preset workout programs which will fit any level of fitness. These programs are great for those just starting out with cardio as well as those who have been at it for a longer period of time. If you wish to ease yourself into the exercise process, choose a program that best fits your exercise needs. If you know what your body can take as far as cardio, go with a more intense program. The treadmill will automatically adjust the workout to fit your exact specifications. TRUE's M Series treadmills each have seven preset workout programs as well as two custom programs, giving users the flexibility they need to meet their unique fitness goals.

    Home treadmills always have an option to increase or decrease the incline of the machine. Utilizing this incline mimics outdoor terrain, which can work at toning your muscles and strengthening your heart. According to Yahoo, even walking on an incline challenges the heart and brings less impact to the knees and hips. Putting the treadmill at a slight incline also works to stretch the calves and Achilles tendons for a better overall workout.

  • The best diet secrets

    We've all seen those fad diets which claim to help you drop the pounds fast, but only leave you starving and overindulging later on. Try out these diet secrets that can help you lose the weight and keep it off.

    Clean out the kitchen Dr. Oz suggested cleaning out your fridge and pantry of foods that will only ruin your diet and serve as temptation late at night. Taking away all the junk food and fatty snacks will eliminate the chance that you'll indulge and ruin your diet progress you have worked so hard to maintain. But what exactly is unhealthy? Toss foods high in trans fat and sugar. Be careful about labels that claim a product is "100 percent whole grain." Don't trust the packaging; look to the nutrition facts for the real lowdown on grain count. If the product is made with refined flour, it will be digested faster, leaving you hungry for more.

    Switch out your beverages Some don't realize how many calories they consume just in pure liquids. In fact, according to Shape magazine, the average American receives 22 percent of daily calories from drinks.

    "You could burn 200 calories exercising for 30 minutes and then put them right back into your body by sipping a sports drink or a sugar-filled latte," explained Bob Harper, a trainer on NBC's, "The Biggest Loser."

    Instead of sugary juices and sodas, swap out your beverages for healthier alternatives. Dr. Oz suggested cranberry juice instead of orange juice because it's lower in sugar.

    Eat good fats Many people who are trying to eat healthy work to avoid fats, when they're actually essential to a balanced diet. However, it's important to make sure you're eating the right types of fats. According to Shape Fit, fats improve our hair, skin and nails and actually regulate our appetites through leptin response. Monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats are known as the good fats, because they are full of benefits for your heart, cholesterol and your overall health. For a diet full of healthy fats, try eating peanut butter, olive oil, avocados and nuts. Stay away from reduced fat peanut butter, as it's packed with sugar. On the other hand, avoid saturated fats found in whole milk, butter, cheese and ice cream.

    When you're not eating healthy, make sure you fit some cardio into your day to help you stay slim and trim. TRUE Fitness has a line of home exercise bikes, ellipticals and treadmills to help you get on your way to reaching your fitness goals faster. TRUE's product line gives you a smooth, durable and comfortable workout for maximum level performance.

  • What to wear for the best cardio workout

    When you participate in cardio exercise, your heart gets pumping faster and you're taking in more oxygen to provide your body with the ample energy it needs to maintain your workout. Of course, taking in more oxygen means breathing more heavily, leading to a rise in your core temperature. In other words, you start sweating. That's your body's way of attempting to cool you down. With that in mind, what you wear is going to affect your cardio fitness as well as your workout. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you're choosing what to wear for your next workout:

    Maintain comfort
    One of the number one rules in workout attire is keeping yourself comfortable. Not only does this allow full range of motion, but it prevents chafing and skin irritation. According to LosingWeight.com, you should stick with loose fitting shirts and shorts or comfortable spandex material that allows your body to really move during exercise. Try moving your body around to see if you have full mobility in the clothes you chose to make sure your workout won't suffer.

    Choose the right fabrics
    According to Sweaty Betty, sweat-wicking fabrics are the best type of clothing for your workout. These fabrics literally wipe the sweat from your skin and allow it to travel to the outside of your clothes where it evaporates. This way, your body will stay dry and cool, helping you to finish even the most intense of workouts. Polypropylene or silk are also effective in keeping you sweat-free. Many people opt for a simple cotton t-shirt when they workout, which also works. However, make sure the fabric is breathable and not too thick. It's never great to feel slimy after an arduous bout of exercise!

    Shoe support
    What you wear on your feet is just as important as what you wear on the rest of your body. Beau Fitness suggested choosing a shoe that supports your heels, arches, ankles and even the balls of your feet. Without the proper support, your feet may start to get uncomfortable which can really impact the quality of your workout. If your feet are still uncomfortable, a slip-in insole may provide additional support. 

    Don't forget about socks! The thickness can influence your comfort level during a workout. If your socks are too thick or too thin, blisters can form, which will make exercising much more difficult. Try out different pairs to see which ones work best for your fitness level.

    Experiment with outfits to see which is the most comfortable and works best for your style of workout on your home fitness equipment. TRUE Fitness has been providing people with durable and trusted cardio equipment for the past 30 years. They deliver simple yet superior performance and offer users preset and custom programs for a workout suited for their fitness level.

  • Foods for a healthy and hearty Super Bowl menu

    If you're hosting a Super Bowl party, guests will be expecting a hearty and delicious array of foods. After all, what's Super Bowl Sunday without the food? Typically there's greasy wings, pizza and chips to be served up for kickoff which are loaded with fat and sodium. However delicious these menu items may be, they certainly don't fall under the category of 'health foods.' In fact, according to Health magazine, the average football fan consumes about a day's worth of calories during the game. Luckily, there are foods you can offer up your guests that will be healthy and leave your guests and their palettes pleased. Here are a few Super Bowl inspired ideas:

    Lemon drop chicken wings
    Of course you can't have a proper Super Bowl party without wings. Luckily, you can still satisfy your guests without all of the fat and grease that often comes with this popular dish. These crowd-pleasers have a tangy lemon taste and are baked rather than fried. With five simple ingredients of vodka, lemon juice, sugar, olive oil and chicken wings, this recipe is a triple-threat: easy, delicious and healthy!

    Bean dip
    Dips are a game-day essential. But they don't have to be packed with calories! Eating Well suggested a southwestern bean dip that's low in fat and calories by including reduced-fat sour cream and black beans, salsa and fresh vegetables. According to The Huffington Post, beans are packed with protein, vitamins, antioxidants and no cholesterol. You could also opt for avocados in your dip for a creamy taste, good fats and fiber to keep you full.

    Chocolate-covered cereal mix
    Cover pretzels, almonds and wheat cereal (something like Chex works well) in chocolate for a sweet and salty snack that everyone is sure to enjoy. And according to OrganicFacts.net, almonds are good for the brain, lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease and even help care for your skin! Opt for dipping this delicious snack in dark chocolate rather than milk chocolate. Just like almonds, dark chocolate has been shown to be good for your heart by lowering blood pressure. The sweet stuff is also packed full of antioxidants, which fights cancer and aging.

    If time allows before the big game, jump on a recumbent exercise bike or elliptical machine to get in a quick workout and help you burn those calories. Turn to TRUE Fitness for a wide array of bikes, treadmills and ellipticals that will give you the effective workout you're looking for. TRUE delivers the best fitness equipment with preset programs to help you reach your exercise goals and keep comfortable at the same time.

  • How to measure your fitness level

    Many made a resolution in the new year to get fit and shed off those remaining holiday pounds. While maintaining a regularly healthy diet is important, breaking a sweat is equally as vital. Home gym equipment is one of the best ways to get an effective cardio workout. Doing so boosts your metabolism, gets your heart pumping and helps you lose weight often with more ease. TRUE Fitness has been providing fitness fanatics with durable, comfortable and safe treadmills, bikes and ellipticals for 30 years. Its ergonomic design, along with patented Heart Rate Control technology, provides a workout unlike any other.

    One dilemma many may face when stepping onto a treadmill is not knowing how hard they should be pushing themselves if they wish to reach their target weight. Many treadmills offer incline, resistance and speed controls, but how do you know where these numbers should be at? You first must determine your fitness level if you wish to perform to your full potential and make the best progress.

    Test your endurance
    The best way to test your endurance level is simply by running. Men's Health suggested running 1.5 miles as fast as you can while timing yourself. If you finish in 12 minutes or more, you'll want to really work on building your aerobic fitness before moving to a higher intensity. Keep up your regular cardio routine until it you find it becomes easier. Then you can gradually start adding resistance and amping up your speed to reach an improved cardio fitness level.

    It's important to remember to challenge yourself when testing your endurance and exercising in general. It will give you a good idea of what you're capable of and also work to strengthen your heart.

    "You need to move out of your comfort zone and force your heart to work harder and act more quickly in order to improve your cardiovascular fitness," explained Tim Church, professor of preventative medicine at Louisiana State University. "Your heart is like any other muscle. When it's challenged, it grows stronger."

    On the flip side, you'll want to be sure you're not overexerting yourself during exercise. If you push past your physical limitations and get extremely fatigued, form can start to slip. According to Quick Men's Guide, poor form commonly results in injury. Get to a speed in which you're still working hard, but not to the point where you're sacrificing the way in which you exercise.

  • Top five foods most associated with weight loss

    Many people rely on their home fitness equipment to lose weight. Breaking a sweat on a treadmill or elliptical can be a great way to get your heart pumping and burn calories fast. If you're looking for home gym equipment, look no further than TRUE Fitness. Our line of treadmills, ellipticals and bikes make working out both effective and comfortable. With all of our products facing systematic life testing, your equipment is sure to last for many years and give you the best workout possible. 

    But if you're still waiting to see results after making a New Year's resolution to shed some pounds, your diet may be what's dragging you down. Here are some superfoods to incorporate into your diet regimen to help you slim down:

    According to Health magazine, oats are a great source of fiber and just a half a cup has almost five grams of healthy carbs that boost your metabolism. Instead of a calorie-packed pastry in the morning, start off your day with oatmeal, which has the fiber to keep you full all morning. But be careful to stay away from oatmeal that is artificially flavored and packed with sugar. Instead opt for plain oatmeal and add some fruit on top for extra flavoring and antioxidants.

    An apple a day can keep the doctor away … and the pounds! Snacking on an apple before a meal can help curb your hunger and prevent you from eating more portions than you realize. Self said the fiber in apples, about four to five grams, is what helps fill you up. Try an apple plain or pair it with peanut butter for a delicious, protein-packed snack.

    Some people are afraid of avocados because they're filled with fat. But what some may not know, is that avocados contain good fat that your body needs. In fact, Health magazine said that this superfood is packed with monounsaturated fats that can actually tame your hunger. This versatile food can be incorporated into almost any meal. Add some slices of avocado for flavorful and healthy tacos, sandwiches and wraps.

    Good news for coffee addicts, a cup of joe has the caffeine to raise your resting metabolic rate by about 15 percent, according to Self magazine. This ends up being about 30 to 50 calories lost per day. Believe us - those numbers can add up!

    This lean fish is a superfood when it comes to losing weight. It's full of omega-3s and extremely low in fat. Pair some salmon with brown rice and vegetables and you've got a quick, healthy meal to chow down on. According to Health magazine, it's a leaner choice than red meat!

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