Mix Up Your Home Workout with Smooth Fitness Accessories

How can you tell if you're really getting the most out of your workouts? All those hours of sweating through cardio or weightlifting should be paying off somehow, but unless you have the right tools, it's hard to truly know how much your home exercise is benefitting you. Whether you're training for a marathon or just trying to lose weight, using fitness accessories can help you do it the smart way.

You might already own a Smooth elliptical or treadmill, or maybe even an exercise bike. That's a great start! But do you ever get sick of just running or cycling day in and day out? You can add a wealth of variety to your home workouts by working out additional muscle groups and introducing new movements with fitness accessories. Take, for example, the ever-popular medicine ball. Medicine ball workouts are a great way to incorporate strength and stretching before a cardio workout, priming your body to burn more calories during cardio and offering a range of movements appropriate for all ages and levels of flexibility.

Heart rate monitors are another workout accessory growing in popularity. These are great for tracking vital stats like activity level, stamina and calorie burn, helping you get a better idea of your progress. Many of these come in the form of a heart monitor watch, which stays secure and out of the way while you exercise.

Doing the same boring home workouts over and over will eventually set you up for failure. The less interested you are in exercising, the less likely you are to do it, and the more it will feel like a chore. As your body gets used to the same movements over time, it will adjust metabolically; the less you challenge and surprise your body, the less intense your burn. Depending on which model of Smooth treadmill or elliptical you own, start working in fitness accessories with the different programs on your equipment: add arm movements with wrist weights, or ankle weights to simulate gravity in an exciting mountain hike. Afterwards, stretch out those rarely used muscles on an exercise mat or stability ball.

Here at Smooth Fitness, we know that when it comes to exercise, you reap what you sow. We want to help you make the most out of your home exercise routine, so please take a look through the many fitness accessories we offer here at the #1 internet retailer of home fitness equipment!

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