Treadmill Buying Guide
Types of Treadmills
Treadmill Safety Tips:
• Place the treadmill in a room with ample headroom and space all around, particularly at the sides and rear
• Straddle the belt before starting, and begin walking once the belt is moving slowly
• Use the handrails only when necessary
• Stop using the treadmill if you feel dizzy or disoriented
Track Cushioning +
Most treadmills have a layer of track cushioning material beneath the belt. Cushioning helps protect your joints and muscles from the jarring effect of running. It also reduces the impact of your feet on the machine, resulting in less wear and tear.
Speed Control +
Many motorized treadmills have a speed control function, allowing you to adjust the speed of the belt to suit your preference. Most treadmills have maximum speeds of 15 to 20 kph.
Incline Control +
Some treadmills allow you to adjust the incline of the track. This lets you simulate uphill running, making you work against gravity as well as keep up with the belt speed. This is a great feature to add more complexity to your run.
Electronic Console +
Many treadmills come equipped with elaborate consoles that will track the length of your run in time and distance, estimate the number of calories you've burned, and monitor your heart rate. Some also allow you to program running courses with variable speeds and inclines that simulate hill climbs.
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Treadmill Maintenance Tips:
• Check the belts and deck weekly for looseness and wear
• Use a vacuum to clear debris from the belt pathway and motor compartment
• Tighten all loose bolts or panels
• Lubricate the treadmill annually
• Clean more frequently if your home is subject to pet hair
Treadmills vs. Elliptical Trainers