Treadmill Buying Guide

If you like to walk or run for exercise, there's nothing like the convenience of a home treadmill. This treadmill buying guide will help you find the right treadmill for you and your family.

Treadmills 101

Treadmills provide an effective cardio workout, and a home treadmill gives you the freedom to work out anytime you like. That means you can pack more calorie-burning exercise into your busy lifestyle. And with a treadmill in your home, you'll also have an easier time convincing other family members to get active and stay healthy. In choosing a treadmill, you'll need to decide between the manual and motorized types. If you're a multi-tasker, you can pick a model with an attached work desk, and if you have weight-bearing health concerns, an anti-gravity treadmill provides reduced joint stress. Take the first step and you'll soon find the treadmill that meets both your fitness needs and your budget.

Types of Treadmills


Manual Treadmills

If you're on a budget or have limited space, a manual treadmill may be your best choice. As the name suggests, manual treadmills are powered by the running action of the user. There's no motor to drive up the purchase cost or wear down with use, so these machines are an affordable, low-maintenance option. They're also smaller, lighter and store easier than the motorized variety. When it comes to exercise intensity, manual treadmills shine because they require you to work extra hard to make the machine operate.

Motorized Treadmills

A motorized treadmill is equipped with a motor that turns the treadmill belt, allowing you to walk or run at your own pace for as long as you want. You're not required to drive the machine through your movement, as is the case with manual treadmills, so there's less strain on joints and muscles which makes it easier to put in longer runs. Some motorized treadmills also allow you to amp up your workout by programming routines with variable speeds and simulated hill climbs.

Desktop Treadmills

For multi-taskers, there's always the desktop treadmill. This machine combines a motorized treadmill with a desktop. Some desktops feature mounts for computer screens and other devices, so vibrations or movement caused by your walking or running won't send them tumbling to the ground. Desktop treadmills are a great way to incorporate healthy activity into a busy lifestyle. They do, however, take up more room than regular treadmills, making them less suitable for smaller homes and office spaces.

Treadmill Safety Tips:

• Always use the pull-cord safety clip to stop the treadmill if you trip or fall
• 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

Treadmill Features

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:

• Wipe down the treadmill after every use
• 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

Treadmills simulate more closely than elliptical trainers the natural movement of walking, jogging and running. You'll burn more calories using a treadmill because extra effort is required to propel your body forward to keep pace with the revolving belt. Compared to elliptical trainers, treadmills provide a better weight-bearing workout, which can help strengthen bones and muscles. However, elliptical workouts are low impact, making them a good choice for people with joint problems.
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