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Bypass Manual Treadmills When Buying Exercise Machines

Apr 25, 2008
You are all psyched up to purchase a treadmill. You go shopping and see there is a bit of a price difference between the manual treadmills and the motorized treadmills. The price tag on the manual treadmill is very appealing because it's so cheap. Yet, is a manual treadmill really a good investment? To put it simply, no, it's not a good investment. Manual treadmills can make it harder to reach your workout goals and I'll explain why.

Manual treadmills have no motor. You will have to provide the energy to get the treadmill moving along. While this may sound easy enough, did you know that most manual treadmills are very difficult to maneuver and bring up to speed unless they are in a sharp incline? Once you get the treadmill in motion, there is no lever to push to bring the treadmill's incline back down. Are you prepared to walk or jog uphill your entire workout?

Manual treadmills also lack momentum. Unlike a motorized treadmill, every time you slow down on a manual treadmill, you will have to bring the belt back up to speed again yourself. While this may sound like a good way to burn calories, it doesn't benefit you long term. In addition, your feet, knees, and joints probably won't like the abuse of having to keep the treadmill belt moving.

To get the most out of a workout on a treadmill, your body needs to maintain a fluid walk, run or jog. Manual treadmills aren't equipped to do this. As stated, when you ease up or slow down, it slows down, too. There is no push, or momentum, to a manual treadmill. To be honest, it is virtually impossible to keep a consistent motion on a manual treadmill. Yes, you may burn some extra calories getting one of these treadmills up and running, and then up and running again when it begins to slow its pace. But, in the long term, more calories will be burned if you are on a treadmill that's motor driven because it will keep your motion consistent and regulated.

Trying to operate manual treadmills takes a lot of time away from working outing because they have no unique features. If you want to adjust the height of the treadmill you will have to get off of it, adjust it, get back on it and bring it back up to speed manually. The lack of features on manual treadmills also makes it very easy for boredom to take over a workout.

As stated, most people buy manual treadmills because the price looks good. Yet, you should know that you can purchase high quality, used motorized treadmills for around $700. There are new, high quality treadmills that are affordable, too. The Smooth 5.25 can be purchased for just a few extra hundred dollars. This budget friendly treadmill works great for both walkers and those who enjoy light jogging.

If you are serious about wanting to own a treadmill, don't waste your money and time on a manual treadmill. You will probably end up regretting the purchase and feel that you have thrown your money away. Save your money and wait until you can afford a used one or one of the more budget-friendly motorized treadmills that are on the market. Not only will these machines give you better results, they are more enjoyable to use - and your feet, knees, and joints will thank you.
About the Author
Manual treadmills may be inexpensive but they are lacking and don't produce maximum fitness results. For thorough reviews and recommendations of the best treadmills available today, visit BestTreadmillsOnline.com.
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