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Tips To Care For Your Treadmill Equipment

May 7, 2008
The right treadmill can cost a small fortune, so take good care of it! The good thing is that most exercise equipment is designed so that a lot of maintenance is not required. Thus by taking a few minutes a week on the maintenance of your equipment, it can appear brand new.

3 Killers of exercise machines

1) Perspiration

Take a dry towel and wipe any sweat from off the treadmill every time you finish a workout. Perspiration has acidic properties and over time can harm the belt on your treadmill equipment. Sweat will also make the belt slippery and thus dangerous for the next person after you.

2) Dust

Dust and dirt will impede the workings of your electronic board and inhibit the movement of the belt. Therefore, dust your treadmill exercise equipment once a week; use a clean dry cloth to remove dust from the belt and the area under the belt, and use a moist cloth on the electronic board, ensure that it is moist and not dripping wet or damp. Also never use oils or polishing material on your equipment, as that will strip away the good oils allowing the metal parts to rust..

Every couple of months, gently remove the hood of the machine to clean up any dust or dirt that has accumulated inside.

3) Belt Maintenance

Every month you should check the belt on your treadmill to ensure it is aligned and that it seats securely. For the new machines the belt tends to expand after a few uses, or start to slip, that is natural, just fit it back to its place. The machine is being broken in and after a few re-fits it will work fine. The screws to tighten the belt is usually located at the back of the treadmill, be careful not to tighten too much. A small turn is usually all that is needed to tighten a lose belt. To realign a belt pull genteelly, do not tug, tugging at the belt will only cause tears and spoil your belt. If you encounter any difficulties tightening or realigning the belt, seek assistance from the manufacturer or the store where you first bought your treadmill equipment.

New treadmill machines generally do not need belt lubrication, and therefore you should only grease your belt if the manufacturer expressly recommends it. Most manufacturers who do recommend regular lubrication tend to sell DIY kits with instructions and that tends to simplify matters a lot.

A proper maintenance schedule for your equipment is not all that time consuming at all. When in doubt about the specific care that is recommended for your equipment, contact the manufacturer for additional information before taking on any tinkering.

Taking Proper Care of Exercise and Fitness Equipment

Getting the most out of your exercise and fitness equipment does not always refer to how often you work out or to what amount you workout. In fact do you know that the quality of your workout is actually directly related to the quality of the exercise and fitness equipment, and that is not to say anything about the cost of the equipment, but rather the sate of repair that that the equipment is in. Nothing is worse for you than to work out on a poorly maintained piece of equipment, you risk injury and also your time and effort is not netting you the correct results.

The Problem of Neglect

You might think that your exercise and fitness equipment is working just fine without you taking much care of it. But the fact is that your equipment may only look fine and may be developing little problems inside as a result of not being properly handled and taken care of. It is these small problems in the equipment that, on adding up, leads to its undoing of your equipment and a deteriorating quality of exercise for you.

For example, if one is using spring loaded exercise equipment and the springs have not been properly maintained, rust will set in The presence of rust will then corrode the metals and thus, cause problems with the entire machine itself.

Proper Care Must be taken

Storage is another vital aspect to the proper care and maintenance of exercise equipment. This might seem a trivial or small thing but actually it is of great importance. Remember to always put the equipment back where it belongs- be it in a closet, or if it is too big, in an area away from direct sunlight and free from dampness. Exposure to such elements will damage certain crucial parts of your equipment. In-fact placing your exercise and fitness equipment back into its safe place will serve you a dual purpose of maintaining its quality and also the aesthetic beauty of your house, where you will be saved from the clutter that usually gathers when one is careless about neatness.
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Cindy Heller is a professional writer. Visit treadmill workout to learn more about exercise equipment treadmill and other treadmill exercise machine.
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