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Things To Ponder Before Buying A Treadmill

Aug 17, 2007
Did you know that more than 37 million people use treadmills? They are popular as exercising on treadmills is easy for just about anyone who knows how to walk or run. Using a treadmill is also a great way for people to stay in shape, with some benefits including:
- easy adjustment of the speed and the gradient
- convenience of exercising at home or in bad weather
- shows the calories burnt, energy used, the heart rate, and the step count

Here are some tips to help you buy the right treadmill for you:

- There are many good treadmills available on the market today ranging from those that cost a few hundred dollars to those that cost a few thousand dollars, so it is a good idea to do some research on treadmill prices. You can check prices at the fitness store or you can also surf the net for further price information. Keep in mind that a high-performance treadmill doesn't have to be expensive.

- Study the treadmill options such as programming, heart monitor, pulse rate and speed meter etc so that you choose a treadmill with only the features you want. Pick the treadmill that fits your exercise needs and fitness goals.

- Once you decide on the treadmill that you think most fits your needs, make sure to test it out. Do not go for a treadmill that looks good but doesn't work well.

- The treadmill should run smoothly and should not give you knee pain.

Here are some further questions to help you make your purchase decision:

- How much do I want to spend?

Treadmills can cost a good deal of money. Before purchasing your treadmill you need to decide on your budget as your budget determines the quality of the treadmill you purchase.

A lower-priced treadmill could cost around $1000 and a better-quality treadmill around $2500 up to $4500. You could also look into used treadmills as they are much cheaper compared to brand new treadmills.

- What kind of motor do you want?

Most treadmills have two motor controls: the first motor drives the belt and the other one raises and lowers the bed for inclines.

Make sure the belt motor is a continuous duty motor with a speed of at least 1.7 horsepower. But if the motor is not continuous you will have to exert more effort and time when exercising on the treadmill.

Also, make sure that the treadmill does not shake especially when running.
About the Author
To buy your own Treadmill visit cool-exercise-treadmills.info . Susan also enjoys writing at Sports and Recreation.
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