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Buying A Treadmill -- What You Need To Know

Aug 17, 2007
Of all the various types of home exercise equipment that have come and gone, the home exercise treadmill has lasted throughout the years. Treadmills are simple to use. There are many competing models of treadmills to choose between.

Treadmills can have an AC or a DC powered motor. A few treadmill models are powered by the user rather than a motor. With treadmills you need to watch out for the impact involved when your feet hit the belt; your body absorbs up to two and a half times your body weight.

The console indicates belt speed and other factors, such as heart rate, mph, distance, etc. Many of the treadmills available have the ability to add an incline to your workout to duplicate running or walking uphill, therefore increasing the intensity of a workout. Safety features on a treadmill are especially important if you plan to work out alone or if you have small children who might accidentally start up the treadmill.

One of the key things to remember is that the larger motors tend to run cooler and usually require less repair and maintenance. The deck is the belt area on which actual running, jogging and walking take place. Notice that some treadmill heart rate monitors clip onto an ear or, for more accurate readings, strap on to the chest.

The newest models of treadmills come with many extra features. The more expensive treadmill models will also offer a selection of preprogrammed exercise routines.

A noisy treadmill can upset other family members or roommates and even your neighbors if you live in an apartment or condo. Consider the cost of maintaining your treadmill as well. Check out the level of noise that a treadmill makes during operation; something that many buyers overlook.

A major consideration when buying a treadmill is the construction of the machine. Commercial club treadmills are reliable and well constructed; do look into a home version. Any treadmill with a belt that causes jerky movements while you walk or run should be avoided.

Do your research; treadmills are an important investment, regardless of the price, and if it's not right for you, you don't want to find out after you've set the treadmill up at home. When buying a treadmill, the best savings will be for an online purchase, generally saving up to 45% over brick and mortar stores. The motor on a treadmill is also important to consider.

Probably the most important thing to look for in a treadmill is how sturdy it is. To make sure that your treadmill is sturdy and comfortable and doesn't operate noisily, step on it and test it out before you buy. One indication of the likely longevity of any treadmill is to check out the length of the manufacturer's warranty; the longer the better. Noise from the smallest repetitive sound can drive you nuts over a period of time and provide you with one more reason not to exercise.

If you have severe leg conditions, a treadmill may not be the best choice of home exercise equipment for you. Better quality treadmills provide excellent cushioning to limit the impact on knees, ankles, hips and lower backs.

Whether you use a treadmill to walk, jog or run, the units are very effective at burning calories, raising heart rate and developing aerobic capacity. Lack of wind resistance makes running on a treadmill slightly easier than it would otherwise be on an equal elevation grade outdoors.

And remember, home exercise treadmills are a large investment financially and in your fitness and much thought and preparation should go into the purchase of any new treadmill. Choosing the best treadmill is easier than ever. Take time to do your research, the same way you would any major purchase and buying a treadmill won't be difficult.
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For more information on saving money on treadmills and best buy shopping for treadmills online and offline go to http://www.Best-Treadmill-Tips.com Helen Hecker R.N.'s website specializing in treadmill tips, advice and resources, including information on treadmill ratings and treadmill reviews
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