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Simple Tips For Treadmill Shoppers

Aug 17, 2007
Shopping for a good treadmill can be very overwhelming for a lot of buyers. Today, fitness equipment manufacturers are trying to meet the high demand for home exercise treadmills. Today's best rated treadmills can do anything your training demands, such as hills, intervals, tempo, long distance, and anything else you can do on a treadmill.

Treadmill belt widths generally range from 17" to 22" and lengths from 51" to 61". Treadmills can have an AC or a DC powered motor. The word treadmill originally designated a type of mill which was operated by a person treading steps of a wheel to grind grain.

Quite a few of the treadmills available today have the ability to add an incline to your workout to duplicate running or walking uphill, thereby increasing the intensity of your workout. Features such as extra cup holders, built-in fans, CD players and other electronic gizmos may be handy but not essential for you to get an ideal workout. Adjustable inclines let you vary the steepness of a hill.

Most treadmills come with an electronic console that displays workout feedback such as speed, distance traveled, time you've been working out, and calories burned. One feature that is absolutely necessary in a home treadmill is an emergency stop button or a safety key that automatically shuts off the power if you should stumble, trip or fall. A pre-programmed workout registers your heart rate without being connected to the treadmill by a cord or wire.

The newest models of treadmills come with many extra features that you may not need. One of the key things to remember is that the larger motors tend to run cooler and usually require less repair and maintenance.

You'll want a treadmill with an aluminum or high alloy steel frame that's strong enough to support the heaviest runner who'll be using it. Keep in mind that what feels right to you may not accommodate others around you as comfortably. If you're looking for a heavy-duty treadmill that can withstand running as well as walking, be prepared to spend more money.

Buying fitness equipment over the Internet has grown at a fast pace over the past few years. When buying a treadmill, the best savings will be for an online purchase, generally saving up to 45% over brick and mortar stores. Your club commercial machine may be may be a good choice in a home version; you're already familiar with its features and probably are comfortable using it.

Any treadmill with a belt that causes jerky movements while you walk or run should be avoided. Before buying, make sure the deck area provides enough space for you to exercise in comfort and the belt should work smoothly without slipping or sticking. If you're planning to use a treadmill purely for walking you're not likely to need an expensive top-of-the-line machine.

Once you've decided on the treadmill that you think is right for you, make sure to compare prices online with several different manufacturers. If there's a treadmill you've enjoyed using regularly at your local gym or fitness center check to see if there's a home version available in your price range.

Less expensive treadmill models may be fine for walkers but may not hold up as well for regular or seasoned runners. When planning your purchase always take into account any other members of your family, or roommates, who'll be using your treadmill.

Treadmills are known to provide one of the best ways to improve cardiovascular fitness. Walking, whether on a treadmill or not, is one of the best approaches anyone can take toward physical fitness.

Running or walking on a treadmill is an effective way to work out compared to other more complex cardiovascular exercises. More and more people every day are choosing to get healthier; the majority of beginning exercisers start out by just walking or jogging.

Choosing the best treadmill for you 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. Besides spending your money on a treadmill make sure you spend time on it!
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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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