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How To Choose And Buy Your Treadmill

Aug 17, 2007
Consider a day when leaving home is not an option as it is probably too late or just snowing outside. You are missing out on your regular regimen in the gym and you just have to burn off those extra calories you had piled on the day before. The utility of having a treadmill at home has now become obvious to you for a useful home workout. But buying one needs careful scrutiny as it has to suit both your pocket and fitness schedule.

The choice often varies between an automatic treadmill and a manual one. Remember that when you step onto the wide belt resting over a flat body and a couple of rollers, your feet supports two and a half times the weight of your body. So it is an imperative to examine the load involved.
When considering the purchase of a treadmill, carefully notice the tenacity of the deck or the belt area as that is where your basic exercise is done whether it is running, jogging or just plain walks. Attractive extra features like cup holders, CD players and other electronic equipments like built-in fans are hardly essential in this respect.

Customized fitness routines might be available with treadmills now days. They might have built-in speedometers, indicating belt speed, mph and distance covered along with heart rate, with display options on the monitor. Such functions are carried out without wire connections. But the price range for such treadmills will be higher than usual.

Extra features like heart monitors and default safety options like automatic stoppage of the belt on slipping, adds to the safe and hassle free usage of the treadmill. To increase or decrease intensity of workouts instantaneously (e.g. Changing inclination of the deck) cheaper models are a hindrance as the entire shift has to be done manually by rotating knobs, etc. which can be very disturbing in the course of a workout.

Greater warranty periods offered by manufacturers are obviously indicative of the tenacity of the treadmill. Long walking, as well as running, regimens require sturdy and thus, more expensive treadmills. Thus, before purchase, test the machines in the store.
Built-in heart rate monitors serve as cardiograms and provide important health information. Also include low levels of noise made by the treadmills in your parameters as noise is an impediment to exercise. After choosing the appropriate features, check price catalogues online to choose the cheapest option.

It is, of course, easier to buy a treadmill if you've tried out one in a gym and think it is to your liking. Try to find one similar for your home. Online buys are often cheaper and one can save up to 45% over store buys. Maintenance is basically about using lubricants and cleaners to smoothen the run.
Take into account family members who would like to use the home treadmill. Accordingly, assess your power requirements for the treadmill. Ideally, buy a treadmill equipped with a motor that delivers 1.5-3 horsepower continuously.

Among the various advantages of possessing a home treadmill are of burning fat, enhancing lung capacity, and facilitating heart rate functions. Also, an important consideration is regularization of your exercise schedule due to increased availability. With the variety of programs on offer, it is easier to use a treadmill in multiple ways.

Look beyond the advertisements and analyze your choice of features and match cost requirements, keeping in mind cost of maintenance. Go for the buy now, carefully comparing offline and online prices. There are ratings and reviews of treadmills that come in handy to make a well-informed decision to buy the cheapest and the most effective home treadmill.

One consideration to make would be consulting your doctor or trainer before beginning to use the treadmill as they exert great stress on your hip and knee joints.

It is, though, very important to use a treadmill to keep fit and healthy and keep those joints in motion.
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