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Important Facts About Treadmill Shopping Today

Aug 17, 2007
If you're set to invest in a serious piece of indoor exercise fitness equipment, like a treadmill, then help is here. A treadmill can be set up in front of the television or plug it into your headphones. The great attraction of a home treadmill is being able to exercise whenever you want, regardless of the weather.

Some treadmills fold up for easy storage which makes them an ideal choice for those with limited space in a small apartment, small house or condo. Check out the amount of horsepower (HP): HP determines how fast and hard the motor will work - the lower the number of the HP, the less the motor will be able to handle. Choose a longer treadmill belt of 54" or more if you or a family member has long legs.

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. 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.

The deck is the belt area on which actual running, jogging and walking take place. Display panels should be easy to read and straightforward to operate. 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 heart rate monitor is a very good, useful feature to look for on a machine. The console indicates the belt speed and other factors, such as heart rate, miles per hour, and distance.

Less expensive treadmill models may be fine for walkers but may not hold up as well for regular or seasoned runners. Buying a treadmill online has become the way to go for most people; it'll save you both time and a lot of money. If you can afford to buy a treadmill with a heart rate monitor, it'll be a good investment in your health.

It's important to set a strict budget and then stick to it. Make sure to add the cost of shipping when buying a treadmill online; quality models can be heavy and shipping will cost more, but some manufacturers do offer free shipping. One indication of the likely longevity of any treadmill is to check out the length of the manufacturer's warranty; the longer the better.

It's best to buy a treadmill that has at least a one-year warranty. A noisy treadmill can upset other family members or roommates and even your neighbors if you live in a duplex, apartment or condominium. The more incline variation offered in a treadmill unit, the more expensive the model will be.

Once you've decided on the treadmill that you think is right for you, make sure to compare prices online with several different manufacturers. You'll probably want to buy a unit with a motor that delivers 1.5 to 3 continuous, not peak, horsepower.

To make sure that your treadmill is sturdy and comfortable and doesn't operate noisily, start it up, step on it and test it out before you buy, if possible. Warranties can last for ninety days or a lifetime, read the fine print.

Be careful, because any type of jogging or running, whether on a treadmill or not, puts strain on leg and hip joints. The more programs the treadmill has to offer the more you can vary your workout and you'll be likely to continue exercising on a regular basis. The lack of wind resistance makes running on a treadmill slightly easier than it would otherwise be on an equal elevation grade outdoors. Selections of preprogrammed exercise routines are not essential to obtaining a good workout from a treadmill, but they do help to provide motivation.

If you've never used a treadmill before, make sure to have someone show you the basics of operation before you buy. 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. Take time to do your research, the same way you would any major purchase and buying a treadmill won't be difficult.
About the Author
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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