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Treadmills - What To Know When You Shop Today

Aug 17, 2007
The home treadmill has experienced substantial growth over the past few years. Of all the different types of home exercise equipment that have come and gone, the home exercise treadmill has lasted throughout the years. Shopping for a good treadmill can be very overwhelming for a lot of buyers.

A treadmill consists of a wide belt that's stretched over a bed and around two or more rollers. Treadmill belt widths generally range from 17" to 22" and lengths from 51" to 61". Treadmill cushioning absorbs the force of your step; get good cushioning to lower the impact on your joints and ligaments.

Some treadmills monitor your heart by way of sensors built into the frame, which is gripped by your hands, but can only be done if you're walking not running. Notice that some treadmill heart rate monitors clip onto an ear or, for more accurate readings, strap onto the chest. The deck is the belt area on which actual running, jogging and walking take place.

Adjustable inclines let you vary the steepness of a hill. The newest models of treadmills come with many extra features that you may not need. Less expensive treadmill models require you to manually change the incline, which can be very frustrating if you want to make adjustments midway through a workout session.

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. 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.

You'll probably want to buy a unit with a motor that delivers 1.5 to 3 continuous, not peak, horsepower. Treadmill manufacturers are competing for your business and price wars are creating big savings for buyers. When you're reading treadmill ratings or treadmill reviews, they'll usually cover safety statistics, the heart rate monitor, the various merits of the interactive model and computer fitness programs and levels.

Did I mention to make sure to check out the warranty fine print, this is very important. After-sales service is another important issue to think about; find out if they'll promptly repair or replace your treadmill if there is a problem. One indication of the likely longevity of any treadmill is to check out the length of the manufacturer's warranty; the longer the better.

If you can afford to buy a treadmill with a heart rate monitor, it'll be a good investment in your health. When planning your purchase always take into account any other members of your family, or roommates, who'll be using your treadmill. Probably the most important thing to look for in a treadmill is to see how sturdy it is.

You might want to bring your water bottle and towel to the treadmill store and try out their treadmills. 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.

If you're looking for a heavy-duty treadmill that can withstand running as well as walking, be prepared to spend more money. You may want to spend less money if you're not really sure you'll continue using it.

Make sure to see your doctor or naturopathic doctor before you start any new fitness or exercise program. If you have severe problems with your legs, a treadmill may not be the best choice of home exercise equipment for you. 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. As you increase your fitness levels, a quality treadmill will continue to assist your exercise needs as you progress to light jogging or to running.

Buying a treadmill is an excellent investment for getting into shape, understanding of course, that you actually use it. By following the above tips you're sure to find the best treadmill for you. No matter what your reasons are for buying a treadmill, be sure to find one that fits your needs and the needs of your family.
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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