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Save Money With These Treadmill Shopping Tips

Aug 18, 2007
Treadmills are often used at home to save time and avoid the expense of going to a gym or club. A treadmill can be set up in front of the television or you can plug it into your headphones. The greatest attraction of a home treadmill is being able to exercise whenever you want, regardless of the weather outside.

A treadmill has a wide belt that is stretched over a bed and around two or more rollers. The treadmill cushioning absorbs the force of your step so you want to get good cushioning to lower the impact on your joints and ligaments. There are two types of frames - aluminum and steel; steel is heavier than expensive aluminum, which potentially increases stability but steel (not aluminum) may also rust or corrode from exposure to sweat.

A heart rate monitor enables a treadmill to automatically adjust the speed and/or the incline to keep your heart rate within the optimum zone. Quite a few of the treadmills today have the ability to add an incline to the workout to duplicate running or walking uphill, thereby increasing the intensity of the workout. Some excellent features, like heart monitors and safety keys that automatically stop the treadmill if you slip, contribute to the enjoyment and safety of the treadmill workout or help add motivation.

The console indicates the belt speed and other factors like heart rate, miles per hour, and distance. 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 if you're running. The more expensive treadmill models offer a selection of preprogrammed exercise routines.

Most treadmills come with an electronic console that displays workout feedback like speed, distance traveled, time you've been working out, and the calories burned. Adjustable inclines let you vary the steepness of the incline.

When shopping for a home treadmill make sure to consider what you need it to do for you. If you can afford to buy a treadmill with a heart rate monitor do it, it'll be a good investment in your health. The taller a person is the longer the stride so you'll need to choose a treadmill with a longer and wider belt.

Check out the level of noise that a treadmill makes during operation; something that many buyers overlook. Warranties can last for ninety days or less or a lifetime, read the fine print. After the sale service is another important issue to think about; find out if they'll promptly repair or replace your treadmill if you encounter a problem.

Once you've decided on the treadmill that you think is right for you, make sure to compare prices online with several different outlets or manufacturers. Also keep in mind that what feels right to you may not accommodate others around you as comfortably. Be careful not to believe the marketing hype if you're looking for a cheap treadmill; the truth is you will get what you pay for.

Your club commercial machine may be may be a good choice if you can find it in a home version; you're already familiar with its features and probably are comfortable using it. Treadmill manufacturers are competing for your business and price wars create big savings for buyers.

Buying a treadmill online has become the best way for most people; it'll save you both time and a lot of money. It's important to set a strict budget and stick to it.

Treadmills are known to provide one of the best ways to improve your cardiovascular fitness. Whether you use a treadmill to walk, jog or run, the units are very effective at burning calories, raising the heart rate and developing aerobic capacity. The more programs the treadmill has to offer the more you can vary your workout and you'll be more likely to continue exercising on a regular basis. And the lack of wind resistance makes running on a treadmill slightly easier than it would otherwise be on an equal elevation grade outdoors.

Now you know just what to look for when buying a treadmill. Home exercise treadmills are a big investment financially and in your fitness and much thought and preparation should go into the purchase of any new treadmill. Now choosing the best treadmill for you is easier than ever.
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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