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Best Treadmill Tips To Save You Money

Aug 27, 2007
In today's market, fitness equipment manufacturers are trying to meet the overwhelming demand for home exercise treadmills. There are many different types of treadmills, from inexpensive to expensive, to choose from. And shopping for the best treadmill can be very confusing for many buyers.

When you are considering a number of treadmills you want to first check out the amount of horsepower they have. Horsepower determines how fast and hard the motor will work. The lower the number of horsepower, the less the motor will be able to handle. You want to choose a belt width that's at least of 16 " ands long enough to accommodate your stride or anyone else who is going to be using it regularly.

The console of the treadmill indicates the belt speed and other factors, such as heart rate, miles per hour, and distance. The safety features on a treadmill are especially important if you plan to work out by yourself or if you have small children who might accidentally start up the treadmill when no one is looking. And the deck is the belt area on which actual running, jogging and walking will take place.

Note that some treadmill heart rate monitors can clip onto an ear or, for a more accurate reading strap onto your chest. A heart rate monitor is an important feature to have on your machine. Even though you don't think you'd use it, it may pay to get this now and not find you need it down the line when you already have purchased the treadmill. The pre-programmed workout on your machine registers your heart rate without being connected to the treadmill by either a cord or wire. Oh the magic of technology.

Some treadmill units monitor your heart using sensors that are built into the frame. You grip the frame with your hands, of course, but will only work if you're walking not running. The more expensive line of treadmills will have a selection of preprogrammed exercise routines for you to choose from.

When you're reading treadmill ratings, rankings or reviews, they'll usually cover the important safety statistics, the heart rate monitor, the merits of the interactive model and the computer fitness programs and the different levels. Buying fitness equipment online has become the favored way now over the past few years since so many people now go to the Internet for any major purchase. And the treadmill manufacturers are competing for your business and the continuing price wars always create big savings for buyers.

You want to keep in mind that what feels right to you may not feel right to others in your household who plan to use it to. Make sure it is comfortable for all users. You may have to compromise on some things to do this, that you would have liked to have had. You also want to consider the cost of the maintenance of your treadmill. Also make sure to check out the fine print in the warranty. You may end up finding out this is very important down the line.

Keep in mind that the taller the user is the longer their stride will be so you'll need to choose a treadmill with a longer and wider belt, test out a treadmill in a local store if possible. The first thing to consider when shopping for a home treadmill, after making sure it has enough horsepower, is what you need it to do for you. Then check out the level of noise that the treadmill makes during its operation, which is something that many buyers don't think about. Avoid any treadmill that has a belt that causes jerky movements while you walk or run.

When you buy a treadmill, the best savings and lowest cost or in some cases downright cheap, never free of course, will be for an online purchase, generally saving you up to 45% over the traditional retail stores you would drive to.

Now if there is an exercise treadmill you've enjoyed using regularly at your local club or fitness center, find out if there is a home version available in your preferred price range. Your gym or club commercial machine may be may be a good choice in a home version since you are probably already familiar with its features and abilities and probably are very comfortable using it.

And make sure to check with your doctor or naturopathic doctor before you start any strenuous new exercise or fitness program. Every day more and more people are choosing a healthier life. And the majority of beginning exercisers start out by walking in their neighborhoods. So whether or not you choose a treadmill to walk, jog or run, the units are very effective at burning calories, raising your heart rate and developing good aerobic capacity. Having selections of preprogrammed exercise routines on your machine are not essential to obtaining a good workout from a treadmill, but they do help to provide motivation for you, if you need it.

Final advice, if you've never used a treadmill before, then make sure to have someone show you the basics of its operation before you buy one. Buying a treadmill online doesn't have to be intimidating when you've done your research diligently. And important to remember is that home exercise treadmills can be a huge investment both financially and in your health and fitness. Make sure to put a lot of thought into the purchase of any new treadmill. Used treadmills come on the market all the time and you don't want yours to be one of them because you failed to get the right features that are adaptable to everyone in your household. You may want to check out ellipticals and compare festures with them too.
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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