A treadmill is the most popular home exercise machine. Before making this major investment, a person should be sure they will use the machine and stay committed to their workout before buying one for their home. Treadmills can easily become an expensive clothes rack if the exerciser is not committed to using their machine. Here are five tips to consider when buying a treadmill for a home gym.
Price is usually one of the first things people consider when buying any large item, including a treadmill. Treadmills are available at many price points, starting at around $500 and going up to $3,000 or more. A less expensive treadmill may be a good choice for someone who doesn’t plan to use the machine often or wants a very basic machine. Buyers should remember that they usually get what they pay for, and it’s a good idea to look for sales and rebates before making a final decision on which treadmill to buy.
Buying a Manual Treadmill
Manual treadmills are usually less expensive than motorized treadmills, as there are fewer parts to maintain and little worry about things breaking down. They are also more difficult to get started at the beginning of your workout. It’s easier to get started using a steep incline, but most exercisers cannot maintain their workout for very long when set at high incline. They don’t allow for adjustment of the incline while the machine is being used, so the user must stop and get off of the machine to make adjustments. One advantage of manual treadmills is that they are typically much quieter than motorized treadmills.
According to a study of data compiled by the Journal of the American Medical Association, a vigorous treadmill workout burns more calories than a vigorous workout using a stair climber or stationary exercise bike for the same period of time. Using a manual treadmill may burn even more calories because the belt movement is entirely determined by the body and there is no motor to assist in moving the belt.
Even folding treadmills can take up a significant amount of space, especially while they are being used. Exercisers should remember that they need to leave space all around their treadmill so that there is less chance of injury if they fall off of the machine. Most treadmills are not easy to move, so it is very important to consider where the machine will be placed in the home before purchasing it. It is also a good idea to keep the treadmill away from children and pets because they can be easily injured by the machine.
Just like running shoes, there is no one general treadmill to fit everyone’s exercise needs. Every treadmill is different and also affects the person’s body differently. Testing out a few models in the store is the best way to ensure that the treadmill each person purchases is a good fit for their body. Treadmills can vary in construction, belt width and arm rail placement. Each person should test the treadmill in their workout shoes to make sure that the walk feels smooth and the belt is wide enough for their stride. Weight limits vary by machine and should always be considered before purchase.
Motor and Warranties
According to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, most Americans report only light activity, with only about 5% reporting vigorous activity on a daily basis. This means that most home treadmills don’t need to have the ability to sustain daily vigorous exercise. A continuous duty rating of 1.5 to 2.5 is sufficient for most home treadmills, but consumers should look for the model that carries the best warranty. Warranties can vary according to where you purchase the machine, even when the same model is purchased. Every model should offer a motor warranty of at least one year, with three years being preferable.
Buying A Treadmill
Buying a treadmill online is often less expensive than making the purchase in store, but anyone who is buying a treadmill should test the machine in a store before making the purchase. It is very difficult to picture exactly how the treadmill will fit the exerciser’s body by reading the dimensions. Price is an important consideration, and so is the warranty period. Everyone should do thoroughly research to make sure they are getting the best possible treadmill for their body and lifestyle for the least amount of money.