5 Tips for Buying the Right Treadmill
A treadmill is an ideal investment, because it offers the health benefits of walking and running from within the comfort of your home. Doctors typically suggest treadmills for home exercising equipment, because it’s so natural to walk and run. Plus, if you only have to walk into the next room to get a workout in, chances are high you’ll take advantage of the convenience.
Before you run out and purchase a new treadmill, there are some considerations. You’ll want to be certain the treadmill falls within your budget, but also that it works great and is long-lasting. You’ll also want to be certain it provides the workout routine that’s right for you. Knowing the different between a manual and motorized treadmill can mean the difference between actively using your treadmill and allowing your investment to gather dust.
The old adage, “you get what you pay for,” is king when it comes to purchasing a treadmill. The treadmills with the most health benefits and features are going to fall in the mid-range to high-range pricing scale. Quality treadmills range in price from $1,500.00 - $3,000.00. That isn’t to say you’ll end up paying full price, but the original sticker price should be somewhere in this range.
Budget treadmills can cost less, typically between $500.00 and $1,500.00. Buying used can also save on treadmill costs, but you’re sacrificing important aspects like warranty when you buy used.
After whether or not you can afford it, the most important question you should ask yourself is whether or not the treadmill is right for you and/or your family.
Your weight definitely factors into the type of treadmill you should buy. Cheap treadmills tend to have issues with people who are overweight. To avoid your treadmill breaking under heavy weight, and voiding the warranty, look for one that works with your correct weight range.
You’ll also want to consider many people you’re planning to have use the treadmill. Most treadmills will work correctly with two users, but some have issues with anything over two users. Simply be thorough when considering a treadmill. Look at the overall quality and determine how much time and how many people it can handle.
Treadmills vary from feature-filled to quite bland. They say boredom is what stops people from working out, so you may want to only consider treadmills with features that allow for varying exercises that are sure to keep you interested.
Consider a treadmill’s motor and horsepower before buying. Direct Current (DC) motors are the quietest, if you’re looking for something that won’t disturb your concentration. The more reliable horsepower is Continuous Duty. Budget treadmills typically come with Peak Duty horsepower, which tends to be less effective.
Before buying a new treadmill, it’s important to note where you’ll put it. You’ll want to place it in a room with ample space. Ask yourself if there is enough space around the treadmill for comfort. You must be certain a treadmill will fit in your space, before purchasing it. Measure your space and then look at the measurements of the treadmill you’re considering. Also consider the treadmill’s size when it’s folded in storage.
There are two different types of treadmills. The first type of treadmill is manual. Manual treadmills tend to be inexpensive, but require more effort on the part of the user. You have to move to get them started and can’t make changes to the incline. Motorized treadmills tend to have a number of features, including adjusting speeds and inclines during the workout.
*This article was written by the team at Orbit Fitness – a family owned business with years of experience in setting you up with either a commercial or home treadmill to suit your fitness goals.
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