Various factors such as travelling to the gym, or bad weather for a walk outside can hamper your exercise. With a treadmill, you can exercise without leaving the comfort of your home. This will help you to choose the perfect treadmill:
- Assessing the size
While buying a treadmill, the size of the treadmill must be considered and mostly they are of similar footprint. There needs to be ample space around the treadmill for safety. You must assess the space available in your home and choose the treadmill accordingly. Some treadmills are foldable, if space is a constraint, this would be ideal.
- Weight limit
When buying a treadmill, it is highly likely that all family members will use it. Therefore, the machine must accommodate the heaviest person in the family to reduce risk of injury. The heavier the treadmill, the sturdier it will be. This is more of a concern while using inclination to walk or run. If it is wobbly, there is a high risk of injury associated with it.
- Ergonomics and noise
When walking or running you must assess how the cushioning and shock absorbers feel. The comfort of the deck while running must be checked. It should be long enough to accommodate your stride. The treadmill should not be too loud that it distracts you from your workout.
- Motor control
A very important aspect of a treadmill is the motor. It has two motors – one to run the belt and one for inclination. It is important to choose an ideal horsepower specification for long life of the machine, preferably a 1.5 horsepower continuous duty motor.
- DC motor, designed for domestic use. A high quality home use treadmill will have a 2.5hp D.C. Continuous motor that will be long lasting and reliable
- AC motor, designed for industrial / commercial use. 3hp AC continuous motor ideal for smaller gyms, 4hp AC motor continuous ideal for larger gyms.
- Programming options and features
A treadmill basically can help you walk or run at flat levels or at inclination. You can opt for treadmills that have pre-programmed settings targeted at fat burning, maintaining heart rate or HIIT training. Treadmills also come with heart rate monitors, some are even linked with specialized apps, pulse monitors etc.
Due to advances in technology, you can avail great equipment at lower costs. Manual treadmills are way less in cost than the motorized ones, but are not recommended due to numerous setbacks. You should also inquire about the delivery costs, warranty for the treadmill before buying.
The above will help you choose the perfect treadmill for yourself. You need to decide on what you need and look for the various options to make an informed decision.