Tips for buying a treadmill
In this article, we provide some useful tips for buying a treadmill. Although buying a treadmill can be a big investment, it can also be one of the most sensible health decisions you will ever make. Fitness professionals recommend treadmills more than any other exercise equipment. They are easy to use, functional and when used correctly and consistently, they provide an ideal way to manage weight, burn calories, enhance and strengthen you cardiovascular system. Since there is an extensive category of treadmills in the fitness industry, buying one that is right for you can be quite a daunting task. Before you make this major investment, here are five tips that you should consider when buying a treadmill.
1. Check Compatibility
Similar to running shoes, there is no one fit all treadmill. Every treadmill is different and works differently depending on a person’s body and lifestyle. Testing several models in the store before taking the plunge is the best way to ensure that the treadmill you purchase is a good fit for your body.
Treadmills vary in construction, arm rail placement and belt width. Every buyer should test the treadmill while wearing workout shoes to ensure the walk is smooth and the belt can accommodate their stride. Weight limit also varies per treadmill hence should be considered before paying for the machine.
2. Decide the features you will use
Most treadmills have special features such as TVs, web browsers, iPod-compatible and preset programs to help improve the exercise experience. Some of these features can help you achieve your workout goals while other will go unused. Since each feature come at an additional price, it is prudent to determine the features you will need.
Some of the most practical features that you should seek in a treadmill include:
- An automated incline program to make exercise more interesting and most importantly enhance calorie burn.
- Workout programs to control the speed and incline
3. Consider Space
Treadmills take up a significant amount of space especially when under use. Since most treadmills are difficult to move, you should consider where you will place the machine before buying. You will need space around the treadmill to reduce the chances of an injury in case they slide off the machine. It is also advisable to keep the treadmill away from pets and children.
Everything always comes down to price and treadmills are no exception. The prices of treadmills vary widely from as low as under $300 to as high as $3,000. A less expensive treadmill is ideal if you are on a tight budget and do not plan to use the machine as often. But you should keep in mind that price translates to quality. Therefore, the higher the price of a treadmill, the better the construction and the more the features.
No matter the price range of the treadmill you choose to purchase, you should ensure that it carries the best warranty. Warranty varies depending on the place of purchase even for similar models of treadmills. But you should ensure that your warranty covers the treadmill motor for a period not less than a year.
The next time you go out looking for a treadmill, use the above tips to ensure that you get the best machine for your lifestyle and body for the most affordable price.
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