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Folding treadmills can be a great choice for a small living space as they can be folded away, placed in a closet, against a wall and pushed under furniture such as a bed.

Folding treadmills often have hydraulic folding mechanisms so that they are very easy to fold and also easy and safer to unfold.
In the past when you unfolded a treadmill the deck would come crashing down if you didn’t assist it, but with the newer models this is no longer an issue as they slowly fold down on their own. However treadmills vary greatly in quality.

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You’ve thought about it long and hard and decided now is the time to invest in a treadmill
You’re ready to make some healthy changes for your body.                                                          Folding Treadmills
Maybe you need to lose some extra weight or maybe you’re at your perfect weight and you just want to stay that way.

Whatever the reason, you know you want to use treadmill equipment, but you’re just not sure exactly what qualities or features you should look for.

Here are a few tips on choosing a treadmill so that you get the most out of it

  • Weight Limits or Capacity
    Remember that all treadmills have weight limits. Some users don’t think to check for this before purchasing but it does make a difference and can affect the different features of the machine. The weight limit is set as a safety precaution for the user as well as a precaution for what the motor can handle. You’ll want to check the limit to make sure it will work for you. If your weight is close to the capacity that it can handle the motor will have to work harder. If you are planning on losing weight, this won’t be much of an issue but if you are planning on staying the same weight or weighing more with added muscle then look for one that has a higher weight capacity.

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Now that you have a treadmill (or use one at the gym) you are going to want to shake up your workouts and also track their effectiveness. One of the best ways to track the effectiveness of your workouts is to use a heart rate monitor.

Treadmill Workouts Using a Heart Rate Monitor

Treadmill Workouts Using a Heart Rate Monitor

It doesn’t matter if you use one that is attached to your treadmill or if you use one that you wear on your wrist, ones that work with iPhones & iPads or ones like Fitbit or Up 24 by Jawbone, just use one that is easy enough for you to use and one that you will use often.

Below you will find 6 treadmill workouts to choose from, each using a heart rate monitor. When you are looking at treadmills to purchase pay extra attention to note whether or not it has a built-in monitor – most do and they are well worth having.

Before you can begin any of these workouts you must know your own Maximum Heart Rate (MHR). This is best calculated by your doctor during a treadmill test of cardiovascular fitness. If you are over 35 years old, overweight or very unfit, you should consult your doctor before beginning any exercise program.

Testing to know your personal MHR is highly recommended, although there is a general formula that can be used to calculate an average MHR according to your age. People of the same age vary widely in their fitness level and you should keep in mind that it is designed for the average person. So if you know that you are less fit than the average person of your age, you could calculate as if you were 5 or 10 years older. This is the formula:

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