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.
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.
Next, you’ll want to check out the warranty. Do you get a year on the motor? Ten years? A lifetime warranty? If you plan to keep the treadmill you’re buying for many years, look for one with a high warranty time limit. Keep in mind that heavy duty motors deliver better performance and usually last longer. That’s why the commercial gyms buy the treadmills with the powerful motors.
- Space – Where will you use your treadmill?
Do you have a room set aside to use strictly for exercise? Or will the room have a double use?
If you are planning on using the treadmill in a multi-purpose look for one that offers easy set up and take down. Many new machines fold up and then fold out again easily so just look for that information in the product description. If it does not mention it, it is probably not recommended to continually open and close or it is difficult. You’ll want to make sure that wherever you place the machine,there will be room to get around it.
Check out all of the extra features that your treadmill offers. How many pre-programmed exercise routines would you prefer to have? The amount of built in exercise programs in each machine ranges from very few to many and it’s better to have more than you think that you will need than to have less.
If you prefer to customize your workouts, then find the treadmill that has that in the features. Some people prefer to multi-task or otherwise engage their minds when exercising and if that’s something you also prefer, make sure you choose a treadmill that has a reading rack or a flat screen television monitor.
Finally, when choosing treadmill equipment, consider the cost. You’ll find they range in price from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand. But don’t allow cost only to be the deciding factor.
Look at a treadmill as a lifetime investment and you’re certainly worth whatever the cost it takes to get and stay healthy. You don’t want to buy the cheapest piece of machinery on the market just to save a few bucks.
Make a list of what you need in an exercise machine first. Then go shopping to find the one that falls in line with those needs.
If you think about what you need before you look at treadmill then you you won’t be dazzled by by fast talking sales people ( this is why I recommend that you do your research and purchase online – this is where you will get the facts and not someone trying to earn a commission) and you will also be able to compare dozens of machines and get the best value for your needs.
There are always great deals going on so don’t wait for Black Friday to do your shopping. The sooner you have the treadmill in your home the quicker you can start to see and feel results.