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How To Buy A Treadmill Online!

Whether you want to lose weight, increase your strength, boost your endurance or maximize your flexibility, you can find the right exercise equipment to meet your goals. In fact, selecting the right equipment hinges on determining your goals first.



Treadmills are not just for runners training in the off-season anymore. Used properly, treadmills are one of the most efficient calorie burning exercise machines available. A high-quality treadmill can provide a safe, fun way for the whole family to start and stay on the path to a healthy life style. Tips For Buying Fitness Equipment

Introduction to treadmills

Treadmills remain the most popular piece of home exercise equipment for a number of reasons:

  • They are easy to use
  • The movement (walking or running) is natural
  • They offer low-impact workouts
  • They can be adjusted to fit whatever workout level you desire

How they work

  • Using a treadmill is just like taking a walk or a run
  • Depending on the model, you either propel the belt under your own power or the machine sets the pace (determined by you) and you keep up
  • The action very closely simulates walking or running outdoors

Features

Motors

A treadmill is only as good as its motor.

  • Motorized treadmills have one motor that drives the belt and another, the lift motor, that raises and lowers the running bed to create an incline
  • Motors allow you to set the pace for your workout and keep on track
  • The incline feature provides variety and a more efficient workout

Horsepower

This is the measurement of the power of a treadmill motor. Manufacturers use two measurements for horsepower: continuous and peak.

  • Continuous duty is how powerful a treadmill can continually operate without dropping off
  • Generally speaking, the larger the motor the more powerfully it can operate at a continuous rate
  • Peak duty is the maximum horsepower a treadmill can generate for a short period of time
  • Peak duty cannot be sustained for a continuous period of time
  • You should look for a treadmill that indicates at least a 1.5 continuous duty horsepower motor for runners and a 1.0 for joggers & walkers
  • Use the chart below to help you select the right motor based on your intended use:
Choosing the Right Motor
Your workout Recommended horsepower
Walking or light jogging 1.0 hp - 1.5 continuous hp
Running 1.5 hp - 2.0 continuous hp

Belts/Decks

Treadmill decks vary in length, depending on whether the unit is geared more for walkers/joggers or runners.

  • Belt widths range from 16 inches to 22 inches, while lengths vary from about 45 inches to 60 inches
  • Long stride for walking or light jogging 18-22 inch width, 50-60 inch length
  • Average stride for walking or light jogging-16-18 inch width, 45-50 inch length
  • Some people prefer the smaller, more compact version for a workout because it forces them to keep a quick pace, leading to a more efficient workout
  • Short belts will not accommodate long legs. If you have long legs you should consider a treadmill with a longer belt.
  • Others find the wider and longer belts to be more comfortable and a better fit for their longer stride
  • If space is a concern, look either for a smaller model or for a model that folds up for storage when not being used

Computer controls

Most treadmills have some sort of computer programming, ranging from a simple odometer and speedometer to pre-programmed workouts and storage capabilities.

  • Computer controls can provide feedback such as heart rate, pace, calories burned, workout length, and incline
  • The more advanced the computer controls, the more expensive the model
  • Allows you to store your previous workouts to monitor your progress
  • Offers you a variety of workouts and difficulty levels to maintain your interest
  • There are two types of control panel display devices:
    • LCD--Liquid Crystal Display
    • LED--Light Emitting Diode, easier to read because it is brighter

Other treadmill options

  • Speed
    • Most treadmills offer speed setting from 1 to 10 mph
    • Most people walk in the 3-6 mph range; runners go from 6-10 mph
  • Cushioning
    • Treadmills cushion your step, especially important if you have any sort of knee, ankle, hip or other joint problems
    • Don't buy a bouncy treadmill
  • Emergency shutoff
    • Most machines have an emergency switch that stops the machine should you fall off of it or get too tired to continue. Some also can only be turned on with special keys or an electronic code, allowing you to control who uses it.
  • Elevation options
    • Most treadmills allow you to raise the incline of the running bed, increasing the resistance for a more intense workout
    • The majority of treadmills offer up to a 10-degree grade


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