How to Buy the Perfect Treadmill

Three Methods:Perfect Treadmill Features for RunnersPerfect Treadmill Features for WalkersPerfect Treadmill Features for Weight Loss Training

If you are planning on buying a treadmill, there are several factors you should take into consideration to make sure you choose a treadmill that is perfect for you. Some treadmills contain powerful motors for dedicated runners, whereas other treadmills will provide heart rate monitors for those who want to focus on losing weight. You may also want to buy a treadmill that contains additional features such as entertainment or intricate programmable workout routines. Continue reading to learn how you can buy the perfect treadmill.

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Perfect Treadmill Features for Runners

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    Buy a treadmill that contains high speeds beginning at 10 mi (16.09 km) per hour for fast interval training.
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    Purchase a treadmill with an incline that ranges up to 12 degrees for strength training and uphill running.
    • You may want to consider a treadmill that declines as well by at least 2 or 3 degrees for downhill running and strength training.
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    Buy a treadmill with a detailed console that displays the distance you have run, your speed, your pace, and the elapsed time to keep track of your goals.
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    Look for treadmills with motors that have high horsepower; between 2.5 and 3.0 for a smoother, continuous belt motion.
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    Choose a treadmill that has a long deck and conveyor belt with a minimum length of 58 in (1.47 m) to support your long running strides.
    • You may also want to look for a treadmill with a deck that has been pre-treated with lubricant to minimize the friction that will be generated when you run on your treadmill consistently.

Method 2
Perfect Treadmill Features for Walkers

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    Buy a treadmill with a maximum high speed of 8 mi (12.87 km) per hour if you just plan on walking at fast paces.
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    Buy a treadmill with a firm deck to simulate outside walking if you are free of injuries.
    • If you suffer from back problems or achy joints, you may want to choose a deck with more cushioning to relieve your body of stress caused by firmer decks.
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    Choose a treadmill with an average motor of between 1.5 and 2.0 horsepower since walking places less stress on the motor than running.
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    Buy a treadmill that contains a deck with a minimum length of 54 in (1.37 m) and a minimum width of 18 in (45.72 cm) that you feel most comfortable with based on your walking strides.

Method 3
Perfect Treadmill Features for Weight Loss Training

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    Buy a treadmill with a built-in heart-rate monitor to assist you with your training.
    • There are several different types of heart-rate monitors built into treadmills; including handlebar sensors you can grip during your workout, a fingertip monitor that clips onto your finger, and wireless chest straps.
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    Buy a treadmill that is flexible with speed and inclines so you can increase each feature as your workouts become more intense and you become more fit.
    • You may want to choose a treadmill with a maximum speed of 10 mi (16.09 km) per hour and a maximum incline of 10 percent.
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    Purchase a treadmill with a console that will display all your exercise and weight loss metrics; such as calories burned, your current speed, the distance, and time remaining or time elapsed.
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    Buy a treadmill with a reliable motor that can support your interval training and speed flexibility starting at 2.0 horsepower.

Tips

  • Test out your treadmill before you purchase it to make sure you feel comfortable moving on it during your workout.
  • Ask the treadmill salesperson or contact the manufacturer directly to learn about and understand the warranty information fully before you make your purchase.
  • If you are a person who is easily bored during their workout, you may want to consider buying a treadmill that features a small shelf for book- and magazine-reading or a treadmill with a built-in television screen.
  • To make your workout more productive or interesting, you may want to consider buying a treadmill with pre-programmed or programmable workout routines that will allow the machine to automatically adjust your speed and incline as you exercise.

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