If you're looking for a convenient way to get a cardiovascular workout, consider buying a treadmill machine for your home. With home treadmills, you won't have to worry about getting a babysitter for the kids, having the extra time to drive to your local gym, or even the weather conditions because you can get a great workout in the comfort of your own home anytime. An investment in this type of fitness machine is an investment in your health and future.
There are many things to consider ranging from general purchase questions to specific features. Consider the following two questions when you're looking at treadmills to ensure you make the best purchase possible.
How Will You Use Your Treadmill Machine?
Your use can determine the type you should buy. For example, a low end model with a smaller motor is probably just fine for those who only plan to walk on it a couple of times per week. Alternatively, if you're looking for treadmills that will help you aggressively train for a marathon, you need one with a powerful motor and long deck that is meant for heavy duty use. In addition, keep the other people in your household in mind. For example, if everyone in your household plans to lightly use it, all of this light use may add up to the need for a heavy duty model.
What Are Your Specific Fitness Goals?
Most people buy home treadmills for light duty walking use, but as they progress, many decide to start jogging as well. If you think you may want to increase the intensity of your walking workout by starting to run, consider this before buying a mschine. This will ensure it lasts a long time because it meets your fitness goals. If you buy a walking only treadmill, but then decide you want to run, you'll have to purchase a new machine to do so.
Home Treadmill Buyer's Checklist
Once you have answered the above two questions, you should know the type best for you. However, before you buy one, make sure you look for these specific aspects of a great machine.
** The Motor - Look for two to three horsepower motors with Continuous Duty ratings because they have better performance and a longer life.
** The Belt - The belt is what you walk on, so make sure it's of adequate size. Common belts are between 18" and 20" wide and are usually 48" long. Taller people over 6' usually prefer a wider and longer 54" belt to accommodate their longer stride.
** The Deck - Look for a deck between 3/4" and 1" thick and note any weight restrictions on the machines you consider. For example, someone over 300 pounds probably wants a thicker deck. In addition, look for low impact decks if you suffer from joint problems.
** The Control Panel - Choose a model with an easy to read electronic panel that is simple to use.
** The Frame - Only choose fitness equipment with sturdy aluminum or high allow steel frames. Stay away from plastic frames.
** Safety - In addition to starting and stopping smoothly, a good treadmill should have safety features like side rails, safety bars, and an emergency shut off.
If you keep these questions and features in mind when you set out to buy home treadmills, you are sure to make the right purchase that will set you on the path to achieving your fitness goals.
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