A treadmill can be a very good piece of equipment to keep in your home. It makes it easy to get your run in no matter what the weather and you can even set it up in front of the television and turn it on while you exercise. They can however be a serious investment and not every treadmill is made the same, so we’ve put together this quick guide to help you buy the perfect one for you and your needs.
Before you shop
Before you head to go and buy yourself a treadmill, you should think carefully about whether it’s the right choice. Consider how you plan to use the equipment – will it be used daily, do you plan to use it for the occasional walk or light jog? Is it something that more than one person will use and do you plan to use it for basic activities or are you looking for something with pre-installed fitness plans? You should also think about how much space you have available as a treadmill can be quite a bulky item and will no doubt take up a considerable amount of space in your home. If you’re on the fence about the purchase and not sure whether or not it’s right for you, you may want to think about renting a treadmill before you buy it.
You should also consider your goals. Do you enjoy fitness on a regular basis? Are you an avid cardio fan or are you just looking to lose a bit of weight over a short period? If your goals aren’t long-term then hiring equipment might be a better choice for you or a gym membership might be a better choice. It’s also a great idea to check in with your local gym, many will lease or sell older equipment. You should also have a think about what features may be important to you on a treadmill.
Many will feature things like display panels which should be easy to reduce and use and a lot will have programming available so that you can plan your session more easily. Other features you might look for include heart rate control programs which are designed to adjust the intensity of your workout to help you to stay in the recommended heart rate zone so you can optimise your cardio.
Things to check for
Before you purchase a treadmill you should test out how stable it feels when you walk on it, does it move around a lot? What is the belt on the machine-like, is it wide enough and durable enough for you to workout on comfortable and how well cushioned is it? Running can be hard on your body so a properly cushion surface to absorb shock is a must, this will help to protect your joints from any damage. You should also check on the speed settings available, how fast can the machine go? If you plan to run fast then you’ll want it to reach at least 16 km/h. You should also check what kind of load it can handle, some can handle higher maximum weight limits than others. You should also switch it on and check the noise level in the shop, will it be too loud for you home? If you like to run on a hill than the incline function will also be important, can you adjust the incline of the machine?
Check for other features as well like heart rate sensors, a safety key, and similar features and foot panels that are wide enough for you to balance on.