27 Mar Five tips on how to pick the best treadmill to meet your needs
Among Americans who state that they regularly exercise, studies have found that approximately two-thirds of them get fit at home.
And the most popular type of fitness equipment year after year is the treadmill.
That’s because treadmills offer great versatility and can benefit people of nearly all fitness levels.
With that kind of popularity, of course there are dozens and dozens of companies trying to tap into that market by manufacturing treadmills.
Here are five tips to sort through the masses and understand how to pick the best treadmill for your needs:Identify your goals – Before you even start thinking about what kind of treadmill you want, decide what you’ll be using it for. Do you want to run a lot? Mainly walk? How many people will be using it? Are you a hard-core athlete, or an older person looking to rehab on it?
Once you’ve answered those questions, you’ll have a lot better idea where to start your search.
Budget – No matter how hard or easy you plan to train on the treadmill, there’s probably a good one you can purchase for your money.
Investing in a more-expensive machine will allow you to get a treadmill with sturdier construction, a better warranty, and a larger running surface, but there are still some pretty good deals to be found without paying top dollar.
Size – Measure the room where you plan to set up the treadmill and make sure you get one that will fit that space. If you are extremely tight on space there are some excellent fold flat treadmills and fold up treadmills that can easily be rolled away for storage when not in use.
Try before you buy – Bring a pair of running shoes to a specialty fitness equipment store and walk and-or run on on treadmills that you’re considering purchasing.
If you’re a runner, you’ll need extra room so check to see if the deck length accommodates your stride. Pick a model that appeals to you ergonomically and aesthetically and has good shock absorption. Also check out the electronics. Docks for iPods, USB ports, and wireless Internet connectivity are pluses. Remember, you can save money by hooking up your own device instead of paying thousands extra for a fancy built-in console.
Inquire about warranty and setup – Make sure you compare warranties and ask about delivery and installation.
At Home Fitness consultant Aaron Dorksen’s blog deals with a variety of fitness topics, ranging from workout tips, motivational ideas and feature stories on how exercise impacts people’s lives. E-mail him with comments, questions or ideas for future blogs at firstname.lastname@example.org