The vast majority of treadmills, especially the ones you find in big box and department stores are not engineered for running as they simply do not have the quality. When a person runs on a treadmill, there is a significant amount of heat and friction generated which in turn makes all the components work much harder. The heat and friction can cause a cheaper treadmill belt to expand and therefore cause “slipping” in the belt. Running will also cause premature wearing in the bearings, rollers, deck, suspension and frame. These cheaper treadmills also do not have the quality in the lower control board and motor to withstand high use. Running treadmills are specifically engineered to handle the continuous heat, friction and wear and tear and a good running treadmill should never limit your performance!
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