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Buying the Best Treadmill for Your Body and Budget!

Updated on November 19, 2012

I often get asked what is the best treadmill to purchase. Well that depends on a number of factors, and if you do not adequately consider your fitness goals and your physical profile you could end up with a worthless machine. Here are some questions to answer before you make a decision.

First , what will you use the treadmill for? Are you a walker, jogger or runner? You need a considerably more heavy duty machine for running than you would for walking. You will need a more powerful motor, and stronger deck, potentially a longer deck and larger rollers.

Second , how much do you weigh? Once again, if you are excessively heavy you are going to need a treadmill that can withstand the extra impact that comes with extra weight. Consider that in within the lifetime of your treadmill you could impact it hundreds of thousands of times.

Third , how many individuals will be using the treadmill? If there are three users that is 3x the abuse in comparison to one user, and the accumulative usage could ad considerable stress to your treadmill.

Finally , what bells and whistles do you want. These days there are all sorts of options and add-ons like built-in speakers, fans, displays with Internet browsers and technology that allows you to download personalized workout programs from the Internet and track your progress. In fact, NordicTrack offers a feature called iFit Live that allows you to track routes on Google Maps and the treadmill will simulate the terrain with the use of the incline. You can watch your progress with the use of a laptop, tablet or smartphone.

You may have a budget in mind, but it may not be in line with the actual costs of a treadmill that fits your needs and your fitness goals. Check out the various treadmill recommendations to get an idea of what is out there, and what is the best value for achieving your fitness goals.


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