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How To Find The Best Home Treadmill

Updated on August 19, 2014
Enjoying a nice jog at home
Enjoying a nice jog at home

Choosing A Treadmill For Your Home

You will want to buy one of the best home treadmills for your purposes when you are setting up your home gym.

Many people buy exercise equipment and then don't use it. You can find a good used treadmill by looking for signs of wear and asking the owner how much use it has had.

Also check where it has been stored. Sometimes if someone bought a treadmill and then did not get around to using it they may not have taken care to store it in a dry place.

Any rust is a bad sign. Also remember to ask if the treadmill needs to be oiled or needs a certain type of maintenance- some do and with some you shouldn't use lubricant so it's an important question to ask.

The home treadmill is a very easy to use piece of equipment. All you have to do is start it up, get on and walk or run. Most of them have adjustable speeds so you can pick what suits you. It is usually best to start slower and work up.

Many home treadmills will come with advice on your exercise program, or you can look for this information online.

Anyone who can walk can use a treadmill although children should be supervised. It is important to warm up before you start, either by starting with a slow walk or by going through a quick series of stretches, focusing especially on the calf and thigh muscles.

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Listen To Music ,Watch TV or Browse the Internet While On Your Treamill

Many people like to listen to music while they exercise and you can do this with an MP3 player or by having music playing in the room.

Because you are at home, you also have the choice of watching TV while you exercise. Some people like to do this and others find that their exercise is more effective if they are more concentrated on it instead of watching TV programs. Many of the newer treadmill models have MP3 players and/or televisons right on the treadmill so if you think that you would like to use this feature be sure to look for it.

The latest treadmill models even allow you to connect to the internet so that you can check your mail, track your progress, download new workouts, join in online races, view all your favorite websites and even do workouts that are attached to Google maps (so that practice your favorite marathon route or walk the hills of your favorite city or town.)

The Treadmill Motor

When you are considering different models of treadmill, there are several things to take into account.

First, you will want to look at the horsepower of the motor. Cheaper models often have a lower horsepower motor which is likely to wear out faster. If this is your first treadmill you could choose a lower specification and then upgrade later, but if you are already hooked on the benefits of treadmills from a gym membership or owning one previously, you will want a higher grade motor. Also check to see how long the warranty is on the motor as some are 90 days but others come with a 20 year warranty.

Some treadmills come with a exercise program. Some people find this very helpful and others find it restrictive and annoying. So you need to decide whether you want that. Then there are many other options, including the size of the running pad, whether it folds for easy storage, impact absorption, durability, incline, and railing adjustability.

When you have decided on the options that you want in your treadmill, you can start looking for opportunities to buy, either new or used.

While many have not thought of purchasing a treadmill online due to high shipping costs, they will be happy to learn that most treadmill manufacturers offer free shipping, in addition to lower than department store prices and usually have no sales tax, which can be a big savings.

A treadmill can give you great exercise along with blasting fat and burning calories but in order to reap these benefits you should be using your treadmill 3-4 days a week for approximately 30 or more for each workout.


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      11 years ago

      Wonderful information and how to work out at the peace of home and shed unwanted weight.


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