TREADMILLS: WHAT TO LOOK FOR
When considering which treadmill to purchase, focus on your fitness needs and goals, then choose a treadmill with the features and functions to help you meet those needs and goals. You may want to make a list of these needs to help you choose your new treadmill accordingly.
If you are over 5’10 and weigh over 250 pounds, you may need a treadmill with more stability and a longer running surface to match your stride. If you walk briskly at a higher incline a couple times a week, then you should consider a treadmill with at least a 2.0-horsepower motor. If you run several times a week for 45 minutes or more, you’ll benefit from a treadmill that has at least 3.0-horsepower motor. A treadmill with decline capability helps you strengthen different muscles and train more completely.
Some of the things you should look into as you do your research have much to do with the safety factor and the performance level of the machine. For instance, you should pay extra attention to cushioning. This is the shock-absorbent layer below the belt that effectively reduces the impact your feet make on the machine. With inferior cushioning, your running experience would be less comfortable and you could even risk injury. Find out if the treadmill’s cushioning system is shock-based, cushion-based, or spring-based. If it is shock-based, look into its adjustability; if cushion-based, don’t get anything that doesn’t have 8 points; and if spring-based, look into its rebound rate.
Size matters when it comes to a home treadmill. If it’s a personal one, then you can get one that is specifically suited to your needs, but if you’ll be sharing, you need to make sure that the belt is long enough to fit the stride of taller people and the machine itself is wide enough to give them ample room to move.
These are just some of the features you should look into when choosing a treadmill for your home. It’s a pretty good investment, so make sure that you purchase well.
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