The treadmill is considered as the ultimate must-have in a gym. Unlike any other machine, it promotes the overall fitness of a person. Before you spend your hard-earned cash though, there are a few things you need to consider before purchasing a treadmill. In this article, we’ll outline important factors you should definitely look into:
• Space – where are you going to put the treadmill? This equipment is large for most homes, especially if you live in a condominium unit. If you are unsure about the exact space available, measure the area first to see if the treadmill you want will fit in. If a large treadmill can’t fit, consider buying a smaller one.
• Floor Tile – the tile used for flooring should be strong enough to withstand the weight and pressure you put into the treadmill. It may be a good idea to buy a mat if your floor is made of designer materials.
• Motor – the horsepower of the machine is an important factor. If you are a fast runner, it is better to choose a treadmill with 1.5 to 2 continuous horsepower. You may need powered inclines if you want to walk “uphill”.
• Cushioning System – high-quality machines will integrate a cushioning system. It is a critical factor for individuals with bad knees, back, or joints.
• Warranty – buying a treadmill is a big purchase for most people so always buy from an establishment that offers a warranty. Some firms are so confident in their products that they offer to cover it for 10-30 years! Take note that certain components may not be replaced after a certain time (usually 1 to 3 years) although the company may still offer free service.
• Maintenance – some types of treadmills may require specific maintenance but most only require cleaning and lubricating of the belt on a regular basis. Ask the salesman about maintenance requirements before making the purchase.
• Incline – the incline increases the resistance of the machine, as if the person is walking uphill. Power incline is convenient but some treadmills can only go up by 10%; others can go higher than that.
• Person Using It – there is a maximum weight that treadmills can accommodate. So determine who will use the machine aside from yourself. Their weight should be less than the maximum. In addition, tall individuals may require longer belt length as well.
• Display Panel – when you’re working out, you definitely want to see how well you did. Most panels will display the distance, time, speed, heart rate, incline, and calories burned. More sophisticated treadmills may have other settings.
• Workout Options – in most automatic treadmills, it is possible to set a workout program. The speed of the machine will increase and decrease accordingly.
As you can see, choosing a treadmill is more than just handling out the cash in a sports shop. You should also consider your specific needs and the specific requirements of the people who will use it. In addition to this, treadmills contain a variety of features that may be useful. Buying a higher-end treadmill can prove to be a worthwhile investment over the long term.