Monday, November 02, 2009

What type of treadmill should you use?

The treadmill is a great piece of exercise equipment. There are several varieties to choose from out there, so how do you know which one is best for you?

The first thing to consider is how much you will use your treadmill. Are you purchasing it as your main workout, or will you only use it when you are unable to run or walk outside? If you are using this as your main work out then you may want to invest in the best one you can afford. If you are serious about walking or running on your treadmill, you need something that can handle high mileage. If you only plan to use it occasionally a less expensive one is a good choice.

Consider the incline. You want to make sure your treadmill can incline while you are walking or running, so in case you want to train for an event you will be able to do that on your treadmill.

What types of programs are available? Some machines have programs built in that allow you to interval train by simply touching a button. These are very convenient; however you can do the same thing on a less expensive machine by changing your setting manually.

How much room do you have? This is very important to consider, and there are machines in a variety of sizes. You should know how much room you have, so you do not buy a machine and find out after you get it home that it does not fit in your space. There are also machines that fold when they are not in use, so if you are limited on space you may want to consider a model like this.

Make sure it fits you. When you are shopping for a treadmill, do not be afraid to hop on and test it out. Make sure the handles are comfortable, and that the weight limit is not exceeded.

Be sure to get a machine that you are happy with; you will most likely have it for a long time. If you have bad knees then try getting an Elliptical, there is no impact with an Elliptical.

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