Today's busy lifestyles, combined with our increased interest in health
and fitness, means that home exercise equipment is becoming more popular
than ever. Whether you are a mom or a busy professional, home gyms
and exercise areas are being furnished with equipment that makes it easy
and convenient to exercise at home. Treadmills are one of the most
widely used types of exercise equipment — perhaps because they
can be used rain or shine, day or night. In addition, treadmill
exercise has been shown to burn calories more quickly than exercise on
certain other types of equipment such as stair climbers, rowing machines,
and exercise bikes. Best of all, using a treadmill requires no
special skills. If you can run, you can get a good workout!
A treadmill usually has an electric motor that powers a wide, moving
belt. The belt speed is adjustable in small increments, enabling
the treadmill user to walk, jog, or run in place at a selected pace on
the moving treadmill belt. Treadmills can be designed for walking
or for running, and they range in price from about $500 and $3,000.
There's a treadmill for just about every space, whether you have a large
dedicated room or the corner of your bedroom. Some treadmills even
fold up so they can be stowed out of sight when not in use.
What should you look for in a treadmill? Well, make sure that the
treadmill belt is long and wide enough for your stride. It is also
important that the console and controls are user-friendly and easy to
understand. Safety handrails and handgrips should be conveniently
placed, as should side foot rails. And the model you choose should
shut off automatically if you fall.
Runners, especially, should look for models with sturdy deck and frame
construction. Treadmills suitable for running tend to be priced
at $1,200 or more, and they sometimes include pre-programmed exercise
routines (depending on whether you are interested in general conditioning
or fat burning) as well as built-in heart rate monitors.
Sporting goods retailers and discount store chains generally offer budget
to mid-priced treadmills, whereas specialty fitness and sporting goods
stores often sell higher quality, more expensive treadmill brands.
Take some time to peruse the treadmill manufacturers listed on this
TreadmillRatings.us website, and you'll be sure to find a treadmill that
suits your needs.
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