are an excellent investment in your health and fitness, however,
it's worth doing some research to be sure that you're getting
exactly what you need. Understanding what makes up a good,
quality, machine will help in finding the best product for
you and for your budget. This article depicts key attributes
to keep an eye out for, beginning with...
This is what, essentially, makes up a treadmill. The motor
is what allows you to set the pace of your work out and is
the most expensive part to replace if it breaks down. (An
incline facility is operated by a separate motor.)
The horsepower is the power of your motor and can be divided
into two measurements, Peak Duty and Continuous Duty.
Peak Duty is the maximum horsepower that a treadmill
can generate for a short period of time.
Continuous Duty is how powerful a treadmill
can continuously operate without shutting down.
When buying a treadmill, the Continuous Duty
is what you should focus on. If you're a runner, keep your
eye out for a continuous duty of 1.5HP, minimum, preferrably
2.0HP - 2.5HP. Walkers will want a continuous duty of 1.0HP
- 1.5HP, minimum.
The majority of treadmills offer a range of speeds from 1mph-10mph.
The average walking pace is between the 3mph - 6mph range,
and jogging is between 6mph - 10mph. Unless you plan to do
short sprints, which is not recommended on a treadmill, then
10mph is more than enough.
Belt or Deck
Treadmill decks vary in length and on whether the unit is
geared towards walkers/joggers or runners. The length varies
from about 45 inches to 60 inches, while the belt width varies
from 16 inches to 22 inches. If you have long legs, a short
belt, of 45 inches, will not accommodate you. You'll need
to look for a longer belt size.
- For a long stride, for either walking or light jogging,
look for an 18 inch - 22 inch width, and a 50 inch - 60
inch belt length.
- For average strides, for walking or light jogging, look
for a 16 inch - 18 inch width and a 45inch - 50 inch belt
A lot of modern tradmills offer an incline facility to diversify
the difficulty of your work out. The majority of machines,
with an incline facility, will raise up to a 10% grade, which
is more than high enough!
Almost all treadmills have some sort of computer console,
from a simple odometer and speedometer to pre-programmed work
outs, storage capabilities, and various read outs such as
time, speed, calories burned, heart rate monitor, etc.
- Computer consoles can generate feedback such as time,
speed, calories burned, heart rate, pace, and incline.
- More advanced computer consoles provide more of a chance
that something can go wrong, and will also drive up the
price of the treadmill.
- Offer a variety of workouts and resistance/difficulty
levels to keep you interested and focused.
- The key is to base your decision on the power and quality
of both the motor and the machine.
The Top 5 Points to Keep in Mind.
Cushioning - The treadmills ability
to absorb shock, of each foot strike, on its deck and belt.
Stability - The solidity, security,
and smoothness, are probably a few of the most important qualities
of a good treadmill. Stay away from units that jiggle, flex,
and hesitate as you run or walk.
Actual Pace - The pace accuracy, which
is based on the actual distance covered within 8 minutes,
compared to the reading display.
Noise - How much noise does the machine
make? The less sound, the better.
One last, important, criterion that we would
include, which relates more to the company that you choose
to purchase from...
Servicing - Find out if the manufacturer
that you purchase from offers in-home servicing, and whether
they have technicians in your area. If something should go
wrong with your machine, you'll want it fixed fast, and in
your home. Find out if the company offers a help line, preferrable
toll free, to run a diagnostic test at that precise moment.
Most importantly, make sure thatyour machines
comes with a good warranty. It should be covered for parts,
especially the motor, and the longer the warranty the better.
A good warranty should also cover labor for the first 12 months,
and it should be the obligation of the manufacturer to honor
the warranty and not the retailer that you purchased from.
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