How to Choose a Treadmill: Most Important Features

Choosing a good treadmill isn’t always easy. There are many different types, features, and price ranges that must be considered. It’s important to decide what you need and don’t settle for less because if you do you may not use it.

Treadmills are usually an expensive purchase and you need to make sure that you are getting a piece of equipment that will last. They can range from hundreds of dollars to several thousand dollars, depending on the features.

It’s important that you try any piece of exercise equipment out before purchasing it so that you can make sure that it works the way you need it to. Treadmill injuries can happen in an instant so it’s essential that you purchase one that is sturdy, has hand rails that are easy to grip and in the right place for you, and a belt that is made for your stride.

Once you have chosen the type and size of treadmill you want you will next need to consider the available features. Some of the most common features include:

  1. Pre-set programs take you on a specific course that will, typically, change the speed and inclination while you are working out. Many people like to use pre-set programs in order to change their workouts and so they don’t have to worry about speeding up the machine or changing the incline themselves.
  2. Pulse monitors are a good way for you to make sure that you are working within your target heart rate. Pulse monitors can also show how your body is responding to your workout so that you don’t overdo it.
  3. Many people like to have a built-in fan to keep them cool while walking or running. There can sometimes be quite a difference in price for treadmills that feature built-in fans.
  4. Book or magazine holders allow people to exercise while reading which can help to alleviate boredom while working out. If you are running on a treadmill you might not want to read as it can sometimes cause you to misstep which can be dangerous at high speeds.
  5. Water bottle holders are a nice feature so that you can stay hydrated without having to stop exercising. This is a fairly standard feature on most treadmills.

It’s important to take your time while testing and shopping for a treadmill because it’s a larger purchase and you want to make sure that you are choosing a one that will last you for quite some time.

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