Treadmills offer a great alternative to walking outside as well as much more versatile than outdoor walking especially in choosing your terrain and walking attributes. Treadmills are a great investment because they are easy to set up and use. There is no special training when using a treadmill that might be necessary when using weight training equipment or other fitness machines. The price of treadmills is going to vary quite a bit. For a low-end model of a treadmill, the cost is going to range from 300 to 2000 dollars, for the high-end people can easily drop over 5000 dollars for a deluxe model.
The price varies usually due to the computer system that is present within the treadmill. Many treadmills of the feature of recording stats including heart rate, time, calories, fat, and distance. Another feature that should be taken into consideration is the horsepower of the treadmill. For the average consumer, a treadmill should offer a continuous duty rating. While some treadmills may brag about their peak horsepower which could be extremely high this means at ideals conditions the treadmill might be able to achieve that. Therefore it is most important to know what the motor of the treadmill can be regularly and consistently. Treadmills can also be very noisy. If noise is a concern for you then seek out treadmills that have DC motors which are significantly quieter then the alternatives.
Treadmills should be strong and stable. When you are testing out a potential treadmill for purchase make sure you are dressed as if you are actually going to exercise and wearing your running shoes. Check the rails to make sure they are properly secured and you can easily wrap your hand around them. Other things to check is if the running path and belt are large enough for you to run on. Another great feature of treadmills is that they are programmable and can be preset. This is a great way to make your exercise experience more enjoyable. Also, a bottle holder and magazine rack are handy conveniences when doing a daily workout.
Take into consideration the amount of space you have to devote to your treadmill this will determine which type of treadmill is best for you. Remember to measure your space and bring home the dimensions of the treadmill first. Most exercise equipment looks small on the sales floor but can be too big for a normal-sized room. Many treadmills fold up if you are seeking a fold-up model measure the space you have to house it and buy accordingly.