Are you in the market for a treadmill for home use but don’t know where to start? There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing the best treadmill for your needs. Here are 25 tips to help you make the right decision.
1) The treadmill should provide an even and smooth ride, so no jerks when running.
2) The treadmill belt length should be adjustable to accommodate different strides. Having a shorter stride than the length of the belt can increase the risk of falling off or tripping over it if it’s too long, while having a longer stride than the length of the strap can increase the risk of injury.
3) The deck should be non-swaying and well padded for comfort and shock absorption; cushioning reduces stress on muscles, ligaments, and joints so you can run longer without suffering from aches and pains. Also, go for a treadmill with an angled surface, as this allows your feet to follow a natural gait, reducing muscle fatigue and other injuries.
4) The treadmill should also have good traction, so you don’t slip or slide while using it. In addition, look for a deck that has grooves at the front to keep your feet in place while running.
5) Check out the treadmill belt if it’s made from powdered metal rather than plastic, as this doesn’t get hot when used for long periods and reduces the risk of slipping during use if sweaty or wet. Depending on what you prefer, choose between an open-sided or enclosed belt; open-sided belts provide more room for your legs but let heat escape, whereas enclosed straps ensure heat remains within but leave less space for your legs.
6) The treadmill should have a stable base, so there’s no wobbling when using it.
7) Check if the treadmill has an adjustable incline to build strength and endurance. Some treadmills also come with heart rate monitoring or pulse sensors that let you control the speed of your workout based on how hard your body is working.
8) Look for built-in transport wheels that enable you to move the treadmill quickly from one room to another, which will save space in your home. Also, think about how much space is between its frame and running area as this can be a potential tripping hazard. If space is a problem, consider a folding model. However, note that there are safety issues involved when using folding treadmills.
9) The treadmill should come with a power cord that’s long enough to allow you to move freely without coming loose or making you stretch the line, which could cause it to fray. You’ll also need to consider the terrain you’ll be using your treadmill on, as this will determine what kind of an electrical supply is required to run it safely and efficiently.
10) Check the warranty period for all critical components, including the motor, frame, deck, and belt drive system. If no warranty periods are specified, then think twice before buying that particular model.
11) Most modern treadmills have an LCD screen that shows speed, distance covered, time spent exercising, and calories burned during each session, so consider how much information you’re looking for before choosing a model.
12) Also, take note of the maximum weight capacity as this will determine who can use it and for how long.
13) Go for a treadmill that uses an electronic control system rather than a manual one as the former is not only easier to use but provides more accurate speed and incline information.
14) Finally, consider which features are important to you before making a purchase decision.
15) The treadmill should be able to fold easily so you can store it away when not in use.
16) If possible, choose a model with preset workout programs that vary speed and incline levels as this saves time compared to manually adjusting the speed settings every few minutes.
17) Some models have speakers mounted on the console so you can plug your MP3 player into them for listening to music while working out. Check if they come with an external audio input jack if you don’t want to use MP3 players.
18) Other models have USB charging stations or built-in cup holders included within their consoles, so they make good multi-purpose pieces of exercise equipment.
19) Treadmills with motorized inclines allow you to adjust the position of the deck without having to get off and manually toggle a switch. This is particularly useful when inching up on steep inclines and allows you to stay in your running zone while working out.
20) Select a treadmill belt that’s at least 50 centimeters wide for stability and comfort during use.
21) The treadmill should also come with safety features such as lap timers, heart rate monitors, and speed controls (i.e., slow down if you’re about to run into something).
22) Look for models that support wireless accessories such as Polar or Bluetooth-enabled heart rate monitors, foot pods, etc. These add-ons are not only affordable but allow you to keep track of your running performance without having to invest in expensive equipment.
23) Consider the treadmill’s maximum speed limit because models have an adjustable setting for this figure. If you’re looking to do interval training sessions, then consider a model that has a higher top speed, so you don’t have to slow down or stop during short bursts constantly.
24) The deck should also be fully cushioned using either shock absorbers, springs, or thick foam padding so it can absorb impact and minimize wear and tear on your joints during use.
25) Last but not least, we recommend treadmill models that have an auto-incline feature so you can adjust the elevation without having to get off and manually adjust the deck. This not only saves time but makes running on an incline more comfortable too.