Treadmill Buying: How To Get The Maximum Out Of Your Purchase

By: lynter
A treadmill is a must-have on the list of any prospective buyer of exercise equipment. The convenience with which they can be used is what makes this machine popular. Not only do they burn excess calories effectively but they also offer a wide range of exercise options from jogging, climbing or simply walking.

No wonder this wonderful exercise machine is hugely popular and among the most sought-after items in the fitness equipment industry. Are you one of the prospective buyers keen to purchase a treadmill? Ponder these points before you make your purchase. Read on..

Why are you buying the treadmill?

There can be many reasons why one would buy a treadmill. These could be:

1. You might want to lose weight.
2. You love exercising indoors.
3. You want to escape from inclement weather?

You need to assess the reason for your buy and need. If you would be using it occasionally, a low-cost machine is a better option for you. Often, there is more than one user in the family for the treadmill. Take into account their needs, too, before you buy one.

What points should you consider when buying a treadmill?

A common error that people often make is purchasing a low-quality machine that does not suit the long-term needs of all the members of the family.

Let me give you an example. This gentleman purchased a manual machine only to find out later that he could not use it regularly because his weak shin could not take the stress that a manual one exerts on the leg.

* You need to know about the kind of machine that you want to buy.
* Do market research. It can make a lot of difference.
* An important rule in buying a treadmill is more motor power for less. But this should not be the sole consideration.
* The brand name is equally important and you need to select a brand that has a reputation for offering good machines.
* Check the availability of spare parts and repairing personnel before you purchase the machine.
* You also need to know whether the manufacturer lists horsepower in terms of 'peak performance' or 'continuous duty'. Remember that if a piece of equipment is listed to reach 2 HP at peak levels it does not mean that it will perform at 2 HP continuously. Though most home treadmills use DC power, commercial pieces usually use AC power. You must keep in mind that AC motors will need committed power lines and are usually noisier.
* While buying a treadmill you must also consider the thickness of the running belt and the length of the running surface. Usually thicker belts are more durable and a wider running surface is safer.
* Buy a machine with a higher incline but do keep in mind that many people cannot walk for long periods on a higher incline. So a machine needs to have an adjustable incline.
* A machine that has an electronic feedback that displays speed, distance, time and number of calories burnt are also useful. Get a machine that has preset and customizable programming capabilities.

Summary:

Exercising should always be easy, fun and effective. Treadmills are a great way to exercise and burn calories. However, make sure you buy the right one to ensure a successful life-long exercise regimen.
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