Treadmill buying guide
Buying a treadmill can be one of the most sensible investments for health you can make. As regular runners, we recommend treadmills more than any other exercise equipment. They are efficient in burning calories, convenient, easy to use, provide an ideal way to manage weight and strengthen, and enhance your cardiovascular fitness. But buyers beware! Since treadmills are expensive in India, complex return polices and refund options, poor customer service from the sellers and manufacturers there are more concerns than excitement. This is a mixed blessing. The following are important tips to make sure you maximize your investment and reach your health goals.
The research phase is the important to make sure that you choose wisely and protect your investment.
Take your time, no hurry!
Research for the best Treadmill1. Treadmill Motor and Horsepower: Identify other family member in your home who will be a potential user of treadmill. Most families will have more than one individual that will likely be using the equipment. For example, buying a low quality, underpowered motor treadmill that will be used by 90kg person is a common mistake. The horsepower (HP) ratings can be confusing. Look at the "continuous duty rating" and shop for 1.5 to 2.5 HP "continuous duty." The "Peak duty" rating is less valuable.
2. Noise and space: The treadmill needs to work in your space. How noisy is it? If you plan to watch TV or listen to music, you need to be able to hear those over the treadmill itself. A model that looks small in the store can turn into an elephant in your living room. Check its size when folded or stored and test how easy it is to move.
3. Stability and Smooth Ride: A shaky or jerky ride could cause injures. The hand rails should feel sturdy enough to support you. When you run, does the deck should be firm and stable. It should not feel "soft" or spongy as this type of cushioning can create knee injuries in the long run and also wear out quickly. On the other side of the spectrum, you don't want a treadmill that feels like you are running on Road.
4. Belt/Deck width and length: The thicker the decks offer the more cushioning and comfort for your legs/joints. Look for best rated deck cushioning systems designed to provide superior comfort and impact absorption during walks and runs. Belt widths range from 16 inches to 22 inches, while lengths vary from about 45 inches to 60 inches. Long stride for walking or light jogging 18-22 inch width, 50-60 inch length. The belt must be wide enough and long enough for your stride. Average stride for walking or light jogging-16-18 inch width, 45-50 inch length.
5. Display: Most treadmills have some computer programming to provide speed, distance, heart rate, pace, calories burned, laps taken, time elapsed, incline and number of workouts and help to play video or music. Heart rate monitor capabilities are a valuable addition for your fitness routine. Display panel may include: LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) OR LED (Light Emitting Diode--easier to read because it is brighter).
6. Warranty: Look for the longest warranty on the Frame, electronics, motor and belt – 2 Years at least.
7. Start your research by searching online: Start research online to find the treadmill that meets your budget and requirements. Find out the top rated brands through rating websites, product reviews and more. You may need to hundreds of website such as the manufacturers’ websites and even their Facebook pages to see who is using their equipment. Best brands also make commercial equipment used in gyms.
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8. Find out where you can purchase the equipment: Find out the nearest store, once you find a few brands and models that interest you. You can purchase online through the manufacturers’ websites or other shopping sites and through retail stores. But make sure returns are allowed and easy policies. Best quality equipment is sold through specialty fitness retailers, not discount stores.
9. Customer service and Support: Do expect mechanical and technical issues. The highest level of service will come from a local retailer. Purchasing online is often less expensive, but risk involved and you will need to do more research beforehand about which products and seller. You may need to assemble the equipment yourself when it arrives – though this varies by shopping sites.
10. Visit the store and test the treadmill: Visit the store or try to find a way to test the equipment through a friend or gym. Test the treadmill in the manner in which you will be using it. Almost any unit will feel and seem adequate if you walk on it for 5 minutes. It's only when you begin to put a treadmill through its paces by adding incline, using different programs, or jogging on it that you will start to notice major differences in quality and comfort even vibration and noise. Plan on wearing comfortable exercise clothes and walking or jogging shoes. Don't hesitate to spend 15-30 minutes testing the equipment. A good treadmill is a major investment. Take your time.