Treadmills are one of the most frequently purchased pieces of home sports equipment in the United States, and they have become even more popular in recent years as more and more people have become interested in jogging and running as a health pastime. They are a fantastic piece of equipment for those whose goals include weight loss, building up physical stamina, general fitness or physiotherapy training.
Basic treadmills are easy to use and are suitable for people of all ages, and users do not have to run whilst using them. Walking on a treadmill can also have health benefits. However, treadmills can be an expensive purchase. It is therefore a good thing that you understand the different types of treadmill which are available and what features they can offer you, so you can make an informed choice about your purchase.
Types of treadmill
There are two main types of treadmills available to consumers in the United States: manual treadmills and motorized treadmills. Manual treadmills are more basic than motorized ones, because they do not usually contain any complex electronic parts. A Manual Treadmill usually consists of a pair of rollers with a thick belt wrapped around them, which forms the running surface. When the person who is a exercising begins walking or running, the force which they create will cause the belt to rotate. The faster they walk or run, the faster the belt will rotate.
Whilst manual treadmills are often cheaper than motorized treadmills, they usually come with fewer features. With a motorized treadmill, the speed of the belt is regulated by a motor, and it is usually possible to speed it up and slow it down as you require.
When you are buying a new treadmill you should look at the maximum speed that that treadmill has to offer. Your desired maximum speed will almost always depend on your own personal needs. Treadmills for beginners often have a maximum speed of about 12 kilometers an hour or 7.5 miles per hour. Treadmills for people who have experience of distance running often have a top speed of up to 16 kilometers per hour or 10 miles per hour, and treadmills for serious runners who are training for a major event can even go up to 20 kilometers an hour or 12 miles an hour.
Whilst some manual treadmills do not have a top speed or a minimum speed, they may sometimes have speed regulators for health and safety reason.
With such a large range of treadmills available to purchase, it is no surprise that there are lots of different extra features to choose from. As well as being able to vary the speed of motorized treadmills, it is often also possible to vary the incline of the running surface, meaning that it is possible to simulate running up a hill. Treadmills with detailed LCD screens are able to provide runners with a wide array of information, including split times, running speeds and total distance traveled. Some treadmills even come with devices which allow users to measure their heart rate as they run.
Before you choose your treadmill, you will need to make sure that you have enough space in your exercise area. In general, you will probably need about as much space as you would need for a single bed. Make sure there is free space at either side of the treadmill, or you could end up hitting your elbows against things as you run. It is also important that you leave a good amount of space behind the treadmill (at the back) so that you can get on and off it easily, without risking injury.
Once you’ve got a good idea of which treadmill you’re likely to buy then you might like to read the following article that gives some tips on how to save money buying a treadmill.