Things to Consider
Putting some thought into how you’ll use your treadmill will ensure you’re happy with your purchase for years to come. Ask yourself a few questions to decide on the best placement and schedule for you.
When are you most likely to use your treadmill? Morning exercisers tend to be the most successful in sticking with their workouts (fewer distractions at that time of day!), but a good workout schedule is the one that works for you and your family. If you plan on using your treadmill to squeeze in early-morning or evening workouts, consider your family’s obligations and activities.
How will you use your treadmill? Do you see yourself running to the sound of a customized playlist? Or will you use the time to catch up on your favorite television series? If so, think about placing your treadmill where you will have a clear view of the television, perhaps with an extra set of speakers nearby.
Do you want to be in the middle of family activities or will working out be a time for you alone? Placing your treadmill in the bedroom might work great if you’ll be using it mid-morning, but not so great if you need to sweat before your partner is out of bed. Maybe even consider an unusual placement, such as an unused corner of the kitchen or dining room, in order to meet the needs of you and your family. You might be able to walk while kids do homework or run while your spouse prepares dinner so that you won’t miss any of the family check-ins and conversations. Some treadmills can even be folded when they are not in use, giving you even more options in deciding where to place your equipment.
Take a look “under the hood.”
- A good treadmill should have a durable, high-quality frame that fits your body. Not too big, not too small – it should feel just right.
- Look for a continuous-duty horsepower motor, the same type of motor used in commercial treadmills. This will ensure that your treadmill isn’t overworked at high speeds or underpowered at low speeds, giving you consistent power for every workout.
- Adjustable power inclines will help you burn more calories and build more strength during your workouts whether you choose to walk or run.
- An easy-to-use console with programs that fit your fitness needs lets you get moving quickly for every workout.
- Banish boredom. With entertainment features like speakers and audio inputs, getting fit has never been more fun.
- With speeds up to 12 miles per hour, you won’t have to worry about outgrowing your treadmill as you get fitter.
- Foldable models offer easy storage between workouts.
What features are you likely to use? While you may find yourself simply stepping on and getting started for the first few workouts, you’ll want to look for a treadmill that will stick with you. A variety of workouts will help you to avoid the dreaded fitness plateau, while heart rate monitoring lets you train smarter for better results in less time. You may want to keep yourself motivated with your favorite music or a spot to place your tablet or favorite magazine.