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Choosing a Treadmill

Treadmills are a great way to get an excellent cardiovascular workout at home when it best fits into your schedule. Regular use of a treadmill is effective at helping you lose weight and tone your hips, legs and thighs. Today, treadmills range from the most basic model with no frills to those with high-tech workout programs, TV's, and more. When shopping for a treadmill it's important to do your research and consider the following factors in the product you choose:

  • Belt Ply and Size. Often this is a hard lesson learned for a novice buyer. Belts come with a one or two-ply rating. For a higher quality belt, the two-ply is suggested and should last longer. Experts recommend at least a 17-inch belt for the average consumer, but wider belts are better as they allow more room to move around. Belt length is also important. A 48-inch minimum length is suggested for a comfortable ride, and runners should consider at least 60 inches in order to properly stretch your legs.
  • Motor Size. Motor size impacts the strength and smoothness of a treadmill ride. A good treadmill needs a motor that ranks well in continuous duty power. Experts say at least a 2.0 HP continuous duty motor is necessary for most users, but consider a 2.5 HP if you run a lot. Also, if a quiet treadmill motor is important to you, look for a DC motor. These are generally not commercial-grade but will offer a quiet workout so that you can watch TV, listen to music, or allow others to sleep if nearby.
  • Console. The consoles on today's treadmills range from basic to high-tech. Ideally, you would want to know your speed, distance, calories burned, and time. Others offer additional features, such as safety switches, pre-programmed workouts, heart rate, MP3 players, and TV's. Before making a treadmill purchase be sure to identify the features of the console that are important to you to ensure you get what you want.
  • Weight Capacity. For those over 200 pounds, it's important to check the maximum body weight allowed on any treadmill you consider. A treadmill designed for lighter individuals is going to feel sluggish and wobbly for those exceeding the capacity. Parts are also more likely to wear down and break in a shorter period of time.
  • Cost. Most of us have a budget to maintain and with so many brands of treadmills you'll see prices run the gamut. Companies that make the best treadmills use the highest grade of parts and components available for comfort and duration. You'll need to balance quality, price and features when choosing a treadmill you can afford. Several companies offer financing on their treadmills to assist with a large purchase.
  • Return Policy. In the event your treadmill shows up and you change your mind, which some of us like to do, will you be able to return the equipment for a full refund? Choosing a treadmill that comes with a return policy is a smart decision. Several companies offer a 30-day trial offer when purchasing a treadmill.
  • Warranty. Any time you make a purchase that costs several hundreds of dollars or more a product warranty that covers broken parts and repairs for a period of time is essential. Some quality treadmills come with a lifetime warranty on the motor, five-year replacement for parts, and two years on labor associated with repairs. Others offer coverage that is significantly shorter that seems to run out right before the first repair is needed.
  • Quality. Companies that use quality parts and closely monitor manufacturing are always going to provide a better treadmill. Look for independent reviews and customer feedback on different treadmill brands and models. Specific brands have a better history of providing quality products over time than others.

Selecting a treadmill that works well and is comfortable for your body size is going to encourage you to spend more time exercising and ultimately achieving your fitness goals. It's also important to balance quality and price in the treadmill you choose. Comparing different brands and models will lead you to what best fits your personal needs and budget. Finally, finding independent product reviews and consumer feedback is going to give you the insight you need in finding a quality product that you’ll be satisfied with over time.

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PARK CITY - They're in your local gym, they're in your basement, or maybe a corner of your bedroom. We're talking treadmills. They are the most frequently used piece of exercise equipment. For this high-tech special we went out and found two unique ...

Published:  Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:51:00 GMT



Milwaukee's Coolest Offices: Open, modern design, with treadmills part of PricewaterhouseCoopers

Treadmills, shuffleboard tables, reclining desks with matching ottomans are just a few of the features of the new PricewaterhouseCoopers office in the 833 East building in downtown Milwaukee. Check out the attached slideshow to see photos of the unique office.

Published:  Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:04:00 GMT



Treadmills were originally used as torture devices for prisoners

If you've ever been on a treadmill and thought, "This feel like torture," you're not far from the truth. In order to reform idle convicts and combat crime that plagued the Victorian era, Sir William Cubitt invented the "everlasting staircase" in 1818.

Published:  Thu, 13 Apr 2017 07:52:00 GMT



Watch: Ants on treadmills are helping create the next generation of miniature robots

Startling innovations are taking place in the field of robotics. But one of the big questions is: how can the gap between human creations and nature be bridged? Obviously, the way to answer such questions is to build a tiny treadmill for ants. Why?

Published:  Mon, 24 Apr 2017 05:58:00 GMT



Music, Murals, And Treadmills

My father never had a music lesson in his life and he couldn't read music, but he could play anything with keys or strings. And I don't mean just pluck away and make noise, the man could really play. Hand him a fiddle (Dad was never sophisticated ...

Published:  Sat, 22 Apr 2017 05:43:00 GMT



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I people-watch at the center and enjoy seeing the different ways they approach self-inflicted discomfort. Some focus mainly on treadmills and elliptical machines, while others focus on the free weights and weight machines. I do both. It demonstrates that ...

Published:  Sun, 23 Apr 2017 23:54:00 GMT



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Published:  Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:23:00 GMT



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Remember when microwaves, treadmills and flying objects were mere figments of the imagination found on "The Jetsons"? Add drones to the list of amazing inventions, and you have the latest science fiction-turned-Bachelor of Science degree at Southeast ...

Published:  Sun, 23 Apr 2017 22:04:00 GMT



150 North Riverside Selects LifeStart to Manage Their New Corporate Fitness Center

The fitness center at 150 N Riverside includes state of the art Precor Preva cardio equipment, which provides a fully connected cardio experience including integrated TV's and computers, Woodway curve treadmills, a full assortment of strength equipment ...

Published:  Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:00:00 GMT



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