What Makes A Good Treadmill
Whether you’re purchasing a treadmill for at-home use or commercial use, there are three main factors that should be considered and these three factors are what define a good treadmill. There is a wide variety of treadmills for you to choose from; cheap to expensive, big too small. These are the two main aspects whom people tend to buy their treadmills by; appearance and cost. It is important to purchase the right treadmill for you, a treadmill that fits perfect into your status, it’s vital to have a treadmill that will last, minimize injury and support you through a challenging workout.
PROGRAMING: All treadmills will offer you programing options, the basics are: adjustable speed, elapsed time, distance travelled, calories burned and heart rate interactivity. A good treadmill should enable these inputs to give you a more accurate calorie counter, however the outputs are not always accurate, you will need to adjust your information, such as weight and age, to receive the most accurate calorie output readings. Look for programming options such as pre-set exercise programs that will adjust incline and treadmill belt speed for you. These options can add a challenge to your workout, but tend to come with a higher price tag.
MOTOR: The motor is the most important part of the treadmill, it acts as the heart for the machine. It is what keeps the treadmill moving and what makes it last. A 1.5 H.P continuous duty rating motor is required as a minimum at least, although there are treadmills that have motors reaching up to 3.0 H.P which is not always preferable, yes the motor is much stronger, but the question is can the motor keep functioning at 100% during peak use. The motor should offer speeds up to 13kmh as a minimum. One way to determine if a treadmill is good is to test the treadmill on a variety of inclines. A good treadmill should run at the same speed regardless of incline or user weight.
FEATURES: Treadmills should have Mutual features in terms of structural components, in addition to special programming features. Treadmill belts is a great example, they should be longer and wider, for obvious reasons, if the belt is narrow and short it’ll increase the likelihood of tripping. The belt should be at least 17 inches wide and 49 inches long with the board at least 1 inch thick. The key to finding the perfect treadmill is to look for electronic features that are both motivating and challenging. Look for an electronic package that will grow with you as you progress and one that will accommodate the needs of other users in your home. The most effective features are: quick start functions, interval programs, and specific user ID’s that are customizable and can store past workouts to be used in the future.