How to buy a treadmill
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Studies show that people get more out of a treadmill than any other fitness equipment because it is natural to walk or run.
 

 

So you are more apt to stick with the routine and more likely to keep using the machine. Because you’re standing, you’re carrying your body weight and that means you burn more fat especially if you raise the incline level, for a little extra work and swing your arms in tandem. But many get stumped with the idea behind how to buy a treadmill. If you're facing trouble in this department, then read on…
 
Cost of the treadmill
 
Finding the best treadmill for your budget can be a chore. You must know what you are looking for to get the best.
 
When you shop by price, you must be even more careful to select the best in that price range. The price ranges generally break down to budget (ranging from Rs 30,000- Rs 6 lac and above). There are often significant sales and discounts, so do look out for them. Prices mainly differ according to Indian or international brands.
 
How much should you shell out for a home treadmill
 
A good treadmill is not cheap and most people do not know what a home treadmill costs. You get what you pay for when it comes to treadmills, but for most of us any treadmill is going to be a significant investment.
 
Treadmills are machines that if used regularly, take an excessive beating. That's why if you want a home treadmill that will last, you're going to need to shovel out a few extra bucks. For a good walking treadmill that can withstand regular use, you start somewhere in the range of Rs 30,000. On the other hand, you don't need to spend Rs 1 lac on a home treadmill that you will only use occasionally for walking. Unless you have an obsession for big, expensive toys.
 
Motor and horsepower
 
The motor matters as it gets the heaviest workout. The horsepower (HP) ratings can be confusing. The figure you want to look at is the ‘continuous duty rating’ and shop for 1.5 to 2.5 HP ‘continuous duty.’ The ‘peak duty’ rating is less valuable. The ‘treadmill duty’ rating falls between continuous and peak. Look for the longest warranty on the motor – one year at least. DC (direct current) motors are quieter.
 
Test it for stability and smooth ride
 
Test treadmills wearing your workout shoes and clothes. A shaky or jerky ride is unacceptable. The hand rails should feel sturdy enough to support you and be in a good position to grip easily and not block your arm motion. The belt should be wide and long enough for your stride.
 
Workout features
 
Boredom kills treadmill workouts. Choose a model that has the most pre-set and programmable workouts to vary pace and incline. The incline and speed should be easily adjustable from the console. A pulse monitor is good so too a water bottle holder. Some models plug into a video or audio player or the internet (you need to shell out more for the features).
 
If you are an occasional walker, then you can get by with a treadmill that is shorter in length, has an 18-inch wide belt, a medium size motor and an overall design that accommodates moderate use.
 
Silence please
 
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 bed room. Check its size when folded or stored and test how easy it is to move.
 
Manual treadmills vs. motorised treadmills
 
Due to the huge difference in cost, many people are tempted to buy a manual treadmill instead of a motorized treadmill. While a manual machine will only set you back by about Rs 6000-10,000, a motorized version may cost any where between Rs 25,000 - 2 lacs and above. But manual treadmills have many drawbacks vs. their motorized cousins. They are often difficult to get moving without using an extreme incline, and once moving you can't change the incline. The low price also often means less sturdy construction.

 

Programming extras
 
Before you buy a treadmill, think about the kinds of things you want.
 
-Do you want running or walking programs included?
 
-Do you want a heart rate monitor?
 
-Do you need a treadmill that folds (often more expensive) or do you have enough space for a regular treadmill?
 
-Can you maintain a treadmill?
 
-What's the most important feature you want in a treadmill?
 
-How many people will use the home treadmill?
 
If more then one person is going to use the treadmill that means at least double the usage. Think about the abuse a treadmill must go through when it is used regularly. That is why cheap treadmill do not last, and that is why they are backed with short-term warranties.
 
General guidelines:
 
Two walkers: Spend at least Rs 65,000
 
Two joggers: Spend at least Rs 1 lac
 
Two runners: Spend at least Rs 1.5- 2 lacs
 
Multiple profiles: You may also want to consider a model that stores user profiles for multiple users. You can call up your profile and any programs you have previously stored.
 
Try before you buy
 
You may not be able to find all your treadmill choices at local sporting goods stores, but it pays to do some research and try as many treadmills as possible. Make a list of treadmills you're interested in and call sporting goods stores to see if they're available locally. Spend at least 15 minutes on each treadmill. Make sure it's quiet and that it doesn't shake, even when running. While you're there, see where the drink holder is. Is there a place to put your music player? Can you add a book rack?
 
Treadmill warranties
 
Warranties are a statement about the quality of the machine. Purchase a treadmill with a minimum 5 year motor warranty, 2 year parts warranty and is covered for one year of service.
 
Here’s a treadmill checklist to follow
 
Belt size - At least 48" long and 16" wide. Simply put a running surface long enough and wide enough for your stride.
 
Speed - If you plan on running, get a treadmill that goes up to 10 MPH
 
Incline - Get a treadmill with an incline that goes up to 20%
 
Cushioning - The running bed should absorb shock and the belt shouldn't move around with every foot-strike
 
Stability - The treadmill shouldn't shake when you run or walk on it and the frame should remain stable. The base is very important or the wrong jerks on machine can be a cause of cervical problem, knee injury or a lower back pain
 
Control panel - It should be within reach and simple to use.
 
Motorised treadmills should have an Emergency stop button.
 
Machine should have user friendly programmes.

 
 


 
 


 
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