Buying Treadmill

Other Treadmill Features To Consider

Buying a new treadmill is always a special occasion. It is no less a wedding feast for fitness freaks.
1) AC or DC motor: Most home treadmill u)nits use DC (direct current) motors. Commercial treadmills may either use AC or DC motors. AC treadmills are likely to require a dedicated power line, considering how their motors tend to draw more power. Not only that, AC also tends to be noisier than DC.

2) The thickness of the running belt: You cannot possibly maintain a straight line while running. In fact, if that was true, you can just go ahead and run on a balance beam, six inches wide. That is why the thickness of the running belt is an important feature to consider. In addition to that, two-ply belts are stronger and less likely to curl at the sides than one-ply belts.

3) The length of the running surface: Length of the running surface is a feature next to the thickness. If you are taller than an average person, you might need more running surface for yourself to make sweeping strides on your treadmill. On the other hand, if you want to really challenge yourself with short, brisk strides, then get a treadmill with a shorter running surface.

4) The minimum and maximum speed: Another feature to consider before buying is to be sure of its uses i.e. whether you’ll be using your treadmill for walking or running. Treadmills for walking start at 0 or .5 mph and go up to around 6 or 6 mph, while those for jogging or running generally start at 0, .5, or 1 mph and go up to 8-12 mph.

5) The percentage of incline : The percentage of inclination ranges from a low of 2-4 % to a high of 15 %. The general rule is, the bigger the inclination the better it is. But, there are exceptions to the rule as well. In fact, not all treadmills with high percentage of incline are good buys, especially if you take in all the other features of the product. Commercial-grade treadmills often go as high as 25 %.

6) The type of incline adjustment: Another feature of a treadmill is the type of incline adjustment. The most high-tech incline adjustment is the automatic incline. This type of incline changes depending upon the exerciser’s heart rate, sometimes via a wireless monitor that detects the person’s heart rate and automatically adjusts the percentage of incline to keep the person within the target heart range. There are also electronic inclines that can be altered by pushing a button on the console, while less sophisticated ones have either a manual hand crack or other manual adjustments that have to be set before starting to exercise.

7) Electronic feedback displays of speed, time, and distance : Most of the modern treadmills have the feature of electronic displays of speed, time and distance. These extra features in a treadmill's feedback monitor are very handy. For instance, some treadmills can display the number of calories burned or the user’s heart rate. In addition, most treadmills offer preset and/or customizable programming capabilities. This is a pretty nifty feature to have since you can now design your own program by customizing capabilities of your treadmill.