Generally, treadmills come in two types. They may be powered by a motor or you can get a manual treadmill. Manual treadmills provide dual benefit of being cheaper and being able to burn more calories as almost every thing is done manually. A cheap manual treadmill is enough for most people, if they do not have the space or do not want to spend an extra buck on a motorized treadmill. A cheap manual treadmill has many advantages as compared to a more expensive motorized treadmill.
First of all, a cheap manual treadmill is a great space saver. Since there is not many complex gadgetry and fancy displays, the total area covered by a cheap manual treadmill is much lower than that of a motorized treadmill. As there is no motor, only rollers on the deck and the frame, a cheap manual treadmill is much lighter and easily portable as well.
Secondly, a cheap manual treadmill is much more economical when compared to a motorized treadmill. A cheap manual treadmill can be bought for as low as 250 to 300USD. Compared to this, a motorized treadmill starts from anywhere above 900USD for a decent model. Add to this electricity charges you have to pay for motorized treadmill, and the total cost of ownership of a motorized treadmill goes insanely high as compared to that of a cheap manual treadmill.
Thirdly, a cheap manual treadmill is much safer as compared to a motorized treadmill. Since a cheap manual treadmill runs at that much speed as you can generate, there is no risk of losing balance because the belt moved any faster than the speed you could handle. This also means there is no need for any emergency stopper mechanism which keeps the cheap manual treadmill, cheaper.
Fourthly, a cheap manual treadmill is very good for losing abdominal weight. The reason being it’s your body which is generating the speed. Though keep in mind that a cheap manual treadmill is not especially suited to you if want a full body exercise, and if used improperly, a cheap manual treadmill can lead to joint problems. Rather a cheap manual treadmill is more suited for a person in an already good shape who does not want to lose it.
Finally, thanks to absence of fancy gadgetry, a cheap manual treadmill is much easier to use. Just take a watch. And, start your exercise routine and finish it when the time is over. No need to bother about, setting speed or programming the machine to monitor your heart rate, pulse rate or anything else. After all, you want treadmill to exercise your body, not to get a degree in health science. Isn’t that right?