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What to Look For When Buying a Treadmill

Even though it's warm, you may not like exercising outside. Maybe your neighborhood isn't safe, you're worried about unhealthy sun exposure, or you have allergies. It's great to belong to a gym and use their equipment, but nothing beats the convenience and comfort of working out at home. If you're in the market for a new treadmill, Simpfit has some suggestions. Here are some things to consider:

  • Think about the motor. Ones with more power use less electricity, produce less heat, provide smoother movement, and also mean less wear and tear so the treadmill will last longer.
  • Think about the belt. Cheaper models have narrower belts, so if you're larger or have a hard time running in a straight line, you may want to think about splurging for one that has a wider belt. Also if you're taller, you may need a longer belt. Don't fall for ones that have "orthopedic belts." Your shoes offer enough cushion, and these treadmills may not last as long.
  • Look for a sturdy frame made out of durable material. Heavier ones that are welded (not bolted) will last the longest. It's even better if the manufacturer supplies a warranty against failure or corrosion.

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  • What are the treadmill's special features? Most standard treadmills will tell you how many calories you've burned, your distance, and your speed. If you're looking for more bells and whistles, such as a program that will store your workout data, map out courses for you, or have a motorized incline, then you may have to spend a little more.
  • Think about noise factor. Turn up the treadmill to the fastest speed and have a listen. A smooth humming sound is normal. Loud humming may show that the treadmill's motor is inefficient, and will also make it difficult for you to hear the TV (if you like to watch while working out).
  • Ask about maintenance. Some treadmills may require you to wax or lubricate the belt or the deck (the part under the belt). If you're into low or free maintenance, you may need to pay a little more.
  • Ask about the treadmill's warranty. If you're dropping over a grand on a treadmill, you want to know that it can be fixed if something goes wrong. The frame should have a lifetime warranty, and the motor and other moving and electrical parts should have at least a limited warranty of five years or more. The better the warranty, the better the treadmill.

Fit's Tip: Think about buying your treadmill at a small or specialty fitness equipment store. That way, you can get help or repairs done quicker.


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