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Green Exercise: Manual Treadmill Requires No Electricity

Since it's getting chilly out, walking or running outside may seem less and less appealing. You can buy an expensive motorized treadmill or spend lots of money on a gym membership, but if you want a cheaper or greener option, a manual treadmill may be just the thing you're looking for.

These treadmills have no motor and use no electricity. All it takes is your muscle power to get the belt moving, which means it's good for your body and the environment. Not only that, but it makes much less noise so you can listen to music or watch TV and be able to hear without having to wear headphones.

This one is called the TrimWalk Folding Manual Treadmill ($100). Just like when you walk or run outside, you can set the pace yourself. It has a display that will tell you your distance, speed, time, and calories burned (powered by a AA battery). You can also fold this up and put it under your bed when you're not using it. This is a great option if you're looking for an inexpensive treadmill.

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tglynn tglynn 9 years
I'd be afraid of when I slowed down after jogging and the belt doesn't slow down so I just fly right off :P
bushra bushra 9 years
i used to have one of these, in fact it's still sitting back at my mother's house. on the plus side yes, it really does make you work, on the other hand a lot of these have a fixed incline (like mine) so i found myself hanging on for dear life to avoid my face slapping that treadmill belt. and agreed with racergirl, they're not wide enough either. in fact it doesn't have that much going for it if you really want to have a good run. avoid!
racergirl1313 racergirl1313 9 years
I bought a manual treadmill once and returned it. The decks on these are very small and I kept steping off to the side or almost off the front which almost tripped me up and made it difficult to keep a good pace going.
mtiger mtiger 9 years
I definitely want one of these. Also, I live in an apartment, and this will be much quieter than regular treadmills. Regular treadmills are so loud for the people below you. This will be great!
SaraSmile SaraSmile 9 years
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
I really want one of these - it sounds great! I can only walk and jog anyways because of a bum knee, so not being able to run is a good thing for me. I've been looking for a low cost and easy to store option.
Royal_Red Royal_Red 9 years
Ha, that would be a perfect solution for my dad. He wants to be active after work, yet in fact he is intiminated to go to a gym. A regular treadmill is either too small or too expensive for him.
This is great! Thanks aimeeb for doing all the research!
katiejane24 katiejane24 9 years
I agree, thanks so much gang. Y'all answered just about every question that popped into my head upon reading about this. Yeah, I'd rather have something that can handle running as well, but if this thing can handle a light jog, it seems like a good eco-conscious option for a little cardio during the winter months!
hottpink hottpink 9 years
Thanks everyone for the helpful info! I think I just might purchase one!!!
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
also, click the link to the product and there's people saying they like it on there too
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Check this out:
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I also just read: There are many things to consider in these treadmills, good and bad. Here are some things to think about when considering the purchase of a manual treadmill. * Your actions control the belt's movement. This means that you have to get it going and keep it going. It will not move on its own for you as in a motorized unit. This can be a bit difficult to get started. * With a manual unit, you can only set the incline one time at the beginning of your workout. Or, you will have to get off the treadmill and adjust it, which may limit the ability of a continuous workout on the treadmill. * With a manual styled treadmill, you do all of the work, which means that your body will gain all of the workload you are placing on it. This can mean a full body workout if you purchase a treadmill that comes with arm accessories. It will definitely provide your lower body with a workout.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
My grandma used to have something kind of like this. It was a treadmill that only went as fast as you pushed it. It WAS harder, but once you got it going it was very similar to a regular treadmill. Didn't anyone watch biggest loser last week? Kim was having B run on the treadmill while it was off (it was green week, no machines). He was pushing harder, but it didn't look like it was all that crazy. I think this thing is Awesome. It's too hot to do things outside sometimes (it gets like 120 deg here in the summer) so I've been thinking of getting something and this would be awesome!
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
great idea.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
A tip I came across if you like to run: Manual or Motor? The real question is: walk or run? Manual treadmills are fine for walking or light jogging. They move only as fast as you do. But if you'll mostly be jogging or running, it's best to get a 2 hp (or greater) motor treadmill. They generally offer speeds from 0 or 0.5 mph (a light walking pace) to 8-12 mph (a fast run).
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
AIMEESUGAR I'm in the same boat. Does anyone have any input on this?
hottpink hottpink 9 years
Are these really a lot tougher?
Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 9 years
I'd have to test it out. I always thought these were hard to get going. Plus I am looking for a workout option for my dogs as well like Cesar does with his when a 45 outdoor walk isn't an option.
Has anyone ever used one of these? I live in New England and stop running in the winter for a variety of reasons (cold, dark blah blah). I run outside in the summer so there is no point in getting a gym membership for a whole year while only using it during the winter months. If anyone has experience with this let me know- it sounds like a good idea to me...
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
I would be too concerned with falling OFF this thing. I think it's kinda lame-o.
steen steen 9 years
I was actually considering one of these! If I'd have known they'd be much quieter --- something I didn't even think about --- I'd have gotten one; I love treating myself to a boxed set of DVDs! It's kind of how I time myself instead of focusing on the timer. If I can get through two whole episodes of Scrubs in one workout, I'm good! (It's about 45 minutes; I'm working my way up!)
chatnoir chatnoir 9 years
This is funny. I doubt anyone will buy this. It's too hard. lol
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