Now you're equiped with the right information, it's time to make a shortlist. Here are the questions
you should ask yourself before you buy.
What are my fitness goals?
Decide what you want with your decision of buying a treadmill? Want to be healthier, want to lose
weight, and want to become an athlete?
What different treadmills will do?
If you want to
Take a look at
Any treadmill capable of taking your body weight
Any treadmill, but a heart rate monitor will help you train
Motorized treadmill with inclines to build strength and endurance
Motorized treadmill with programmes and heart rate
Motorized treadmill with inclines and programmes
Train for an event
Motorized treadmill with high maximum speed
Will it fit my home?
Treadmills take up a lot of space. In general, allow at least the same space you'd allow for a
single bed, with half a meter or so on each side to make sure your elbows aren't hitting the walls
when you run!
What are the costs?
Simple manual treadmills are great value for money and don't take up much space but stay away if
you have any injury. If you want to train seriously and become fitter rather than just burn a few
calories now and again, try to afford a motorized treadmill with programmes | there are some
excellent machines available with BSAWORKOUTS.
What else do I need?
A treadmill on its own is a very useful piece of equipment. But it won't exercise your upper body
or back muscles much. If you're not buying any other piece of equipment, add some press-ups and
sit-ups to your exercise routine to round out your workout.
There's a huge variety of great treadmills on the market - but the one you choose needs to fit
your healthy lifestyle, too. Now you're equipped with information, head for home gym equipment
A guide to treadmills
If your goals include general fitness, weight loss, or building up stamina, then a treadmill makes a
great choice | and they're really easy to use for people of all ages.
Choosing the right treadmill
There are two main types of treadmill:
Manual treadmills - 'pushed' by your feet, and are quite basic.
Motorized treadmills - offer more options including inclines and heart monitors
Not only can treadmills be used for running, but they can also be set on lower speeds for walking on
the flat or at an incline to mimic a hill. Not all treadmills have variable inclines, so look out for
ones that have 3 or more levels.
The display is an LCD digital readout giving you useful information | your running speed, total
distance travelled, time and so on. The console controls, usually surrounding the display, let you
switch the display to the numbers you're most interested in and enter or change the programme.
All treadmills have a maximum speed. If you're starting out, a machine that goes up to 12 kilometers an hour (about 7.5 mph) will be fine. As you get fitter, try one that can take you up to 14 or 16kph | if you're training for an event, you might even want to push it to 20kph.
Making space for your treadmill
Measure up before you choose your treadmill. In general, allow at least the same space as a single
bed, with half a meter or so on each side to make sure your hands aren't hitting the walls as you run.
Treadmill terms explained.
The 'track' of the treadmill
The controls on the front panel of the treadmill
The digital readout on the front panel of the treadmill
The structure, usually a metal tube that all the moving parts of the treadmill attach to
A sensor that takes your pulse and displays it for you
The tilt of the conveyor belt surface that simulates uphill running
A treadmill you operate by pushing the conveyor belt with your feet. Some
manual treadmills contain magnets to make it move more smoothly
A treadmill containing electric motors that move and tilt the track for you as you walk or run
Different workouts available on a motorized treadmill
The top side of the conveyor, i.e. the part you run or walk on
When you look and feel good you feel better about yourself emotionally as well. This creates a boost
in self confidence and creates a much healthier self image. Appropriate diet with proper nutrition are
amongst the most important aspects of well being and even strength training. Proteins, vitamins,
carbohydrates and iron increase the growth of muscles and help in capable functioning of the mind
and the body and the intake if taken in right quantity can work wonders for a body. One should eat
more of: dairy products, meat, leafy vegetables, and cereals. Drinking lot of water, citrus juice
and even milk provide strength and bring endurance to muscles reducing pain in the movement of the
bones and muscles.