FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN PURCHASING A TREADMILL
Treadmills are a strong alternative that every fitness enthusiast that lacks the funds or the time to join a gym must consider. Considering the treadmill alongside other home exercise equipment, it is one of the most effective and offers a lot to home fitness training. Compared to other exercise equipment or traditional workout classes, treadmills burn more calories, and within a shorter period of time too. This is what makes it arguably the most effective home workout equipment.
When a consumer makes the decision to purchase a treadmill for personal use, the first instinct might be to simply get one that fits within the budget. Although budget is an important consideration, there are various factors to consider when purchasing a treadmill. Every treadmill offers unique advantages and features that a consumer must weigh before making a purchasing decision. Recognizing the full capabilities of the treadmill that you wish to purchase will help you to make this decision.
Factors to consider are:
As suggested earlier, budget is an important factor to consider when purchasing a treadmill. Usually, workout equipment lean toward pricey costs and so it is advisable that you have a budget before you set out for shopping here. An easy way to cut costs in this regard is to consider purchasing a used treadmill. This will greatly alleviate the cost of your purchase, although used treadmills also vary in price, according to the features that each offer. The buyer must use their discretion to decide which features are most important to them, and also which features they would be able to do without. Buyers that are unfamiliar with treadmills and are making this sort of purchase for the first time must give room for some flexibility.
2: Surface Smoothness
The smoothness of a treadmill surface is also a critical factor that should influence a consumer's treadmill purchasing decision. A treadmill should be smooth to walk on, and occasional jerky movement or a rough surface are red flags that one must watch out for. A treadmill that jerks, rattles or generally feels unsteady will be extremely uncomfortable to use and might also cause injuries to the user. Walking or running on a treadmill is intended to be easy and should feel safe. Additionally, the consumer must make inquiries about the size of the belt. The length and width of the belt on the treadmill purchased should depend on the height of the consumer – a tall person should purchase a treadmill with a long and wide belt to accommodate long legs.
3. Equipment's Features
Features are what set a treadmill apart from the next one. Usually, they have a major influence the final decision of consumers who like to have extra add-ons that give them more options for their workouts. A treadmill might ship with features such as speed and incline adjustment (intended to help you set the difficulty of your workouts), ports for portable music players, surround speakers, a rack that holds your water bottle and a small monitor to measure pulse. On the average, most treadmills allow a user to pre-program their workouts. This means that the user does not necessarily have to worry about adjusting settings in the middle of a workout session. A modern treadmill, for example, will cost more than an older version.
Size is another varying feature of treadmills. From the smallest types that can be folded up for storage, to the larger ones that are more likely to be left in one position. A buyer should consider the space available for a treadmill before purchasing one. In cases where the buyer is purchasing a folding treadmill, there is less cause for worry about available space as these can easily be stowed away. Also, treadmills with shorter belts take less space and if there is no need for a long belt, these types should be considered.
Treadmill usage is associated with the occasional accidents. That are infrequent, but they happen. To avoid the chances of involvement in a treadmill accident, a buyer must make sure that the treadmill they purchase has safety features that provide some protection. Safety features such as the handrails (used to keep the body steady) and the emergency shut off button should be seen as an absolute necessity. With all this information, you are ready to purchase your treadmill.
6. Treadmill Noise
Since the advent of treadmills, the noise made by the machines while in use became a norm that the more recent, modern treadmills have been attempting to eradicate completely. Modern treadmills have recognized the partiality that some consumers have for models that make less noise and as such, they have made quieter models a sort of selling point for the new machines that are being churned out. Consumers that enjoy watching television, listening to music or even reading a book in the middle of their workouts are more likely to be inclined toward purchasing a model that does not make too much noise. A buyer that shares these sentiments should consider looking for these less noisy models, to ensure that the sound of the music or television that makes their workouts a bit more fun is not lost to the higher pitched disturbance from a noisy machine.
7. Design and Style
On a basic level, the setup of a treadmill is mostly similar across the board. However, they ship with varying designs and a consumer must decide which design offers them maximum comfort and suits their needs the most. A buyer must make sure that the treadmill has padded handles that are comfortable to wrap the finger around. The buyer must also ensure that the console is easy to see and use, with buttons that must be easily accessible and easy to push.
If the consumer plans to carry out activities such as watching television or reading a book while using the treadmill, they must ensure that the console is not positioned too high, as this would make such activities inconvenient or impossible. A lower console will work out better in these cases.