Carla S. - July 29, 2019
Choosing The Best Treadmill For Your Home
etting a treadmill can be a huge investment.
Choosing the right one, therefore, should be well thought out as it will draw you closer to achieving your fitness goals.
One of the main benefits of owning one at home is that it makes it easier to overcome different excuses as to why you cannot get to the gym. When the weather is terrible or you get caught up in traffic, having a treadmill at home will keep you on track with your fitness goals.
Sometimes little things like the thought of using fitness equipment with sweat all over from other users in a gym could demotivate you from using a machine at the gym.
If you’re the type of person who prefers to exercise in the outdoors, this may not always be practical sometimes when the weather is not conducive or when you don’t have a suitable place to go on a run.
You may also need to use a bathroom while on your day out jogging and this will certainly not be possible where there are none.
Owning a treadmill at home, therefore, makes for a great decision as you can practice fitness anytime.
At Fitness At Home, you can find a wide selection of fitness equipment that includes treadmills which are suitable for every fitness need.
Before purchasing one, let’s look at the main questions you need to answer.
The 3 Questions to Answer When Choosing a Treadmill
They all vary in motor strength, size, speed, weight capacity, features, in built programs and other factors.
In order to make the best decision when it comes to investing in this valuable piece of fitness equipment, consider answering the following 3 questions.
- What are you going to use it for? This may sound like an obvious question but to someone who is new to fitness, it’s a very important question.
For example, the Walkstation B Treadmill and ErgoDesk is made to suit those who want to walk as they work.
It has a motor of only 2.25 horsepower and speed of 8km per hour.
If planning to use your treadmill for intense running, a motor of 2.5 horsepower and a speed of 10 miles per hour or upwards is recommended.
Make sure to consider other people using the treadmill and their needs.
- How heavy are the users? Consider your weight as well as that of those who are going to use the treadmill.
It is recommended that when choosing this piece of fitness equipment, one makes sure that it weighs at least 22kg more than your weight.
If you’re 75kg, a treadmill that is 100 kg or more will be suitable for you.
- How much space do you have? In the marketplace today there is innovative fitness equipment that takes into consideration space concerns for home users.
With foldable treadmills, now you can save on space and stay on track with your fitness goals.
At Fitness At Home, we have a variety of foldable treadmills that are also of great quality.
9 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Treadmill
1. Motor:This will depend on how you’re planning to use it. Usually, a 1.25 horsepower is on the lower end and is considered sub-standard.
1.75-2.0 horsepower is perfect for walking and light running. If you’re an average runner, you should seek out a 2.5 horsepower and if you weigh over 100 kg, consider getting a treadmill with a 3.0 horsepower or higher.
The New Marathon Commercial Lifespan Treadmill is a good example of a treadmill with a 3.0 horsepower. It also has a large motor casing that helps with noise reduction.
2. Track size: This depends on your comfort level and height of the people using the equipment.
A treadmill that is 400mm wide is a bit too narrow and would be a good choice if it’s only for walking whereas a 430mm wide one is better for running as one doesn’t need to worry about tumbling over during a workout.
The Foldable Pursuit Treadmill with Fitlink app makes a great choice for walking and running. Most treadmills’ length is approximately 1065mm-1600mm long.
If you’re a tall individual, look for those that are1400mm or longer.
3. Speed: Checking the speed of your treadmill should definitely rank high up on your checklist.
If one is training for an intense program, a 16 km per hour machine is adequate. However, this speed is also accepted as good enough for any runner.
If you’re planning to use your treadmill just for walking, then a workstation B treadmill and ergo desk is perfect as it has a speed of 8km per hour.
4. Incline: An incline refers to the increase in height as you walk or run on a treadmill in such a way as though one is climbing a mountain.
A 10-15% incline is great for burning calories more efficiently and training for hilly events.
However, when training for specific hilly events you can find models with a decline.
5. Cushioning: Constant training, especially in the outdoors, can have a shock effect on your joints.
This is another reason why training on a treadmill is beneficial especially when you use equipment with a cushioning system.
This system reduces the impact on your joints, ankles and feet for every-day workouts.
The Foldable Pursuit Treadmill with Fitlink by Lifespan can help reduce the impact on your body by 15-40% compared to running on the road.
6. Programs: Most treadmills have built in programs like fitness apps that allow you to sync your data with your phone.
Whether you’re training for mountain runs, hill climbs, or looking to make the most of your time with High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) you can find a massive range of pre-set trainer programs to suit your needs in the Foldable Pursuit Treadmill with Fitlink by Lifespan.
7. Features: There are also extra features that come with every treadmill.
Do you prefer one with an air conditioner, speakers output, MP3 input, a USB port, a place to put your water bottle or one with a wireless heart rate monitor?
If you’re looking for something cool with a LCD display, then the The New Marathon Commercial Lifespan Treadmill is exactly what you need.
It has a huge 15.6” LCD screen with a 1920 x 2080 resolution and is capable of video playback with MP4, WKV, and AVI compatibility.
This is perfect if you want to keep yourself entertained while you work out by pairing your mobile devices with Bluetooth connectivity, USB flash drive playback, Wi-Fi internet access, or just playback music with inbuilt speakers and headphone 3.5mm connection.
Whatever your preferences are, there’s a treadmill that will suit you perfectly.
8. Weight capacity: Machines can range from approximately 100-200kgs.
When choosing a treadmill, it’s advised to buy one that is at least 22kg heavier than your current body weight.
If you’re looking for something really heavy and sturdy then the Viper Fitness Lifespan Compact Treadmill makes a good fit as it weighs 180kg.
9. Warranty: A warranty is a good indication of the quality of the product.
They can go from 1 year to lifetime warranties.
At Fitness At Home, we pride ourselves in making sure that every treadmill has a warranty.
Whether it’s a warranty on the motor or the frame, our treadmills have 5 year warranties.
We also have 1 year parts replacement so if you’re going to make good use of this fitness equipment, make sure you use it properly especially in the first year.
fter looking at the 3 questions that one should answer when choosing a treadmill, do you feel more confident now?
Spending your hard earned money on a machine that will serve you a longer time and get you to your fitness goals is not something we take lightly.
At Fitness At Home we have the widest range of affordable and premium treadmills.
Our treadmill prices range from $285-$2799.
We have sales often and if you’re in luck you might just cop yourself a treadmill with the best features at a very affordable price.
We also feature different brands on our collection including Reebok, Lifespan Fitness, Proflex, Everfit among others.
You are guaranteed to find just what you need at Fitness At Home.