Yesterday, a friend of mine asked me for advice on treadmills. He wanted to know what are the specifications he should look at for getting a proper running machine for home use. I did some search through different websites and brands, and I got quite confused with all that information. If that happened to you as well, and you are looking for a treadmill too, these tips may help you to decide what treadmill is more suitable for you.
First of all, you should know that on the market there are two types of treadmill’s controller:
- Analogue control treadmill generally uses sensor technology. A sensor can over time be interfered with overheating, dust… Treadmills with this control system change the speed faster than the digital control ones.
- Digital control treadmill is constant and cannot be affected with external impacts, making it much better, safer and last longer. The speed changes smoothly. JLL’s treadmills operates with digital control system and provides the slowest start speed on the market with 0.3 km/h.
Secondly, think about how much would you like to spend in your purchase.
Lastly, think about the use you want to give to the running machine: lose weight, tone up, stay in shape, rehabilitate… Who will use the treadmill, number of users and their weight because that will tell you the length of the running belt . Also think about the warranty and the maintenance that every treadmill needs, that will help you to prevent any problem in the future. All this may seem confusing, but no worries, I am here to help you to find the best treadmill for you!
Keep in mind your financial limitations
- How much money you could spend: Keep in mind your financial limitations. You may need a better treadmill, but only spend what you can afford.
- Which use you will give to the treadmill: Be honest with yourself. If you have used a treadmill before, you should not go for the simplest running machine. However, if you use the treadmill just for walking, you will not need to get an expensive one with full programmability. A basic model would be more suitable for you.
- How often you would use it: If you use the treadmill a lot, you should not go for the simplest one that one could be broken after six months. You should buy a proper one instead.
Think about who will use the treadmill
- Who will use it: This will dictate the size of the machine and running belt. For example, a tall person will have a bigger stride and would benefit more from a larger running space.
- Number of users: This will tell you how heavy duty the machine should be, or a model that provides variety of programmes to suit different needs. Two people are considered normal. If you want to have an additional person, you should go for a better quality treadmill.
- Users’ weight: That will help you to decide which running machine is more suitable for you.
Decide where the treadmill will be
If you live in a reduced space, purchasing a treadmill that can fold up for easy storage may be your best option. The benefit is that when you finish working out, you can fold the machine up into a standing position. A folding treadmill makes storage and transportation pretty easy. In addition to the size of the unit itself, it also is important to leave some space around the machine while it is in use.
Determinate how the treadmill will be used
Depending of that you can decide the speed range more adjustable to your needs.
- For walking: A basic model would be perfect for you and JLL offers the slowest start speed available at 0.3 km/h. This is also great for individuals with disabilities or those in rehabilitation (from injuries).
- For running lovers: A treadmill with a high speed is the machine you are looking for.
- Workout time: A normal use would be around 30 minutes per day for two people. For every extra 30 minutes go for a better quality treadmill because the simplest one may not respond your needs.
Usually price is related to quality
Although it is difficult to determine quality from the price of the product, it is still the best way to separate the quality levels of treadmills. Usually the price is directly proportional to the quality of the product. If manufacturers have to spend more money on a better quality treadmill, they will charge more for it as well.
Think about the number of users, their weight and how often they will exercise on the running machine. That would tell you how much money you should spend. If you just want to use the treadmill once a week for walking, you will not need to spend a fortune in the latest model with plenty of different programmes because you may not use them.
Features of a treadmill
Here are some hints and tips to make sure you get the right level of quality for your running machine.
- Power: The transfer of power should feel smooth. You should not hear the motor. One of the most important things to consider when you buy a treadmill is the motor which ensure you good exercise and a long life out of your running machine.
- Running belt: It should not be any larger than necessary and stay away from overly thick belts. Most people only need 132 cm of length and 45 cm width. The more belt surface area you have, the harder the power system has to work to keep it all going.
- Shock absorption: A cushioned running deck with good shock absorption is essential for reducing wear and tear on your joints. Make sure the running deck has a shock absorption system with a minimum of 6 pads.
- Incline: People generally either use incline when working out or don’t. One of the benefits of using inclination is that you will burn calories much quicker. There are two types of inclination:
- Manual: every time you use the treadmill you manually adjust it to change the level.
- Automatic: Use a motor that change the inclination.
- Noise: All treadmill makes noise, but a reasonably quiet machine generally means less friction and wear on the treadmill. However, that does not mean that it is perfect either.
- Heart Rate Control: get a treadmill that measures your heart rate, this is vital information to see when you exercise. The best option is a running machine with heart rate sensors.
- Programmes: provide variation in your workout.
- Folding: You may think it is not essential, but you never know when you are going to move furniture around your place or even move out. A folding treadmill makes storage and transportation pretty easy.
- Maintenance: You must know that every running machine need to be maintain: Balance, Cleaning, Adjust running belt and Lubricate. If you want to find more information about the maintenance procedure, click here.
Check this buying guide to help you make a decision
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