How to Choose a Treadmill

A treadmill is a gym device that allows you to run inside a closed room, regulating the intensity at which you want to exercise.

Its operation is similar to that of a conveyor belt but in reverse, that is, it is a belt that rotates on itself at a certain speed. When moving on it, you are making an effort, however, you will remain in the same position, that is, you are not really moving since the belt rotates in the opposite direction to which you are moving.

There are almost always treadmills in gyms and they are usually quite good, however, many people are choosing to start running at home, since although it requires a higher initial investment, it will also be more profitable in the long run since that we save the monthly cost of the gym and we are also using something that is ours and that we do not have to share with anyone.

The problem is that there are many kinds of treadmills on the market, which depend on several factors that can be decisive when choosing one treadmill or another I am going to show you what those factors are and what you should take into account when choosing a treadmill with the greatest possible efficiency and without scratching your pocket too much.

What do you need to choose a treadmill?

  • Money to buy a tape.
  • Observation capacity.

Instructions for choosing a treadmill

  1. Speed:
    The treadmills can go at different speeds depending on how they are. When choosing a treadmill for its speed, we must take into account two fundamental factors that will determine our sports performance. The first of all is the top speed at which we can put the machine, this depends on your physical condition, sprinters will need 20 kilometers per hour, however, for a normal person a maximum of 16 per hour is more than enough to train. The second is the way that the speed of advancing has each time we press the upload button, some advance by 0.1 per hour, others by 0.5 per hour and others by 1, being better those that advance by 0.1 in 0.1 per accuracy issue.
  2. Resistance and size:
    Within the world of treadmills, we have great variations in size, with larger treadmills and smaller treadmills. The larger treadmills are ideal for people with a large frame and a lot of weight, while the small ones could be sufficient for short and light people. Apart from the size, look at the resistance they have, that is, that they are made of materials that allow them to withstand a lot of weight, a lot of speed and many hours of running, since poor quality machines break down much sooner.
  3. Energy consumption:
    Running machines consume electricity, and electricity in our country is quite expensive, therefore, we must also take this factor into account. Ask the manufacturer the consumption in Watts that the treadmill has and within the same range of treadmills, choose the one that uses less energy (without sacrificing functions), since in the long run it will be more profitable, although initially it may be more expensive.
  4. Extra functions:
    Apart from being able to run, the treadmills have extra functions that may come in handy.

    1. Incline: Some treadmills can be tilted, allowing you to run at an angle and therefore costing more to perform the exercise.
    2. Counters: Both calories, time, and distance are essential on a treadmill, choose the one that has everything you need.
    3. Ventilation: For the hottest days, we have treadmills with a built-in fan, which will allow you to run with greater comfort.
    4. Heart rate monitor: If you are a person with heart problems, this will help you run more safely, because if your heart rate gets too high, you can stop it.
    5. Emergency button: The emergency button will allow you to suddenly stop the conveyor in an emergency.

Tips for choosing a treadmill

  • Value for money: Once you have searched for the most suitable treadmill for your needs, you should look for the treadmill that is most affordable in terms of value for money (obviously also taking into account electricity consumption). This will vary from person to person, with some people needing little to no features or size on the treadmill, a cheap treadmill will suffice, and others will need a high quality treadmill to perform the exercises.
  • Street running: I have nothing against treadmills, but I personally prefer running outside on the street. When you run outside, you breathe fresh air, go to the natural rhythm of the body and see the landscape. I recommend only using the treadmill on bad weather days.

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