Choosing the Right Treadmill

If you are in the market for a new treadmill, you will find that there are many to choose from. There are a few things to keep in mind in order to make your search easier.

Consider who in the family will be using the treadmill. You don’t want to buy a lower quality treadmill that won’t last if multiple family members are using it multiple times a day.

Do your research on brands of treadmills. A Precor treadmill is designed to last and is backed by one of the best warranties you can find.

Think about some of the must haves for your treadmill. The screen should be easy to use with a large readout so you can pay attention while you are running. A good Precor treadmill should also have a good shock absorption system. Look at the research on why the cushioning system works so you aren’t running on a treadmill that will create a knee injury in the future.

It’s also important for your treadmill to have an adequate motor. If the motor goes out, the treadmill is pretty useless. A bigger motor isn’t always better and there are other things to look for. If the cooling mechanism is strong enough to reduce heat on the motor then it will have less wear and tear.

There are plenty of programmable features on treadmills that you will need to consider if you want to have that can help you with your workout goals. Some precor treadmills will be able to measure heart rate and will actually adjust the speed of the treadmill so that you stay within the range you are targeting. If this is of interest to you, make sure it’s not going to automatically adjust speed and incline at the same time or that you can make manual adjustments without having to start the workout over.

Some treadmills will also come with preset programs that you can use, but you want to make sure you are able to also create custom programs so you aren’t bored. The ability to create user profiles may be helpful if multiple people are going to be using the treadmill so you can have it automatically remember speed and incline. It will also remember workout data so you can compare and have better tools to reach your goals. The treadmill may also come with a fitness test, which can be a good way to measure progress.

Remember to also consider safety features and make sure the treadmill has an automatic stop button. A treadmill that is maintenance free will also ensure you have more time to spend on your workout.