The best home equipment for working out is definitely the treadmill. Everyone likes to run to keep themselves in shape, and by owning a treadmill you can run in the safety and comfort of your own home no matter how the weather is outside. If you are allergic, you wouldn’t want to go running in the park during allergy season anyway. Next we will list the most important features to look for in a treadmill for you to know everything about this product before buying it.
Size and ergonomics
Generally, a treadmill is about 6.5 feet by 3 feet. They occupy a generous amount of space, this being a problem that some models have found a solution to, but we will discuss about it in the folding deck section of the article.
If you intend to run, especially if you or a household member who is going to use it are tall, you need a deck length big enough to allow this action. Choose a treadmill with a long deck, and no matter who will want to use it, it won’t be a problem for them to run.
To save space, especially if you live in a small condo, consider buying a treadmill that has a folding deck. After every use you simply raise the deck and lock it in a vertical position. Now you’ll have extra space that will be occupied only when the treadmill is actually being used.
This is an important feature to look for no matter how much space you have in your house for this equipment, because if you have children and they run around the house, they might trip over the treadmill’s deck if it’s not folded and locked.
To make sure you are running or walking at the proper intensity, look for a treadmill that has a heart-rate monitor. On both of the handles of the treadmill there will be metallic spots where you place your hands, and the heart rate will automatically appear on the monitor.
This way you supervise your heart, to make sure everything is in order, and that you’re not pushing your limits too far.
Handles or handrails
While most models have handles or handrails, there are models that don’t have them. Buy one with these supports, because they come in handy when you want to feel more stability in your run.
A treadmill that has handles or handrails is ideal for the elder members of the family, and for the ones that are recuperating after an accident, offering them the support they when they using on the treadmill.
The safety key is the ultimate show stopper in case of emergency. It’s a key that is plugged in the treadmill, and at the end of a string that comes out of the key, or is tied to it, it has another extremity that you pin to a piece of your clothing while working out.
This way, in case you fall while you are using the treadmill, the key is pulled out from the treadmill and the equipment automatically stops working, avoiding further injury.
Most treadmills come with pre-set programs specially created for losing weight, or for endurance running. This feature comes in handy if you don’t want to change every 2-3 minutes the speed or incline of the treadmill yourself, but rather let the program change everything once a couple of minutes for you.