Many people strive to have a treadmill in their home because it is believed to be an effective way to strengthen their cardiovascular system and shed extra pounds. However, despite the gradual improvement in well-being and normalization of weight, many treadmill owners quit their exercise after just a few months. The reason for this behavior is often a lack of motivation, which may be due to the wrong choice of treadmill type. In order for a treadmill to bring joy and satisfaction to all family members and not gather dust in a forgotten corner, certain criteria must be taken into account when choosing it.
First of all, it is necessary to distinguish between mechanical and electric treadmills. Mechanical treadmills rely solely on user effort, with the belt rotating as you step or run on the treadmill. On the one hand, this allows you to set your own pace, but on the other hand, it creates additional stress on the legs, which can be problematic for those who suffer from joint diseases or varicose veins. Additionally, mechanical treadmills can track metrics such as workout duration, heart rate, speed, and calorie consumption. Mechanical treadmills also have their advantages, which include their lightness and the absence of a motor that drives the belt in electric treadmills. In addition, it should be noted that mechanical treadmills can be used in any room and even outdoors, since they do not require an electrical connection.
Another important point when choosing a treadmill is the length and width of the belt. There is a wide range of options, the length of the belt can vary from 1.1 to 1.45 m, and the width – from 35 to 55 cm. Many people mistakenly believe that it is more convenient to exercise with longer and wider belts. However, in reality, medium sizes are often the most ergonomic. In addition, it must be taken into account that a larger belt area requires a more powerful motor to rotate it, which directly affects the cost of the treadmill.
Another important component to consider is the motor that powers the treadmill. Please note the maximum user weight and continuous engine power. As a rule, for people weighing about 80 kg, a 1.5-2 hp engine is sufficient. No less important are the control functions located on the panel. Heart rate measurement, speed control and distance running are common features for all treadmills. However, to increase the effectiveness of your training, it is advisable to choose a device with preset training programs. Such programs eliminate the need for constant monitoring and manual adjustments, since the treadmill itself adjusts the time, belt speed and incline angle depending on the selected program, which has been scientifically developed by renowned experts in the field. Such programs promote weight loss, improve overall well-being and increase stamina.
Only by understanding and taking into account all the above parameters, as well as determining which criteria are basic for meeting needs, can you make an informed decision. With the right choice, a treadmill will become a favorite exercise machine for all family members, a source of joy, health and convenience.