It isn’t necessary to buy an expensive gym membership to boost your personal fitness level. All it takes to wring out the kinks and get some blood flowing is a little motivation and a few minutes each day on a home treadmill. As one of the most versatile pieces of personal fitness equipment, a treadmill can meet the needs of virtually anyone—from those recovering from injury or surgery right on up to elite athletes. But before investing in a home treadmill, take a look at these options to make sure you are getting the right equipment for your routine. And, as always, consult a physician before beginning any new exercise regime.
The taller the runner, the longer the belt should be to accommodate long strides.
Platforms on home treadmills range from about 16 to 25 inches wide and up to 60 inches or more in length. The taller the runner, or the faster your pace, the longer the belt should be.
Stream Workouts On Demand
The more features on a machine, the better it can help you keep tabs on your progress.
Touchscreen interfaces, elevation controls, timers, and even blood-pressure monitors make treadmills a complete workout. Models offering interactive running programs supervised by virtual trainers help overcome motivation sags and ensure that you will stay on a well-regimented routine.
This model folds up for easy storage.
A treadmill has a fairly large footprint, so to speak. But a folding unit will save some space while still offering the room to get in that morning or evening trot without having to build an extra wing on the house.
The platform on this machine can incline to 12 degrees.
This model has a multi-functional display and heart-rate sensor.