Treadmill buyer’s guide
What’s a treadmill?
A treadmill is a stationary cardio machine that allows the user to walk or run while staying at the same spot. A conveyor belt driven by an electric motor or flywheel puts the machine in motion. The rate at which the belt moves will determine the path that the user should run or walk. Treadmills usually come with different kinds of features that allow to customize the workout experience by adjusting the speed and incline options. Treadmill workouts improve heart health and target specifically the lower body.
Why choosing treadmills over other gym equipment? Each machine has a special purpose and benefits.
Benefits of Treadmill Workouts:
Improve cardiovascular health. Because it’s a type of cardio machine, treadmills are a great way of strengthening the heart and reducing the stress on it by getting the blood flowing.
Easier on the joints than hard concrete or asphalt.
Burn calories. Running at 4 mph for 20 minutes burns 104 calories, running for 40 minutes burns 207 calories and running for 60 minutes burns 310 calories. Of course, the quantity of calories burned will increase or decrease depending on the speed and time decided to exercise.
Increase bone density. Running and walking can strengthen the skeleton and reduce the risks of bone diseases such as osteoporosis.
Tone leg muscles. Specifically the hamstrings and quadriceps.
Easier to use. It’s relatively easy to use compared to other indoor exercise machines.
Adapt to workout phases. treadmills adjust the speed and incline for each workout phase: the warm up period, energy spend and cool down period.
Adjust to the user’s preferences and needs. Most treadmills today are equipped with a wide vSafe and secure alternative. Running in the street can be challenging specially during rainy days, at night or on uneven road surface conditions. Treadmills are 24/h safe workout option.
Alleviate depression and improve relaxation. When doing physical exercise, the brain triggers endorphins that produce a feeling of euphoria. Sports are a good way of alleviating depression.
Entertaining. There’s always the possibility of watching a tv show, listening to the radio or even reading while working out on a treadmill.
Again, different gym equipments train different muscles. The choice of gym equipment should align with the purpose of the training.
What muscles does a Treadmill Workout?
Thighs. Specifically hamstrings, one of the three posterior thigh muscles, and the quadriceps, four muscles on the front of the thigh.
Glutes. Increasing the incline of the treadmill will increase the workload on the glutes.
Calves. Can be targeted and toned by increasing the incline of the treadmill or switching to backward walking.
After considering the benefits and the purpose of the purchase of the equipment it’s important to start making practical choices.
Size of the Treadmill
Before making a decision is important to measure the available space and buy accordingly the treadmill.
The length of the treadmill for home use should be chosen accordingly with the purpose of the workout. For walking, jogging, light running a shorter belt is enough and for race running a longer belt is required.
It’s recommended that the length should at least be of 125 x 45 cm, however tall and heavy users are recommended to purchase a treadmill with a “race” training length of 145 x 55 cm.
Folding vs Non folding Treadmill
for home use are a pragmatic choice. Foldable treadmills can be used in smaller spaces and they make cleaning easier because they can be stored away when they aren’t in use.