What to look for in a treadmill for sale

Buying a treadmill for sale can be a big decision. Some of the high-tech models could set you back a few thousand pounds. But are they worth the extra cost?

That really depends on how you want to use your treadmill. If you're just looking for something boost your aerobic workout a couple of times a week, there's probably no need for all the bells and whistles. There are, however, a few key things that you'll need to consider...

Horsepower: This will determine how fast the treadmill can go, and how much pounding it can handle. A 2.25 horsepower treadmill is sufficient if you plan to use it for power walking or steady jogging.

Preset programmes: Electronic programmes and monitors are optional, but can provide a great way to monitor and vary your workout.

Belt size: In practice, the belt size doesn't make a lot of difference to your workout, unless you plan to sprint. Wider belt sizes might seem a little more comfortable, and longer belt sizes are favoured by runners.

Incline: This is a fantastic feature that most people will want to make use of. The effects of running up a 'hill' are great for muscle tone. It also helps to vary your workout and keep thing interesting. Cheap treadmills may need manual adjustment, but most have an automatic incline. Some models have an incline up to 30%, but 10% is good enough for most workouts.

Cushion: The cushion in the tread belt is an important, but often overlooked feature. Many treadmill manufacturers have developed their own cushion technology. Read product reviews to see what other customers think.


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