Treadmills are one of the most purchased exercise equipment for the home. The reasons for purchasing one can be varied; but the most common reasons are the fact that they are effective for fitness and weight loss, and walking or running is a natural movement that most have been doing their entire life.
Because of these benefits, the machine is very popular, and sports stores have no problem selling them. That is why fitness fads come and go but the treadmill is always around and always sells well.
The first thing you need to consider before making this big purchase is why you are buying a machine. Your reasons could be to lose weight, tone up, stay in shape, or may be rehabilitate after an injury.
The reason for your purchase, along with a few other factors, will help you determine how much you should spend. If you have not put much thought into it yet, you should assess your wants, needs, and goals.
You should never begin seriously shopping for exercise equipment without determining how much to spend, unless you want to pay too much. This may seem obvious but many people have no idea how much the equipment costs, and are usually surprised at the price tag of high end machines.
Many people are also totally oblivious in regards to the amount they want to spend on the equipment. So, in order to avoid the shock inside of the store, you should determine your budget before you even start looking.
If you cannot afford a $ 3,000 treadmill, then do not even consider it. A common mistake is people start looking at the high end and work their way down; this will only lead to disappointment, so start with the lower end models and work your way up.
Determine the maximum amount you can spend. You may need a better treadmill, but only spend what you can afford at the moment.
If you have used a treadmill in the past, and you used it simply for walking, then it does not really make sense to buy one that is designed to train marathon runners. Buy a machine that you will actually use to its full capacity.
If you will not use the added features then do not pay for the extras. A good basic model may be all you need, or you may need one with full programmability and heart rate control features.
If you exercise pretty regularly, then you should probably purchase a higher quality machine. The reason is that if you have a pattern of consistent exercise and you are like most people, you will not buy equipment that will meet your needs.
If you have a track record of consistent use, buy a model that will allow you to have intense workout without having to worry about the machine collapsing. You should determine your needs and select the options you want before you go shopping.
It is like buying a car, appliances, a new home, or other large purchases. If the seller can get you emotional about things you do not need, he or she has a good chance of selling them to you.
You do not want to get home and regret your purchase so give yourself some time to think about it. Simply find the features that you want and if the dealer brings up an option that sounds great, consider it, but remember that you do not have to buy it immediately.
Who will be using the treadmill should be an important factor when you buy. This is important because a single user that weighs 110 lbs. will need a much different treadmill than a family of 4 that has 2 people over 200 lbs.
For each person, who is using the treadmill on a regular basis, you should upgrade the level in quality so that the equipment will last longer. If you have a tiny space to place it in, you will not be able to buy a large commercial unit, even if you can afford it.
You want to make sure you see the treadmill every day so that you are reminded and encouraged to actually use it. Space may necessitate a treadmill that can fold up or you may need to limit the weight of a unit if it will rest upstairs in an older home.
Terry Daniels is a personal trainer and has authored hundreds of articles relating to physical training and treadmills. He has been a health expert and physical trainer for over 15 years.