Your exercise style is unique to you: the way you breathe, your posture, how you run, how much you can handle and most importantly, your inner voice. We all have different needs, wants and desires when it comes to health and fitness. To accommodate these variations, there are many exercise routines and machines, including treadmills. From these, you can choose one to meet your needs. If you're a runner, you're likely to work out in of these three places: your home, the gym or outdoors.
If you've ever experienced a runner's high, then running becomes not just a way of life – it becomes your whole life. With the latest in treadmill technology, you have more options than ever to reach your goals from the comfort of your own home. The best home treadmills engage and motivate you to reach new levels of physical fitness.
The best treadmills for running receive high praise for engaging and motivating us to reach our full potential. The top models in our treadmill review, the NordicTrack 1750, the ProForm Power 1495 and the Sole F80, are examples of treadmill excellence. For more information on how they can benefit your life, check out our articles about treadmills.
When considering which treadmill to purchase, focus on your fitness needs and goals, then choose a treadmill with the features and functions to help you meet those needs and goals. You may want to make a list of these needs to help you choose your new treadmill accordingly.
If you are over 5'10 and weigh over 250 pounds, you may need a treadmill with more stability and a longer running surface to match your stride. If you walk briskly at a higher incline a couple times a week, then you should consider a treadmill with at least a 2.0-horsepower motor. If you run several times a week for 45 minutes or more, you'll benefit from a treadmill that has at least 3.0-horsepower motor. A treadmill with decline capability helps you strengthen different muscles and train more completely.
If you enjoy silently walking or running, absorbed in your own thoughts, then a treadmill with basic features and programs might be a good choice for you. If you are a start-and-go runner, then a treadmill with minimal programming may be perfect for you. If you are really looking for a challenge or a course that is designed just for you, then choose a treadmill with customized goals and heart-rate programs.
Do you live in a small apartment? Then you probably need a treadmill that folds away when not in use. If you need noise, action and connection to motivate you, purchase a treadmill with extras, such as speakers, or a touchscreen with video capabilities or interactive video workouts. If you frequently train for long periods, you may consider a model that comes with customizable cushion settings and a cooling fan.
Before you purchase any treadmill, read the fine print to make sure there are no loopholes in the machine’s warranty coverage. You should choose a motorized treadmill with a lifetime warranty on the motor and frame, or at least 10 to 15 years at the very minimum. Parts, labor and electronics come with their own limitations. Typical treadmill warranties cover parts, labor and electronics for one to five years, while the best treadmills offer a five-year to a lifetime warranty on these elements.
Help & Support
The majority of treadmills come with a user manual as well as an assembly manual. The assembly manual generally displays every nail, screw, lever and switch needed to put your treadmill together. Before purchasing a treadmill, check to make sure that the manufacturer provides a user and assembly manual, either as physical copies or in PDF versions. Live chat support is another help and support feature to look for so you can get quick answers to your treadmill questions. The manufacturer should also provide a technical support phone number or a support email or form for you to use to contact them.
Whatever your fitness needs, a treadmill is a great machine for you to excel in the goals you have set for yourself. Treadmills are an investment, but they are effective when it's time to take control of your health, boosting your immune system, increasing your self-confidence and improving your wellbeing.