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FAQ About Treadmills

We've all heard (and probably made) these excuses when it comes to working out: "I don't have time," or "it's raining outside," or "I don't really feel like making the trip to the gym." Well, there's an easy and effective way to take all these excuses out of the equation: Bring the gym to you. Equip your home with a treadmill and you'll enjoy more active living while saving money on those pricey gym memberships.

Why should I get a treadmill?

Having a treadmill at home helps you overcome those pesky obstacles that get in the way of a more active lifestyle. First off, it offers the convenience of a cardio work out from home, day or night, rain or shine. It also frees up time by saving you the trip to the gym. What's more, a treadmill lets you do other things while you run like read a book or watch TV, making your workouts as entertaining as they are productive.

What type of treadmill should I get?

Treadmills can essentially be broken down into two main types: Folding and non-folding.

Folding treadmills

As its name suggests, this type of treadmill can be folded up and stored away to save you room, making it ideal for smaller spaces. If walking is your thing, one of the more budget-friendly models should do the trick. If you do some occasional running, however, consider a higher-end folding model, as it'll generally have a sturdier construction and more advanced electronic exercise programs.

Non-folding treadmills

If you're all about running and space isn't really an issue, non-folding treadmills are the way to go. They typically sport a sturdy deck and more powerful motor. They're built to last so you can go the distance.

What features should I look for in a treadmill?

First off, figure out how much space you have to work with, as that'll dictate the type and size of treadmill to go for. What's more, decide how much you're looking to get out of your treadmill workouts. Do you want the benefits of advanced programmable features? Beyond that, consider safety features (handrails, safety key), ergonomics (length of the treadmill deck), adjustability (automated incline), and high-tech features (iPod dock, USB port, wireless connectivity).

Want more info? Check out these resources:

Plug-in Blog: Interval Training on a Treadmill or Exercise Bike

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