Treadmills are one of the most popular types of home exercise equipment because they’re simple to use and provide a fast way to burn calories. When you have a treadmill at home, it’s easy to find the time to squeeze in a quick run and you can exercise anytime you feel like it.
While few things can beat getting outside and breathing in fresh air, this isn’t always a practical option and is why home exercise equipment such as treadmills provides a convenient alternative that can fit with any lifestyle.
Unlike running outside, treadmills have a smooth surface that’s consistent and stable so you won’t have to worry about uneven roads and trip hazards. Being able to adjust the intensity of your workout means running on the treadmill can have a much lower impact on your bones and joints so is great for those starting out or recovering from injury.
You can also track your progress with home treadmills thanks to nifty features including heart rate monitors and calorie monitors that show you how much impact your run or walk is having. Depending on your workout goals you can adjust the incline, speed and warm up/cool down periods to suit your pace.
Choosing the right treadmill
No matter what the size of your home you’ll be able to find a used or new treadmill that’s right for your needs. If you have ample space opt for a larger model, or where space is in short supply, choose a compact or foldaway style.
Leading brands such as Horizon Fitness, Everlast, ProForm, Life Fitness, Roger Black, Reebok and Pro Fitness have a range of manual treadmills and motorised treadmills to choose from.
Before you select a treadmill make sure the settings suit your current and future levels of fitness. Whether you already have a good level of fitness or plan to work your way up, ensure that your treadmill’s maximum speeds and inclines won’t eventually hold you back
You should also consider the treadmill’s shock-absorbing abilities and prioritise models that can reduce the risk of injury.