Whether you want to get in shape or stay in shape, a treadmill is a great way to get exercise without leaving the comforts of your home. Treadmills consistently burn more calories than steppers, rowers and bikes. It is proven that treadmills provide the most effective cardiovascular workout you can get!
Key General Features:
Speed and Incline
With the ability to adjust speeds for various workouts and incline to simulate a climbing experience, you can increase or decrease the intensity of your workout. Many treadmills have a one-touch feature that changes speed and incline quickly without interrupting the workout. It is great for experienced treadmill users or those wanting varying or challenging workout sessions. Also, intensity variety is the secret to long-term fitness success and less burnout.
With different belt sizes, you can be reassured that you will have enough room to exercise. Not only does your stride matter, but also your intentions with the treadmill. Those purchasing a treadmill for walking will get what they need with a shorter belt, while those who are joggers or runners will need a longer and wider treadbelt.
Cushioning reduces the impact of exercise on your joints. This is very important in preventing discomfort and injury. Cushion percentage refers to the amount of impact reduction compared to a hard surface such as a sidewalk or road.
All treadmills have a different console display, so be sure to choose one that best fits your needs. The console display can keep track of distance covered, pace, carbs burned, time spent exercising, heart rate and more. You can also choose a console that provides entertainment and motivation during your workout; some treadmills include features such as a built-in TV, speakers, and/or connection for an iPod or MP3 player.
CrossWalk® Upper-Body Arms
Some treadmills have CrossWalk Arms. These allow you to exercise your back, chest and arms as well as standard treadmill leg and cardio exercise. This feature is perfect for fitness enthusiasts because you can get more use out of one machine! But, you should choose a machine that allows you to work at a challenging level without feeling too difficult.