Sunday, October 25, 2009

Thinking of Buying a Treadmill?

Winter is quickly approaching and many of you may be contemplating buying a treadmill. Before you open that wallet, there are a few things to consider—What kind of treadmill do you need? Who will use it? How often will it be used? Do you have enough space in your house to store it?

A runner who is looking for a treadmill for inside running is looking at making quite an investment, so take your time and educate yourself on the various models. You definitely don't want pay $3000 on a treadmill when in fact a $1000 machine is just what you need? Or think you've found a bargain, only for it to break on you after a few uses.

There are various factors you have to consider when selecting a treadmill. For example, the size of the runner. A lighter runner may find that a machine with a less powerful motor will work just fine as well be a little cheaper. A heavier runner (or a family with various-sized runners) may need to look at models with more powerful motors and strong frames.

Belt length, cushion, elevation, speed—these are just a few things that may start to enter a prospective treadmill-buyer's mind. To help you answer these questions and become a more informed buyer, check out RunReviews.com. This site is dedicated to testing and reviewing treadmills. Not only does the site provide you with tips on how to select and buy the best treadmill to suite your needs, it also provides a host of treadmill workouts and exercises.

10 comments:

Patrik - Runnertalk.net said...

Personally I don't like running on treadmills but it can be nice sometimes when the weather is just to bad.
Runreviews looks like a great site, I came a cross the site a few days ago.

RunnerDude said...

Hey Patrik! I'm with you. A treadmill is my last resort. I have found that running intervals or fartleks while on the treadmill breaks the monotony and makes it a little more fun, but I'll take the outdoors anyday!!!

Kristin said...

Thanks for the link to the site--I might break down this year--sometimes its even too snowy to get out to the gym....

RunnerDude said...

Hey Kristin! I'm usually running in all kinds of weather. Here in NC, ice is often the winter culprit that keeps me off the roads. My problem is that our house is so small, there's no room for a treadmill!

runrgrl2007 said...

Great minds think alike... I just said today, I need to look at "dreadmills"...

RunnerDude said...

Hey Runrgrl2007! I love that term--"dreadmills"! LOL! If you decide on gettin one, I'd love to know what you get.

NY Wolve said...

I run a lot on a treadmill. Never an excuse not to run! And much, much easier on the knees.

RunnerDude said...

Hey NY Wolve! Haven't heard from you in a while! Hope all is well up your way! Oh treadmills are great and a necessity for many. I probably just don't use them enough to get use to them. They do come in handy here in NC when we go through a rainy cold spell. Glad it helps out with your knees. Anything for injury prevention!

chris mcpeake said...

the dreadmill. how i hate you .. lol

Dena said...

Okay, I must be some sort of freak. I LIKE my treadmill - great to pound out a 5-6 mile run first thing in the morning INSIDE when it's cold/dark/wet/snowing outside.