Thursday, July 14, 2005

All About the Treadmill

Treadmills are one of the most popular pieces of exercise
equipment that are available for sale currently. Buying a
treadmill is easy but it can be quite expensive. At then
end of the day though, purchasing a treadmill can provide
you with a plethora of health benefits. Treadmills allow you
to embark on a sustained training program to improve your
fitness so that you can participate in a wide range of
sports or and other general fitness activities. Treadmills
can help you to maintain your own endurance levels, help you
to burn off extra calories, and can help you to maintain
your weight. It is very important before you begin that you
undertake a treadmill evaluation so that you direct your
training in the correct way.

Important Treadmill features that are important to know
about before you purchase a treadmill include:

The Motor: A motorized treadmill has an inbuilt motor that
makes the belt and lift operate. A bonus of motorized
treadmills is that they let you raise and lower the incline
easily. With motors you can change the pace of your workout
how you need it to be.

Horsepower: The horsepower is the measure of the treadmill~s
motor. If it has a continuous horsepower it is how well it
works continuously without lagging. The peak horsepower is
how much power it can get for a quick burst.

Incline: The incline mimics the natural human style of
walking and running. Manual inclines let you speed the belt
up yourself and you quicken your pace. Power inclines lets
you adjust the incline by the machine so that you have to
keep up yourself.

Belts/Decks: You know the belts and decks area also
important. A thicker belt gives you more cushion for your
legs and feet. Short belts give you a faster pace and many
people enjoy these if they want a harder faster workout.

Speed: Most treadmills offer speed ranges of 0 to 10 mph
and most people walk in the 3-6 mph range.

Computer Controls: Treadmills all have some type of
computer control to keep them going. Many have odometers
and speedometers and some even have pre-programmed

Jocelyn Woodbury is the webmaster of DP Treadmills which is a premier source of information about Treadmills. For questions or comments about this article, please

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