Think of it! A temperature controlled environment. No wet leaves. No icy patches. No potholes. No snarling dogs, just you and your treadmill. Once the domain of serious runners and cardiovascular physicians, treadmills have caught the interest and imagination of recreational walkers. And why not! For anyone on a walk-a-day schedule, they offer the ultimate in convenience. And they may help you the effectiveness of your workout.
If you stop walking, you will fall down. If you want to challenge yourself to a more vigorous workout, you can simply increase the treadmill’s elevation to simulate hills. With some models, you can program a warm-up and cool down, or train at intervals that push you to your limit and ease you back to a comfortable pace.Set your track in front of a TV or even a full- length mirror and the time will fly when you walk.
The pricy models also boast extras, such as automatic elevation and computer capabilities, such as calorie-counting and course setting features. But what’s right for you is based on a number of important considerations and price is just one.
If you are considering the purchase of a treadmill, here are a few tips: Be sure to get a written warranty. Buy from a special fitness equipment store. The sales people are usually knowledgeable about the equipment they sell. Often the shop will send someone to install the treadmill for you. And if you have a question or problem later, you will have someone to call.
Pass up the no motorized versions:
They are practically impossible for walkers to use effectively. The belt create too much of a drag and you use your all of energy to pushing rather than walking. Choose a motorized treadmill that’s appropriate for your weight and walking speed While the more economical versions are made of flimsier materials, many of them will stand up fine for a nominal price. Make sure the belt is wide enough for you to walk comfortably.
Test it in a store at a minimum of 4 mph. Look for at least ¼ horsepower and a DC motor AC motor have to work through a system of pulleys and levers to change speeds. DC motors generally run more smoothly and have more accurate settings.
Walking no where fast:
A treadmill is a relatively simple piece of equipment. But here are few points to help you adjust safety to the new experience.
When getting on a treadmill, be sure to use the hand-rails of hand bar. Straddle the belt with both feet, and then step on. Begin at a very low speed and slowly adjust to your pace.
Give it your full attention:
Don’t expect to watch your favorite TV program on your first walk. Get used to the machine first.
Learn to be light-footed:
A treadmill is for walking, not tramping. If you plod along, you may disrupt the evenness of their motion.
Don’t pump off:
Straddle the belt, hold onto the rails and step off very carefully. If you have been on the treadmill for any amount of time, you may fed dizzy and understand for few moments when you get off. Just walk slowly around the room until you have adjusted your equilibrium.