One of the most popular pieces of home exercise equipment is the treadmill. Treadmills are easy to use and setup, but they can also be expensive. More importantly, they often become coat racks instead of a great way to burn calories. How do you know if you should buy a treadmill? Here are five things to consider before buying a treadmill.
Do You Really, Really Enjoy Walking?
Do you actually like to walk? Is it one of your favorite types of exercise or do you find yourself getting bored? Investing in a treadmill can be expensive and unless you love walking, it may not be the best fit for you. However, if you do love walking, and plan to setup the treadmill in front of a TV, this can be a great addition to your home gym.
Do You Have Enough Space?
Treadmills take up a lot of space. A really good treadmill will have a long track that allows you to take long strides when walking. Also, not all treadmills fold up for easy storage. This means you will need an area that you can devote to your treadmill at all times. For those living in small apartments, this might not be a good idea. However, if you have a room devoted to your fitness, or a large living area, you're in a better position for owning a treadmill.
What Features Do You Want?
A treadmill can be as basic or decked out as you want. Personally, I've been drooling over a treadmill that has built-in speakers that allows you to hook up your MP3 player. Other features include a variety of speeds, touch-button incline increase, built-in workout programs, etc.
Do You Really Need to Purchase a New Model?
One tip for those that are on the fence about buying a treadmill is to purchase a used one. Used treadmills can be found for a fraction of the price of a new model. This is a great way to find out if you're actually going to use the treadmill. If you find that you use it daily, you may want to consider buying a new model that has more features.
Do You Use the Other Equipment You've Purchased?
Last, but not least, if you're the type that buys exercise equipment, but never uses it, a treadmill may not be the best purchase. Carefully consider your past purchases before spending big money on this one.
Treadmills are a great piece of equipment to own, but they aren't a good fit for anyone. Carefully consider the purchase before spending your hard earned dollars.