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Running on a Treadmill

Treadmills are great training devices. Especially during the rainy, winter months when it's easy to use the cold weather as an excuse not to run.

Treadmills have many advantages. The greatest advantage is that they are used indoors in a controlled environment. The treadmill runner does not have to be concerned with weather, traffic lights, or safety concerns. Treadmills allow you to jog, run, sprint, climb hills, and resistance train by easily and accurately varying grade and speed. Treadmills also absorb shock better than asphalt and are less likely to cause impact injuries.

Tips on How to Run on a Treadmill

  1. Try different programs
    • Try different programs until you find a program that best fits you.
  2. Wear light running shoes
    • Light running shoes will help you run faster.
    • Treadmills usually have good shock absorbers so you can run in light running shoes without increasing your risk of injury.
  3. Do not look down at the monitor while running
    • If you look down at the monitor while running, you will not have the correct running posture.
  4. Keep hydrated
    • You may loose more water running on a treadmill than running.
    • The air resistance created while running outdoors helps keep you cool.
  5. Use a heart rate monitor

Buying a Treadmill

  1. Decide where you are going to put the treadmill and measure the space. You will need space for the machine and free space around the machine.
  2. When you go shopping for a treadmill, wear loose, comfortable clothing and workout shoes so you can try out the machine.
  3. Try several different brands of machines.
  4. Read treadmill product reviews.

Features to look for when buying a Treadmill

  1. Horsepower of the motor.

    • Larger, heavier motors usually last longer
    • The continuous duty rating of the motor determines its quality and duration.
  2. Voltage of the motor.
    • Treadmills with a motor voltage of 220 will not work on most homes.
    • Some heavy motors usually have a voltage of 220.
  3. Thickness of the walking deck
    • The thickness of the walking deck affects the comfort of the legs and feet.
  4. Size of the walking deck
    • The walking deck should be at least 48 inches long and 17 inches wide.
  5. Shock Absorption
  6. Kinds of Programs
    • The treadmill should have at least speed, distance, incline, time and calorie presets.
  7. Service and Warranties
    • Warranties can vary from 1 to 3 years.
  8. Delivery and Setup price
    • Ask your salesperson if the price includes delivery and setup.

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