Having a treadmill in the comfort of your own home is a great investment. It provides more options when you’re short on time, compared to travelling to
a gym or exercising outside when the weather is not in your favour. But not all treadmills are created equal. Some can be very expensive and may not
be the right fit for you and your health goals.
Before you order your treadmill
, there are some key factors to consider in your search:
1) Payment options
This is probably the number one factor that most people look at during their purchase. Buying up front can put unnecessary
financial stress on the household budget, even if the equipment is on sale. Layby can be a popular choice, but leaves you waiting months without a treadmill
while it drains your bank account. Instead, opt for no interest payment plan
that allows you to take
the machine home so you can get started on your goals while having the convenience of monthly installments.
2) Treadmill Motor
Like a car’s motor, the motor on a treadmill is what keeps it going
The last thing you want is for equipment to suddenly stop working right in the middle of a workout. Plus you don’t want to be kept waiting weeks then for
a repair or replacement of a part. Motivation decreases, it becomes frustrating and that’s when some people give up! Be sure to check what warranties
are available on the motors. You can judge the quality of a treadmill from its manufacturer’s warranty. Don’t accept anything less than Lifetime on a drive
3) The programs
Before shopping, consider what you want to use the treadmill for. What will be your goals? When will you use it? What is your current fitness level, and
where do you want it to be? Consider other questions such as will you be running or walking? Do you need the convenience of a fold up treadmill that has
wheels so you can store it out of the way? Do you want a variety of programs
you can vary your workouts to keep it exciting?
4) Delivery & Set up
During your search, you also need to consider how you will get a treadmill home? And how will you get it through the front door and into the right position
in your home? Some new treadmills can require some assembly – who will put it together? And is there someone you can call, if things don’t go to plan?
Look out for companies who offer delivery, and even better those companies who offer assembly of your equipment in your own home. Plus, if the company
offers in-home servicing
, then this is a huge bonus! It means you won’t have
to wait, you won’t have to move the machine, and you won’t have to send the machine away to a factory.
5) Using your treadmill
Once a qualified technicians assembles your machine and it’s ready to go
take some time to become familiar with it before hoping on. Explore all the options, including the programming, and decide what you’ll start with first.
Getting to know your machine will make you more confident while using and will encourage you to get the most out of it!