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Tips on buying your first treadmill

With so many treadmills for sale on the market, it can be difficult to know which is the best make or model to buy. A home treadmill is a great investment that gives you plenty of options and it is important that you choose the right treadmill to achieve that desired weight loss and overall fitness. Before you purchase your treadmill there are some considerations to help you choose the right one for you.

Money is awlays a top consideration and it is important that you know what you can afford but also that you select a treadmill that has the quality to be great long term value as an investment. It is easy to think that a second-hand or cheap treadmill would be a great financial choice but you may very well end up with a treadmill that doesn’t last very long and end up costing you more for the time you have it. A second hand treadmill will not have a warranty and any mehcanical issues become your financial woes. Even just getting a broken treadmill to the tip may end up costing you money. It is worth considering payment plans to ease the pressure of the investment. Plans can be convenient, simple to set up and allows a buyer to select a better quality treadmill to pay off over time. Payment plans can also come with no interest ever, making it a highly attractive options for most.

The Australian Consumer Commission (ACCC) have a product safety guide for treadmills that describes the minimum requirments for a treadmill in Australia and is worth a quick read.

Before you start the shopping adventure decide where the treadmill will be used and stored. Will you need a folding up treadmill for storage or will you need a treadmill that is easy to move? Shorter treadmills may suit a walking exercise plan but are not suitable to a runner, especially if you are over 6 foot (182cm). Plan for a larger treadmill and enjoy extra room if you don’t use it all. Generally allow for a treadmill size of 7 feet (213cm) in length by 3 feet (91cm) in width and plan for a clearance around the treadmill of about 3 feet (91cm). Take a moment to imagine your treadmill workout and select a location in your home that will encourage you to keep up your routine rather than sit forgotten.

Research the extras that can come with a treadmill and decide on the must haves versus the really wants. Some extras include;

  • Heart Rate Control programs,
  • Bluetooth music,
  • Console fans,
  • USB charging, and
  • Apps to help create a better experience.

When shopping for a treadmill some things to look for are;

  • Size of the motor and track speed – walking versus running can affect the size of the motor you need. A running routine will need a larger motor to cater for wear and tear.
  • Track size and cusioning – a running routine will need a longer track and a wider track may suit if you are a larger person. A cushioned treadmill can reduce running impact on the legs by up to 40%.
  • Incline and programs – decide in advance what types of activity you want to do on your treadmill, even if not right away. If you want to include an incline when you reach a fitness target then make sure you include that in your purchase.

Lastly, when looking at a Treadmill on sale be sure to check the warranty, delivery, and set-up. The manufacturer’s warranty will often give you significant clues as to the quality of the treadmill. Look for a lifetime warranty on the frame and drive motor.

How will you get the treadmill into your home? If a seller offers a delivery option, this is a good sign. Also, consider how you are going to move the treadmill from your doorstep to your designated workout area and whether that is included or will cost extra. New treadmills usually require some assembly so unless you consider yourself a handyman, this is also usually best left to a trained professional.

Any other questions about what to look for in a treadmill? Please don’t hesitate to call us on 1300 135 596 and ask!

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