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Walking and jogging are two of the best ways to exercise your body and improve your cardiovascular system. Unfortunately, factors like weather conditions and time restraints can prevent us from keeping to a regular outdoor exercise regime. Treadmills give the all-weather availability and anytime-convenience that our lifestyles can't always provide.

Like all types of exercise equipment, there are many different treadmills models available to choose from. These range in price and quality, but are all created using basic components. Every component, from tread to motor, is equally important to the results you'll receive from your treadmill. Therefore, in shopping for treadmills, you need to know what to look for to guarantee the best value for your money.

Most people use their treadmills for running. Others may prefer walking on treadmills, but the majority of users buy them as alternatives to facing the daily hassle of going out for a quick jog every morning or evening. Outdoor jogs require a lot of flat surface, and can be especially trying for those living in busy neighbourhoods with congested traffic.

If you plan on running, get a treadmill that will reach at least 10 mph. For incline, make sure that the treadmill you choose will go up to 10 percent. Some runners will claim that an incline of 20 percent is their best choice, but that's really too much. Ten percent incline is challenging enough, without being harmful or uncomfortable.

Every treadmill is equipped with a rolling belt on which you will do your walking, jogging or running. The suggested belt size should be at least 48 inches long and 16 inches wide. When shopping for treadmills, look at models with those specifications to ensure the best results and optimal performance.

Proper cushioning is important in your choice of treadmill. If you're wearing the wrong shoes, or the ground isn't conducive to running, you can suffer a sprain. There must be enough cushioning to support each foot-strike. Take your running shoes with you when you go shopping for treadmills. Try each treadmill to see if the running bed absorbs the shock, and doesn't move around with every foot-strike.

The treadmill frames must be sturdy and stable. If the treadmill shakes or moves around while you're on it # keep shopping! When you're exercising you'll be in the zone, and you don't want to worry about stability. Try standing on the display model treadmill with your hands in place on the handlebars. You can even add more pressure to the frame than you normally would under everyday circumstances. If the frame feels as though it's not solidly placed, move on to try the next model.

The control panel of your treadmill is the brains of the whole operation. This is where you get to control every aspect of your treadmill, often event he motor. Most modern treadmills come with their own exercise programs, allowing you to choose from beginner, advanced, and expert programs. Other models have a personal electronic trainer installed in their programming that you can access through your treadmill's control panel. Remember to try the control panels when shopping for treadmills. It should be simple to operate and within easy reach from your position on the treadmill. The ideal treadmill will have everything the controls you need within reach and accessible with the push of a button.

If you're not always able to stick to your exercise obligations because of weather or schedule conflicts, a treadmill might be just what you need. Look for one that's comfortable, sturdy and easy to use. Remember to wear your running shoes # because shopping for treadmills can be just as much fun as using them!
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