Today, I’m thinking about treadmills. It seems like at least half of my friends and family have one, and while they all look superficially the same, there appear to be hundreds of different models on the market. How the heck do you decide which one is right for you?
After giving it some thought, it seems like the obvious place to begin is to determine how you plan to use this thing. Are you going to be walking, or getting more hardcore and be jogging or running? The durability and stability of the treadmill is going to be very important for the latter group, while the former may be more concerned with features that will keep them entertained, such as games, stands to perch a book or laptop on, and so forth.
Next, I’d guess you would want to think about how much space a running exercise machine will take up. On many models, the exercise surface folds up, reducing the overall footprint of the treadmill. A few types will actually collapse flat enough to slide under a bed, although they appear to be less robust and would likely only be suitable for light use.
Finally, of course, is price. Naturally, this depends very much on each individual’s budget, but with pretty much any type of exercise equipment, you tend to get what you pay for. Balancing your fitness needs and space limitations against the cost is something you’ll need to consider seriously before investing in one of these devices.
Overall, treadmills are the most popular fitness machines for folks looking to get in better shape. While I just scratched the surface in this post, I hope I’ve given you some things to think about as you start shopping. Best of luck!