The New Year is around the corner and you definitely don’t want to miss it to make fitness your new goal and priority!
That’s all good, me neither. Over the past years, I found out that the best cardio workout to get back in shape quickly and lose body fat in no time is to run. And considering how it is freezing in the North Hemisphere around this time of the year, the treadmill is definitely my best friend!
Treadmills are now amazing: you can watch TV or your favourite YouTube show, listen to the radio and even follow HIIT programs! Plus, you have the choice between using a treadmill at the gym or buying it to use it at home (so no excuse to skip your workout!). The team at Reviews.com released a guide to finding a great treadmill to help runners to choose what is best for them, based on their habits. They found that there are a few key questions to ask yourself when looking for the best treadmill!
Determining exactly what type of workout you’ll be doing on your treadmill can help ensure you get the features you need while not breaking the bank:
- Walkers typically opt for a treadmill that is less hefty, with lower horsepower. This tends to be sufficient to support their workouts while saving money by avoiding the features that typically are only used by runners.
- Runners and interval trainers tend to put a lot more stress on a treadmill, so they opt for bigger, higher-powered machines. These treadmills will be able to keep up with the impact and mileage that runners typically log.
- Speed: Runners will want to ensure that the maximum speed of the treadmill matches their typical pace. Your average treadmill typically tops out at 10 – 12 miles/16 – 19 km per hour (five or six-minute mile). Those who are training for speed PRs may want to opt for a more specialty running machine that reaches higher speeds if their PR range could dip below the five to six-minute mile mark.
- Incline: Similarly, those looking for a treadmill to use for incline or decline training will want to make sure their machine offers an appropriate range. Typical treadmills can offer up to 10 – 15% incline and don’t usually give the option for decline running. Those looking for a higher range or wanting to train for downhill may also want to look for a specialty treadmill that can offer those features.
Reading through your treadmill options, you’ll find that manufacturers talk about a machine’s horsepower either in terms of peak performance or continuous performance. Peak performance can be a relevant metric, however, most of us will be on the treadmill for a sustained period of time and thus continuous horsepower (CHP) will likely be a more relevant evaluation. In terms of how much to look for, it really depends on what activity you’ll be using the treadmill for. Keep in mind that the user’s weight and intensity of the workout increase the demand for horsepower, but these estimates can help you get started:
- Walkers should look for about 2 CHP
- Joggers should look for about 2.5 CHP
- Runners should look for about 3 CHP
Treadmill belts are made of PVC, formed into a loop that turns around the deck while you move in place.
- Walkers tend to be comfortable on a belt that is approximately 55 x 20 inches – 139.7 x 50.8 cm, a space that comfortably accommodates shorter walking strides. Smaller treadmills are typically lighter, less expensive, and more easily storable, so opt for a smaller belt area if you’re walking.
- Runners often want to opt for a 60 x 20 belt – 152.4 x 50.8 cm, to allow ample room for longer strides. Deluxe models will offer up to a 72 x 20 (182.9 x 50.8 cm) running space, but along with the larger space comes a higher price point. Keep in mind, however, that a bigger belt is more stressful on a treadmill, so this may mean a heavier burden on its machinery.
For more information about treadmills and how to choose one that’s right for you, take a look at the full article here: https://www.reviews.com/treadmills/