Christmas time is here! Once again, we whip out our note pads or schedule books and begin to write our New Year’s resolutions. For most people, one of those resolutions include getting back in shape or commit to doing more exercise. If you’re one of these people and you’re reading this, then you probably decided to use a treadmill to get started with this goal. Let’s face it, treadmills offer the best of both worlds: you get the benefits of walking regularly without leaving the comfort of your home.
However, before you start visiting your local treadmill stores in search of ‘the one’, there are a few things you need to keep in mind:
- The type of workout you want to do:
If you’re thinking of doing cardio, treadmills are the best choice but if you’re also trying to go for specific zones in your body, tone muscle or get involved with more types of workouts, you need to research the workout options available for someone who owns a treadmill.
- Workout zone:
At this point, you already know what type of workouts you want to do and how you plan to use your treadmill. Most people want to buy a treadmill to work their way up from walking to full on running, and for this you need to take the treadmill’s motor horse power and the belt’s length into consideration amongst other things.
- Price range:
Treadmill stores will have a wide range of machines available for you try out and purchase. Most treadmills are sold in the price range of $400-$2000+. Setting your budget and your price limits will help you make a choice without getting yourself into debt or purchasing something you can’t afford.
- The features:
Usually, a treadmill will offer the regular speed & incline features while others will even let you recharge your mobile device or connect your iPod. To decide the features, you want you need to do a little market research and find what the latest models (within your price range) offer and what do you want.
Previous customer experience is your best ally in this journey. The sellers at the treadmill stores are trained constantly to give you all the selling points and highlight the best aspects of the machine. Customers are the ones that will give you the honest point of view. Scour the internet for websites like Amazon and online treadmill stores to see what previous customers had to say about the very same models that you’re considering to buy.
- Visit plenty of Treadmill stores:
before you make a decision you’ll need to do lots of research and that will mean visiting many treadmill stores, talking to their sellers and looking at treadmills, trying them out for a test-walk.
You need to do this for as long as possible until you find a machine you’re comfortable with. Don’t be scared to try them out while you’re the store and ask as many questions as you need to ask before making your final choice.