There are so many different types of treadmills available, that knowing which one is the best treadmill for you. This article will provide you with a treadmill buying guide, as well as show you the benefits of using a treadmill and the safety precautions you must take when using one.
The treadmill is a piece of fitness equipment that allows you to walk, jog or run without leaving the house. The treadmill moves as you walk so that you can walk in the same spot. This makes it easier to walk at home, instead of leaving the house to get some walking exercise.
The treadmill was first designed in 1875, to be used for animals. Animals ran on the treadmill, powering mills or other equipment. The first medical treadmill was invented in 1952 by a cardiologist, Robert Bruce. They used it to diagnose and evaluate heart and lung disease. The machine was taken on by the fitness equipment industry, which began designing treadmills similar to the ones we use today.
Types of Treadmills
There are two main types of treadmills, motorized treadmills, and non-motorized treadmills. With motorized treadmills, a motor powers the treadmill. With a non-motorized treadmill, the exercise powers the treadmill.
Within these two categories, treadmills can also be differentiated according to the following factors and functions:
- The size and storage space of the treadmill. There are also fold-up treadmills, which use hardly any space. On the opposite side are big, bulky treadmills that are more suitable for gyms.
- The size of the walking area. This includes the length and width of the treadmill. Some treadmills are available that have a double deck, allowing you to walk your dog at the same time.
- The sturdiness of the treadmill. Some treadmills are available for children, which would not take an adults weight. People who weight a lot will need to make sure they get a treadmill that is designed for their weight.
- A treadmill that is designed for specific purposes. For example, some treadmills are specifically designed for walkers, whereas others are designed for joggers.
- Special functions. Treadmill functions include emergency stopping, automatic slow starting, pulse recording and timing functions. Many treadmills also come with inbuilt treadmill workouts.
How Do Treadmills compare To Other Home Fitness Equipment?
Treadmills are just one type of home fitness equipment available to people who want to exercise at home. So how does it compare to the other home fitness equipment out there?
Treadmills help us walk and jog both natural activities for the human body. The man was made to walk and jog, and when we walk and jog we exercise in accordance with the natural movements of our bodies. This is not true for much of the other fitness equipment, which forces us to do exercises that are not natural for the human body and may, in fact, involve movement we have never used before.
The other good thing about treadmills is that it is very easy to create an exercise routine that is as easy or as difficult as you want. Treadmills can be used for a slow gentle walk (which may be necessary for people with medical conditions or people who have not exercised for a while). For people who want a more vigorous workout, an uphill jog can provide them with what they need.
Treadmills can also be used by the whole family. Even children can make use of a treadmill; provided the speed is low and they are supervised by an adult. Most other fitness equipment cannot be used by children. Also, the treadmill does not need a lot of adjustments to be made between different family members.
Treadmills Compared To Elliptical Machines
Elliptical trainers also help the exercise walk or jog. However, the difference is that an elliptical machine works the upper body and creates less of an impact on bones and joints. Many experts suggest that the impact on the bones and joints actually helps the bones and joints work properly. People with injuries may benefit from an elliptical machine, but most reasonably healthy are better off exercising on a treadmill. Also, elliptical machines are generally more expensive and feel less natural than treadmills.
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