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Choosing the best treadmill

New to running or training for a marathon? We’ll help you find the right treadmill to match your workouts.

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A treadmill is a great way to introduce yourself to running – by gradually building your pace, you can really start to make big strides. They’re also great for regular runners, to squeeze in a few extras miles when time is tight or the weather isn’t great. Read our guide to help find the best treadmill to suit your fitness level and your home.

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What are you using your treadmill for?

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Walking and steady jogging

Lighter workouts suit smaller models, so look for entry level treadmills. These can support weights between 100-100kg, with a belt size of 100-125cm. The incline can be automatic or controlled manually, as can the level of speed, varying between 0-13kph.

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Steady running and hill climbs

Mid-range treadmills are great for those looking to develop their running. Many models have an automated incline to build-up your strength, with a max speed of 16kph. The belt size tends to be longer at 125-132cms, supporting weights between 110-120kg.

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Long distance training and hill climbs

Ideal for professional or regular runners. The long belt of 132-160cm is perfect for longer strides and faster paces, reaching speeds over 16kph. The incline is automated in most models and can support weights between 120-200kg.

Finding the best treadmill for your home

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Where will it be stored?
A treadmill is a big investment and ultimately comes down to room.  Where will it sit in your home? Make sure you measure the space first, so you know it’ll easily fit. If you don’t want your treadmill permanently on display, opt for a handy folding model.

Know your belt size
Consider the length of the belt too. Do you need a bigger size? Generally, a 100-125cm belt length is ideal for walkers, around 140cm for runners and at least 150cm for runners over 6’ tall.

What are the best features of a treadmill?

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Tracking your progress
All treadmills will monitor your basic cardio fitness such as speed, time and calories. The variety of these functions will vary depending on the model or design you choose.

Here are some of the best features they can include:

  • Up to 12 levels of incline – great for training
  • Selection of pre-set training programmes
  • Built-in speakers to easily connect your playlist
  • Choose between battery or mains powered models
  • Records your speed, time, distance, calories and heart-rate
  • Many models now have an auto-stop safety system

Setting up a treadmill

Get set. Ready. Go!

Watch how easy it is to get to grips with your treadmill. Use the in-built functions to improve your fitness and monitor your heart-rate. And once you’re done, make some space by neatly folding your treadmill away.

Let's run through some reviews

Treadmill vs running outside

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Which is better for me?
Neither is 'better' than the other as they both have their pros and cons. So it ultimately comes down to personal preference.

Outdoor running:

  • It’s free.
  • You can run wherever you are.
  • It's good training for road races or fun runs.

Treadmill running:

  • Easier on the joints due to the padded surface.
  • You’re not affected by weather.
  • You can run at any time without worrying about safety risks.

Try both to see which you prefer and what works best for your body. Or why not try a combination of both?

Workout essentials

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Remember your water bottle

It’s important to stay hydrated whilst exercising. Pick between different sizes, colours and materials to keep your drinks cool and you refreshed.

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Grab a towel

Sweat is a good thing – it means you’re increasing your heart rate and burning those calories. But if it gets too much, use a towel to dab yourself down.

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Find your activewear

Feel confident and be comfortable, even at home. The right gym gear can help motivate you to work harder and more often.

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Push on with headphones

Listening to an upbeat playlist is a must. Don’t like getting tangled in wires? Try wireless headphones, especially when you start to pick up speed.

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