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3. Choosing a treadmill that's right for you

Making the right decision

Now you're armed with the right information, it's time to make a shortlist. Here are the questions you should ask yourself before you buy.

What are my fitness goals?

Decide what you want from your decision to get fit. Are you looking to lose weight, or feel healthier, or become a fast runner? Be warned, though: running can be addictive, and plenty of people start out intending to complete one 5km fun run and end up finishing a full marathon the next year!

What different treadmills will do
Lose weight Any treadmill capable of taking your body weight
Get fit Any treadmill, but a heart rate monitor will help you train
Become stronger Motorised treadmill with inclines to build strength and endurance
Become faster Motorised treadmill with programmes and heart rate
Have fun Motorised treadmill with inclines and programmes
Train for an event Motorised treadmill with high maximum speed

Will it fit my home?

Treadmills take up a lot of space. In general, allow at least the same space you’d allow for a single bed, with half a metre or so on each side to make sure your elbows aren’t hitting the walls when you run!

What are the costs?

Simple manual treadmills are great value and don’t take up much space (many also pack down flat if you need to move them.) If you want to train seriously and become fitter rather than just burn a few calories now and again, try to afford a motorised treadmill with programmes – there are some excellent machines available for well under four figures.

What else do I need?

A treadmill on its own is a very useful piece of equipment. But it won’t exercise your upper body or back muscles much. If you’re not buying any other piece of equipment, add some press-ups and sit-ups to your exercise routine to round out your workout.

There’s a huge variety of great treadmills on the market - but the one you choose needs to fit your healthy lifestyle, too. Now you're equipped with information, head for home gym equipment at!

Using the Argos Comparison Table

Sometimes you want to see features side-by-side. It’s easy! When you view any range of treadmills – by type, brand, or other criteria – you’ll see a ‘Compare products/Go’ link on the right, with a tickbox for each piece of equipment.

page 3 of 4Tick the treadmills you’re interested in, and hit Go – you’ll be shown a handy table comparing all their main features, making
it easier to choose. Why not try it right now?

Argos guide to treadmills

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