An exercise treadmill is like a conveyor belt designed for running on, giving you a running track that only takes up a few square metres. Treadmills exercise your thighs (quadriceps and hamstrings), calves, and of course your heart.
Using a fitness treadmill is great for all the family, whatever your fitness levels. Walking and running are the most natural forms of exercise, and with a treadmill you can do both in the comfort and safety of your home.
There are two main types – manual and motorised ( or electric) treadmills. As you move up in price, motorised treadmills offer you inclines (tilt like a hill!), programmes to simulate different hills and speeds, while a heart monitor tells you how fast your heart is beating – and not just from excitement!
Types of treadmills
Here’s what the jargon means…
|Manual treadmills||Manual treadmills are low cost – you ‘push’ the track along with your feet as you walk. Some have magnets in the frame that keep the track rolling smoothly as you exercise.|
|Motorised or electric treadmills||Motorised or electric treadmills move the track under your feet as you walk or run along it – and you can vary the speed to suit your fitness level.|
|Folding treadmills||Folding treadmills are designed to fit into the home with ease - they're collapsible, fitting vertically into a cupboard or other storage space.|
So now you know your treadmills, let's find out
what features you should look for.