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10 Quick Tips for Buying Treadmills
By Jennifer Dennis

Reebok C 3500 Treadmill Thinking about purchasing a treadmill? Before you make a purchase, read these important tips for buying the machine. This fitness equipment will be an important investment, both financially and physically. Read these important considerations before you decide which make, model and style work best for you.

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1. Price ranges for treadmills generally break down in the following:

  • Budget: $500 — $1500
  • Mid-Range: $2500 — $3000
  • Quality: $3000 and up

With treadmills, you get what you pay for — literally. With every additional dollar, you are assured a superior product. Stronger belts, motors, premier monitors, more exciting fitness programs — the list goes on and on. Look for a smooth ride on the treadmill machine, easy-to-adjust incline, water bottle holders and additional features that will make all the difference on your run. With every additional dollar, you will also ensure increased use, year after year.

2. Your fitness level can dictate what type of treadmill you should buy. Do you see yourself frequently running or do you prefer to walk? Daily fitness lifestyles determine the model you should purchase. If you prefer walking, you need a strong belt with easy-to-adjust incline levels to give you the multi-faceted workout you want. If you are a fast, strong runner, a longer belt will be a better fit for you. Ensure that you have strong, steady arm rails that can support your body. A beginning walker should have an incline of at least 10%, and 15% for advanced users for maximum output.

Walkers should be able to attain a speed of 5 mph, or 8 to 11 mph for runners. The speed should increase incrementally so that the user does not fall off while adjusting speeds. All machines should have an auto-switch in case of accidents or emergencies.

3. The deck length and width can substantially affect your workout experience. If you frequently walk, you will want a treadmill that is wider to give you plenty of room to exercise. Runners prefer a longer deck to enjoy a full range of motion while exercising. Either way, you will get a great lower body workout with high cardiovascular intensity that can lengthen your life — and improve your daily experience.

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