of Folding Treadmills
treadmills can be a great choice for a small living space as they
can be folded away and pushed under furniture such as a bed. Lighter
models may even store in a closet. Often they have hydraulic folding
mechanisms so that they are very easy to fold. However treadmills
vary greatly in quality.
folding treadmills first came out they were classed as not sturdy
enough for running, and were limited to walking only. Running use
of course puts the equipment under more stress as each foot comes
down carrying more momentum and more of a shock.
early fold-up treadmills were lightweight and also sometimes had
stability issues with runners. It is clear that if you are running
on a treadmill it needs to be more stable than if you are just walking.
in the last few years the quality of folding treadmills has improved
greatly and now you will find foldaway treadmills that are virtually
the same as the non-folding variety. In fact, it would probably
be true to say that most home treadmills now fold. They can take
runners, are not so lightweight and have a good warranty.
treadmills you get what you pay for to a great extent and if you
are planning to use it heavily you will need to invest over $1,000,
or for top range models in the range of $2,000 to $3,000. This is
true whether or not you want a fold-up treadmill.
use for a home treadmill would be if you are a race runner or marathon
runner training on it daily, or if you have several people in the
household who will use it regularly.
you are planning to give your treadmill lighter use, either just
for walking or for short weight loss workouts, you should be fine
with a cheaper model. For example if it will only have occasional
use because you would exercise outdoors in good weather, you can
get away with much less. Be aware though that anything under $500
will be a very basic treadmill.
the stability of your chosen treadmill before you make a purchase
as this can be an issue with lighter models. Also consider how easy
it is to fold and move. Sturdier treadmills weigh around 200 pounds
or more so even folded, most people would probably not easily be
able to lift one.
where and how you will store it. For example, if you want to store
your treadmill under the bed, will you be able to push it sideways?
Most folding treadmills have wheels, but do the wheels rotate or
can you only push it back and forward? This could make it difficult
to move under the bed as you would have to turn it around to roll
it under there.
there is plenty to think about when considering your foldaway treadmill
purchase but you can also be sure there is plenty of choice available
with many brands and models of folding treadmills on the market,
and you should have no trouble finding the best one for your home
and your workout needs.
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