treadmill workouts to be fit
So Which treadmill Should I Buy?
When choosing a treadmill, there are a wide range of qualities and options to choose from. I would say that the best way to narrow your search down would be first to decide a budget, as the price determines what you can buy.
Manual treadmills are the most budget-friendly option and are often the smallest and most portable, and best if you don't have much room at home. However, they are obviously not motorized so you can't choose a specific speed to go at, so it's not for serious training, but more for people who just want a method of running or walking in their own home without having any particular target they want to reach. I personally didn't choose a manual treadmill (my budget was under $400) because my motivation levels are low and I need a machine which will force me to move!
Most treadmills are motorized, allowing you to choose the constant speed to run at, and most also have a timer, calorie counter, distance counter and probably a heart rate monitor of sorts. Additional options include incline settings, which are where you can incline the running belt to different angles in order to simulate walking/running up hills of different steepness. On cheaper treadmills, there are either no incline options or at best one or two. Higher-end treadmills can have around 10 or more setting options, usually peaking at an incline of 15%. Another option to look for is the fold-away option for if you have the little space at home or you are planning to store the treadmill away in summer and only use it in the colder months for instance. Some treadmills do fold up and some don't. Be sure to have a look at the space taken up by the treadmill when it is folded, as some fold into a relatively narrow space, whilst others are still very bulky even when folded.
If you can test out a treadmill first, this is recommended, as it's hard to tell how powerful a treadmill feels or how noisy it is just by looking. If you can't try before you buy, reviews are helpful so have a look at what people are saying online about things like noise level, power, and sturdiness. You want something well built, not flimsy, with a good level of power for your budget. Best not to go for a particularly large or thick running belt, just have the normal belt width and thickness, as the bigger the belt, the harder the motor must work to move it. The width of the belt is usually very similar throughout all treadmills.
With regards to choosing the power of your treadmill, it's best to try it out first, but have a look around at the power statistics between treadmills in your budget range to get an idea of what you can get for your money first. Sometimes the most powerful is not the best option, just take all of the features into consideration.
When planning to buy a treadmill, carefully use the provided treadmill measurements to check that it will fit into your intended room at home OK, with at least a meter of free space on each side and preferably a couple of meters space at the back. I know that when I got my treadmill home it seemed a lot bigger than I imagined...they're definitely monsters! It's best to have a padded mat underneath the treadmill to protect your flooring, and also to deaden the noise, especially if you have people living below you.