Getting into shape needn’t always break the bank. If you prefer working out at home and you are looking for a cardio partner, the first thing that comes to mind is a treadmill. Treadmills come in all shapes and sizes these days, and they can be feature rich and costs thousands like Precor treadmills or stripped down and cheap like the Weslo Cadence G 5.9 treadmill.
What Options Determine The Cost Of A Treadmill
The cost of a treadmill depends on the quality of the parts and the gizmos it has. For example a treadmill with an incline/decline ramp, coupled with top of the line entertainment features; a HD television display that is capable of browsing websites – or even better a touch screen internet enabled console, along with high grade audio speakers – will of course cost a lot more than a treadmill with none of these features.
The amount of workout programs along with the cushioning protection the treadmill offers will also determine the price you pay. Some treadmills comes with touch sensors that allow you to monitor your bpm. With this you can exercise your target heart rate like you would do in zonal training. It also is handy for checking if your heart rate is in a safe zone when working through the paces of tough workouts such as HIIT.
If space is limited in your home you can avail of folding treadmills. Some of these even have a motorized mechanism for folding the machine, so if you have a dodgy back you’ll appreciate this. Some treadmills take up 7ft of space, so the option to fold away after use can be enticing, especially if you have to share the room for washing/storing duties.
Most of todays treadmills also come with mini transport wheels underneath them. This makes it easy to push it away after use. No one want to drag a 200 pound monster around the room after a brutal ramp workout.
Treadmill training is now as much about fun as it is getting fit. That’s why you can now have the full gym quality experience at home. You can watch the news on your monitor, or your favourite online tv show, check your emails or browse websites. You can even work as you work out. But back to the fun.
There is an app called iFit that connects to your wireless console- if yours is internet enabled. If you have a more expensive model – usually over $1000 – you will also need an automatic incline ramp. iFit will then use Google Maps and allow you to simulate any part of the world. You can go for a run up a mountain, or through a busy city thousands of miles from you.
The app will use real Google maps geographic information, so if your route has a hill on it, your treadmill will adjust the ramp and rise up to match the gradient of the slope on autopilot. Who says cardio sessions have to be a chore?