A walk into a fitness store will make your head spin because of the sheer variety of treadmills available. and without the knowledge of what exactly you are looking for it is tantamount to navigating in the dark aimlessly. While searching for the best treadmill in India here are the main technical aspects to bear in mind.
For motorized treadmills this is one of the aspects you should certainly look out for. Advertisers and dealers have made a killing out of the belief that the bigger the horse power the better it is. The trick here is not to buy into their catchy phrases such as ‘peak horsepower’ or ‘treadmill duty’ instead look out for what you specifically want. A 2.0 horse power treadmill is a decent choice but anything less less than 1.5 won’t last long. Here is more information on horsepower.
2. THE MOTOR TORQUE
The motor torque is an another important factor to put into consideration. This is the shaft that moves against the load. The motor torque therefore depends on the weight of the human load. In simple terms the heavier you are the higher the motor load should be.
I am pretty sure you don’t enjoy paying for repairs. This is the reason you should choose a treadmill that suits your purpose. There are different speeds for walking, jogging and running. a treadmill that offers speeds from 0 to 12 mph will be the best bet for runners and joggers while one that offers 0 to 6 mph will be suitable for walking.
4. TREADMILL BELT
The belt should fit your style of operation. For running purposes, it should be at least 18 to 22 inches’ wide to guarantee the safety of the runner. The length should lie between 50 to 54 inches to allow for the long strides. The goal is to acquire one that is optimum for your use to avoid accidents. I would recommend for a two-ply belt as it lasts longer and doesn’t fold on the sides.
5. TREADMILL DECK
One of the reasons you may be buying a treadmill is to offer better comfort as compared to a road. Therefore. A good deck should have good shock absorbing qualities to protect your feet and joints. Depending on your budget go for one than offers at least 40% shock absorption.
6. HANDLE BARS
Because they are used for the stability of the runner then they should be within his reach whenever he needs them. However, they should not be close so as to obstruct his path. They should leave enough room for your arms. Avoid plastic ones instead opt for metallic sturdy ones. Look out for the ones with comfortable grips.
7. TREADMILL ROLLERS
The bigger the roller the better because the larger diameter offers more surface area and the bearings do not take a lot of heat as compared to smaller rollers. They also have the the ability to bear more load and speed. Steel solid rollers will serve you better as compared to hollow aluminium ones.
Since a treadmill is a long term investment, your dealer should guarantee you that will work properly for a period not less than a year. As you go out to get a treadmill I hope this knowledge on the technical aspects will open your eyes and make an informed decision.