Using a treadmill is a great way to stay in shape and healthy or improve your athletic performances. You can train at home at any time during the day, no matter the weather, with just a treadmill and a pair of shoes!
You should choose your treadmill depending on your fitness goals: getting/staying in shape, weight loss, and/or improving athletic performance.
There are three criteria to consider: performance (speed, horsepower, incline, etc.), comfort, and features.
The first criteria to consider when choosing a treadmill is the maximum speed. Your needs will vary depending on whether you plan to walk at 4 mph or run faster than 9 mph (i.e., stay in shape versus improve your performance). We suggest choosing a model with a faster maximum speed than your average speed to improve your fitness level. Don't forget that the incline feature lets you change up your workout and burn more calories (weight loss).
2. Fitting Comfort
Your treadmill should be suitable for your size and stride. The faster you go and the longer your stride, the wider and longer the deck will need to be. Also remember to try out different cushioning systems to find the level of comfort you need.
Different treadmills offer different features. Training programs (weight loss, performance development, etc.) will help you change up your workouts. To track your progress and check your heart rate in real-time, you can choose between two types of heart rate monitors: the hand pulse grip system, or the more accurate chest strap system. Know that compatible applications for certain treadmills can give you a customized workout depending on your physical ability and goals. Enjoy having a real coach at home!
Once you're done, don't forget to stretch. Rest and recovery are important after a run, ensuring you don't have problems in the future from straining too hard.