Treadmills are one of the hottest pieces of
aerobic equipment on the market today. Rather than heading out to the
gym, more and more people are bringing the gym into their living rooms.
In fact, consumers spent more than $2.6 billion on
treadmills in 1997 alone, according to the Sporting Good Manufacturers
Treadmills are excellent for burning fat and
calories. They are ideal for walking or jogging indoors with
significantly reduced impact. And, workouts can be programmed to fit
doctors' recommendations and are a safe way to achieve exercise goals.
If you're planning to buy a treadmill, take the
time to see what's out there. Some key factors to consider during your
search, according to Utah-based ICON Health & Fitness Inc., which
produces such well-known brands as ProForm®, Image®,
HealthRider® and Reebok®, include:
Deck space should be wide enough to allow you to move naturally and freely during the workout.
A durable cushioning system can reduce impact on knees, hip joints and ankles.
electronics provide motivation and keep the workout on track with
feedback of speed, time, distance, total fat and calories burned and
Safety features, such as an automatic shut off switch and clothing clip are a must.
heart monitoring systems, such as grip sensors, make it easy to
determine pulse rate during the workout and stay in your target zones.
Space-saving features allow the treadmill to fold up compactly to maximize floor space.