What should you pay attention to when buying a treadmill?
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Do you like walking or running, but are the weather conditions not always pleasant? It can be too hot, too cold, wet, slippery or dark... A treadmill offers the solution! With this you can easily move the outdoor workout sessions indoors and you don't have to interrupt your training schedule if the weather outside is bad for a while.
Of course, you should not buy the first treadmill you come across. There are different models for different training purposes. So: what should you look for when choosing a treadmill?
1. Maximum speed, incline and number of programs
What are your workout goals? Do you have a high average speed? Then choose a treadmill with a higher maximum speed. Do you like a tough challenge and is climbing a hill the right type of workout for you? Then you choose a treadmill with the option of an incline angle. Do you want a lot of variation in height and speed during your workout? Then go for a treadmill with multiple training programs.
2. Shock absorbtion
Whether you walk or run, every step you take impacts your knees. If you run on asphalt, you have less damping than on a soft forest floor. Good damping support is therefore important. That doesn't just apply to the running shoes you wear, it also applies to a treadmill. Do you have sensitive knees or joints or do you use the treadmill for rehabilitation? Then you may want to look into a treadmill with good shock absorption.
An orthopedic mat (cross tip), for example, is thicker, has a coarser structure and gives you more grip.
The diamond mat is a more luxurious mat with a diamond structure and a smoother surface.
If you choose the sand mat, then you have a good, affordable mat with a grain structure.
Are you tall or a little shorter? This can also influence the choice of a running mat. For taller people, a narrow running mat can feel claustrophobic, causing you to constantly look down to see if you're still on track.
On the T80, T85 and T90 you can also attach a REHA rail (rehabilitation handrail) for even more grip.
Do you have a real lack of space? The Cardio Fit T10, for example, is fully foldable and with a height of sixteen centimeters can easily be slid under the bed or in the closet.
For professional or frequent use, it is better to choose a treadmill with an AC industrial motor, such as the T90. This motor is maintenance-free and comes with a lifetime warranty.
A bluetooth connection also allows you to connect to apps such as Tunturi Routes and Anyrun, with which you can not only track your workout progress, but also follow real-time running routes.
Were you able to make a choice between all the options? Tunturi has a wide range of treadmills!