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					Treadmill Buying Basics

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Basic tips for purchasing a treadmill.


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Treadmills are a large investment financially and in your fitness,
therefore much thought and preparation should go into the purchase of
your new treadmill.

Having your treadmill motor blow up or your belt warp severely after only
a few months use is not something you want, so here are a few basic
treadmill buying tips.

Warranty - Any treadmill brand worth its weight will offer a nice
warranty on their product. Usually the motor, parts, and labor will be
covered under different warranties. Make sure you get at least a 5 year
warranty on you motor. After the treadmill purchase make sure you abide
by the warranty and send in any user registrations if required.

Walking Surface - How big is the surface you actually walk or run on? My
first treadmill had a 16 inch width that seemed fine in the store,
however after further usage I found myself always aware of where the
sides were and extra careful not to "step off the edge". Make sure the
width of your treadmill will be comfortable for everyone in your
household (I prefer 20 inch widths) and also the length is long enough
for the long legged members of your family.

Weight Limit - Most treadmills have a weight limit. Too much weight can
put a strain on the frame, belt, and especially motor of the treadmill.
Make sure your potential treadmill has a weight limit to accommodate all
of its potential users to avoid putting undue wear and tear on your new
treadmill.

Test Things Out - Get on your treadmill and give it a test drive. Does
everything work as the advertisement states? Try the heart monitor if
it's a feature, does it appear to be working properly? Is the treadmill
quiet to your liking, or will it be an annoyance when home? Are the
displays big enough for you to see easily?

Safety - Make sure your new treadmill has an emergency stop mechanism.
This can help prevent serious injuries during malfunction or accidents.

Additional Features - Treadmills come in many shapes and sizes with
various features. Some additional features you may look for are a water
bottle holder, calorie counter, book stand, incline, and preset and
programmable workout routines.

Once you've made your final treadmill buying decision, make sure you shop
around for the best price for your new treadmill. Getting all the
features you want at the price you want makes for happy treadmilling!

				
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