Are you someone who would like to get started on an exercise program but afraid you'll make a fool of yourself if you were to go to a gym? 

You know you should exercise for health but lack sporting ability, therefore, you think the gym is just not your scene?

If this sounds like you then a home treadmill is an ideal choice.

Why?

Because at home you are in your own space. It's your private domain. If you require any help to get started a personal trainer from your local gym is only too pleased to help and show you the main features of a home machine.

For anyone who is a stranger to exercise, walking, as simple as it sounds is a perfect start. Hard exercise is not for everyone. But walking is an activity that is inherent to human nature and does not require any special training. It is straightforward, effective and enjoyable. 

Walking is well tolerated by most individuals regardless of fitness level. With a machine, in your home, the fact that you don't have to go to a gym to be surrounded by fitness freaks (some of whom 'dress for the occasion') is a big plus as you can gradually build up your confidence.

Suggestions for the Complete Beginner

1) A visit to your doctor: Your doctor knows you best and if you have any problems, eg back or joint problems they can advise if you should stay with a low impact program or gradually build up to higher impact training.

2) Purchase a pair of suitable shoes: You must be fussy about your selection. A good shoe will feel cushioned, support your arches and plenty of room for your toes.

3) Socks are equally as important: Thicker socks are preferable, especially if you are prone to blisters.

Regardless of what type of workout you plan to do it is very important to warm up AND warm down for at least 5 minutes. Once you have loosened up you can begin with a 20-30 minute workout and increase your speed when you feel comfortable. Most treadmills have various programs that you can pre-set, however, I recommend you adjust your machine manually until you are more sure of yourself.

There are treadmills for walkers with comfort and convenience features which are perfect for low impact exercise.

Many walkers (and runners) now consider the treadmill one of the best lifetime fitness purchases they can make. While a few purists who insist that outdoors is the only true path for walking and running, most runners can see that a home treadmill offers wonderful advantages, LIKE Cold weather. Hot weather. Rain even Allergies & Darkness.

See the video below which has valuable information.

 

Increasing the Intensity and Your Workload

As strength and endurance are developed, the treadmill can be used for jogging and/or for interval training.

However, compared with walking treadmill, runners need to set higher standards in order to get better workouts. There are a number of qualities to consider when choosing the right treadmill for your running training.

If you choose to run on a treadmill, this takes practice, but no particular skills. Start out very slowly with your normal running stride and only increase speed after you feel totally comfortable. Run at the front of the tread, where you can easily reach the controls.

When finished, get off slowly and carefully, as you may feel slightly dizzy for a moment.

Walking-Running Treadmills

 

Treadmills are unparalleled for hard, scientific training. 

You can vary your speed precisely and monitor your heart rate and this gives you a chance to do great progressive workouts, in which you can increase either the distance or the intensity of your run.

Use the treadmill to increase the frequency of your workouts. Without cold and darkness as excuses, you should be able to fit in more training and get yourself in better shape.

If it is possible to try out different types of treadmills before choosing the one you like best. Pay particular attention to the smoothness and stability of the "ride."

The treadmill shouldn't make you wobble from side to side or feel herky-jerky when you run on it.

Explore the treadmill's shock-absorbing abilities. If a treadmill lowers your risk of injury, as it should, then you have another strong reason for buying one.

Make sure the treadmill's top speed, and its elevation incline, are appropriate for your level. You don't want to get home and discover that you've bought a treadmill that doesn't go fast enough or has the speed you can't use.

 

Exerpeutic TF1000 Ultra High Capacity Walk to Fitness Electric Treadmill

 

  • Electric walking treadmill with 1.5-horsepower high-torque motor
  • Adjustable speed up to 4 miles per hour in 0.1 mph increments
  • 20-inch-wide treadmill belt; extra-long 18-inch safety handles
  • LCD display monitors time, distance, calories burned, speed, and pulse
  • Supports up to 400 pounds; folding frame; 5-year motor and 1-year frame warranty
  • Value: Compared with other treadmills in its price class, the high capacity TF1000 can be an above-average value. Please note though, that’s assuming you buy directly from the Exerpeutic website. The sale price might be lower elsewhere (about $399 instead of $499) but the manufacturer’s extended warranty won’t apply. The extended warranty makes a significant difference to the overall value of this treadmill, mainly because it adds five years to the 90-day parts and labor warranty.
  • Assembly: The Exerpeutic TF1000 arrives almost fully assembled. The owner’s main task is to attach the data monitor to the treadmill frame. Customers report that unboxing and assembly take about 30 minutes.
  • High Capacity: Exerpeutic treadmills are remarkably high capacity for their price class. The TF1000 can hold up to 400 pounds. For comparison, most treadmills under $500 can only support a maximum of 250 pounds. The Exerpeutic TF1000 is also a higher capacity than the simpler model in its series, the TF100 Walk to Fitness Electric Treadmill.
  • Safety Rails: Long handrails on this treadmill help trainees feel secure during exercise.
  • Safety Key: The treadmill has a safety key to protect the user from a moving track if they slip. The key can connect to clothing with a cord and will stop the treadmill’s motor if it’s pulled out of place.
  • Compact Frame: This treadmill is just 51″ long and 32″ wide. It has a folding frame for convenient storage, and wheels are included for portability.
  • Warranty: When sold on the manufacturer’s website the TF1000 carries an excellent warranty package for its price class, including more than five years of coverage for parts and labor and 10 years for the motor and frame. When sold elsewhere though, the treadmill has less coverage in each category, most notably a mere 90-day warranty on parts and labor.

 

   

Sunny Health & Fitness T 7643 - Heavy Duty

 

Burn BIG calories with the SF-T7643 Heavy Duty Folding Walking Treadmill. Big walking surface, big button, big handrails. Did I say big!
High weight capacity of 350 lbs with a big treadmill walking space (43.3L X 20W) that can be moved easily with the transportation wheels. Safe and easy folding and unfolding with soft drop mechanism
Big buttons, so you don’t squint looking for the start or stop. Big easy to read quick speed buttons (1, 3, 5 mph) and big sturdy handrails give you the confidence to walk fast.

 

A treadmill can let you do the ultimate in precise training. You can know your speed and heart rate at all times, and vary them according to any formula you want to follow.

How we plan to exercise can help us decide what type of treadmill we should buy.

Running places a high impact on the machine, so runners need to seek out power and stability as top priorities. Walking is low impact so the mid-range machines will easily meet the demand. If your primary form of exercise is walking, you can get all the power and programming you need out of a treadmill without paying a huge amount. While the more expensive models offer greater size and motor power, those features aren’t necessary for a great walking treadmill. In fact, less power means less expense, smaller dimensions, and better storability.

 

Below are two examples of treadmills that offer all of those perks without sacrificing reliability or ease of use, and are not in the high price bracket.

The ProForm 505 CST exceeds expectations in almost every area. It has a slick design, the functionality was simple and the symbols on the dashboard were easy to follow. That smart simplicity carried over into its smooth ergonomics, which made reaching controls and handrails easy. Despite its $599 price tag, this treadmill offers a very sturdy ride without any jarring even when moving up from a walking pace to a jog.

Another machine, similar to the ProForm is the Horizon T101's  It has a smooth-running belt and a large frame. It has a classic console but slightly more expensive. While the overall look may not be as stylish as the ProForm, the Horizon’s buttons were explicitly labeled and their functions responded more quickly.