You might be thinking about purchasing a home treadmill, but you wonder which treadmill is really right for you. Read on for some frequently asked questions about treadmills.
Q: Are treadmills only for people who enjoy running?
A: You can perform several exercises on treadmills, including walking and jogging as well as running. The purpose of a treadmill is to get your body moving. Great results can be achieved by walking, incline training, and running on a treadmill. It’s also a great addition to HIIT workouts, weightlifting, and more.
Q: What makes one treadmill more expensive than another?
A: Treadmills that have a higher price tag may come with more advanced features like touchscreens, programmed apps, workout programs, larger and stronger motors, increased incline capability, and more.
Q: Why should I invest in a home treadmill when I can run outside for free?
A: Yes, you could run outside for free every single day! But the question is, “Do you?” Many who own a home treadmill find themselves exercising on a more regular basis. Having such a versatile piece of equipment in your home eliminates many excuses people use to avoid exercising for the day including:
- “I don’t have time to go into the gym.”
- “I don’t have anyone to watch my kids.”
- “It’s too cold outside to run.”
- “It’s too hot outside to run.”
- “It’s too rainy outside to run.”
- “It’s too dark outside to run.”
- “I can’t leave my pet unattended.”
- “I don’t feel safe running outside by myself.”
- “I don’t feel comfortable exercising in front of other people.”
We encourage everyone to experience the great outdoors when practical, but we also understand the convenience and importance of a treadmill. With a treadmill, you can run no matter what the weather may be outside, and you don’t have to worry about dangers, such as oncoming traffic, strangers, or slipping on ice or gravel.
Q: Is using a treadmill as effective as running outdoors?
A: A treadmill will create an ideal running course that will not have hidden potholes, large branches crossing your path, and a variety of other obstacles that can make running hazardous. Not only is your running experience smooth and consistent on a treadmill, but you also have complete control over your speed and the incline. We recommend setting your incline to 1.5 to imitate the difficulty level of running on a flat road outdoors.
Q: Can I still get work done if I’m working at a treadmill desk?
A: You can choose your own pace while you use our custom-built desktop to do your work. It takes a slight amount of time to adjust to moving while typing on a computer or writing on paper, but in no time, you’ll be able to do it all. There are even a number of studies that show positive benefits to standing at a desk instead of sitting all day, as well as moving your legs while working at a desk to increase productivity and creative thought.
Q: What does it mean when fitness experts say that a treadmill offers a balanced workout?
A: With NordicTrack treadmills, you can adjust the speed and incline at which you run to create a balanced workout. With a treadmill enabled with iFIT®, you can purchase an iFIT membership and create workouts that have a perfect balance between a flat surface and inclined resistance. Also, you can bring more balance to weightlifting and HIIT exercises by adding a steady amount of cardio to your routine with a treadmill.
Q: Do treadmills require special shoes?
A: Any shoes you would run outdoors with would be suitable for walking or running on a treadmill. By using a treadmill, you’ll avoid gravel, broken glass, or other debris found in the road that may cause discomfort and injury.