We know about the treadmill as the exercise equipment that simulates running, walking, or jogging while being in place. It is derived from the human- or animal-operated farm mill that is used to grind grain through a treading motion on the wheel steps. One of the most basic equipments found in gyms and homes, it is perfect for those who want to lose weight but can’t go out running or jogging outside because they are either shy or the weather is not conducive for such physical activity.
Basically, a treadmill is composed of various parts, the most prominent of which is the conveyor belt. This is the moving part of the equipment where the person runs, walks, or jogs. The belt is usually wide in order to accommodate any user regardless of their heft. Of course, the conveyor belt won’t move at certain speeds if not for the machine’s electric motor. Upon the manual intervention of the user, the treadmill’s motor increases or decreases the speed of the conveyor belt’s movement, which moves towards the back end of the machine. That way, the user is allowed to run, walk, or jog with ease and at a certain pace. Just like any other exercise equipment, treadmills are also prone to wear and tear. However, treadmill repairs are relatively easy to do. In case yours breaks down or malfunctions, contact the treadmill company to have it repaired.
Most treadmills that are found in gyms or are being sold in the market have liquid crystal display (LCD) monitors in-front of them, providing information about one’s running, walking, or jogging. Indeed, since they are exercise machines that help improve one’s cardiovascular health, treadmills are equipped with heart rate and pulse monitors. Also, they monitor the total speed of the run, walk, or jog and the total distance covered. More importantly, they monitor how much calories the user has burned for the whole duration of the activity.
For instance, a person can use the machine for 60 minutes, starting off from a steady walk and then gradually increasing the speed so that he could jog or run. As the 60-minute session is about over, the user can decrease the conveyor belt’s speed. Another goal that can be set is for the number of calories one needs to burn. True enough, the treadmill can provide a great body workout and help ensure cardiovascular fitness.
While all gyms have such equipment, many individuals who want to be fit and healthy can’t go to such places, maybe because they are not used to being around people sharing the whole space with them, or due to time restraints. This is why treadmills are now available in retail stores that sell sports- or fitness-related stuff. Coming in different sizes and components, purchasing such an exercise machine is definitely an investment that allows people to do exercise in the comfort of their homes.
Of course, there are certain considerations that one should consider when purchasing one. One of them is safety. When running, walking, or jogging, there is the possibility of falling off from the treadmill while exercising, so one has to purchase a machine that has padded handrails on its front and/or sides to hold on to. Another key feature that treadmills have today is the tether safety key, with the one end attached to the machine and the other attached to the user’s clothing. In case the user falls, the key would be pulled out from the machine and stop the machine right away. Additionally, be mindful of the treadmill repairs especially if you use the equipment on a daily basis to ensure its safety features.