You likely already know that walking is a wonderful way to achieve better fitness and weight loss. However, there are challenges to walking for fitness. The biggest challenges to walking for fitness are the weather and finding time.
When it’s raining or snowing outside, or really cold, the last thing you may want to do is go for a walk. Likewise if you live a busy life, and who doesn’t, then the only time you may be able to walk is when it’s dark outside. That can be unsafe. So what’s a person to do?
A treadmill may be the answer you’ve been searching for. A treadmill provides you with the ability to:
* Walk any time you want – walk whenever it is convenient for you.
* Walk rain or shine – indoor walking doesn’t care about the weather!
* Walk and multitask – talk on the phone, watch television or read while you walk!
Shopping for a Walking Treadmill
Treadmills come in all shapes, sizes and price ranges. When you’re looking for a treadmill consider:
How often you’ll use it – Treadmills that are used daily should have a larger motor. This will help ensure your treadmill has the capacity to last a good long time. Smaller motors have shorter life spans if they’re used every day.
Keep in mind that you can purchase a manual treadmill. In this case you power the treadmill. This can be an inexpensive and low maintenance type of treadmill. However, a treadmill generally has to be at a significant incline to be able to start under the power of your two feet. You may not want to walk for thirty or sixty minutes at such an incline.
Incline – It’s important for most people to be able to change the incline on their treadmill. Increasing the incline adds resistance and burns more calories. Some treadmills even have programs for walking that include rolling hills or mountain climbing programs.
Treadmill bed surface – Look for a treadmill that is long enough for a natural stride. Also make sure it is wide enough for you to walk comfortably. If you have joint problems you may want to look for a treadmill surface that has cushioning.
Extras – If you’re going to use your treadmill often it might make sense to look into a few extra features. For example, you might want a book or magazine holder. You may want pre-programmed workouts. You may also want iPod interaction so you can listen to music or take advantage of iFit workouts and membership features.
If you’re serious about your fitness walking program consider getting a treadmill. It helps you stay on track to walk every day regardless of the weather or what’s going on in your busy life. To your great health and fitness success!