Buying a home treadmill is an exciting step in your fitness journey. It gives you the flexibility to workout more often within the comfort of your home. It also means that you can still train even if there are a few feet of snow outside and you wouldn’t be able to safely go on a run in the elements. When it gets down to the time to buy a home treadmill, you have to consider a few things, and look at a few different options, to make sure that you’re getting the best treadmill for you and your specific situation and needs.

Motor Horsepower

 

The motor horsepower of your home treadmill is an important thing to consider. The horsepower that is delivered by the drive motor of your treadmill directly affects how your workout will feel, as well as the quality of your treadmill. The specifics of horsepower can get really confusing. What you need to know, is that you should aim to have a treadmill with a continuous duty motor of at least 1.5 horsepower. If you’re going to be running on the treadmill more often than walking, and it will be on a pretty consistent basis, you’d be better off with a minimum horsepower of 2.5 or 3.0. Your weight will also be something to consider when selecting a motor.

 

Treadmill specifications

 

There are a lot of specifications you should be looking for, especially if you’re considering buying a used or secondhand treadmill. Here are the specifications you’ll need to know before buying a home treadmill:

Belt size – you need a treadmill with a belt at least 48 inches long and 16 inches wide.

Speed – if you’re going to be running often, make sure that your treadmill has the ability to go at least 10 mph.

Incline – Make sure that your treadmill has an incline of at least 10%. Having a treadmill that offers a decline option is also valuable, but not quite as important as the incline feature.

Cushioning – To prevent injury, you need to make sure that the running bed will absorb shock and the belt shouldn’t move with every strike of your foot.

Stability – You want a treadmill that is stable! Choose one that doesn’t shake when you run or walk, and make sure that the frame stays stationary.

Control panel – Just make sure that it easily accessible and you’re comfortable with how it functions and how to use it.