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Buying Guide for Treadmill in Nepal

What is Treadmill?

A treadmill is a stationary exercise machine that enables you to perform running or jogging exercises indoors. The treadmill consists of a running belt, motor, roller, and other electronics to adjust the functioning as per your comfort. Most have adjustable incline settings to increase or decrease the difficulty level. They are often considered one of the best indoor exercise equipment for individuals as well as families. Some of the latest models of a treadmill include Bluetooth and LCD touchscreen, allowing the user to stream music or training videos and read news or articles. There is a large variety of treadmills available in Nepal with a very wide range of pricing. This article will guide you to buying the best treadmill available in Nepal for your price range. Here, we will discuss different types of treadmills, their features, components, and their health benefits of treadmills.

Components of Treadmill

Treadmills are the most popular exercise equipment among gym-goers. They help improve cardiovascular health and promote weight loss. Here, we will discuss different parts of treadmills and their functions.

1. Frame

The frame is the outlook of the treadmill and it must be able to support your weight. For this reason, a high-quality strong frame is very important for the treadmill. Commonly, treadmill manufacturers use aluminum and steel for frames due to their high strength and durability. While checking the frames, be cautious to look for the weldings. Frame with poor quality welding is not durable. Due to this reason, we must look for a longer period of warranty over the frame and most preferably a lifetime warranty.

2. Motor

A motor is the heart of the treadmill. Treadmills are operated by the motor that dictates the power available during the workout. The treadmill motor is usually 1.5 to 3 horsepower. It rotates the belt as you walk, jog or run on the treadmill. Although the motor is the key part of the treadmill, the overall performance of the treadmill depends on the belt, rollers, and deck. Moreover, the treadmill offering fewer RPMs (rotation per minute) provides optimal performance, increased torque, and increased lifespan.

3. Deck of the Treadmill

The deck is the part above the frame supporting our body while running. Therefore, it is important to know what our deck is made of and how strong it is. It can be made of medium-density fiberboard (MDF), plywood, or particleboard. If you look for longevity, MDF combined with wax and resin binder will give the highest possible lifetime. Additionally, MDF makes the deck less prone to bowing in the long run. Another important feature of the treadmill is the protective coating layer. The expensive models are painted with synthetic polymer materials like phenolic resin whereas the cheaper models are painted with enamels.

4. Belt

The belt is the actual rotating surface over the roller which makes it an important component of the treadmill. There will be multiple users if you are buying a treadmill for your family. Therefore, you must look for the best possible belt which offers more strength and durability. The standard size of the belt is 18 x 50 inches. However, if you have a family member with a height of 6 ft above and a weight of 200 lbs above, you should consider a 20 x 60 inches belt. The size of the belt determines the accommodation and range of motion offered by the treadmill. There are 3 types of belts available for the treadmill. They are:

  • Single-ply
  • 2-ply
  • Multi-ply

The single-ply treadmills are one piece of solid rubbers, 2-ply layers have two layers with the upper layer made of high-quality PVC rubber, and the inner layer made up of cotton and polyester. The multi-ply belt is supposed to have extra layers of cushions to absorb the vibrations. We should always look for a treadmill with a multi-ply belt.

5. Incline Motor

Earlier, we talked about the motor that rotates the belt of the treadmill. Now, we will talk about the secondary motor that helps us to change the inclination to the desired angles. We need to adjust our treadmill to various angles to get the optimum result. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), requires us to change the inclination to burn more calories. Adjusting the treadmill manually can be a difficult task, therefore we need a motor to adjust the inclination. However, some models still have a manual mode to change the inclination.

6. Rollers

They are one of the most important components of the treadmill and one of the most breaking parts of the treadmill. The rollers play a key role in the movement of the belt. No matter how strong the motor is, it can’t rotate the belt without rotating the rollers.

The main purpose of the roller is to move the belt smoothly and keep the belt centered all the time.

A quick tip to remember: the rollers work better if the treadmill is used regularly. Moreover, the better the roller, the better will be the performance. The better rollers should have a larger diameter, more weight, and higher strength. A good roller must be made out of a single piece of steel to ensure that it does not strip easily over time.

7. Treadmill Console

The command station of the treadmill located in front of the runners is called the treadmill console. With increasing time, the treadmills have a much more sophisticated console. Initially, the console was very simple with an on/off w\switches and a water bottle holder. Now, the console seems like a full entertainment system along with detailed information on the current fitness status. The modern console includes a few quick control buttons and an LCD monitor. The LCD monitor shows all the information like heart rate, distance, calories burned, and many more. Some of the latest models have wireless screens that enable you to watch videos and browse the internet.

8. Safety Key

The modern treadmill includes a safety key. The key purpose of this key is to ensure that the treadmill stops immediately if the user falls off and to prevent further injury. One end of the key is usually attached to the gamer's clothing or the wrist and the other end is attached to the treadmill front panel. If the key is removed, the treadmill shuts down and stops immediately.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Treadmill

Treadmills are one of the most popular home exercise equipment which provides an efficient aerobic workout within the comfort of four walls. They are the easy choice, to begin with, your new exercise routine. However, there are a few advantages and disadvantages of the treadmill.

Advantages

  • Easy to use exercise equipment
  • The running surface is very predictable, making it a better option than the sidewalks, curbs, or trails.
  • Allows us to create a controlled environment like speed, adjusting incline, energy spend, etc.
  • Custom programs can be designed to fit the time and fitness goal
  • Multiple users can use the equipment without any adjustment
  • Helpful in tracking the heart rates, steps, and calories burned
  • Burns calories faster than any other forms of indoor exercise equipment
  • The latest treadmills have LCD screens that allow us to watch the news, listen to music, etc.

If losing weight is your primary concern, the treadmill might be the best machine to accomplish these goals.

Disadvantages

  • Treadmills can be expensive.
  • The cushioned surface may still inflict too much impact on the back, hip, knee, and ankle joints.
  • Testing the surface can be critical
  • They can take up a lot of space inside your home. The more sophisticated your treadmill, the more space it will take up and it can not be folded.
  • Maintenance is not always easy. It requires professional maintenance personnel.
  • Some treadmills have loud motors that might be disturbing
  • Treadmills can be boring as they provide limited kinds of exercises.

Types of Treadmill

If you want to lose some weight then, running is the best option for you. If you wish to achieve your goal from the comfort of your home, treadmills are the best exercise option for you. You can burn up to 300 calories in the 30-minute of exercise session. However, the key point of owning a treadmill is that you can exercise in any weather condition without any hazard of running outside.

1. Manual Treadmills

This is the basic type of treadmill where the user moves the belt by using his effort. There is no speed barrier, the more effort you put in, the faster you can run. They are easily available in the market and cost much less than other types of treadmills. Compared to other treadmills, manual treadmills have limited functions like shorter belts, lower durability, and no smart functions. They are best suited for beginners as it is very easy to operate.

Features
  • Easy to operate
  • Cheaper than any other treadmills
  • Simple to operate.
  • Fewer functionalities than any other advanced treadmills
  • Simple deck and less space-consuming
  • Good for HIIT
  • Burns more calories
  • No electric plug-ins

2. Motorized Treadmills

They are also known as the electric treadmill and allow the user to set the pace of their workout. The key part of the motorized treadmills is the electric motor which sets the speed and inclination of the running surface. If you wish to buy a motorized treadmill in your house, you should put them in a fixed location because they are heavier and can not be moved easily. They are mostly used for commercial purposes and you can find them mostly in professional health clubs and fitness centers. Electric treadmills provide an amazing exercise experience and make exercise less painful.

Features
  • Having a motor automates the process
  • Both the speed and inclination can be adjusted
  • Takes up more space
  • More complicated design
  • Difficult to move around due to their heavier weight
  • Equally good for the beginners and experienced users
  • They may feature an LCD screen to display the time, calories burned, steps run, watch the news, and play music videos.

3. Hybrid Trainers

Hybrid treadmills are a combination of trainers and treadmills. If you wish to get the benefits of both the treadmill and the trainer, it is the best option for you. Such treadmills consist of two or more independent treads that allow them to go up and down and go together at the same level to act as the treadmill. They are a very costly type of treadmill. With the cost of one such machine, you can buy a good motorized treadmill and elliptical machine and you will still have some money left. The best thing about such a treadmill is that you never get bored of doing the same types of exercise. You can change from treadmill to trainer to staircase in no time. Features

  • They are 3 in 1 type of trainer.
  • Expensive than any other type of treadmill
  • Can function as an elliptical machine as well as the stair-stepping machine
  • Belts are large and cushioned
  • Programmable LCD screens display heart rate, speed, and other health-related information
  • Comparatively bigger in size and difficult to move around
  • Can be used for both home and commercial uses.

3. Medical treadmills

Unlike other treadmills, medical treadmills are mainly used for medical supervision and health-related surveys. They are designed to be operated digitally because they need to be accurate all the time. They are used by doctors to do certain measurements of a patient’s health conditions. Such treadmills are made with fewer moving parts to avoid the wear and tear effect. This makes them long-lasting and performs with high accuracy. Additionally, they are quieter than the other treadmills to ensure that the surrounding is not disturbed. They are larger than any other treadmills. For instance, the running platform can be more than 5 feet long and 30 inches high. They need to be highly compatible in nature as they are used by a large number of different patients.

Features
  • They are the most expensive type of treadmill
  • Used mainly for the medical purpose to rehabilitate and monitor the patient
  • Less moving parts to reduce the wear and tear
  • Speed ranges from 0-10 mph
  • Very good grips to reduce the chances of slipping
  • Can determine the stress level of the patient
  • Highly accurate and comfortable
  • Warranty and technical support from the manufacturer
  • Need large space to accommodate
  • Made from the finest quality materials.
  • Automatically accommodating belt and double-sided decks to absorb shocks.

Benefits of Treadmill

1. Improve Cardiovascular Health

The treadmill helps you improve your cardiovascular health. If you train daily on the treadmill, you will have a very strong and healthy heart. Jogging, running, and walking are the exercise forms that can be performed on the treadmill and they all improve our heart health.

2. Burn calories and lose weight

Walking, jogging, and running are all different forms of cardio exercises. And hence, they all burn calories at a very high rate. It is estimated that you lose up to 300 calories in the 30 minutes of a treadmill workout. The more calories you burn, the more weight you will lose quickly.

3. No chance of tripping and falling

The belt of the treadmill is driven by an electric motor. Thus, while running on the belt or padded surface, no harm will be caused to your body. Additionally, the fine grip of the belt reduces the chances of tripping and falling.

4. Self-set Work Intensity

One of the key benefits of the treadmill is that you can set your workout intensity. Due to programmability, you can easily customize your workout intensity as per your health conditions.

5. Easily accessible

As treadmills are indoor workout equipment, they can be accessed anytime you want. Unlike the other form of exercising, you can easily work out anytime as your time adjusts.

6. Know the Results

The console area of the treadmill displays the workout results as you are working out. This enables you to know the time you have exercised, the calories you have burnt, and the distances you have covered. You can also set the goal and it will let you know every moment you get closer to your workout goals.

7. Entertainment

One of the additional features of the latest treadmill is the multimedia option. The large LCD screen in front of the treadmill allows us to play music videos and exercise at the same time. You can also connect the LCD to the internet.

Thus, we should know that treadmills are the complete package for indoor exercise which is full of functionalities.