- Q: What are the benefits of exercising on a treadmill?
- Q: What is horsepower? And what is the difference between continuous and peak?
- Q: What size motor do I need for a running treadmill?
- Q: I hear that running is too high impact and can ruin your joints. Is this true?
- Q: Are treadmills time consuming or difficult to maintain?
- Q: I don’t have much space in my home, so I guess a treadmill is out of the question right?
- Q: How do I know which treadmill is suitable for walking, jogging, or running?
- Q: I own a studio or gym, and are looking for a semi-commercial or full commercial treadmill?
- Q: Is running an ideal exercise? Aren’t the other options such as cross-trainers better as they are a full body workout?
Exercising on a treadmill can provide many benefits to your health, fitness and waistline! The huge benefit of using a treadmill is that walking, jogging and running are movements that come naturally to us, so no complicated exercise technique needs to be learned in order to see great results. The benefits of treadmill exercise include the following:
- Increased cardiovascular fitness
- Increased muscle strength
- Improved joint mobility
- Decreased stress levels
- Improved posture
- Increased bone mineral density
- Decreased body fat levels
- Lower impact than running on roads/pavements
This can often cause confusion as you will notice that different models of treadmill often specify different levels of both “peak” and “continuous” horsepower as selling points.
Horse power is a specific unit of effort, and the rate at which work is done.
Peak horsepower as a rating tells you how much power the motor can possibly create; while continuous horsepower tells you how much power a treadmill will create under normal, continuous usage over a period of time. Continuous horsepower is a much fairer comparison between motors. Normal continuous horsepower falls between 1.25 and 3HP.
A running treadmill should be capable of at least 2.0 continuous horsepower. Below 2.0 continuous horsepower is recommended as suitable for only walking and jogging as anything beyond that can cause the motor to burn out.
While running on the road or pavement can present a significant level of impact on your joints, running on a treadmill is not the same. Our treadmills are equipped with cushioned running decks which help absorb the impact and shock from your running instead of your joints. This way you can enjoy the health and fitness benefits of running without the negative effect of sore joints!
Treadmills do not require excessive maintenance to keep running, the main things to keep on top of are lubrication of the running mat, centering/tightening the mat, as well as dusting/vacuuming under the treadmill and the treadmill’s covers – all of which is simple and easy to do!
To see exactly how to lubricate your treadmill please view the following link:
To see exactly how to tighten the running mat, please view the following link:
Note: The tools and lubricant required are included with every treadmill.
Wrong, the majority of our treadmills have fold up running decks to make them more space saving, and are also moveable. Therefore you don’t need to have them dominating the living room when you have guests coming around!
To check what a particular treadmill is suitable for, simply scroll down the bottom of its page to the specification list which will advise you of its capabilities.
We offer a fantastic range of treadmills; ranging from domestic to semi-commercial and full commercial options to meet your specific needs. Please refer to the product descriptions and specifications listed for each particular model to help guide your decision.
Running is a highly effective form of exercise. Despite the common belief that running only involves your lower body this is not the truth. Running involves your entire lower body (glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps, and calves) but also involves your core muscles for stability. As well as muscles in the shoulders, chest and back responsible for the arm pump movement involved in correct running technique. Although not the main muscles emphasized when running; this upper body involvement can be increased by holding a pair of light dumbbells when using your treadmill, also increasing the metabolic cost of the exercise – leading to greater calorie burning!
Running is also a very functional movement. And when it comes to fitness, beyond cardiovascular adaptations that affect the heart and lungs (which are transferable across activities) a certain degree of fitness at an activity comes from local muscular adaptations that allow for improved performance (and are not entirely transferable between exercise modes). Put simply, if you want to get better/fitter at running you are best to train specifically by running – which is definitely something to want to become fitter at if you need to run around after kids etc!