I get this question quite often from my clients and friends and my first question back is, “what is it that you like to do?” Because it must be something you enjoy doing or you won’t do it, so if you like to bike, buy a bike or if you like to walk or run, but a treadmill. If not then all you’ve done is wasted money on a piece of equipment that starts to blend in with the furniture.
I also get quite a few questions on equipment you see infomercials on such as the Gazelle. I’ve never used it and actually haven’t seen much on it because I can’t get past that guys really bad mullet hairdo. I’m sure he is really nice, but HELLO! I bet he would sell a lot more Gazelles if he just did something with that hair. Anyway, I do apologize to any mullet wearers or lovers of the mullet. Ok, back on subject. With any piece of equipment I suggest you do your research. Check the reviews. Try it out if possible, and make sure they have a trial period where you can return it if it doesn’t work for you. With all the different types of treadmills, bikes, stair steppers and elliptical type machines our there you want to make sure it feels good on your joints.
Most of these machines will have lots of bells and whistles. So be sure to get what you will use. For instance, my treadmill has set programs on there and I can just hit the program and off I go. Guess how many times I’ve used one of those programs. How about NEVER! Only because I like my own programs better. If you are getting a treadmill and will be running quite a few miles on it, it’s worth getting one with a very reliable running deck and one with lots of give so as you pound down on it, it gives to cushion your joints.
Basically, be sure you get what you like. The best piece of equipment for you is the one you will use. Take your time, do your research and get in a workout most days of the week for 30-40 minutes. As long as you’re moving and burning those calories that’s all that matters.