Safety, Maintenance and Warranty Tips
When you’re ready to decide on a treadmill for your home, look at the safety features, how easy it is to maintain and of course, the warranty. The safety features will be especially important if you have children and/or pets in your home. They will also be a factor to consider to keep from injuring yourself when you are ready to workout.
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When you are walking or running on your treadmill and you stumble, an emergency stop feature is important to keep yourself from rolling off the deck and injuring yourself. If you do stumble, you could easily be caught on the moving belt, get rolled off the back of the treadmill or hit your head on the console or frame. An emergency stop feature will stop the belt and keep you from being injured any further.
Having handrails on your treadmill will keep you falling from as well. Make sure the handrails are adequate to allow you to grab onto them if you do stumble or feel fatigued before the end of your workout. They will help support you until you regain your balance or finish your workout routine.
If you have children, another feature you might want to consider is the ability to lock the treadmill against unauthorized users. This will keep curious hands from accidentally setting the treadmill in motion and keep them from injuring themselves if they climb onto it while you’re not looking.
You will be able to do most of the maintenance on your treadmill yourself. Wiping down the treadmill and vacuuming around and under it should be part of your regular routine. This will not only keep your treadmill clean, but the motor and belt won’t become clogged with dust, debris and pet hair if you vacuum around and under it at least once a week.
A good quality treadmill will not need too much maintenance, but you may want to have a professional come out to calibrate your treadmill once or so. This will ensure it works correctly and your monitor is accurate when you’re working out on your treadmill. At that time, the treadmill technician can check the belt, motor and other mechanical features to see that everything is in working order.
Usually, treadmill manufacturers will have different warranties for the motorized components, the electronic components and the frame. Many offer lifetime warranties, unless you are buying a less expensive treadmill. Take a look at the warranties and get the best one you can for the money your spending on a treadmill.
Safety, maintenance and the warranty should all be taken into account when decide on which treadmill to buy.