Have you decided to take up running to get fit? Or perhaps the daily trips to the gym are taking up too much of your time; or perhaps you currently run on the streets but are restricted in the winter as a result of the elements or feel unsafe. The easy solution to any of these scenarios is to invest in your own gym equipment, if you intend to make fitness part of your life for the long term and have a spare room or outbuilding then buying your own machines is a cheaper alternative to expensive gym memberships. You also have the ability to claw back a significant proportion of your investment if, for one reason or another, you don't keep up with your regime. Gym equipment can be much cheaper than you perhaps expected, albeit you have to be careful what you buy when shopping with a smaller budget.
The Best Treadmill Under $500: 2012
A look at some of the best treadmills under $500 for 2012, two awesome treadmills at super low prices!
There is a good reason why you don't need to spend thousands on a treadmill, and that is the level of pressure that a family will exert on a machine as opposed to the amount of pressure exerted onto a machine in a gym. A treadmill in a public gym may be used for the equivalent of over 16 hours per day, constantly too. A gym standard machine simply costs thousands of pounds because its parts are designed to withstand sustained pressure over a long period of time, a domestic treadmill will not be subjected to the same level of pressure. On this page I have selected the two most critically acclaimed treadmills costing less than $500, please note that prices are subjected to fluctuation and that these treadmills were at least less than $500 at time of writing.
Horizon Evolve SG Compact Treadmill
This sleek ultra-modern treadmill is tested and recommended by the National Health & Wellness Club, and is suitable for walkers and joggers. You should determine whether a 17-inch x 45-inch running area will be sufficient for your personal strides before purchasing. Awesome features include a thumb pulse heart-rate monitor, two audio speakers with an input jack for playing music or motivational tapes from your MP3 or CD Player, and a no-install fold down design for convenience and easy storage. This treadmill operates with a 1.5 continuous horsepower motor and the speed belt is suitable for acceleration and deceleration within a range of 1mph to 6mph.
Merit Fitness 725T Treadmill
If you prefer to run a little faster then consider this Merit Fitness 725T treadmill which has a speed range of 0-10mph. This folding treadmill is easy to store, has a 1.25 continuous horsepower motor and features 7 preset programs and a hand contact heart rate monitor. This treadmill is suitable for use by people weighing less than 250 pounds. Merit Fitness provide a 2 year warranty on the motor and customer reviews on Amazon have been mostly extremely positive.