Studies have found that jogging or brisk walking for 20 minutes per day can have countless benefits. Some of the benefits include having a stronger memory, losing weight and improving heart health. Furthermore, doing this gentle cardiovascular exercise daily can increase your life expectancy by 6 years according to a study conducted by Danish heart expert, Dr Schnohr (2015).
Before the pandemic, we had the luxury to head out anytime. But the unbudging presence of COVID-19 makes it hard for one to do so. Although it does not break the Singapore law to exercise without mask outdoor, it sure does make one feel uneasy. Yet, exercising with a mask on may also bring a host of problems. A jogger in Wuhan jogged with his mouth and nose covered, and ended up in the hospital due to pneumothorax also known as collapsed lungs.
How can we continue to stay active while staying in? A treadmill may just be the answer. What are some of the aspects that you should consider when buying a treadmill?
Read on to find out more!
With the majority of Singaporeans staying in apartments, it is not surprising to know that space constraint is one of the main reasons why people are unwilling to invest in a treadmill. Indeed, with the average size of a traditional treadmill being 160cm long and 71cm wide, it is undoubtedly space consuming. We all don’t want a white elephant at home! Nevertheless, there are new models of treadmills of improved designs that are slim and compact. Besides, it serves the same purpose as traditional ones. Hence, tick this reason off your decision list and reconsider your decision to not get one.
Moveablity and Foldability
Traditional treadmills are not built to be stowed away. Hence, it might be a common misunderstanding that buying a treadmill is like buying a piece of furniture such as a sofa – you need a permanent space for it. Truth be told, some treadmills are foldable and can be easily stowed away. Sceptics might ask, how can a sturdy treadmill be kept without breaking one’s back? The secret is treadmills with attached wheels for seamless moving and a handle for a good grip. With these features, you can easily move a treadmill into any small gaps after use!
Speed limit and incline level
A runner that aims to build endurance and burn calories typically tend to run at the fastest speed of 7.5km/h with incline. Treadmills with a maximum speed of 10-12 km/h may be too pricey and excessive for the usual needs. Besides, most runners might not be able to meet this speed. Hence, do make sure that the treadmill you are looking for can accommodate up to 8km/h and can be elevated.
Work out programs
“Running is boring”, people who said this may have not tried treadmills with work out programs. Treadmills with monitors tend to have such programs affixed to it so that runners can follow the pace throughout the session. Such programs make a whale of a difference because they make exercise fun with its varying speed, hence making the session more challenging. Your body is stimulated to gear up for next change in speed. Towards the end of the 15 minutes session, it will only leave you feeling fulfilled and satisfied.
The market rate for a typical treadmill range from $500-$3000 depending on the features such as speed limit (again, a high maximum speed might be unnecessary). Furthermore, many of these higher range treadmills are bulky and can’t be easily stowed. Do you need one with features that you might not use often, yet it is bulky and expensive? Do be prudent in your spending and make sure that that your bucks are well spent on a practical treadmill.
In conclusion, a treadmill can be a good investment if one takes into consideration these pointers. Now, who said that staying home is a good reason to become a couch potato. Do some treadmill-searching, check out Miuvo’s Power Walk Treadmill today!
Schnohr, P., O’Keefe, J. H., Marott, J. L., Lange, P., & Jensen, G. B. (2015). Dose of jogging and long-term mortality: the Copenhagen City Heart Study. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 65(5), 411-419.