Deciding Between Traditional and Manual Treadmills

I have recently decided it is time for me to get back into shape. Like many people in the United States, I have put on the “quarantine 15“. However, due to safety precautions, I can’t simply go to the gym right now. Nor can I hire a personal trainer or go to a Zumba class. It seemed like the easiest thing to do would be to purchase myself a treadmill.

The runners feet on the treadmill seen from above

I wanted to put the treadmill into my sunroom, but there are a couple of difficulties. First, the sunroom is an addition to my home, which means it doesn’t have the same robust wiring as most of my house. It might be hard to find an appropriate place to power a treadmill.

Secondly, while I’m alone in this house, I usually like to entertain guests frequently. In fact, the whole reason I had the sunroom added to my house was to use it for guests. If I buy a treadmill, it will take up a significant amount of space in my sunroom, disrupting this purpose.

These factors together make a traditional treadmill less appealing. They tend to be heavy and large and are very difficult to move around. I would need to find a good place to plug it in, limiting the places I can put it in my sunroom. This makes it even more difficult to use the sunroom for both my treadmill and for guests.

Instead, I started looking into manual treadmills. Since I only intend to use it for walking, not running, I don’t need anything heavy-duty. A manual treadmill might meet my needs without the disadvantages brought by a traditional treadmill. It should also be less expensive than an electrical one since there aren’t as many expensive components.

For example, a manual treadmill by definition, does not require electrical power. That means I don’t have to find a place to plug it in. I can place it anywhere in the sunroom where it fits. The lack of electrical power means I need to worry a little less about the sunroom’s environmental conditions. If a little bit of water gets in on the floor or the room becomes very humid, it won’t short out the treadmill. It would take a large amount of water damage to destroy a manual treadmill. I could leave the doors open when I exercise for more of a breeze without worrying about my equipment.

Manual treadmills are also smaller and lighter than electric treadmills. I will be able to move it around to other places in my home once I can have guests over again. Some manual treadmills even fold up when being stored, taking up even less space when I’m not using it.

A manual treadmill also has fewer pieces that can break. It’s simply a belt on rollers, powered by my own walking. There are no electrical components to break down. It doesn’t have a screen or a display that can break. Since

Having decided on a manual treadmill over an electric treadmill, I need to decide where and how to buy one. A manual treadmill is easier to transport to my home. I can easily bring it in myself and don’t need to pay for installation. Once I open it up and put it in my sunroom, it will just work, without any need for programming.

Right now, the safest way to shop for anything, including a treadmill, is online. This is somewhat unfortunate, as I cannot try out the treadmill before purchasing to see if I like the surface, the shape, or the resistance offered by a specific model. This means I should make sure I buy from a company with a generous return policy.

I might also choose to order it online and pick it up curbside at a local store. That would make it easier to return if I don’t like it. Shipping something as large as a treadmill back to an online retailer will be a lot more difficult than putting the treadmill into my car and driving back to the store.

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