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Thefeatures of the home treadmill are constantly improved by themanufacturers. This is also the main reason why the so popular cardiomachines have seen such drastic improvements over the past fewdecades.

Themodern treadmill comes in various shapes and sizes and typically witha rich range of functions, but what most people don't realize is thatthe earliest of beginnings of the home tread mill dates back over ahundred years. Namely, amongst the first treadmills were used asearly as 1975.

A bit of History

Thefirst treadmills were built long before the industrialrevolution. Namely, agriculturalists were in need of some equipmentwhich could be moved about between locations, yet would be powerfulenough to meet the needs. And this is when an innovative mind hadcome up with a machine which was powered by an animal walking on amoving belt. The machines were then built in various sizes and shapesin order to allow for different animals to use them. They were usedas butter crunchers, thrashing machines and so forth.

Thefirst animal treadmill was adopted to one which could be used byhumans in 1952. It was adopted as such by a doctor at the Universityof Washington who could see the medical benefits in its use.

Themodern treadmill is however a child of the 60s. It had occurred as oneof the products of the then-expanding fitness industry. Amongst thefirst manufacturers of these machines were Tunturi and Aerobic, Inc.The technology was greatly contributed by NASA, who also had modelsof their own.

The first motorized treadmills did not hit the markets until the 80s.

The Features

Beforepurchasing a home treadmill, it is very important to understand atleast the basic of its features. Some education is necessaryconcerning its manufacturer, reliability, usability, and so forth.

Motorhorsepower. A person looking for a treadmill in order to use it forlight walking, should go for one with at least 1.5 hp (continuousduty), whilst runners (or people who weigh more than 180 lbs) shouldgo for at least 2.0.

Tread-belt surface. Some standards insist that the minimum tread-belt surfaceought to cover an area of 49"x18". A good rule of thumbwould be that the taller the person is, the more area is required.Atop of that, two-ply belts are better than single-ply ones. This isbecause they are more durable.

Deckcushioning. A suspended treadmill deck will lessen the impact ofwalking/running. This is why adequate cushioning is one of the mostimportant aspects of a good treadmill. It is to prevent injuries tothe runners ankles and so forth.

Console.It is recommended to go for LED or LCD console displays. These willallow the runner to monitor his or her running speed, distance,calories burn rate, time, pulse, etc. Push button speed as well as power incline controls should be required as well, as they willallow adjustments on the go.

Incline.The typical treadmill has got an incline of 10%. This is because thisfigure is adequate for most people's average fitness levels. Thismeans that a fitness buff ought to go for a slightly steeper solution,say 15% incline.

Workoutprogrammes. These are important for the runner's motivation. Thericher the variety, the more motivated the runner is to use androtate them when they become too boring. A number of programmes are built in, but there are also advanced features for experienced runnerswho'd like to build their own.

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