If you live in a tight little place and are hesitating about buying a treadmill simply because you don’t have enough space to accommodate it, this is the right article for you. You see, you are not the only one who lives in condominiums. Moreover, large treadmills pose problems not just for those living in small apartments but also those who are constantly on the move.
Thanks to the huge market demand, treadmill manufactures have finally come up with a portable version of the regular large-sized treadmill. Now, no matter how small your room is, it shouldn’t be an excuse for not using a treadmill. So what are portable treadmills? Well, that is something I am going to discuss in this article.
Here are some of the benefits of using a portable treadmill:
a) Portable: They are smaller in size and lighter in compared to the regular treadmills. As such, you can easily carry them from one place to another with little inconvenience. In fact, you would be surprised to see that almost everything, from belts to bars, are much smaller in size than your typical home-based treadmill.
Functionally of course, they are limited compared to the regular treadmills, in that they may not have all the bells and whistles you would except in a regular treadmill. Personally, I have never felt the lack of anything in my portable treadmill and therefore, never bothered to dump it for something else.
b) Easy to setup: If you are new to treadmills and don’t know how to setup the equipment, you should definitely go for the portable version. Portable treadmills usually come completely assembled, so that you won’t need to scratch your head for hours to figure out how to setup the equipment.
c) Compact in size: Once you are done with your day’s exercise, you can easily and safely store the treadmill into a closet or cupboard, since they can be easily folded into a small, neat and compact size. In fact, their compactness is such that you can also keep the treadmill under your bed or carry it in a hatchback car.
d) Cheap: Since portable treadmills are small and light , they are usually a lot cheaper than your regular home-based treadmills. In a way, if you buy a portable treadmill, you will not only save on space but also cash.
I wished I could finish this article by elaborating only on the advantages of using a portable treadmill. But the fact remains that there are a few limitations of these equipments. For example:
a) Limited number of incline options: Due to constraints of space, most portable treadmills have none or very few incline options. If you are a power user of the treadmill incline, you may end up getting disappointed with these portable equipments.
Portable treadmills also lack some of the advanced bells and whistles found in regular treadmills. The end result of such limitations is that with a portable treadmill, you are limited to a few workouts and incline options.
b) Unsuitable for tall people: Portable treadmills have very small belts. While the regular home treadmills usually have belts of 52-60 inches in size, the maximum size of the belt of a portable treadmill I have found is 50 inches. So, if you have a tall figure, you are more likely to fall off the equipment than be able to stick on it steadily.
On the whole, if you have lack of space in your room for a treadmill, don’t have enough cash to spend on it and/or are a beginner, a portable treadmill is probably the best deal for you.