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Treadmills keep you on track

Staff Reporter


A treadmill at home saves time and helps one get

into shape


Photo: Mohd. Yousuf

Grab them: Motorised treadmills on display at a showroom in city. -

Hyderabad: Walk, jog or run. As long as you have a treadmill that makes you move and burn calories, you are on the right track. With erratic working hours hounding professionals today, getting a treadmill at home could save time and help getting into shape.

The market is full of international brands which cater to everyone with a budget. Prices of treadmills start off from Rs. 16,000 and go up to Rs. 1.30 lakh! These running machines are equipped with AC motors and boast of capacities ranging from 1.25 HP to 4 HP.

Key factors

Earlier, treadmills had DC motors on board that got burnt frequently which led to manufacturers switching over to AC motors.

One has to look at a lot of factors before choosing a treadmill for home. Treadmills are classified by ‘user weight’. A person weighing between 80 to 90 kg can use a treadmill with 1.25 HP capacity and one with 1.5 HP capacity can be used by two or three persons at home. If three or more people use the treadmill, then it is advisable to go for 2 HP or 3 HP capacities.

“Before buying a treadmill, one should look at its workload that is classified into ‘peak’ and ‘continuous’. Most treadmills specify ‘peak duty’, which signifies the machine’s condition at its peak performance. However, it is sensible to buy one which specifies ‘continuous duty’, as it indicates continuous workload of the machine,” informs Rajeev Dhupar, Managing Director of Regal Fitness.

Cushion deck

Another important criterion is the cushion deck (belt) of the treadmill. The deck is designed to reduce impact on knees. “Mills with a 3 mm deck is best for domestic usage. These decks need to be lubricated using silicon gel, once in three months as a maintenance measure,” he says. The lubricating gels are available for Rs. 65 a bottle and it is necessary to use a stabilizer when using a treadmill.

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