Folding treadmills are clunky and break easily. They have to be made cheaply in order to fold. The electronics are often the first to go. But, do you really need all those fancy extra features to get a good workout? A manual treadmill might be a better choice for you if you want a simple, easy workout without all the hassles.
Lots of major treadmill companies also make a manual treadmill in addition to their fancy, state-of-the-art electronic machines. A manual treadmill is one that doesn’t run on electricity at all. You just hop on and start going, and you move the machine yourself. They are light, cheap and easy to store. Best of all, there are fewer parts that can break.
Is a manual treadmill right for you? Let’s look at the pros and cons of a manual treadmill.
No Special Features
Of course, manual treadmills don’t have all the extra features. If you are a serious athlete, or if you have a serious weight loss plan, a manual may not be right for you. If features like heart rate monitor, incline adjustment, speed control, preprogrammed workouts and all that other stuff are things you need, you’ll have to go motorized. If you want variety and multiple workouts, a motorized machine might do you more good.
But, if you are looking for just a simple, easy workout, a manual may suit your needs better. In fact, it’s a waste to spend all that money on a big clunky machine packed with special features you’ll never even learn how to use.
Manual treadmills are great for people who want to keep it simple (and save money!).
Taking It Off The Hips
Actually, if you want to lose weight around your hips and abdomen, manual treadmills are better. This is because your walking is what sets it in motion. With a motorized treadmill, you push a button and the motor does the rest. But, when you use a manual, it’s your own body that’s driving the machine.
Health and fitness experts agree that manual treadmills are actually better for taking off extra pounds around your hips. This makes manual treadmills an ideal for choice for more of us than we’d like to admit!
Not A Good Obesity Buster
There is a myth surrounding manual treadmills that they are better for losing weight because your body drives the belt. This is true when it comes to abdominal fat, but not your overall body. In fact, a manual treadmill used improperly can be bad for your joints.
In general, manual treadmills are best suited for those who are already in pretty good shape. You don’t have to be in perfect shape, of course; but manual treadmills are not recommended for those who suffer from obesity. In this case, a motorized treadmill will help take off the pounds much more effectively, and not cause undue stress to the rest of your body.
If a manual treadmill is right for you, it’s a great deal. They are light and easy to use. You can usually find one for around $150, and it will last you as long as you want to use it. As in most cases, simple is best!
Source by Dave Faulkner