Getting the right treadmill for your body and budget!

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Tips for Treadmill Shopping & Fitness So You Can Meet Your Goals

How to Find the Right Shoes & Recognize Common Foot Ailments

Plantar Fasciitis (Image Credit)

Plantar Fasciitis (Image Credit)

Painful feet are impossible to ignore when you’re working out on a treadmill.  With each step, your feet strike the ground with a force equal to 3-5 times your body weight.  That means a 150 lb person will experience 450-750 lbs of force per leg per step.  It’s no wonder we can experience painful side effects!

How the Right Running Shoes Can Protect Your Feet

One of the best things you can do to minimize pain or injury is make sure that you’re in the right type of shoe.  People often make the mistake of using time as an indicator of when it’s time to get new sneakers.  Really, you should use distance as your indicator.

If a pair of shoes is older than 400-600 miles, then chances are, you’re ready for a new pair.  Be on the lookout for sharply defined creases in the outside foam of your sneaker.  Also, be aware of any ‘off-feelings’ like unusual pains in your knees or hips.  These could be signs that you need new sneakers. Continue reading

Take the Mystery Out of Calorie Counting for Weight Loss

scale“Eliminate carbs… eat cabbage soup… fill these colored containers… eat high protein… avoid gluten…  eat high fat… eat low fat… try juicing… eat only meat… eat this superfood… try this supplement… eat this many ‘points’… “

The diet list goes on and on!

Some of these diets work and some of them just don’t.  Stubborn belly fat remains and frustrations go through the roof.  All of these diets try to fix a problem without fulling explaining the science (or perhaps we should say math) behind weight loss.

Calories in and calories out.  It’s really pretty simple…

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How to Make the Most of Your New Treadmill

Congratulations!  You’ve decided to buy a treadmill!

Buying a treadmill is just the first step towards better health and living for you and your family.  A treadmill will help you improve your cardiovascular fitness, have more energy, and tone your muscles.

Treadmill machines can vary greatly in pricing and features.  Use our Treadmill Buyers Guide to learn about the various treadmill features so you can find the right machine for your body and budget.

Many people make the mistake of buying a treadmill and then using it as an expensive clothes hanger.  Here are 7 tips to help you make the most out of your new piece of exercise equipment.

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Top Reasons Why You Should Ditch Your Office Chair

Tired-woman-at-desk_optThere’s a good chance many people who read this will be standing nervously by the end of the article.  I know I was…

Every day, more scientists are talking about the negative side effects of sitting hour after hour, day after day.  In fact, the World Health Organization lists physical inactivity as the fourth leading risk factor for death.

Sitting for prolonged periods of time can compromise metabolic health and put you at much higher risk for some pretty terrifying health risks.

A report in Scientific American cited 18 studies over a period of 16 years covering 800,000 people and concluded that, “Americans sit for most of their waking hours, 13 hours every day on average.”

One of the main reasons that people sit too much is because they are shackled to a desk at work.  Here are some health risks associated with long days in a desk chair…

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Treading Through Time

The first home treadmill was released in 1968 by Aerobics,   Inc. (Image Source)

The first home treadmill was released in 1968 by Aerobics, Inc. (Image Source)

We make it our business to know everything we can about treadmills and their benefits.  That is why were wanted to share this exciting look into the 2, 000 year long history of a machine that is used by millions.  So how did the first treadmills come to be?  Were they always used for exercise?  You may be surprised  by the answers… Continue reading

Really Tall? … Just Going to Walk? … Learn How to Pick the Right Treadmill

C1650_2016A treadmill that works perfectly for one person might be completely and totally wrong for the next person.  Factors like height, weight, stride length, and exercise preferences can change the type of machine that will give you an ideal workout.  Here is our guide to help you choose a treadmill that is a suitable match for your body type.

Motor Size

The size of your treadmill’s motor will be determined in part by the type of workout you plan to do.  Are you a walking warrior or are you a marathon runner?  This will make a huge difference in the type of machine that is best for you.

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Pros and Cons of Our Top Mid-Range Treadmills

If you’re committed to making a healthy change this year, then you are likely trying to find the best treadmill out there.  You want something that will help you meet your goals but not totally break the bank.

We’ve compiled this list of our top picks for treadmills in the $1,000 to $1,499 price range.  Each of these machines has been rated on company reputation, durability, stability, warranty, programming, and ergonomics.  Our team members have personally tested the machines and met with manufacturers to help you find the best treadmill for your body and budget.

Click on any individual treadmill to read our complete review, see current pricing, and see special sales offers:

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Learn How You Can Exercise Just One Hour per Week

One of the top reasons that people don’t exercise is a lack of time.  It’s not surprising with our modern society.  People are busy with work, kids, long commutes, and endless chores.  That is why we’re especially excited to introduce a program called Sprint 8 from Matrix Fitness.

runner-1561817-640x480Matrix Fitness is the fasted growing commercial brand on the globe.  You’ve likely seen their machines in health clubs and spas.  The company recently released a whole new line of machines designed specifically for use in a private home.  Best of all, these machines include the Sprint 8 program.

This High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workout was developed by Dr. Phil Campbell and is scientifically proven to produce real results.  The Sprint 8 program will allow you to exercise just one cumulative hour per week.

Sound too good to be true?  Let’s take a look at the science backing the program.

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x22iIt can be hard at times to look past all of the fancy advertising and hype to decide if a treadmill model is truly a good fit.  We’re going to take an up close look at the features on NordicTrack Incline Trainers to see if these machines are right for you.

NordicTrack recently released the x22i Incline Trainer, their latest model in a popular line-up of Incline Trainers.  These machines have some unique features that you may find attractive over a regular treadmill.  Let’s take a look at some of the top benefits available.
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2017_toptreadmillsIf you are looking for a great budget treadmill to help you get into shape, you’ve come to the right place!  We’ve compiled this list of our Top 10 Treadmills Under $1,000.  We rated machines based on the following criteria: stability, durability, warranty, features, programming, and company reputation.

Many of the budget machines out on the market are made of VERY cheap components that will break easily.  Don’t waste your money…seriously!  We chose the machines below because they give you the most bang for your buck.  They are from reputable companies with quality components.  Unlike many other treadmill review websites, our team has actually visited the factories and tested the machines!

Without farther ado…here is our 2017 list of the top 10 treadmills available for less than $1,000!
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