Although motorised treadmills are often thought of as more convenient and comfortable options, they do have their drawbacks. For one, there is no running on a treadmill without some form of assistance. For another, they are much heavier than manual treadmills and so running on them can be a little uncomfortable for some people. The biggest drawback that many people tend to have, is related not to wait so much as the fact that you have to get up on the machine and stand there to operate it. This can be rather awkward for elderly people who find getting up and down the machine a daily chore.
Fortunately, motorised treadmills are starting to become more mainstream, and so the type of user that needs to consider which is best has less to do with age. The types of people who should consider motorised treadmills purely for exercise reasons are those who have trouble getting up and down, or simply don't like getting up and down. For others, it is the ease of the workout and the lack of effort required that makes the motorised treadmill a winner. The ease of use, in combination with a range of interesting fitness programs, means that this type of fitness machine appeals to a whole host of fitness buffs.
There are several different types of motorised treadmills available, including ones that will run on your own treadmill, ones that attach to the wall and simulate jogging outdoors, and then full-motion ones that, as you would expect, are run by themselves. As we mentioned earlier, the type of workout you get from one of these machines depends hugely on the type of machine you get. If you are looking for an easy to use piece of home fitness equipment, a stationary model will suit you perfectly. You simply strap the running deck onto the rail of your treadmill, start the motor and put your foot on the pedal. The deck then simulates jogging outdoors with the pedals making the same noise as actual outdoor walking/jogging action. This type of treadmill is best suited to people who wish to exercise without putting too much stress on their joints.
For the more serious exerciser who is hoping to increase their cardio-vascular activity and increase the strength of their legs, a motorised treadmill is the way forward. Running uphill on a level surface with an incline is a great workout, and the higher you rise, the more the impact will be on your joints. By giving you greater resistance as you work out, motorised treadmills ensure that you always reach your goals.
As previously mentioned, some motorised treadmills require electricity to run, whilst others run off battery power. This means that you can choose a model that works off battery power, which means you won't have to worry about starting and stopping your workout every few hours. Of course, if you do want to spend some time exercising without electricity available, you can still find a model that works when it's plugged in, meaning you can enjoy a great workout when you're not experiencing any power outages. So which model of treadmill you should buy depends on your level of fitness and whether or not you need to invest in additional electrical appliances.
When exercising on a motorised treadmill, your heart rate will be increased due to the increased force required to move the machine along. Walking, on the other hand, increases our total metabolic rate. The difference in calorie consumption is significant and walking burns more calories than just jogging outdoors. If you are interested in losing weight and gaining more muscle mass, an incline Walking/Jogging routine should be included in your exercise plan. An incline motorised treadmill ensures that you burn more calories throughout your workout and will help you lose weight.