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Can you run on a folding treadmill?
Yes, the vast majority of foldable treadmills are designed for both walking and running.
Horizontal- and vertical-folding treadmills
Foldable treadmills come in two styles – those that fold down horizontally (say, to store under a bed) and those that fold vertically (to minimise the footprint they take up). Which style is right for you will depend on where you plan to store your treadmill.
How can I find the best folding treadmill for me?
Here are some of the key things to compare when you’re picking a fold-up treadmill:
- Size. If space is at a premium, then you’ll want to consider how much room the treadmill you have in mind takes up both when it’s folded and when it’s out. Realistically, some foldable treadmills do a better job than others of folding to a reasonably compact size. It’s also important to note that some fold vertically (upright) while some fold horizontally (flat …well flatter!).
- Running area. Provided you’ve got room to store and use the treadmill, you’ll probably want to aim for the most generous running area possible.
- Weight. Generally, when it comes to treadmills, weight means quality, but you won’t want to struggle when it comes to folding and shifting your running machine. Most foldable treadmills come with wheels, so you should rarely have to lift one. Watch out for treadmills that weigh next to nothing – this could mean they are rickety or have a tiny running area or cheap parts.
- Motor. Treadmill motor powers are measured in HP (horsepower) or CHP (continuous horsepower). CHP is a more attainable measure of performance after sustained use, while HP might only tell you what’s achievable under optimum conditions and when the motor is new. If it’s not powerful enough, the motor might make excessive noise or burn out after sustained use. The motor also dictates what speeds your treadmill can offer.
- Maximum user weight. With home treadmills being a popular choice for hitting those weight loss goals, it’s worth checking the maximum user weight for the treadmill that you have in mind. This measure can also give you an idea as to how solid the machine is and the quality of its components.
- Workouts. How many pre-set programmes does the treadmill you have in mind come with? How many customisable work-outs can you add? Can you set up separate users so it remembers your preferences? Can you access even more by connecting the machine up with third party apps?
- Display feedback and heart rate monitoring. Want to watch those calories being burned off while keeping tabs on your heart rate, distance covered and average speed? Or do you just want to run – without some pesky chest strap? Treadmills can get pretty sciencey so if that’s important to you, consider what display feedback each treadmill can offer.
- Entertainment and convenience. From a simple drink holder through to a Bluetooth connection to your phone, there’s a huge range of entertainment options available on today’s treadmills.
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