How to Choose an Elliptical Trainer that Suits Your NeedsWritten by Deirdre Jones
When choosing an elliptical trainer, you'll want to consider a variety of things to determine which elliptical machine will best suit your needs. You should pay attention to quality and durability, features, brand reputation (important when buying online), and weight restrictions. Oh yeah, you will need to decide how much you're willing to spend also.
The great thing about elliptical trainers is that they are a wonderful alternative to treadmill or stair stepper machine if you have joint problems. There is much less impact (virtually none) to your legs and knees. They also do not take up a lot of space.
First, you may want to visit your local sporting goods outlets/stores to try out different brands of ellipticals, because comfort on an elliptical trainer is difficult to gauge just by browsing online. Don't be intimidated or pressured by sales people - you are there to decide which machine is best for you. After all, you're one paying for it, right?
Once you have decided which machines feel best to you, you'll want to check out features and pricing. What features are you willing to sacrifice for sake of your budget? One thing you do not want to sacrifice, and I must stress this, is comfort. Because if you're not comfortable on machine, then you won't use it, now will you?
How to Choose the Best Treadmill for Your LifestyleWritten by Deirdre Jones
When choosing a treadmill (or any piece of exercise equipment for that matter), there is a lot to consider. Many people tend to look at price first, but you don't want to be a slave to a price.
When you're buying a car or house, you don't just look at price; you consider durability and functionality (car) and location, schools, neighborhoods, etc. (house). You'll want to put same effort in choosing your treadmill - it's just as important a decision. After all, your health is important to you, right?
Of course, first you'll need to think about several things before choosing a treadmill such as size, manual or motorized, how much use will it need to withstand, and maintenance issues.
If space is an issue, you may want to choose a model that folds for storage. There are several models that fold for storage these days.
If your treadmill is going to get lots of use from you and your whole family, obviously you'll want to invest more for a sturdier model. This means a heavier motor and more cushioning. Be sure to pay attention to construction also, which may be shoddy in cheapest models.
Be sure to choose a treadmill with an adequate walking track (at least 48 inches long and 17 inches wide). And if you're going to be running, you'll need a longer track. And for comfort, select a treadmill that has a deck thickness of at least 3/4-inch or 1-inch if you plan to run as well as walk.