If you've been a long-time Two Bears Farm blog reader, you know that fitness is a huge part of my life. I work out almost every single day, and have been doing so for well over ten years. Of course, my workout of choice is running. Last year I ran over 1400 miles. A number of those were on my trusty treadmill. I've put over 1300 miles on my treadmill since I bought it in 2007. While I prefer to run outside when possible, my treadmill has saved my sanity on many a wintry day.
When I was trying to choose a treadmill, I was most concerned with finding one that would be able to endure the pounding of a runner. Some treadmills are better geared towards walking. I wanted to make sure my treadmill would run smoothly at fast speeds or slow speeds, for long periods of time (I have run up to 16 miles on the treadmill in one workout).
So I asked around for treadmill recommendations from other runners. I had to be conscious of cost, as treadmills can be pricy. I went to a number of stores and did some test runs on some treadmills. It was a long process to try to find the right fit, and I felt frustrated. I wished for an simpler and faster way to decide, as I was overwhelmed by all the choices. Now, there is an easier way, where information is compiled together online in some treadmill reviews. What a great resource and time saver, and you can get real opinions on the products you like! I especially was drawn to the "Best Buy" reviews, which list the models that offer the very best value in their price range. In addition, I found the site easy to navigate.
There is an additional resource for other equipment reviews through fitness equipment source. If I ever am unable to continue running (I shudder, just a bit, typing that) I will likely switch to hiking and using an elliptical. I used an elliptical when I rehabbed my knee following a knee surgery in 2004. I found it felt close to running, but was easier on the joints. Prices can vary on ellipticals between $200 - $5000, and if you've ever used a low-end elliptical you know that you get what you pay for with gym equipment. Hopefully I won't be in the market for an elliptical any time soon, since I love running so much, but if I am, at least I have a great resource to find the best one for my needs.
Readers, what is your favorite piece of fitness equipment?