Not long ago many fitness experts pointed out the hazards of the unnecessary strains on the joints and muscles created by the use of fully manual treadmills. They would point out how it was a major difficulty to get the belt in motion, and that maintaining a certain pace often required a significant amount of focus and energy too. Today, however, that has all changed and there are many well-made and low-cost treadmills that run purely on the power of the individual who is using them.
Manual treadmills are just as capable of sculpting muscles and providing a great cardio workout as their electronic cousins as long as they are used properly. Instead of tapping a few buttons on a keypad, however, the manual treadmill user is going to have to adjust the incline or tension levels of their equipment on their own. While some view this as a negative factor, the better manufacturers are capable of producing machines that easily transition from level to level without a lot of fiddling and work. This is a major issue of concern for those investing in a treadmill, and should usually become the guiding factor in choosing a machine.
For instance, some manufacturers rely on battery powered devices built into the hand grips which are capable of taking the users pulse and measuring heartbeat. These same treadmills often allow tension and incline to be adjusted via knobs and turns on the upper part of the device, and often can be changed on the move. Such features can often make a machine much easier to use on a daily basis.
Naturally, almost anyone in the modern economy tends to also look at the cost of any exercise equipment as part of the decision making process, and this is a wise choice too. Before investing in the least expensive model, however, a shopper must ensure that the machine is durable, offers ease of use (as described above), and any extra features.
For example, many people opt for manual treadmills not only because of their affordability but also because they tend to be much easier to store. A manual machine does not have the hefty and bulky engine housing, and can usually be folded flat and slid easily under a bed or even a sofa. If ease of use, added features, and storage is an issue where treadmills are concerned, it is important that the shopper consider all models offering these features, even if the price is higher than desired.
The Internet is a great place to do some comparison shopping, and also for seeking out feedback and commentary from those who regularly use a specific make or model of manual treadmill.