Treadmills – your healthy running workout for the home
The treadmill: a running workout for more well-being
Walking or jogging means escaping from everyday life in record time. But many people who desire to exercise struggle because of their job or family life, and have no opportunity to regularly pursue their fitness goals, especially when bad weather and short days prevent outdoor sports. Nothing is easier than being able to train in your own four walls and, above all, to stay fit regardless of the weather. This makes treadmills a clever alternative, enabling efficient jogging workouts in an optimised environment.
The running surface on a treadmill offers the ideal running conditions, as the low hardness corresponds to that of a slightly springy forest floor, for low-impact and joint-saving training. This is much more comfortable for the joints than running on asphalt or hard surfaces. For heavier runners, this becomes even more important. Persons with previously injured or sensitive joints also benefit from the jogger-friendly running surface of the treadmill.
Another advantage for the treadmill runner is the ability to concentrate on the essentials during training – on running. Not every track allows joggers to run evenly and consistently. Walkers, red lights or even dogs can get in the way when running outdoors. The classic outdoor sport doesn't really compare to running on a treadmill. On this fitness machine, the runner can fully concentrate on training their running technique. Foot position, stride length and overall posture are much easier to control and optimise. Modern treadmills can even be connected to gauges or smartphones that record pulse rate and heart rate. If the values deviate from the optimum range, the band can automatically adapt to the physical condition and reduce or increase the speed or incline for the runner. This is especially helpful for newcomers who rate their performance level too high or too low. The "intelligent" treadmill allows athletes to carefully increase their fitness level, so that treadmill users can stay fit for longer while exercising.
The advantages of the treadmill at a glance:
✓ Focus on the running technology Treadmill training in the gym or at home allows you to focus on clean technique while running. Unlike running sports on trails or in the forest, where the focus is on the track and its potential bumps and obstacles, the athlete on the treadmill can really concentrate on making their running movements accurate. Does the foot land accurately? How does the foot push off? Is the stride length correct? Documenting your running can be an advantage: using video, you can record your own running style, in order to find out possible technical issues in posture, coordination and movement sequences, which can help to improve your running.
✓ Design individual training plans When an athlete wants to increase their athletic performance in a controlled manner, the treadmill is ideal. Treadmills feature options to train in a targeted, controlled manner and to create programs tailored to the user's own needs and requirements. Heart rate and pulse rate can be monitored accurately. There also “smart” treadmills on the market that automatically reduce the speed if the values are too high and can also be linked to various fitness apps and fitness watches using Bluetooth.
✓ Always available, regardless of time and weather Especially for women who prefer to walk alone, independence is a great advantage. It does not matter if it rains outside for hours, if black ice forms overnight making an early-morning run almost impossible, or if it is already getting dark: a treadmill is the perfect way to get in your kilometres whenever you want, and in a safe environment. The treadmill is available all year round, whenever you want to train, as the ideal partner for endurance training.
✓ Low-impact running with forest-floor treadmill suspension With the treadmill, sports beginners and overweight people find it much easier to get into training: but for beginners it is very useful to have a professional or trainer explain the device in detail. Most devices already contain a certain number of training programs. Almost all modern devices also contain options to create individual programs. In resistance and feel, the treadmill resembles a soft forest floor rather than hard asphalt. This will spare your knees and joints, and is especially beneficial for those people who are a little overweight.
✓ Optimal fitness machine for beginners For running in particular, you might prefer to train alone when just starting out. This way you won't be overtaken by the more experienced runners, allowing you to start very slowly and then increase your pace. When you are just beginning with running, if you have done little or no exercise before, you can start with walking. This allows you to become familiar with the repetitive movement patterns on the treadmill. Once you become more confident, you can increase the pace and the duration and eventually increase your speed to a run. All in your own time and at your own pace.
Our treadmills help you to reach your targeted training goals easily and quickly, but choosing the right model is crucial for optimal training results. Roughly speaking, treadmills can be divided into two categories: treadmills with and without electric motors. On most treadmill belts, runners, joggers and walkers are supported by a powerful motor that moves the belt. This also regulates the individually adjustable running speed and should have an engine power of at least 2 hp. The belt can reach a maximum speed of up to 20 kilometres per hour with appropriate engine power. However, there are also models in which the running surface is driven by the muscle power of the runner. An important criterion when purchasing these types of treadmills is the surface area of the running belt. This should have a minimum width of 45 centimetres and a length of 130 centimetres. In order to enjoy maximum freedom of movement while jogging and to reduce the risk of accidents caused by stepping off the side, fitness equipment with a running area of 48 x 150 centimetres is recommended.
Our AsVIVA sports equipment features functionality and extreme durability, thanks to the high-quality workmanship. From running enthusiasts to sports newcomers, everyone is sure to be satisfied with our products. The electronic control and tilt adjustment of treadmills are able to simulate ideal running and competition conditions. For example, those who are training for a marathon can adjust running speeds and increase them over time. Cross-country, interval or final sprint are features that are essential for ambitious runners, and are highlights of our fitness equipment.
The following points are important when purchasing a treadmill:
- The attenuation properties of the machine
- The dimensions of the running surface
- An engine power of at least 2 hp
An article about some of our AsVIVA test winners in the treadmills category:
Sportgeraetetest.de – AsVIVA T5 treadmill in a detailed test
Laufband-test.net – the premium AsVIVA Ergo-Cardio V treadmill put to the test
Laufband.org – the AsVIVA Cardio XI treadmill put to the test