I’ve always loved to walk, hike and jog. In younger years I did a few 10K’s but since I shattered my arm, I’ve been afraid to walk outside or do any hiking worried I might fall. Read my post about my fear of falling and everything now: Blood Sweat and Fears.
As you know, there are an abundance of mental, physical, and emotional benefits to walking. In fact, walking has been shown to improve sleep, treat depression, and manage or even reverse chronic health conditions like type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Did you know that 50% of all deaths in the United States are directly related to heart disease? It’s the single biggest killer. The good news is that regular physical activity, like walking, helps reduce your risk of developing heart disease.
And, even more benefits to walking –
- Improves your blood lipid profile, aka cholesterol
- Helps you lose weight and keep it off (but you still need to cut back on the cookies!)
- Numerous studies prove that exercise relieves muscle tension, improves hormone regulation, and has a beneficial impact on how your body responds to stress.
- Waking can help you have even energy levels during the daytime and help you sleep better at night.
- Better sex – several studies have shown that those who exercise experience an increase in libido and improved sexual satisfaction.
- Exercises like walking help restore natural movement. This helps strengthen your bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments. The result is improved mobility and a reduced risk of falls as you get older.
I prefer hiking or walking outdoors but in order to get regular exercise sometimes it needs to be done indoors or in a gym. Plus, I’m a bit of a weather wimp. I’m not a fan of gyms so I have a treadmill. I tend to get bored on treadmills but we’re in the digital age now. I discovered iFit (a membership site with excellent videos) and City Walks on YouTube (free!).
So, I did quite a bit of research into treadmills and decided to get one again. The critical feature for me was the size of the track. I wanted a longer and wider track and that seems to be the price break between the lower end prices and the higher. I decided I wanted a treadmill with at least a 20 x 55″ track. If you are tall, have long legs or plan to jog or run on the treadmill, you need a longer and wider track.
Below: Download my comparison chart of my top few favorites. I bought the NordicTrack T-Series because it had iFit and the bigger track – 20″X55″ (I didn’t want to bump my arm and I just felt more secure).
Don’t worry about the series numbers and all that. During my research I noticed that all these treadmill companies are constantly changing their style/model names even though the fundamental treadmill remains the same. They also use different names for basically the same treadmill. For instance, NordicTrack and ProForm are sister brands manufactured by ICON Health and Fitness. Just look for the best features for you and personally, I would go for the wider track.