Why You Should Add a Treadmill to Your Home Gym

Fitness has been a love and priority of mine for the past ten years.  During that time period, I’ve done several different routines and have gone from single to married to having young children.  My desire and love for exercise has never changed in that time, but my situation has changed and demanded adjustment.

I love home gym machines because of the huge amount of flexibility that they give you.  As a mom of young children, I don’t have the freedom to go outside for a workout all the time.  And I definitely don’t have the extra time that it takes to drive to a gym, workout and then drive home.  For me, my workouts need to be as streamlined, efficient and effective as possible.  This is why I consider a home gym a worthy investment and why I’m slowly (and constantly) building mine up.

Keep reading for reviews, benefits, and other information about a great machine to add to your home gym today!

What Should You Buy Today?

A great first choice is the basic treadmill.  The majority of them now fold up, making it a great choice for those who are limited on room.  I particularly love them as a great way to get two things done at once.  Back when I was in school, I would often get my reading done while walking on the treadmill at an incline.  After I was done with that, I would still use them while watching my favorite shows or when I had other things to read or listen to.

Treadmills now also come in all different price ranges, with all different features to meet the needs of everyone.  Check below for two reviews on two different treadmills, and move on to the bottom of the post for even more options.

Weslo Cadence g 5.9 Treadmill Review

Proform 2000 Treadmill Review

What are the Benefits of the Treadmill?

Source: Fix.com Blog

8 Replies to “Why You Should Add a Treadmill to Your Home Gym”

  1. I definitely need to do more incline work when I run on the treadmill. It’s so monotonous, I usually just zone out while I listen to music when I should be focusing on getting the most out of my workout.

  2. I’ve been tiptoeing around treadmills for some time now. Winter is approaching and my last argument or excuse against it (scenery and varied terrain) goes out of the window with night closing in earlier each day. Looking at the info above I am now running out of excuses.

    There is one last question though. I am doing T25 (whole body workouts for 25 min) at home – barefeet. I ditched trainers after repeated knee pain when working out. I am now wondering whether it wouldn’t make more sense to run barefooted or in a minimalist shoe on a treadmill, too? The mills I tried in the gym all felt very shock-absorbent so I don’t see the need for any running shoe. Any ideas on barefoot running and treadmills?

    1. Hi Silke,

      I’m familiar with the T25 workouts and actually am with you on exercising without shoes. In fact, unless shoes are necessary (rower, cycling), I ditch them every time in favor of going barefoot. Running barefoot on a treadmill is totally acceptable and a lot of people do it. “Barefoot” running is actually a big thing! The only concern is developing blisters, cutting yourself (if running outside) or negatively impacting your foot arch. However, that is only really a problem if you run long distances (unless you’re running outside of course). For those cases, they’ve developed “barefoot running shoes” (check this link on amazon for an example), which give you the feel of running barefoot but protect your feet a bit more than actually being truly barefoot.

      Hope that answers your question!

  3. I love the infographic! Very informative and well-designed.

    My wife and I actually have a treadmill in our living room! It’s helped us to constantly see the kids while we’re running. Plus, it’s nice with a TV 😉

    Thanks for the great information.

  4. Interesting article. Thanks for the information and all the infographics. It helps to understand why
    we need a treadmill, and especially with the winter months slipping up on us.

  5. Great infographic – mind you when you said ‘mom of young children’ and ‘flexibility’ – you had me hooked – I so totally understand!!! We need all the help we can get!

  6. Thanks for the article and workout suggestions! Running on the treadmill is always part of my workout, but I have not tried to mix things up to optimize the benefits. This is very helpful!

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