If you want to get a woman, or keep the one you have for longer, staying in shape is pretty much mandatory. Ladies (and gents for that matter) just aren’t interested in being with lard-butt that is happy to let themselves go. If you get winded on the way to the fridge for a beer – it’s time to start exercising dude.
Running, walking or jogging are among the cheapest forms of exercise around. All that you really need is a good pair of running shoes and some sweats or shorts and a t shirt and you’re off to the races (literally!). So why would you want to spend good money on a treadmill when you can just go outside and exercise for free?
While there are plenty of excuses to not start jogging, inclement weather is right up near the top. Running is tough enough without having to face the elements while sucking in a double lungful of smog at the same time. That’s where having your own treadmill can help, you don’t have to get out of bed and drag yourself to the gym – you just need to get your butt to the treadmill, power it up and turn on the TV or your mp3 player. The fact that you dropped a couple of hundred on a decent treadmill can also help to motivate you to use it. You’ll see that thing sitting there, unlike a gym membership. Plus exercising at home means you don’t have to shell out for special workout clothes – heck, run naked if you want!
Treadmills come in all sorts of flavors, from no frills manual units that cost in the $100 range and fold neatly under your bed, to $3000 and beyond for a top of the line unit that you’d find in a well-equipped gym. Ideally, you should try many different types of treadmill before you commit to buying one. This way you can find out exactly what type of features.
Obviously, your budget is going to be a factor as well as the amount of space that you have to work with. While it’s always good to be smart with your money, you don’t want to save money at the expense of having a crappy treadmill that becomes yet another excuse to not get in shape. Whether you want a treadmill that you can fold up and slide under your bed or one that has the latest features will be a personal choice, some quality machines to check out include Golds Gym treadmills (on the cheaper side) and Life Fitness treadmills if money isn’t an option for you. Both brands are popular and come in a wide range of styles and price ranges.
If you’re buying new, make sure to get a machine with up to a ten year warranty on the motorized parts.
Lastly, if you want a cheaper treadmill that has plenty of features you’ll always get more bang for your buck if you buy used. You can start by searching your area for treadmill used and other search queries. Make sure you check any used treadmill out thoroughly before you buy and it doesn’t hurt to find out who actually used the thing – a 300 pound lard butt on a treadmill equals a lot of wear and tear! Don’t make someone else’s problem become your own!