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10 Quick Tips for Buying Treadmills: Tips 4 Thru 6
By Jennifer Dennis

Smooth 9.15 HR Power Folding Treadmill 4. A good treadmill deck should be low-impact and at least a quarter-inch think. Low-impact decks provide stress relief on your joints and back. Read more on Flex decks vs. Standard decks to see which one fits your fitness lifestyle best. Overall, the more cushion on a deck, the more motivation the fitness user has to take the next step... and next step... and next step.

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5. Maximum Developed Horsepower is another influential factor in a treadmill. MDH is when the motor is required to work harder than the idle speed, causing the motor to need extra horsepower. This extra horsepower's top amount is called the MDH. The better the machine, the stronger the MDH, ensuring your machine will last longer and work more effectively.

Smooth 5.15 Folding Treadmill 6. Monitors are essential to a great workout. Heart rate monitors are an easy and efficient way to obtain optimal fitness levels in an easy-to-read format. Set your designated heart rate and let these accurate monitors tell you where you stand as you run, walk or jog. Moderate rate heart rates are approximately 50% of the maximum heart rate, or an RPE* of 5-6; Weight Management heart rates are 60-70% , or RPE 6-7; Aerobic is 70-80% or RPE 7-8; the Peak Performance should only be used by top athletes and is 80-90% with an RPE 8-9. Controlling speed, distance and incline through your monitors will also help to obtain desired heart rates.

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