Are you considering buying a new or used treadmill? Treadmills may not offer the same feelings of liberation and excitement as outdoor running, but they replicate the benefits of running better than any other kind of exercise machine. Running on treadmills is a great way to get (or stay) in shape without putting a lot of wear-and-tear on your joints, which is one of the largest drawbacks of running on city streets.
That said, home treadmills aren't for everyone. Perhaps the largest knock on treadmills is that running on a treadmill can be boring. While this is true for any kind of exercise machine, people who are accustomed to running
If you have space for a treadmill in your garage or extra bedroom -- and if you've considered all the caveats -- then you can get a lot of good mileage out of a home treadmill. Some people simply prefer the feeling of running on treadmills over riding bikes or using elliptical machines. Treadmills are especially good for people who enjoy exercising outdoors but want an option for working out during odd hours or inclement weather.
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