Pros and Cons Of Buying A Used Treadmill
“Running helps me stay on an even keel and in an optimistic frame of mind.”
– Bill Clinton, former President of the United States.
The utility of running as an exercise to improve physical health has been known from time immemorial. In fact, it is the simplest form of exercise – all you need is the will to run, and an open space. Unfortunately, in our cloistered urban environments, even space is at a premium. However, with the treadmill, you are no longer restricted by the lack of space, or even the inclement weather outside. Originating from the treadwheel operated by a person or animal treading steps of a wheel to grind grain, the treadmill is an exercise equipment that everyone desirous of a healthy lifestyle should have.
With treadmills being so popular, there is always the chance of picking up a used one at a great bargain. However, you should consider the pros and cons of buying a cheap used treadmill. Even as you enjoy the obvious advantage of paying a lower price than a new treadmill, used equipment comes with its own set of problems like worn out parts and expired warranties. Keep the following points in mind when making the purchase:
1. You need to do a trial workout to test for yourself the condition of the treadmill. Pay special attention to the motor, belt and cushioning. Also, it should serve your exercise needs.
2. Consider the depreciation cost, cost of refurbishment and existence/non-existence of warranty to arrive at a reasonable price.
3. Even when buying second-hand, consider the brand. Better brands last longer, and that should influence your decision.
4. Buy at the right place. Gyms looking to replacing old equipment are great places to buy used treadmills because they usually have heavy-duty models that last years.
5. Do extensive research. The Internet is a great place to read reviews and get estimates of different models of used treadmills.