Unlike most treadmills, the manual treadmill is powered not by electricity but by your own effort to move the belt while walking or running. Your pace and motion control the speed. Popular electric models come with computerized settings, speeds and inclines that can target certain areas of the body, or even certain training regimens, such as strength training and interval training. Though these models have an array of benefits, manual treadmills can be more convenient, as they are easier to store and don't require an electric outlet. They do not offer the varied settings, but do provide a beneficial cardiovascular workout routine at a low price.
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A manual treadmill is an inexpensive way to exercise indoors. Automatic treadmills are very expensive and may require yearly maintenance, whereas the manual can be purchased for under $100. With a manual treadmill you can avoid weather-related circumstances that may interfere with your workout. You can run, power walk, walk, lunge and side skip on a manual treadmill, just as if you were on an automatic treadmill.
Build Your Speed
With a manual treadmill, you cannot set your own speed, but you can build your own speed by walking or running on the belt. You can start by walking, followed by a power walk, followed by a jog and then ending in a sprint. It is important to remember that there is not an emergency button to halt the moving belt, as with most electronic models. If you need to get off suddenly, grab hold of the handles and jump so both feet land on the platforms around the moving belt. The belt will slow down on its own.
Manual treadmills are lightweight, easy to store and do not require an electric outlet. Some models also fold up so they can fit in a closet or under a bed. Other models have wheels on the front, allowing you to roll the treadmill from room to room without any hassle. Due to not needing electricity, the manual treadmill can even be brought on a porch or patio if you desire to exercise in the fresh air.
It is important to consult your physician prior to partaking in any exercise regimen. Use the treadmill with caution as it is possible to lose balance and fall from the moving belt. Remember to stretch before and after using the treadmill to avoid injury.