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Great treadmills for a convenient home workout

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a person sitting on a chair in front of a window: You can’t beat this gym commute. © Provided by Popular Science You can’t beat this gym commute.

Getting regular exercise year-round requires motivation, perseverance, and convenient access to your workout of choice. No matter how much you want to drag yourself to the gym after a long day at the office, it’s easy to throw in the towel rather than deal with the hassle of getting there. When you have a treadmill in your home, you have one less barrier to reaching your fitness goals. With these four excellent treadmills you can wear whatever you want, sing along with your power anthems playlist, and squeeze in a 20-minute workout on days when that’s all the time you have.

Budget Option: Xterra Fitness TR150 Folding Treadmill

a person standing next to a suitcase: Fold it up and roll it to a more out-of-the-way location when warm weather invites your workouts outdoors. © Provided by Popular Science Fold it up and roll it to a more out-of-the-way location when warm weather invites your workouts outdoors.

If you’re looking for a basic, sturdy treadmill at a budget price, the Xterra delivers. Choose from 12 preset programs that offer intervals at different speeds, and hit your stride on the cushioned surface. Sure, you won’t get a high-definition screen or built-in fan, but you can make up for it by setting up the treadmill in front of your TV, placing a tablet on the console to watch movies, and using as many external fans as you want to stay cool as you sweat. There are a few limitations worth considering if you’re training hard: Runners with long strides may feel restricted by the 16-inch by 50-inch belt, and to change the incline you’ll have to get off the treadmill to choose from three manual settings.

Just like the gym: NordicTrack Commercial Series Treadmills

Avid athletes who don’t want to skimp on training particulars just because there’s a blizzard outside will find this treadmill has everything they need. © Provided by Popular Science Avid athletes who don’t want to skimp on training particulars just because there’s a blizzard outside will find this treadmill has everything they need.

Push your pace up to 12 miles per hour on this machine (that’s a 5-minute mile), and kick up your heels on the roomy belt surface, which is 22 inches wide and 60 inches long. Adjust the incline during your workout from -3-15 percent, and enjoy a steady breeze from two built-in fans as you log your miles. With a free iFit subscription, choose from thousands of workouts that incorporate weights as well as intervals. The 10-inch HD touchscreen display contributes to the immersive experience of digital adjustments to your speed and inclines to keep pace with the trainers on screen.

Good value: Horizon Fitness T303

a device with wires attached to it: You don’t need to compromise on useful features with this treadmill. © Provided by Popular Science You don’t need to compromise on useful features with this treadmill.

Strive for your personal best at up to 10 miles per hour on a belt surface that’s 20 x 60 inches. You can increase the incline up to 10 percent while you’re in motion, and easily fold up the machine’s frame when finished by leveraging the power of the hydraulic-assisted lift. Charge your phone up with the USB port, connect your device to the treadmill’s speakers with Bluetooth, and wick sweat throughout your session with the built-in fan.


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Interactive choice: NordicTrack T Series Treadmill

If you’re having guests over, the 20 x 55-inch belt folds up against the rest of the treadmill to save space in your rec room. © Provided by Popular Science If you’re having guests over, the 20 x 55-inch belt folds up against the rest of the treadmill to save space in your rec room.

This machine offers a nice balance of features at a reasonable price point for most walkers, joggers, and runners. Simulate hills by working out at an incline up to 12 percent and adjust the cushioning underneath the belt to give joints a break from the feeling of running on pavement. The 10-inch high-definition touchscreen displays key stats about your performance, including your pulse. Stream trainer-led classes in beautiful settings with a free one-year subscription to iFit (optional), and experience hands-free digital adjustments to the treadmill’s incline and speed in sync with the class you’ve chosen.

If you’re having guests over, the 20 x 55-inch belt folds up against the rest of the treadmill to save space in your rec room.

If you’re having guests over, the 20 x 55-inch belt folds up against the rest of the treadmill to save space in your rec room.
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