How to Keep your Treadmill in Tip-top Shape

Your home treadmill is your ally on your road to maintaining a healthy and fit lifestyle; but it can only help you in your mission if it is well taken care of. Here are a few tips to ensure your home treadmill is always in fine working order:

First, you should always keep your treadmill dry. This means wiping it clean after you use it, as more often than not, your sweat or other liquids can get into the treadmill’s inner machinery. If left unattended to, the treadmill parts might rust; and when the cogs get rusted, your treadmill’s performance would get compromised. This could mean shelling out money for repairs and new parts. Continue reading


Treadmill Repair 101: Motor

The motor is the workhorse of any treadmill. Usually located at the bow of the treadmill’s base, the motor can supply between 1.5 and 3.0 horsepower. Most treadmills use direct-current (DC) motors because they’re much quieter. Alternating current (AC) motors can generate more power but work noisily.

Many treadmill buyers make the mistake of not taking their weight and frequency of use into account. A small motor for a heavyweight, frequent user will definitely put stress on the motor and belt, requiring more frequent repairs. Overworking the motor can result in a burnout, warranting a replacement. Continue reading