Wednesday, May 09, 2012
I finally bit the bullet and bought a treadmill last week, after a whole year of talking about it. I wanted to stay under $1,000 because my husband and I already have gym memberships that we pay for monthly, plus there's a hot yoga studio that I like to frequent. However, I was concerned that a treadmill in this price range would be better suited for walking and not running. I spoke with a lot of people, and read a lot of information online before finally feeling comfortable about buying a budget-friendly treadmill.
We ended up going with the Nordic Track T7.0 . It's listed on the Nordic Track website for $1299.00, but we got it for $799 from Sears. For the most part, the bad reviews were related to irrelevant issues....such as putting it together, and delivery. We picked it up ourselves, and my husband put it together over the course of two days. Total, he probably spent about 1.5 hours assembling it, but I'm sure that could have been quicker had I really helped out.
I am very surprised by how sturdy this treadmill is. It is not in the least bit flimsy, or cheap looking. It's a solid piece of exercise equipment with some really nice features. It has built in speakers for MP3 players, fan, programmed workouts, and you can use it on an incline. It's also iFit compatible, but the module is another $80 plus the annual membership is $100+. I already use Nike+ so I plan on sticking with that.
I've only used it a few times, but already I am thrilled with it because early morning runs are that much more enjoyable now. Even though Spring has arrived, it's still pretty chilly around 6:00am. There is nothing worse than crawling out of your warm bed that early in the morning to go run in chilly weather. Actually, crawling out of bed at 5:20am and trying to make yourself presentable so that you can drive to the gym, run, and then drive home is equally bad. But now I just roll out of bed and I'm good to go. I downloaded the free app from ABC for my iPad, and got caught up with Desperate Housewives this week. Who knows what I'll watch next week!
I still enjoy running outside, especially on weekend afternoons where I can run along the Philadelphia Museum of Art or one of the state parks. But early morning runs? Safe to say the basement will be as far as I'll go.