Everywhere we go these days, especially in the larger cities, we can see gyms, workout clubs, spinning classes and health spas. The fitness craze that began to sweep across the country a couple of decades ago appears to be not only going strong but it seems to be picking up speed. If the trend continues fitness centers will soon out number stores like Starbucks. There are a couple of problems with these health clubs however. The first is the expense. At the very least a basic membership can cost about $300 a year, without thinking about extras like personal trainers or massages and health drinks. The second thing is that to use the facilities you have to take time out of your busy schedule to travel to the facility. If you live in a larger home you can invest a few hundred dollars on a fancy electronic treadmill. However if you living space is limited, such as living in an apartment or manufactured home, installing a large treadmill is really not an option.
One solution to this problem is to buy a portable treadmill. Large in place treadmills have large bases and displays and are not easily stored. A portable treadmill however can be folded and stored in the closet or under the bed. A portable treadmill will usually not have the plethora of features like televisions, but it is still a great piece of workout equipment and buying one will save you a great deal of time and money. This is not just a folding treadmill. The portable treadmill can be transported easily because it is actually smaller than most folding treadmills. It will fold however. Some portable treadmills also have an automatic folding system making it even easier to store. You will find that some portable treadmills come with wheels and some do not. For the easiest use you will want to find one with attached wheels. Portable treadmills also have far less features, than other treadmills, mostly to keep the weight and size down, and some do not even have motors. If you are trying to save space and still get a good workout you will have to sacrifice some features.
One other thing to consider before you buy a portable treadmill is that, because of space limitations, the running deck can be significantly shorter than an standard treadmill. If you are a long legged person you will have to shorten your step. If you are used to working out in a health spa, also keep in mind that the machines there are large, in place machines with long decks.