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Study Links Exercise to Lowered Dementia Risk
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Study Links Exercise to Lowered Dementia Risk

A study over a 44 year period that was conducted using middle aged women showed that the ones in the study that moderately exercised were over 80% less likely to develop Dementia than thos...

Wear and Your Treadmill or Elliptical
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Wear and Your Treadmill or Elliptical

Many of us here at Treadmill Doctor are very familiar with working on cars. In fact, one of the members on staff used to work as a diesel mechanic and another was a service technician at o...

The Only Way to Correctly Build a Treadmill
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The Only Way to Correctly Build a Treadmill

Back a few years ago, I met with an engineer that has worked for several of the factories that build fitness equipment. He got tired of the big corporate structure so he went with an upsta...

The Most Critical Point of Exercise is Almost Always Overlooked
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The Most Critical Point of Exercise is Almost Always Overlooked

I recently had a friend who bought a Boston Marathon treadmill and absolutely loved the machine. He got a couple of workouts in and then he started having incredible pain in his foot so he w...

Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail And What to Do About It
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Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail And What to Do About It

I know it isn’t Christmas yet but just around the corner is the time for New Year’s Resolutions! Some people swear by them and others swear at them but very few people have a neutral feeling...

Bit by Bit – The One Key to True Health
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Bit by Bit – The One Key to True Health

As I was stuck in Miami rush hour traffic this morning, it dawned on me that the same key to getting through rush hour traffic is the same key that will help you develop a healthy lifestyl...

Eight Easy Workouts from Verywellfit.com
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Eight Easy Workouts from Verywellfit.com

Click here for full article Put on some music, grab your kids, your sweetie, or none of the above and groove for at 15-30 minutes. If your neighbors see you in the window, give them a few...

Eight Tips to Avoid Injuries While Exercising
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Eight Tips to Avoid Injuries While Exercising

By Kristin Gustafson – Exercise Science and Wellness Coordinator, Rasmussen College & Active.com Read Full Article Here Every person that exercises fears getting that dreaded injury....

Why Your Knees Hurt Using Your Treadmill
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Why Your Knees Hurt Using Your Treadmill

It would be safe to say that our culture and mindset has shifted towards achieving a healthier lifestyle within the past 5-10 years. Even within the food industry, the FDA is now coming do...

How, Why, and Where to Lubricate an Elliptical
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How, Why, and Where to Lubricate an Elliptical

Many people don’t understand that elliptical machines, just like treadmills, need to be lubricated from time to time. Proper lubrication of the machine will reduce wear and increase the l...

I Need to Move a Treadmill What Do I Do
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I Need to Move a Treadmill What Do I Do

One of the more common questions we get is when people reorganize their house or they are moving to a new home. The question usually goes, “I have this HUGE treadmill and there is no way I ...

How Much Space Does a Treadmill Take Up?
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How Much Space Does a Treadmill Take Up?

Space can be a huge criteria when buying a treadmill. Whether you have a small apartment, are space constrained in a bedroom, or if you simply don’t want the treadmill to take up too much s...

How to Move an Elliptical Without Destroying My House or Myself!
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How to Move an Elliptical Without Destroying My House or Myself!

More than once we have received the question here at the elliptical department at Treadmill Doctor about the best way to move an elliptical. It usually starts out like this: “I was trying ...

Will Your Treadmill Kill You?
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Will Your Treadmill Kill You?

A few years ago NordicTrack placed a warning on their treadmills regarding the California Proposition 65 (Prop 65). The Prop 65 is as follows: “Requires businesses to notify California...

I Want a Treadmill But How High Should My Ceiling Be?
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I Want a Treadmill But How High Should My Ceiling Be?

A common question we get here is that someone wants to buy a treadmill but they only have space in a bonus room with a slanted ceiling or in a basement with a low ceiling. The answer depend...

What is the Best Way to Fix a Treadmill Belt Centering Problem?

What is the Best Way to Fix a Treadmill Belt Centering Problem?

One of the most common treadmill questions that we get here is, “my belt won’t stay centered…how do I fix it?” That is usually followed by what they have tried so far. Things people try are...

What Is the Best Way to Fix A Treadmill Belt Slipping Problem?
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What Is the Best Way to Fix A Treadmill Belt Slipping Problem?

If you have a treadmill and the walking belt is slipping on the machine, what is the best way to fix it? Before you answer, you must answer the question behind the question. That question i...

When Is It Time to Say Goodbye to Your Treadmill?
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When Is It Time to Say Goodbye to Your Treadmill?

Just like when you have a car, at some point there comes a time when keeping your old treadmill doesn’t make financial sense. Even when you have come to love your old trustworthy machine, t...

Safety Tips for Using an Elliptical
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Safety Tips for Using an Elliptical

When I came up with the idea of writing a blog about safety tips for using an elliptical, several people in the office looked at me with a strange stare. They then asked why anyone would n...

Lubricating a Treadmill
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Lubricating a Treadmill

One of the most common questions we get from treadmill owners is about lubricating their treadmill. 99% of the questions take the form of one of 3 “W’s”. When should I lube the machine, whe...

How to Have an Elliptical Nightmare
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How to Have an Elliptical Nightmare

People regularly ask us what machine lasts longer than the other and the two at the top of everyone’s list is a treadmill and an elliptical. They both have wear parts but if they are treate...

Cubii – Savior or Sucker?
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Cubii – Savior or Sucker?

We rarely stray to review products that don’t fit squarely in our traditional area of reviews, namely treadmills and ellipticals but the exercise at work phenomenon has budged us out of our...

How to Move a Home Gym Without Losing Your Mind
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How to Move a Home Gym Without Losing Your Mind

The most common question we get about moving equipment is about moving a home gym. If you have one of those old rubber band gyms, it is just like moving a piece of furniture like a dresser ...

What is the Best Treadmill for a Basement?
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What is the Best Treadmill for a Basement?

You would be surprised how often we hear from people who tell us, “the only place I have in my home for a treadmill is the basement and it has a low ceiling. What is the best treadmill for ...

What are the Differences in Walking Belts?

What are the Differences in Walking Belts?

We commonly get questions from customers about what is the difference between a walking belt or a running belt? The answer is there is no difference but there are different ways to make a b...

Do Heart Rate Monitors on Treadmills and Ellipticals Really Work?
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Do Heart Rate Monitors on Treadmills and Ellipticals Really Work?

We have found that heart rate monitors aren’t perfect on most fitness equipment, but that does not mean that users should not use them! Heart Rate Monitors are tools to help users get a sam...

Which Treadmill Cushioning Is Best?
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Which Treadmill Cushioning Is Best?

We realized this year that our 2017 reviews which have just been completed but are not posted on our website yet (hope before Thanksgiving) that this will be the 20th year of doing reviews ...

Personal Pain Management With a Topical Alcohol Treatment
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Personal Pain Management With a Topical Alcohol Treatment

It was the craziest thing I have ever heard in my life! I was listening to a PhD holder who is widely published in the area of medicinal use of natural therapies- things like plant medicine...

URGENT! Do Not Buy a Used Treadmill Before Reading This!
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URGENT! Do Not Buy a Used Treadmill Before Reading This!

The first thing to remember when buying a used treadmill is that all brands are NOT created equally!! Most people would not think twice about the purchase of a used Cadillac, while others w...

How To Destroy Your Elliptical in Three Easy Steps!
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How To Destroy Your Elliptical in Three Easy Steps!

Having answered the questions for people on how to fix their ellipticals for over a decade I have seen just about every way that a person can misuse an elliptical to the point of destructio...

How Much Space Does an Elliptical Take Up in My House?
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How Much Space Does an Elliptical Take Up in My House?

One of many common questions that I get in answering consumer questions is “how much space does a elliptical take up in my house?” The answer, unfortunately is not as easy as the question ...

NAPA 8300 as a Treadmill Walking Belt Lubricant? Not Any More!
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NAPA 8300 as a Treadmill Walking Belt Lubricant? Not Any More!

For over a decade now, factories have recommended that people use NAPA 8300 silicone spray under treadmill belts to reduce friction. This multi-purpose spray has amazingly served most consu...

7 Secrets Fitness Companies Don’t Want You To Know
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7 Secrets Fitness Companies Don’t Want You To Know

1. Warranties are a game, pure and simple! Most people don’t know that warranties are non-transferable in the fitness industry so if you are buying a used piece of equipment, most likely yo...

Treadmill or Elliptical Placement
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Treadmill or Elliptical Placement

Finding a good spot to keep your treadmill or elliptical is important. You want it to be in a clean, level area that is easily accessible, while not in the way. Since we can’t all have a ho...

How to Properly Lube a Treadmill Belt
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How to Properly Lube a Treadmill Belt

I get many emails on this subject and thought I would go ahead and give everyone a step by step instruction list so that it can be pulled up at any time you treadmill enthusiasts need some ...

What is an 800 Watt Treadmill?
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What is an 800 Watt Treadmill?

Last year, a question was posed to us that has never been asked in the past, which was, “what is an 800 watt treadmill?” I've heard of vacuum cleaner being advertised in amps but typically ...

The Best Way You Can Destroy Your Treadmill
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The Best Way You Can Destroy Your Treadmill

This could be the quickest blog post that we have ever done but you know I can’t let you go so quickly. If you want the Cliff Notes version, the way most treadmills fail is from the accumul...

The Secret to Low Belt / Deck Friction for Your Treadmill
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The Secret to Low Belt / Deck Friction for Your Treadmill

Everyone in the treadmill business that has been in the business for more than a few moments knows that to keep a treadmill operating properly, you must keep the walking belt in great shape...

What Are the Most Common Problems with Treadmills?
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What Are the Most Common Problems with Treadmills?

If you are new to treadmill ownership, you might ask “what are the most common problems that occur with treadmills?” This is a smart question to ask with any major consumer product purchase...

How to Get the Best Price on Treadmills and Ellipticals
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How to Get the Best Price on Treadmills and Ellipticals

This really applies to all fitness equipment but we get questions about treadmills and ellipticals at a rate of 100 to 1 compared with other types of fitness equipment. So how can you get a...

The Achilles’ Heel of Any Treadmill
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The Achilles’ Heel of Any Treadmill

Just like the Greek myth that illuminated that there can be a major weakness in a god, even for those who posses a magic power of invulnerability, products tend to have a weak point as well...

Treadmills Eventually Need a Tune Up
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Treadmills Eventually Need a Tune Up

Using a treadmill from home is an efficient way to lose weight. The great thing about working out on a stationary machine is that you can perform low impact exercise such as walking or per...

How Much Should a New Treadmill Cost?
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How Much Should a New Treadmill Cost?

We regularly get the question about “how much should I spend on a treadmill?” Sometimes, it is phrased like “how much do I need to spend to get a quality treadmill?” If you want a detailed ...

Elliptical Designs and Biomechanics
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Elliptical Designs and Biomechanics

For various reasons I am picking up where I left off with last week’s blog post and beginning a discussion of the differences in biomechanics between different elliptical designs and what f...

How Much Should My Elliptical Cost?
Fitness

How Much Should My Elliptical Cost?

I get a common question via email and in person, once my job is known, is how much should I pay for an elliptical. Many times this question is asked in the context of evaluating a used mach...

The Greatest Threat for Your Elliptical
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The Greatest Threat for Your Elliptical

Last week, my air conditioner wouldn’t start up as it normally would when you flip the switch. Calling the air conditioner repair man is always a mixed bag. You want the air to work when yo...

Why Do Treadmill Companies Lie About Motor Size?
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Why Do Treadmill Companies Lie About Motor Size?

We regularly get the question, how big does the motor need to be in my treadmill? The truth of the matter is there is no good answer to this question because ALL treadmill companies lie abo...

How to Own a Treadmill That Lasts Forever!
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How to Own a Treadmill That Lasts Forever!

Well, maybe not forever but I promise the information you are about to read will add years to your treadmill and $$$ in your wallet. When purchasing a treadmill, many people don’t consid...

3 Wrong Ways to Use an Elliptical
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3 Wrong Ways to Use an Elliptical

The elliptical is one of those machines you look at in the gym, and wonder if the designer had a seizure half-way through its design. It looks like a mix between a stationary bicycle and a ...

Why Rest Days and Sleep are Important
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Why Rest Days and Sleep are Important

You probably already understand the importance of staying active, especially if you regularly frequent this blog, but it’s important to remember that exercise is only part of the equation. ...

If your Treadmill Breaks, Don’t Run to a Mechanic!
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If your Treadmill Breaks, Don’t Run to a Mechanic!

Exercise equipment, like any other machine, has a habit of breaking down for what may seem like no reason. An important thing to keep in mind, however, is that just because it isn’t obvious...