There are many advantages of using a manual treadmill. Most models are designed with a minimum of features but can provide an effective work out. The non-motorized models are far less costly than motorized versions so if you are looking for a cheap treadmills then this is something to consider.
Though a manual treadmill can give users a good workout it takes longer to get the belt moving because it is powered by the lower body rather than a motor. It may need to be set at an incline to get going faster and maintain a steady speed. This may put more strain on the joints.
A motorized device can sometimes be adjusted at different heights while it is in use, though not all models offer this option. Another advantage of the non-motorized device is that it will weigh less than motorized versions. It has no motor which contributes to the weight of the motorized version.
Cost may be a significant factor in deciding whether to purchase a manual treadmill or a motorized product. Non-motorized versions typically range in price from $100 to $200, depending on the model. Prices for motorized versions start at around $500 for products with basic features. If you want more programming options you will pay far more.
The non-motorized machine does not come with programmable options for different types of workouts. It is entirely up to the user to determine the speed and intensity of the workout. However, wearing a hear rate monitor watch or device can help improve workouts for those who are training or who are wanting to improve cardiovascular fitness.
Manual machines are available in sporting goods stores that sell a variety of equipment. They are fairly simple to set up and begin using. With no power cord a manual treadmill can be set up in places with no outlets, like patios, balconies, garages, and decks.
There are fewer moving parts to wear out on a manual treadmill. They may last longer with normal use and cost much less to replace if they do wear out. The decision to buy a non-motorized device may be based on budget and the available space. Those who simply want a device for a routine daily workout or to get some more exercise can be very satisfied with a manual treadmill.