If we want to lead a long and happy life, then a robust mind in a fit and trim body is vital. While not all people may not lead an active lifestyle, I’m sure that most people aspire to be fit, healthy and strong.
We all have our own reasons for this. We may have seen friends and family die of ailments that could’ve been avoided had they led a healthier lifestyle. Maybe we want to make a good example for our children. Or it could be as simple as fitting into trousers or a fabulous shirt that we saw at some store window display. Regardless of our reasons, many people devote money and time to achieving our dream fit body.
There are many kinds of exercises and fitness regimens to fit every lifestyle. But cardio exercises like running on a treadmill is still one of the most popular and effective ways to lose unwanted weight and to keep our bodies fit and trim. However, there are days when you simply can’t perform your regular exercise regimen. Maybe you’re stuck in traffic, or the weather is bad, or you can’t leave your home. This is where a treadmill comes in. This exercise machine allows you to run whenever you want without leaving the comfort of your home. Not only are you saving money, you’re also saving time by eliminating the drive or commute to your gym.
Just like any machine, however, a treadmill will eventually break down. If you’re thinking of getting one, it is vital that you are familiar with the exercise machine’s maintenance. Keeping your machine in good condition allows you to enjoy and reap its benefits for a long time. Here is a quick maintenance guide to get you started.
Before taking the treadmill out of its box, here are a few things that you should do.
- It is important that you read and understand the user manual, along with any other documentation and literature that came with it. The manual should contain everything you need to know about your exercise machine: operating instructions, technical specifications, safety precautions and maintenance procedure. Take note of the retailer and manufacturer’s contact numbers in case of inquiries, repairs and replacements.
- While I’m sure that you are excited to finally use your treadmill, do not forget to inspect the machine before using it. Make sure that the safety key is functional since it might be the only thing that can save you if an accident happens.
Check for any loose screws and parts. There should be no outward signs of damage. The running belt should not be easily jolted, nor should there be any tears in it.
- Always wipe the exercise machine down, especially after using it. I recommend using a clean towel or rag that has been dampened with water. You can use mild cleaners, but never corrosive chemicals such as ammonia, alcohol and bleach. Don’t forget to include the console, grips and handrails, the running belt and the landing strip. Do not pour any liquid directly on it. The moisture could seep into the electrical system and damage the exercise machine.
- Make sure that the treadmill is positioned in a clean and clear area. There should be ample space around the machine to allow for easy movement and ventilation. If you have a folding model, store the machine in a safe and accessible space after wiping it down.
- With a vacuum cleaner, clean the space around and under the exercise machine. You can make the cleaning easier by setting the platform at its maximum elevation so you can reach underneath it. Don’t forget to unplug the power cord beforehand and tuck it somewhere safe.
- Always check the running belt’s surface for any wear and tear. If the belt’s underside feels smooth and soft, that’s a sign that belt may require replacement. A smoothened belt creates more friction when running, forcing the motor to work harder. If the motor is damaged, the entire electrical system could stop working.
- Do a spot check of the machine’s different modes and settings to ensure everything is working properly. Check if the console can still adjust the speed and incline. See to it that the emergency stop switch is still functioning. Do not use it if the kill switch is broken.
- Have the machine inspected by a certified technician, especially if the exercise machine is frequently used. Make sure that every nook and cranny of the machine are checked, including the joints, screws, pedestals and handles. The power cord should be in good condition and all screws tight in their place. Also, do not forget to test the running belt’s alignment and tension.