You want to exercise, but can’t find the time. That’s one of the most common reasons people skip their workouts. Consumer Reports just tested treadmills and ellipticals for your home, which will save you commute time to the gym. But you want one that you’ll keep using for years to come.
Consumer Reports evaluates exercise range because you want a machine to be able to keep up with you as your fitness level increases. Testers also look at how easy the machines are to use.
The recommended $3,700 Precor TRM-243 treadmill has a screen that looks like a tablet. And the buttons on the top-performing, $2,300 Sole TT8 are easy to read and push while you’re on the move.
For a lot less, consider the $1,500 NordicTrack Commercial 1750. While it did show a little wear in Consumer Reports’ durability tests, it offers excellent exercise range. Plus it folds up so it’ll save space, too.
As for ellipticals, Consumer Reports says ergonomics are key. A good machine like the Schwinn 470 smooths out the pedaling. It also offers 29 different pre-set workouts and is a Consumer Reports Best Buy at $800.
Whatever exercise equipment you buy, Consumer Reports says it’s a good idea to bring your sneakers to the store to try it out and make sure the machine is comfortable for your body.
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