Even when the economy is not doing well and our budgets are tight, there is no reason why our fitness goals have to suffer. A good way to combat depression caused by unemployment and having to pinch pennies is to exercise. Purchasing a cheap treadmill can actually be an affordable way to combat depression, stay fit and fight weight gain. The best place to look for an affordable treadmill is to use the internet; first figure out exactly what you need, and what bells and whistles you’re willing to live without so you can save money when buying the best treadmill on your budget.
It’s also possible to find great treadmills that have been deeply discounted, but be careful! If a deal is too good to be true it probably is, and it could be for a lot of reasons. For one thing, the store could be going out of business and although that can save you a lot of money, if the treadmill breaks down in a month you have nowhere to go for help. Use caution when purchasing a deeply discounted new treadmill.
Less Advertised Treadmills
You can also go to the local exercise equipment stores. Ask about sales that might be coming up soon and compare different product lines from manufacturers that advertise heavily versus unknown manufacturers who don’t advertise at all. Advertising costs money and a product that isn’t advertised will cost less than a product that is advertised heavily but is often just as good a product.
Second Hand Treadmills
You can also check the Goodwill stores and second hand sale shops. A lot of people think they’re going to get fit for New Year’s resolutions and then discover that a treadmill was not the exercise equipment they wanted, so they donate it to a resale shop. Just check it over very carefully and make sure that none of the parts are missing and that everything works. You will have to check these stores often and very early in the day as exercise equipment can go very quickly from second hand shops.
Even on the tightest budget it is possible to purchase a good affordable treadmill and stay fit. Be aggressive and diligent in your pursuit of the perfect treadmill and you’ll surely find one that fits your budget and your needs.
Read my thoughts regarding a manual vs electric treadmill.