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Treadmill

The first consumer treadmill for home use was developed by William Staub a mechanical engineer.  Staub noticed that there were no affordable household treadmills at the time and decided to develop a treadmill for his own use during the late 1960s. He called his first treadmill the PaceMaster 600. Since that time treadmills have become the staple of home and gym fitness centers.  
 
The main advantages of using a treadmill are:
  • Enable the user to set up an exercise regime that can be adhered to irrespective of the weather.
  • Cushioned tread can provide slightly lower impact training than running on outdoor surfaces.
  • Incline setting can allow for consistent "uphill" training that is not possible when relying on natural features.
  • Rate settings force a consistent pace.
  • Some treadmills have programs such that the user can simulate terrains, e.g. rolling hills, to provide accurate, programmed, exercise periods.
  • The user can watch TV while using the machine thus preventing TV from being a sedentary activity.
  • User progress such as distance, calories burned, and heart rate can be tracked.
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