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Am I Too Heavy For My Treadmill? How To Use A Treadmill If You Are Overweight.

Running on a treadmill is a great way to burn calories and get in shape, but if you’re not careful, an otherwise routine run can turn into an exercise in frustration.

If your treadmill is the right size for your body, that shouldn’t be a problem. But if you’re too big for your treadmill, you may end up walking at a pace that’s too slow or going too fast for your running program.

While treadmills can be a great way to get fit, there are some of us who are too heavy for them. This can be a serious problem for the overweight, since it can be difficult and expensive to find a fat-friendly gym, and difficult to develop a routine without a treadmill.

Luckily, there are still ways to work out even if you are too heavy for a treadmill.

Weight Capacity For A Treadmill Is Important

Whether you are buying a treadmill for home use or considering an exercise club membership, you should consider how much weight the treadmill can handle. The weight capacity for a treadmill is important and should not be overlooked.  

If you are over 250 pounds or are heavier than average, you will want to make sure that the treadmill you choose has a weight capacity higher than your weight.

The weight capacity of a treadmill is important, but not as important as the motor power. The weight capacity is how much weight the machine can handle without breaking.

Remember that it is the machine that matters, not you. That is why you have to check the motor power. Most treadmills in the market today have a weight capacity of around 400 pounds.

Tips For Using A Treadmill When Obese

Many people are obese. Many people want to lose weight. The fact that these two facts are true creates a lot of pressure on obese people to lose weight. It is no wonder people have become desperate and started using a treadmill when they are overweight.

Part of the problem with being overweight is your body is already ‘set’ to be overweight. This is called path dependence. You cannot simply do as the fad diets tell you and eat less and exercise more. You will not lose enough weight.

As a person who is overweight, you know that if you want to lose weight you have to be active. However, if you were not active as a child or teenager, and you are now obese, you may not know how to use a treadmill.

If so, you are not alone. Many people who are overweight find that a treadmill can be difficult and even painful to use. However, there are some tips that can help you use a treadmill if you are overweight.

Regular exercise is one of the most important things to do to keep your weight under control and to avoid health problems. Running is one of the most popular exercise choices and can be done on a treadmill. To get the most out of your workout following these tips can help you to stay safe. 

• Wear shoes that are intended for running. If you are new to running, be sure to consult a professional to find the right pair for you.

• Start at a walking speed and gradually increase it over time. Your body will get used to the increased speed and it will become easier.

• Start with a short distance and build up. It is better to start small and build up gradually than to over

Things to Consider Before Using a Treadmill if You are Overweight

There are several factors you need to consider when buying a treadmill for overweight people, especially if you are overweight yourself.

  • Your treadmill should have enough power to handle your weight as you walk or run on it.
  • You should also consider the length of your stride.
  • Make sure your treadmill is sturdy and tall enough for you to use comfortably.

Your Treadmill Should Have Enough Power

If you are an overweight person and are not sure if you should get a treadmill, there are a few things to consider before you make a purchase.

According to the American Council on Exercise (ACE), any treadmill can handle a person who is within the normal weight range. However, if you are overweight, you should buy a treadmill that has the capacity to handle your weight.

Otherwise, the treadmill may be damaged or could break. While running or walking, especially at a faster speed, can help you to lose weight, you will need a treadmill that can handle your weight.

That is because treadmills are not meant to handle the extra pounds that come with being overweight, which can cause the machine to malfunction quickly.

You Should Consider the Length of Your Stride

If you are overweight, you may be tempted to hop on the treadmill and run for hours. However, running on a treadmill at a high speed and length is not always the best idea. Running at a high speed and length can cause excessive stress on your joints and ligaments.

Additionally, running at a high speed and length will increase your risk of injury. This is because experts recommend that you should run at a speed and length that is comfortable for you.

Therefore, if you are overweight you may want to consider the length of your stride on your treadmill.

It’s always important to pay attention to your feet when you’re on the treadmill. If you have long strides and stand with your feet far apart on the treadmill, you will start to feel discomfort in your knees, hips, and lower back. If you have short strides and stand with your feet close together on the treadmill, you will start to feel discomfort in your knees, hips, and lower back. So, in the long run, either way, can be a problem.

Make Sure Your Treadmill is Sturdy

If you are an overweight person, it is important to ensure that your treadmill is sturdy and tall enough for you to use comfortably. 

A sturdy treadmill, particularly one with a wide deck, will prevent the body from swaying side to side, which could lead to injury during a workout. You should also make sure that the treadmill is tall enough to accommodate your height when you are standing.

Make sure that you can stand upright in your preferred workout position without your feet touching the ground. If your treadmill is on the small side, it may be difficult to run or even walk without hitting your knees and shins on the machine.

If climbing the treadmill’s steps is difficult, you may want to consider a treadmill with a lower deck. If you are not yet sure which type of treadmill you need, visit a fitness equipment company’s showroom and test out the treadmills for yourself.

Last Words

You can get fit just by walking right? Wrong, it’s time to take a closer look at the treadmill and working out in general. Treadmills are a great way to get in shape and stay motivated, but there are also drawbacks to this type of training. It is essential to look at the facts before you start running on a treadmill. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, you should do at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day. This can include anything from biking to walking to jogging to swimming. Thirty minutes of physical activity is about the time it takes to watch an episode of your favorite TV show. Set a goal to tack on some extra physical activity to your day. By incorporating physical activity into your daily routine, you will be on your way to a healthier lifestyle.


Randy Lucas

Randy here - Fitness enthusiast and avid runner - besides running I also love playing with my two German Shepherds Peter and Bruce - oh and I love cooking. I am the Webmaster over at where I ramble about all things fitness in an effort to make the world a healthier place.