William Edward Staub was an American mechanical engineer who invented and developed the first consumer treadmill for home use, the PaceMaster 600, during the late 1960s. Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper, who helped to popularize Staub's invention, has described Staub as “a pioneer in exercise – not for the athlete, but for the masses.
Staub developed the first consumer treadmill after reading the 1968 book, Aerobics, by Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper. Cooper's book noted that individuals who ran a mile for eight minutes four-to-five times a week would be in better physical condition than those who did not.
Staub noticed that there were no affordable treadmills for home use at that time and decided to develop a treadmill for his own use. His son Gerald, designed an on-off switch for the machine.
William Staub died on July 19, 2012, at the age of 96. Interestingly he was using the treadmill until May 2012.
One of the most popular types of home exercise equipment is the treadmill, which provides a straightforward, efficient aerobic workout.
For many, treadmills are a good choice to begin a new exercise routine because walking is well tolerated by most individuals regardless of fitness level. As strength and endurance are developed, the treadmill can be used for jogging and for interval training.
When it comes to health and fitness, everybody has different needs, goals and different exercise routines. If you are a runner and running defines your lifestyle, you generally prefer it to be outdoors. However, succumbing to the tight work schedules, different occupations and a long winter war ahead, treadmills prove to be an ideal investment for fitness workouts and solid indoor trainings, enhancing your cardiovascular fitness. Ranging from manual to the best motorized treadmills, they fit in different budget requirements and should be purchased keeping in mind the long term health goals.
The following things should be paid attention to while buying a treadmill for home or an organisation:
– Cost of the treadmill
– Usage and health goals (Walking/ Jogging/ Weight loss/Training for runs etc.)
– Motor and horse power(look for 1.5 to 2.5 HP continuous duty, DC motors are generally quieter)
– Should provide stability, durability and smooth ride.
– Guarantee and warranty (Warranty for at least a year)
– Extra features and programs.
Get active and stay fit with these health machines! Treadmill provide the best healthier life for a whole life style.