If somehow you have maintained your workout routine while keeping up with the no-boundaries-working-from-home situation, more power to you. I am certainly not in that category. Which is why I decided it’s time to invest in home gym equipment considering our lives will unknowingly continue to be mainly inside.
So I’ve purchased the easy stuff: Resistance bands, yoga mat, dumbbells, foam roller, and tons of workout gear. The only thing missing is cardio equipment. As a longtime marathon runner, I’ve been thinking about treadmills. Which, saying it out loud now, seems like quite the investment.
And I’m not talking about financially, because you can get them pretty cheap (under $350), or finance them and pay them over time. But I’m talking about a spatial investment. You see, as a city dweller, floor space is gold. So how could I fit a treadmill in my closet-sized New York City apartment, you ask? A foldable one, duh.
With dimensions under 6-feet long and 3-feet wide, these compact treadmills can easily be folded up when not in use—taking up a lot less space in your home than traditional treadmills. Not to mention, with daily variants and gym closures, working out in public is hardly a safe option right now. Plus, with work schedules consuming our days, it can be hard to get a work out in.
Not to mention, it’s still cold outside and the motivation to work out is not in our favor. The best part about at-home gyms is that you can complete a 10-minute run or 30-minute walk to keep active, maintain your fitness goals, and improve your mental health.
Running helps improve your mood and alleviate stress. The best news is that you won’t have to sacrifice a workout or space with the below compact treadmills. Here’s a list to get you started. Happy running.
Weslo Cadence Folding Treadmill
First up on our list is the Weslo Cadence Folding Treadmill, loaded with powerful speed. In fact, it’s the fastest on our shortlist, reaching full out sprinting speeds—proving that you don’t need to be outdoors to run your fastest. Another great thing about a Weslo purchase is the free 30 days of iFIT workout classes to start your journey right.
XTERRA Fitness TR150 Folding Treadmill
The XTERRA Fitness TR150 Folding Treadmill has speeds up to 10 mph, three incline settings, and time, distance, and calorie tracking. All the things you need in a good compact treadmill that performs just as well as your standard gym treadmill, but takes up a fraction of the space.
Goplus 2-In-1 Folding Treadmill
The Goplus 2-in-1 Folding Treadmill is a great treadmill for walkers who want more steps in the comfort of their home. The treadmill has five layers that are great for knee support and an LED display screen that can connect to your phone for your music. Best part is the minimal assembly.
UREVO Foldable Treadmill
Yes, foldable treadmills that stand against the wall are amazingly space-efficient. But treadmills that lie flat under beds or desks, like the UREVO are iconic. With speeds up to 7.5 mph, users can run on the slip-proof tread belt or try out one of the 12 pre-set programs that mimic natural terrain.
Zelus Folding Treadmill
If you live in a building that has no elevator, you are probably dreading how you will carry something so large up the stairs. Well if that is your concern, the Zelus Treadmill couldn’t be a better pick for you. It is lightweight, foldable, and can support up to over 220 pounds. The LED display will track your speed, distance, and calories, while the anti-skid mat keeps you from falling.