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The Best Treadmill Under $500, According to a Personal Trainer

You don't have to spend a fortune to get in a great workout at home.
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With COVID still a major concern both in the U.S. and beyond, many fitness enthusiasts are looking for ways to get in a great workout without heading into a crowded gym. And with the weather getting colder in many parts of the world, exercising outside is becoming a less and less appealing prospect. Luckily, you don't need to brave arctic temperatures—or pay through the nose for expensive equipment—to get in a great, calorie-torching workout.

In fact, experts say there's an excellent treadmill under $500 on the market that can turn practically any space in your house into the home gym you've always dreamed of.

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Joshua Lafond, a NASM-certified personal trainer and founder of Healthy Gym Habits says that if you're looking to get more exercise without breaking the bank, the GYMAX 2 treadmill is the perfect piece of home gym equipment under $500.

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"This is the peak of quality and functionality at a very affordable price," Lafond explains.

"For only $369.00, you're easily able to add this walking pad to any existing desk setup. This two-in-one product will allow you to walk at speeds of up to 2.5 MPH when in desk mode. As a bonus, you're even able to lift the sidebars and put the GYMAX into run mode when you're on lunch break. The 2.25 HP motor allows this treadmill to reach speeds of up to 7.5 MPH – perfect for some light exercise."

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While some compact treadmills may be too small for runners with longer strides to jog on, Lafond says that this machine has plenty of room.

"The large 40 x 16 running area is the perfect balance of compact but still functional. The running area also features a non-slip texture and a 5-layer cushion to help lower the strain on your joints. This is a great feature if you're using this during your long workdays," Lafond adds, noting that the machine doesn't skimp on extras, like an LCD screen that tracks your calories, distance, speed, and time, as well as a center console with wireless speakers and a tablet docking system.

If you're concerned about your ability to get your work done while running, experts say it may not be as challenging as you think.

A 2015 study published in Frontiers in Psychology found that, among a group of 69 adults, walking slowly on a treadmill neither reduced cognitive nor executive control measures. For more incentive to get moving, check out What Walking for Just 20 Minutes Does to Your Body, Says Science, and for the latest health and fitness tips delivered to your inbox, sign up for our newsletter!

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