When lifestyles changed and people had to spend more time in office workplaces or indoors at home, the preferred form of exercising also changed. Today, at least three out of ten people who exercise on their own have used running or walking exercises.
In addition, nine out of ten people who use a gym service for their fitness needs have been working on a treadmill. In fact, the treadmill has become so common that people are saving to buy them for their homes. The number of homes in first world countries like America and Australia, which have indoor treadmills, continues to increase exponentially.
The popularity of treadmills has also given rise to the increase of do-it-yourself kits for taking care of these fitness equipments. Unfortunately, there are some unethical business practices in the DIY offerings for fitness equipment. There are incomplete guides or non-compatible tools that end up destroying your equipment and costing you more. For many people, the only way to avoid the counterfeits or inferior products is to acquire the right information.
Here is how you evaluate the quality of the tool you are purchasing and its ability to perform its intended function:
- Validate the strength of the tool
The tool must first be physically strong if it will be used to loosen or strengthen nuts on your treadmill or other equipment. Many nut openers break when you are using them and can make you injure yourself. Strength is also a factor in tools used to suspend your equipment during repair. Without physical strength to support your equipment, there can be accidents when the tool breaks.
You can find out if the tool meets the required strength support by checking with its certified qualification. Original or authentic tools pass through standardization tests approved by the state, and regulated by the relevant quality assurance institution in your area.
For example, spanners, pliers and other loosening or tightening tools must be made of the right metal or alloy, which meets the approved standards.
- Rely on manufacturer’s approved guides
Cleaning treadmills requires the loosening of their belts as you remove dust and other particles inside. However, the expert recommended way to do this is to loosen the bots and nuts at the back of the equipment to their halfway depth. Some incomplete guides will leave out this important detail. When you loosen nuts all the way out and completely remove the belt on your treadmill, replacing it will be quite challenging.
Essentially, the manufacturing of the fitness equipment happens in factories with pressurized equipment. These are capable of tightening nuts using high power. Therefore, taking the piece apart and replicating each form is not possible when you rely on human physical strength only, hence the precaution.
- Know whether the equipment is serviceable
Some manufacturers’ equipment is made without the intention of the user’s own improvement capabilities. The user should not conduct any repair function on the equipment. Nevertheless, you can find DIY tools claiming to have the ability to service such equipment and even tweak them to your preferences. Usually, this is just a marketing hogwash.
Customers sometimes end up with broken equipment, which would have kept on functioning if they left it alone. The tampering with the equipment will often render the manufacturer’s warranty useless, exposing the customer to costly repairs. It is best to rely on the equipment manufacturer or an approved distributor when you are buying additional components for the care of your equipment.
- Let professional technicians handle the complicated repairs
For electronic and programmable components, the damage caused by a do-it-yourself tool is invisible. Unless, there is an apparent malfunction that causes the equipment to go off, you are less likely to identify the causes of such kinds of damage and may continue using a faulty apparatus ignorantly. The danger of doing this is on your body, which you are trying to keep fit. A wrong calculation of a heart beat rate (HBR) could lead you to insufficient exercises. On the other hand, you could be stressing your body with too much strain.
Technicians from the equipment manufacturer have the necessary training needed to handle their products. Therefore, even if you have the right DIY tools and guide, you will still gain from the expertise of registered and recommended technicians. If you use the approved repair service and those technicians end up damaging the equipment, the law allows you to seek compensation legally.
Martin Bolt, the author of this guest post, is a well-known health and fitness blogger. He recommends folding motorised treadmill as it provides stability, ease of folding and less weight capacity.