A  treadmill can make it easy to accomplish your fitness goals, even when it’s too cold or too hot to exercise outside. (The U.S. exercise guide­lines call for adults to get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise each week.)

But while walking on a treadmill is a relatively straightforward proposition, a machine that moves under your feet can potentially lead to injury. These tips can maximize benefits and minimize your risk of getting hurt. 

Hover your cursor over the dots (or for mobile devices, tap) on the image below to get our expert advice. 

Treadmill Picks

Thinking of a treadmill for your home? These are two of our top picks.

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Sole TT8

Price: $2,500

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Bowflex BXT216

Price: $1,800

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Editor’s Note: This article also appeared in the September 2019 issue of Consumer Reports On Health