A person can get a significant discount on a treadmill by buying a used machine, which can be found through local classified ads, websites such as Craigslist and eBay, and secondhand stores such as Goodwill. Fitness stores and gyms also sometimes sell used treadmills.
As of February 2015, new low-budget treadmills typically cost between $500 and $1,500. Mid-range treadmills cost about $1,500 to $3,000, while high quality treadmills start at around $3,000. Less expensive treadmills tend to have fewer features, weaker motors and less durable designs. A person gets a good deal on a higher quality product by buying a used treadmill, but unlike new treadmills, used treadmills usually do not have warranties.
Features to consider when buying a treadmill include the machine's horsepower, in particular the continuous duty rating, its stability and its features. A person should also consider if he has enough space for the treadmill and how much noise it makes.
If a person does not have enough money to buy a treadmill, he can sign up at a fitness club. Local schools, such as community colleges, may also have a fitness center for students. By signing up for a class, he can use the school's fitness center. Other options include community centers and fitness centers offered by a health care provider.