Whether you’re a newbie or a long-term marathon runner (or like me, and simply enjoying walking at an incline as my workout of choice) having an at-home workout setup is ultra-convenient for the times when you can’t make it to your gym and don’t want to run outdoors. While I love to run outside, rain and safety are two factors that often hold me back from pounding the pavement. Unfortunately, treadmills are obviously not the sleekest when it comes to indoor fitness equipment, and standard models are certainly not cheap. Fortunately, ultra-compact folding treadmills exist to help you stay on top of your workout goals—even if you live in a super tiny studio apartment like myself. These budget-friendly alternatives are the perfect solution for at-home runs, and they’re so easy to fold up and stow away in the closet when you’re finished using them.
Aside from the other assortment of benefits these junior-sized treadmills have to offer, they’ll also help keep you accountable. Sure, if it’s raining cats and dogs outside, you have an instant (and valid) excuse to miss your morning jog. And of course, if you have an early conference call from home, does it really make sense to add the additional commute time it’ll take to make it to the gym? My guess is no. But with one of these little guys, you won’t have a reason to dodge your exercise of the day. Convinced that you need a folding treadmill of your own? See below for a few of our favorite affordable models.
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