Do I Need A Treadmill Mat?
By Simon Gould
Treadmills are big pieces of equipment and take up a lot of room in the house. You may have special a room allocated to it and other fitness equipment. Wherever you've put it you know a lot happens on top of the treadmill with some sometimes vigorous running. But you need to take care of what goes on underneath, the contact points on the floor need additional protection.
Yes, you need a treadmill mat
If you have a treadmill on a hard wooden floor then you need you give that floor some extra protection. This way you won't damage the floor and the treadmill won't move around if the floor is slippery. You need a mat, even manufacturers recommend a treadmill mat to prevent any possible damage occurring.
You also need a treadmill mat because it will prevent some of the noise that it makes. Less will be in the same room and less vibration and noise will travel to different areas of the house. They don't cost much in comparison to the treadmill and really make a difference. You can either choose one from the manufacturer when you buy the equipment or you can choose to buy a separate one.
Some mats are very thick and interlocking, I think you may have seen the ones we're referring to. These are the ones*, they're thicker than the others and you set them up like a puzzle where you connect each square. You pay a bit more for them but we feel it's money well spent. The cost of repairing a floor can not be underestimated. Amazon* have a great selection of other mats too.
One benefit not often known is that mats reduce the vibrations when you're using one. These travel to the treadmill and loosen the parts, nut and screws and encourage dirt to collect. Having a mat reduces these vibrations and will lengthen the life of the treadmill and a treadmill can last for years if it's taken care of properly, so get a mat.