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How to Reduce Treadmill Noise

When going to the gym is inconvenient or too expensive, owning your own piece of equipment is an excellent solution. Having a treadmill in your home is a desirable way to continue your training year around. If you share a house with friends or live in an upstairs apartment, you may need to reduce the noise that comes from the treadmill while you are exercising. The placement of your equipment and the protection you use under it can keep the peace with your neighbours while you continue your workouts.

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  1. Talk to your neighbours. Creating an open line of communication will help you determine a time for exercising that will be considerate of your neighbours and maintain good relations.

  2. Move your treadmill to a common area of your home. If you live in an apartment, the upstairs is most likely laid out the same as the downstairs, so if you like to work out very early or very late and are doing so in your bedroom, your bedroom floor could be a neighbour's bedroom ceiling.

  3. Purchase a treadmill mat. These mats are highly recommended to reduce the noise and the vibrations that come from the machine. Available in various thicknesses, the thicker the mat the more protection you have. Treadmill mats work to cushion the vibrations of the machine and the pounding of your feet while running. A treadmill mat also helps to protect your flooring from scratches and indentations caused by the machine.

  4. Perform regular maintenance on your equipment. Follow the instructions in your user manual to ensure your treadmill is running efficiently.

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Things You'll Need

  • Treadmill mat
  • Tools used for assembly
  • Lubricant

About the Author

Based in West Virginia, Christi Gainer is a writer specializing in parenting and shopping. Gainer has been volunteering with her local American Cancer Society Relay for Life since 2005. She earned the Excellence in Online Communication award for the 2008-2009 Relay year. Gainer is currently enrolled at the University of Phoenix pursing her associate degree in health-care administration, focused on medical records.

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