Treadmills are a great way to get fit, burn calories, and lose fat. The most common places where you can find treadmills are gyms. However, this trend has changed over the years, and people have started buying treadmills for their homes. If you have purchased a treadmill and use it to walk, run or do incline walking/running, you are surely getting a lot of benefits from it.
Still, one of the problems associated with treadmills is the noise they produce. Having your treadmill positioned in the living room of your house or apartment makes it loud for your family and neighbors.
It’s true that treadmills cause a lot of impact noise, and as you increase the speed, the noise increases as you run even faster. So, is there a way of combining the best of both worlds – meaning using your treadmill but also making it quieter than it is?
The answer is yes. Below, we are listing some of the best ways to do that.
1. Place A Mat Under The Treadmill
The main source of noise besides the actual parts of the treadmill is its contact with the ground, caused by the person who is running. If you are constantly stomping your feet on the treadmill, you are causing what is called impact noise.
Basically, as your feet pound the treadmill, they are causing this noise, which can be reduced. Your best chance of doing that is using a shock absorbing material such as a rubber mat.
The good thing is that there are many treadmill mats available on the market and with plenty of good reviews. They work well when quieting your treadmill, but can also be used for other pieces of cardio equipment. The main function of a treadmill mat is to soundproof your machine but also extend its like and prevent it from sliding or moving when you run. As another side benefit, you can also prevent ruining your floor, which is especially important if you have a delicate floor in your room.
2. Lubricate Your Treadmill Belt
If you bought a treadmill and never lubricated it before, you should start doing it to prevent any future damage and extend its life. The truth is, lubrication is essential and goes as regular maintenance on your part.
Having a lubricated treadmill will increase its lifespan but also prevent squeaking noises. Some models even have an auto-generated message that shows from time to time, telling you that you need to lubricate the machine.
Now, if you don’t know how to do that, in general, it is very simple:
For additional information on lubricating your treadmill, read your instruction manual and see if there is any information on lubricating the machine.
3. Check For Noise Caused By The Treadmill’s Rollers Or Bearings
If most of the noise in your treadmill comes from within it – and lubricating it does not save you from it – you may need to service it yourself or check the root of the problem. This is especially true if you keep on hearing different types of squeaky noises, grinding, or rattling.
In most cases, noises like these are caused by the bearings and roller. For those of you who don’t know, bearings are small pieces that are attached to the treadmills rollers, which are used to get the belt moving. Now, all of these small parts may be misaligned, broken, or worn out.
In an ideal scenario, you should have a professional inspect all of these parts. Worn out rollers cause grinding noises that are loud when the treadmill is in motion. Similarly, damaged bearings can cause your treadmill to operate poorly or stop working at all. If you need more information, check out this video, which explains more about replacing worn bearings and rollers.
4. Use Proper Shoes When Running On Your Treadmill
For many of you, this is already a no-brainer. However, there are people who are not that familiar with treadmills and the general requirements, which is again okay.
Just like you should be lubricating your treadmill and using a proper treadmill mat under it, you should also wear shoes that are comfortable for you – but also comfortable for the treadmill if you want to reduce noise.
The good thing is that nowadays, there are so many brands that produce running shoes that are lightweight and have a shock absorbing material underneath. For instance, Asics has some models that have rear gel foot cushions that make running enjoyable for you, but also maximize the shock absorption with the cushions.
Tip: There are people with normal, flat, and arched feet. The best way to find the right shoes for you is to see what kind of feet you have. Usually, the arched type requires more attention when selecting running shoes, but choosing a high-shock absorbing model will help everyone who owns a treadmill.
5. Try To Run Quietly Or At Steep Incline
Many people will turn to us and say “how is this even possible?”
Still, in most cases, the main source of noise is the stomping one (impact noise) caused by the person who is running. And while it is impossible to be quiet when running on a treadmill, there are tips that can help you run quietly at a reasonable speed.
We generally recommend avoiding higher settings and keeping your treadmill at a reasonable jog. The truth is, your calorie burn is not that greater when you run at higher speeds, and you will only run out of breath quicker than usual. Keeping your treadmill at a lower setting can help you reduce impact noise and burn more calories, assuming that you run for a longer time.
Another thing that you can do is limit your legs’ distance when you run. Many people are used to running with large steps, which increases the impact noise. Limiting the distance of the legs and seeing how to run properly can help you make smaller movements. Perhaps this video can teach you more about making most of your running on a treadmill.
Lastly, you can always try walking at a steep incline instead of running. An exercise like this will also strengthen your legs, burn calories, and make you tired. Most importantly, it will substantially reduce the amount of noise you make when running. So, if someone is in the same room and has problems with the noise you make when running, this can be another good cardio exercise to try.
6. Put Your Treadmill In Another Room
This might seem like an obvious thing to do if someone is complaining about the noise you make when you run on your treadmill. However, you should really consider it, knowing that every room has a unique position.
For instance, if you live in a house, you can move the treadmill to your garage or an area that is away from your living quarters. If you live in an apartment, it is a little bit trickier because of your neighbors. The best bet is to maybe try and move it to your terrace. If that does not solve the problem, move it to a different place altogether.
Treadmills that squeak are usually ones that need lubrication or replacement of some parts. The first thing to check is always the belt, followed by the rollers and bearings. If everything is as it should be on your treadmill, lubricating is the next step you should do to keep it quiet.
However, if doing all of this does not change the sound of your treadmill, the problem most likely lies in your running. To make it quieter for the people you live with, consider buying shock-absorbing shoes, running differently or moving your treadmill to a different room.
At the end of the day, treadmills are mostly meant for gyms and are known to produce noise. So, if you still experience problems with noise, you can always relocate it or join the gym so that you can run freely and without any worries.