Top Treadmill Accessories

Things You Need for Your Treadmill

You bought the exercise machine or treadmill - now for a few treadmill accessories to make using it more pleasurable. You want to keep the treadmill performing well with items such as a mat and a cleaning kit. You will also want to add accessories that enable you to get a better workout by using or viewing apps, or reduce your treadmill boredom with reading or videos.

Treadmill Mat

Horizon Fitness T101 Treadmill
Horizon Fitness T101 Treadmill. Courtesy of

A treadmill mat protects both the treadmill and your floor or carpet. Save wear and tear on your floor or rug and keep the sweat from soaking in. The mat will also make it easier to vacuum around the treadmill to keep dust, pet hair and carpet fiber away from the motor and belt, where it can cause damage over time. A treadmill mat also dampens the vibrations and noise.

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Treadmill Workout Apps and Videos

BH Apps
BH Apps. BH Fitness

Your treadmill likely has preset workouts. But you can keep things interesting with apps and videos that inspire your workouts and show you great scenery while you walk or run on the treadmill.

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Treadmill Cleaning Kit

Protect your treadmill and prevent problems by keeping it clean and performing well. Kits include cleaning solution, scrub brush, applicator wand, and instructions. You shouldn't use just any lubricant on a treadmill, our treadmill repair expert Dan Thompson especially warns against using WD-40. Instead, consult your user's manual or manufacturer first and buy a treadmill-specific lubricant.

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Tablet Holder

Futur-e-Stick Tablet Holder
Futur-e-Stick Tablet Holder. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

You can keep connected to your favorite videos and apps if you have a secure way to mount your iPad or tablet on your treadmill. These tablet holders will help position the tablet where you want it for best viewing while you workout.

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Reading Rack

Source One LLC Treadmill Book Holder
Source One LLC Treadmill Book Holder. Courtesy of Amazon

I like reading while exercising. This rack slips over the monitor of your treadmill or other cardio exercise machine. It is clear, allowing you to see the controls underneath, while securely holding your book or magazine.

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InVu LCD TV/DVD Player

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If you don't have your treadmill positioned in front of a TV already, or a built-in TV in your treadmill, this 15-inch LCD TV comes on a height-adjustable stand to position in front of your treadmill or other exercise machine. You can hook it up to any antenna or cable, or use the built-in DVD player. It runs on either batteries or plug-in. Come to think of it, it would be handy to wheel anywhere in the house.

BPA-Free Water Bottle

Camelbak Podium Chill Bottle
Camelbak Podium Chill Bottle. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

You will need to stay hydrated while you workout on the treadmill. Use a refillable, BPA-free water bottle. This will be good for you and good for the environment compared with disposable bottles. You might have to ensure it fits in the bottle holder if your treadmill has one.

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Headphones or Earbuds

Man on Treadmill with Smartphone
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A good set of headphones or earbuds will keep you zoned into your tunes instead of thinking about what your legs and lungs are up to on the treadmill. Sport designs are made to not fritz out from sweat and to stay in your ears as you put in the miles.

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Book: Treadmill Walking

Treadmill Walking Book
Treadmill Walking Book. Courtesy of Amazon

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Walking expert Rob Sweetgall gives you cardiovascular and weight-loss programs for all levels of treadmill walkers (96 pages).

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