Home gyms are difficult to build when you don’t have enough room around the house. A treadmill is difficult to skip when you want to stay in good shape regardless of the weather. So what do you do when you don’t have space for it?
Getting your treadmill up on the second floor can be a good idea if you don’t have the space for it on the ground floor. However, homes that don’t have the dampening or noise-canceling abilities aren’t ideal for treadmill running.
Common reasons why using a treadmill on the upper floor isn’t a good idea include the following.
A treadmill is louder on the second floor
No matter how smooth your run you will create a lot of noise when running on the second floor on a treadmill.
A good treadmill runs at around 50db on the ground floor. Noise levels measured on the upper floor are in the 70db range making running louder.
This can be an even bigger issue when you have a family as you might wake up the whole house when you want to run in the morning.
You might see cracks in the ceiling below
Plaster and even wooden ceilings aren’t made for constant running. While most ceilings are fine when running, old holes can show visible cracks when you start running on the second floor.
It might not fit in rooms with a low ceiling
A standard room height is 7 feet and 6 inches. Rooms on the second floor can have an even lower ceiling. Furthermore, even a standard room ceiling height might not be enough when you step on the treadmill. Adding incline to your treadmill might even elevate you further, essentially limiting your treadmill use on the second floor.
It’s difficult to carry upstairs
A treadmill can be moved from place to place using casters. Most treadmills have built-in transportation wheels.
These wheels are ideal for easily moving the treadmill around the house and even taking it outside.
You can take your treadmill out on the patio or in the backyard on hot summer days when you want to work out in fresh air.
This is almost impossible when you place your treadmill upstairs as it’s not as easy to take it down the stairs as it is to move it around on the same floor.
Most treadmills have a folding design which means a single person can move them around freely. But you’d need at least 2 people to take the treadmill upstairs or downstairs.
The second floors get too hot for running in the summer
Overheating is the biggest reason not to take your treadmill up on the second floor. The second floors get a lot more heat in the summer than ground floors. This means you won’t be as comfortable on the second floor due to excessive sweating.
High indoor heat on the second floor during the summer prevents you from running as much or as efficiently as on a cooler ground floor. You also need to drink a lot more water on the second floor to balance excessive sweating while running.
Using a treadmill on the second floor is possible but it comes with downsides such as loud noises, cracking ceilings on the ground floor, and overheating in the summer.
Even a small space for the treadmill on the ground floor can be better, especially when it comes to avoiding high summer heat on the upper floor.
Another disadvantage of using treadmills on the second floor is the incapacity of actually moving it freely around outdoors. Good weather often prompts many home gym loves to take their treadmills out on patios to run in the fresh air. This isn’t as easy when the treadmill is upstairs.
What’s your experience with treadmills on the second floor? Let us know below.