Best Accessories for your Treadmill

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To ensure a more comfortable and rewarding workout experience, it’s good to have the right treadmill accessories. 

To ensure a more comfortable and rewarding workout experience, it’s good to have the right treadmill accessories. 

Below I’ve rounded up the best one or two options for each treadmill accessory you may need. 

Treadmill Floor Mats

Treadmill mats have several benefits including floor and carpet protection, and reducing noise (particularly on hard floors).

Using the treadmill without some padding underneath it will allow you to feel and hear more of the machine’s vibration. In some cases friction between the treadmill and the floor may damage the floor in the process.

In addition to hard floor protection a treadmill mat will also prolong the life of the treadmill because it also prevents carpet dust from entering any of the mechanical components under the treadmill.

Treadmill mats are also used for safety as they limit the treadmill from potentially moving or sliding around on the hard floors.

For noise reduction the treadmill mat should be at least 4mm thick. Also, be sure that the mat is wider and longer than the treadmill base. Typically a 2m long x 1m wide mat will be enough to cover all treadmills with room to spare.

The two mat options below are very similar. I suggest you just get the one that’s the best fit for the dimensions of your treadmill.

Viavito PVC Equipment Floor Mat

The Viavito floor mat comes in two sizes 140 x 80 cm or 220 x 110 cm. The smaller size should work for most treadmills and is about a third cheaper than the larger size.

It’s nice and thick at 6mm so will offer excellent protection. It’s also ‘grippy’ on both carpet and hard floors.

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York Fitness Equipment Mat

The York Fitness floor mat measures 182 cm by 76cm. This size provides an in-between option (compared to two Viavito choices) that may be a better fit for some treadmills.

It’s a reasonable 5mm thick and also non-slip. Like the Viavito it provides some shock absorption and noise dampening.

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Treadmill Silicone Oil

Silicone oil will reduce friction and keep the belt of your treadmill running smoothly. It is an essential part of the general maintenance for your treadmill.

Before using the silicone oil, loosen the belt and be sure to wipe down the surface and components of the machine to remove any dust or dirt, and make sure you have a protective surface under the treadmill in case of any oil drops. 

You should lubricate the treadmill every six months with light use, every three months for two or three times a week use, and every six to eight weeks daily usage. Basically, every 100 hours or so of use is about right. We’ve put together a helpful guide for Where to Buy Treadmill Lubricant.

Carbusonic Treadmill Oil

Carbusonic Treadmill Silicone Oil is made in the UK and one of the best-selling treadmill lubricants, containing 100% non-toxic silicone oil. 

It comes with a syringe that helps to keep the oil where you want it, and avoid applying too much at once. About 1-2 syringes is enough for regular maintenance.

There’s not much more to say – it’s cheap, effective and the 500ml bottle will basically last you forever. Get some! 

Bluetooth Heart Rate Sensor

A heart rate sensor is good to have during your treadmill workout as it allows you to track the workout intensity in real-time.

Many premium treadmills will sync to Bluetooth-enabled heart rate monitors so you can see you heart rate along with speed and incline on the treadmill control panel.

An added benefit is these monitors can also sync with your smartphone, so you can also use it when you’re not on the treadmill (or if your treadmill doesn’t have this feature).

Polar H7 Bluetooth Heart Rate Sensor

The Polar H7 Heart Rate Sensor provides accurate heart rate readings, and of the leading brands of heart rate sensors it’s compatible with basically all treadmills that feature Bluetooth heart rate connectivity.

It’s waterproof and compatible with all recent Apple iPhones, iPads, and Android devices. It is also compatible with basically all smartphone training apps. 

So this is a solid option as it can be used with your smart device if your current treadmill does not have Bluetooth functionality. The strap also comes in a variety of colours.

Although there are many Bluetooth heart rate monitors on the market we like the Polar H7 as it’s high quality, reasonably priced, and widely compatible with treadmill and smartphones/ tablets. 

Tablet Holder

If you like to have a little distraction and include a bit of entertainment while working out on your treadmill, then a tablet holder will be the ideal accessory.

While many treadmills have space on the control panel area to put a device the angle it will sit, and how likely it is to fall off will vary.

If you plan to use your device regularly, I recommend getting a holder so your device won’t go flying!

TabletTail:Lynx Tablet Mount

Treadmill handles, control panels and LCD all come in different shapes and sizes. So attaching your tablet can get tricky.

I like the Octa Lynx Mount as it allows you to attach the mount to almost any to round, flat, or irregular shaped surface up to 5cm thick.

In terms of compatibility, it can hold any tablet with a length or width between 15cm and 20.7cm.

It is also known to be compatible with the iPad Air (but not iPad Pro), iPad Mini (all models), Galaxy (all models), and the Surface (all models).

I hope these accessory ideas are useful and make you ‘treadmill-ing’ more enjoyable. If you’re in the market for a new treadmill also check out my latest treadmill reviews and best treadmills by Feature or Usage.

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Last update on 2024-07-18 / Amazon Product Advertising API

I'm Jamie and I test out new models in sports retailers, or buy and sell them new or second hand so I can review a wide range of models and put together the best advise on which treadmill is right for you. So if you are looking for a cheap treadmill for walking, a gym quality treadmill to run sprints, or something in-between I can point you in the right direction.
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