Treadmills are great for walking or running, but it can be hard to know how fast you are going, or how far you've run or walked. Many people mistakenly think that their treadmill displays mph, when in fact it shows kph.
Traditionally, treadmills were set up in the US to show speeds in miles per hour. This is why the typical readout on a treadmill shows the speed in mph. However, treadmills sold in other countries show speeds in kilometers per hour.
Other countries like Canada, Italy, and Australia follow the same pattern of using km/h. Australia uses both km/h and mph, depending on the model. If the treadmill has an imperial conversion setting, they will show mph. If there is no imperial conversion, then they will show km/h.
A lot of people use a treadmill for their daily workouts, but most are used to the built-in display in km/h. Using a treadmill in mph can be quite confusing, especially if haven’t used one in a while.
Most of them are set up to measure distance in kilometers (KPH), rather than miles (MPH). You can easily change your treadmill from KPH to MPH by adjusting a few settings. To get started, look for the small dial on the front of your treadmill.
On most models, you will find this dial just under the display window. Changing the settings on your treadmill is a pretty simple process, and doesn’t require any special equipment.
All you need to do is access the controls on the console and press the “conversion” button. Most modern treadmills should be able to change the settings within a few seconds.
Treadmills are ubiquitous machines in gyms across the world, but you might not know all the features that go into them. Understanding one feature in particular your treadmill's speed settings can help you make the most of your time on the machine.
It's important to know, for example, that most treadmills have a different number of speeds. Additionally, depending on the speed setting you choose, your treadmill will need to be calibrated differently.
While you can always call the treadmill manufacturer and ask them to read your speed for you, the easiest way to do it is to set it to a mile and a half (or any mile you prefer).
Then, simply count the number of times your left foot hits the ground in a minute (60 seconds ÷ 1.5 = 30), then multiply that number by two. That number is your speed.
Some treadmills may display your speed in miles per hour (mph). However, this is misleading and should be ignored; your treadmill's speed should only be in increments of 0.1 miles per hour (mph).
The reason for this is that a treadmill adjusts the distance it displays to account for the difference in speed between two miles per hour. For example: If your speed is set on 4.0mph, it would be the same as running 4.2mph on a regular treadmill that displays distance in miles.
The speed of the treadmill affects the intensity and the results of the workout. If the treadmill is moving fast, you will have to push harder and move faster in order to go up a hill or increase your speed.
If the treadmill is moving slow, you can move at a slower pace but since you are using the same effort you will be able to burn more calories or fat. That is why it is important to read your speed in the treadmill.