Walking treadmills are perfect for people with physical limitations that would prohibit them from using a traditional motorized treadmill.
Walking treadmills are similar to other motorized treadmills, but they often come with additional safety features, such as wide belt and large safety rails. Physical therapists often use walking treadmills when working with their patients.
A Note About Walking vs Running Treadmills:
If you're starting a new fitness regimen, you may feel like walking treadmills are the answer. You're not ready to run yet, and you may be afraid that a running treadmill will be too hard for you.
Walking treadmills are much smaller, and designed to handle speeds of up to 4 miles per hour. The majority of them are manual treadmills, though some have small motors. People who work in offices like these treadmills, because they're quiet enough to use during a lunch break without disturbing coworkers.
Walking treadmills are designed for people who want to leisurely walk at a speed of 1 to 2 miles per hour. This makes them a top choice for individuals with mobility issues, or people utilizing a physical therapy program. These lower speeds are too slow for a running treadmill, and cause unnecessary stress on the motor. If you're looking for a really slow stroll, a walking treadmill will provide you with what you need.
The only problem with a speed that slow is that it's actually much slower than the average person walks. Most people walk at about 3 miles per hour, which is well within the range of what a running treadmill can provide. As you build more endurance, it will be easier for you to walk faster. Once you build past 4
miles per hour, a walking treadmill won't do you any good.
Since most running treadmills can also be used for walking at an average speed, it may not be economical to purchase a walking treadmill. You'll outgrow a walking treadmill in very little time, and find yourself on the market for something faster. Rather than making two purchases, it would be a wiser
investment to stick with one.