You like walking, but unfortunately getting out for a stroll is proving troublesome. Maybe you are not as steady on your feet as you could be, and find using walking aids a pain in the butt over a long distance.
Maybe you can walk just fine, thank you, but it just isn’t practical where you live, or it’s dark, or freezing cold, or just plain dangerous.
But if you are in your senior years, walking is literally the best exercise you can do, and you don’t have to bust a gut to do it either.
So if you were put off walking outdoors for the above reasons, and also wary of treadmills because you think they may be too fast or difficult to accommodate a larger frame or someone with mobility issues, then what about one of these treadmills? These have either been built with older users in mind, or are suitable for use by them.
They have additional features like a longer or wider walking belt, bigger handles for steadying yourself, and heart rate monitors.
So if you were planning a little Christmas present for yourself, or have made walking more your resolution for the New Year, you really can’t afford not to check out our best treadmills for seniors in 2017.
The thing we like about this treadmill is its extra wide belt. At 20 inches, this is similar to the sort of size you would see in gyms and health clubs. Also, it has extra-long handles to make staying safe on this treadmill easier.
With two manual inclines, this provides a nice simple user experience that won’t blind you with science, or make you feel like you should be in training for a triathlon.
This is primarily for walking on although, with a top speed of 4mph, should you wish to jog, then you can do so comfortably.
Other notable features are the greatly increased weight capacity – right up to 400 pounds. This is a sturdy machine that can take the load, literally.
Users of the ProGear seem disproportionately happy with their purchase, with over 70% leaving a five star feedback on Amazon.
If you’re worried about overdoing it, or simply want to monitor your performance, there is a heart sensor to show you your heart rates whilst you exercise.
All this, and it is nice and quiet to use, and fairly painless to set up out of the box. One word of warning though, it’s pretty heavy at 120 pounds.
When you’re done with it, it folds down to minimize its footprint in your home.
At under $400, we think this is a top contender for best treadmill for seniors!
Watch this helpful video review of the Progear HCXL 4000 Treadmill.
Also extra wide and extra sturdy, and capable of taking weights up to 400 pounds, is the Exerpeutic.
Decidedly for those who want to walk, not run, this is a nice and easy user experience, as well as comfortable under foot.
No, there’s no flash speakers, or cooling fan, but it can support weights of up to 400 pounds without a murmur.
And without a murmur is right, or at least mostly correct. This is a quiet and smooth running treadmill, that makes the least noise on the slower settings.
Oh! And it also has the extra-long 18 inch handles, similar to the ProGear, so hanging on shouldn’t be a problem either.
Take a look at this video giving more information on the Exerpeutic TF1000 Electric Treadmill.
Looking to spend a little less than $300? Maybe you don’t need something that’s quite as heavy duty as the ProGear, but would possibly like to sprint on it now and then?
Look no further than the Weslo Cadence. This is an incredibly popular model with users of all ages. It also has two inclines and comes with six training programs to boot.
Yes, you can hit the heady heights of 10 mph on this baby, but rest assured that you don’t have to, if you don’t want to, and plenty of users are perfectly satisfied with it just as a walking machine.
Nice and quiet to use, this is also easy to figure out the assembly, but like all the models in our pick, it is far from light, and you will need assistance.
Watch this video to get a closer look at the Weslo Cadence 5.2 Treadmill.