Walking Pad: Love It Or Live Without It?

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Nov. 27 2023, Published 8:00 a.m. ET

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With individuals exploring at-home gym alternatives (think spin, yoga, and rowing) at higher rates, walking pads have quickly become a popular option, thanks to TikTok. Considerably smaller than a traditional treadmill, the walking machine boasts similar capabilities without sacrificing space in your home. However, do the pros outweigh the cons?

In the article, we highlight the benefits, cons, and suggestions on what to consider when purchasing this buzzed-about option to ensure it fits your lifestyle (and goals).

What Is A Walking Pad?

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Whether you’re “heads down” at work (from home) or catching up on your favorite TV show, this innovative solution — an under-desk treadmill — is designed to keep you moving amid monotonous tasks. Thanks to the popularity of walking pads, the market offers many options, making them incredibly accessible, with prices ranging from $99 to $500. In other words, you can elevate your well-being without compromising convenience or cost.

What Are The Benefits Of A Walking Pad?


With technology advancements comes an abundance of options. Whether you are on a tight budget, expecting an end-of-year bonus, or putting aside a little something to splurge, there is an option for everyone.

Easy Storage

Another key benefit of purchasing a walking pad is that it’s a space-saver. Because of its slim design, it can easily fit under your desk. There are also foldable options that make this at-home gym option easy to store or move to another room in your home.


As the summer months fade and the chilly months emerge, you may be debating whether to take your workout indoors — sans the guilt of outrageous gym membership costs. Not only does a walking pad allow you to do so, but you also pay a one-time flat fee.

Health Benefits

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A walking pad can boost cardiovascular health by strengthening your heart and lungs. The best part? You can get your steps in. Remember, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends 150 minutes of weekly physical activity. 

What Are The Cons of A Walking Pad?

Not For Everyone

Unlike a traditional treadmill, a walking pad does not have a handrail. This may be a safety concern for elderly users or runners who typically require additional runway (length) to break a sweat. Not to mention, long-legged folks may find this option less than comfortable for their stride.

Buyer’s Remorse

The market offers various options to suit your budget. Going down a Reddit rabbit hole may cause buyer’s remorse (aka regret), causing you to feel defeated and throwing you off track from your health goals.

Runners Beware

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A walking pad is not a runner’s paradise. Although you may want to channel your inner mall walker, running on a walking pad is not a good idea. According to experts, they max out between 0.5 to 7.5 miles per hour, whereas a treadmill, depending on the model, will max out between 10 to 15 miles per hour.

What To Look For When Purchasing A Walking Pad

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User Reviews

First and foremost, it’s important to do your research. What are users saying? For example, if the walking pad boasts Bluetooth, have users experienced connectivity issues? If so, how often? Is the walking pad foldable? Does it travel well? Begin by exploring items you consider non-negotiables.


Typically, a warranty signals a manufacturer’s confidence in the durability and quality of their product. So, it’s worth looking into. Ideal coverage would include the running belt, frame, and even connectivity features, such as Bluetooth.

Weight Limit

Always confirm the weight limit on a walking pad before purchase. Not only will this aid in determining the quality and durability of the product, but it’s an important safety note.


Avoid buyer’s remorse and hefty return fees. Know your space. Because walking pads come in all shapes and sizes, you will want to measure the intended space and check the dimensions of your preferred product before purchase. 

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By: Truth Hawkins

Truth Hawkins, a seasoned wordsmith with over a decade of experience spanning entertainment, culture, and lifestyle news, navigates the dynamic landscapes of pop culture, lifestyle, and music. More than a reporter, Truth is a dedicated storyteller, unearthing narratives that deeply resonate with readers and invites them to engage in meaningful conversations.

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