The Health Walker Plus is no longer being produced by the Battle Creek Equipment Company, but it is possible to purchase a used Health Walker Plus on eBay or similar sites. Checking eBay, Craigslist and other sites on a regular basis is the best way to find discontinued items or replacement parts.Continue Reading
The Health Walker Plus is similar to a treadmill and an elliptical machine. It allows users to engage both the upper and the lower body simultaneously while providing a low-impact workout similar to walking. The Health Walker Plus also has safety bars for anyone with balance issues and includes a calorie counter to help users better monitor their personal fitness goals.
The Health Walker was the first treadmill approved to be used by humans in modern times, according to Battle Creek Equipment. Before the modern treadmill was brought to market as a means of exercise, treadmills were often used by both animals and humans as a means of grinding grain or pumping water.
According to Mental Floss, in the 1800s treadmills were used as a form of punishment for criminals. Prisoners were forced to use the treadmill for eight-hour shifts. They were used in both the United States and in Britain until abandoned in favor of picking cotton and breaking rocks.Learn more about Exercise