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Best Motorized Pedal Exerciser for Incapacitated to be Strong

Best Motorized Pedal Exerciser for Incapacitated to be Strong

Motorized pedal exerciser uses a motor to drive the pedals. Consequently, the exerciser is useful for anyone who has difficulty moving their arms and legs and benefit from the assistance provided by the exerciser.

Motorized Pedal Exerciser

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What are Motorized Pedals?

Above all, the incapacitated, who cannot or have difficulty moving their arms or legs, use motorized pedal exerciser to exercise their arms or legs. In fact, motorized pedals provides a gentle low impact exercise for toning their arm and leg muscles.

Consequently, motorized pedals have the following design features:

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    Many of the pedal exercisers provides little resistance
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    An electric motor drives the pedal exerciser
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    In general, the pedals move forward and backwards
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    Both arms and legs get a workout with the pedal exerciser
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    Many of the pedal exercisers have handles to make them easy to move

Motorized Pedal Reviews

Exerpeutic 7101 Active Cycle Mini Exercise Bike

Motorized Pedal Exerciser

The Exerpeutic 7101 motorized pedal exerciser has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, no assembly is required. In fact, the Exerpeutic 7101 is ready to be used upon delivery.

Construction

Next, the Exerpeutic 7101 motorized pedal has a durable steel frame.

Controller

Most noteworthy, a cable connects the hand-held controller to the machine. Furthermore, the hand-held controller adjusts the pedal's speed.

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the Exerpeutic 7101 motorized pedal under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table.

Dimensions

In addition, the Exerpeutic 7101 motorized pedal is 16 inches long, 16 inches wide, and 13 inches high. Consequently, the Exerpeutic 7101 motorized pedal need a clearance of at least 14 inches for use under a desk or table. Moreover, it's compact size makes it easy to move around and store.  

Display

Especially relevant, the LCD displays time, distance, speed, revolutions, total revolutions, and calories burned.

Exercise

Most of all, the Exerpeutic 7101 motorized pedal can be used to exercise both arms and legs. In addition, the low impact workout is easy on the joints.

Handles

Next, the Exerpeutic 7101 motorized pedals have a built-in handle that makes it easy to lift and move from one place to another.

Manual Operation

Most noteworthy, for higher resistance exercising, turn off the Exerpeutic 7101 motorized pedal's motor.

Motor

The motor's speed is adjustable. In addition, the lowest speed is 26 revolutions per minute. Meanwhile, the motor operates on a standard 120 volt power supply. Furthermore, when the motor is running, hand or feet should not be used to forcibly move pedals.

Noise

Also, the direct current motor drive results in a quiet workout.

Pedals

The Exerpeutic 7101 motorized pedal's foldable pedals have adjustable straps to prevent feet from slipping while pedaling. In addition, the pedals can be used by both hands and feet.

Pedal Movement

While the pedals only move in the forward direction, you can turn the pedal exerciser around to exercise using the backwards or reverse pedal movement. In addition, because they are driven by a motor, the pedal motion is consistent.

Sliding

Furthermore, a non-skid floor mat is provided to prevent skidding on smooth floors.

Warranty

Most of all, the Exerpeutic 7101 motorized pedal comes with a 1-year limited warranty.

Weight

Also, the Exerpeutic 7101 motorized pedal weighs 12.5 pounds, making it convenient to move around.

Weight Capacity 

Finally, the weight capacity of the Exerpeutic 7101 is 250 pounds. Indeed, anyone heavier may put too much weight on the motor, which may hinder the pedals from turning.

PROS

  • Speed adjustable by cable connected hand held controller
  • 1-year limited warranty

CONS

  • Rotates only in forward direction. For backward motion physically turn the machine around.

Confidence Fitness Motorized Electric Mini Exercise Bike/Pedal Exerciser

The Confidence fitness electric mini exercise bike has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, some assembly is required. Indeed, the pedals and the feet have to be screwed on the body.

Controller

Most noteworthy, a cable connects the hand-held controller to the machine. Furthermore, the hand-held controller adjusts the pedal's speed, exercise duration, pedal direction, and workout programs.

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the Confidence fitness electric mini exercise bike under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table.

Dimensions

In addition, the Confidence fitness electric mini exercise bike is 18.5 inches long, 11.5 inches wide, and 11 inches high. Consequently, the Confidence fitness electric mini exercise bike needs a clearance of 13 inches for use under a desk or table.  Moreover, it's compact size makes it easy to carry out and store.

Display

Especially relevant, the LCD displays time, distance, speed, and calories burned. Meanwhile, the scan button sequentially displays all the workout data continuously.

Exercise

Most of all, the Confidence fitness electric mini exercise bike can be used to exercise both arms and legs. In addition, the low impact workout is easy on the joints.

Manual Operation

Most noteworthy, for manual use, turn off the Confidence fitness electric mini exercise bike's motor.

Motor

Next, the motor's speed is adjustable with 12 speed settings. In addition, the maximum speed is 80 revolutions per minute. Meanwhile, the 70 watts motor operates on a standard 110 volt power supply. Furthermore, when motor is running, hand or feet should not be used to forcibly move pedals.

Noise

Especially relevant, the direct current motor drive results in a quiet workout.

Pedals

Most of all, the Confidence fitness electric mini exercise bike has 4.5 inches wide pedals that can be used by both hands and feet. In addition, the non-slip pedals with adjustable Velcro straps prevent feet from slipping while pedaling.

Pedal Movement

Meanwhile, the machine can rotate the pedals in both the forward and backwards direction. In addition, because they are driven by a motor, the pedal motion is consistent.

Programs

Above all, the Confidence fitness electric mini exercise bike comes with 5 built-in automatic programs and 1 manual program. Most noteworthy, the Confidence fitness electric mini exercise bike is usable in time chunks ranging from 1 to 15 minutes

Sliding

Furthermore, a non-skid floor mat is needed to prevent skidding on smooth floors.

Stability

In addition, you have to use your feet and legs to keep the Confidence fitness electric mini exercise bike steady, otherwise it could wobble..

Warranty

Especially relevant, the Confidence fitness electric mini exercise bike comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Also, the Confidence fitness electric mini exercise bike weighs 10 pounds, making it convenient to move around.

Weight Capacity 

Finally, the weight capacity of the Confidence fitness electric mini exercise bike is 264 pounds. Indeed, anyone heavier may put too much weight on the motor, which may hinder the pedals from turning.

PROS

  • 5 built in programs and 1 manual program
  • 12 speed settings
  • Cabled connected hand held controller for adjusting programs and speed
  • Pedals move forward and backwards

CONS

  • No handles to help move the pedal exerciser
  • Need to use feet and legs to keep the pedal exerciser steady during use – otherwise it may wobble.

Sunny Health & Fitness EZ Stride Motorized Auto Assisted Under Desk Elliptical Peddler Exerciser - SF-E3626

The Sunny SF-E3626 motorized pedal exerciser has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, no assembly is required. The Sunny SF-E3626 motorized pedal is ready to be used upon delivery.

Controller

Most noteworthy, the controller is located on the machine and is used to set either auto or manual mode of operation. Furthermore, in auto mode, the controller is used to set 3 speed settings: low, middle, and high. While, in manual mode the controller lets you set 3 levels of resistance: low, medium, high. Finally, the Sunny SF-E3626 motorized pedal is automatically shut off when machine has been idle over 30 minutes.

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the Sunny SF-E3626 motorized pedal under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table.

Dimensions

In addition, the Sunny SF-E3626 motorized pedal is 20 inches long, 15 inches wide, and 10.5 inches high. Consequently, the Sunny SF-E3626 motorized pedal needs a clearance of 12 inches for use under a desk or table. And, because the Sunny exerciser takes up more area, the Sunny SF-E3626 motorized pedal provides more stability.

Display

Especially relevant, the digital LED displays step counts.

Exercise

Most of all, the Sunny SF-E3626 motorized pedal exercises only the legs. In addition, the low impact workout is easy on the joints.

Handles

Next, theSunny SF-E3626 motorized pedal has a built-in handle that makes it easy to lift and move from one place to another.

Manual Operation

Most noteworthy, for manual use, turn off the Sunny SF-E3626 motorized pedal's motor.

Motor

The motor operates on a standard 120 volt power supply.

Pedals

Most of all, the Sunny SF-E3626 motorized pedal has large textured anti-slip foot pedals and no straps are needed.

Pedal Movement

Meanwhile, the Sunny SF-E3626 motorized pedal can rotate the pedals in both the forward and backwards direction.

Sliding

Furthermore, a rubberized non-skid floor mat is provided to prevent skidding on smooth floors.

Warranty

Most of all, the Sunny SF-E3626 motorized pedal comes with a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Weight

Also, the Sunny SF-E3626 motorized pedal weighs 16.5 pounds.

Weight Capacity 

Finally, the weight capacity of the Sunny SF-E3626 motorized pedal is 220 pounds. Indeed, anyone heavier may put too much weight on the motor, which may hinder the pedals from turning.

PROS

  • 3 speed settings in auto mode
  • 3 resistance settings in manual mode
  • Pedals move forward and backwards

CONS

  • Exercises only the legs
  • Only displays step counts
  • No hand held controller

Electric Pedal Exerciser for Seniors Portable Fitness Cycle for Arm/Leg Exercise Mini Cycling Trainer Stationary Exercise

Electric pedal exerciser

The Dragon-hub electric pedal exerciser has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, some assembly is required. Indeed, the handles or the pedals have to be screwed on the cranks. In addition, the foot pads have to be screwed on the bottom.

Controller

Most noteworthy, a cable connects the hand-held controller to the Dragon-hub electric pedal exerciser. Furthermore, the hand-held controller adjusts the workout duration and direction of pedal rotation. In addition, the controller sets the mode - either auto or manual. Finally, the controller helps set motor speeds, which may be one of 30, 40, 50, and 60 revolutions per minute.

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the Dragon-hub electric pedal exerciser under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table.

Dimensions

In addition, the Dragon-hub electric pedal exerciser is 16 inches long, 15 inches wide, and 14 inches high. Consequently, the Dragon-hub electric pedal exerciser needs a clearance of at least 15 inches for use under a desk or table.

Exercise

Most of all, the Dragon-hub electric pedal exerciser exercises both arms and legs. In addition, the low impact workout is easy on the joints.

Handles

Next, the Dragon-hub electric pedal exerciser has a built-in handle that makes it easy to lift and move from one place to another.

Motor

The motor operates on a standard 110-120 volt power supply.

Pedals

Furthermore, the Dragon-hub electric pedal exerciser has pedals with foot straps to hold your feet to the pedals.

Pedal Movement

Meanwhile, the Dragon-hub electric pedal exerciser's motor can rotate the pedals in both the forward and backwards direction.

Sliding

Furthermore, a non-skid floor mat is provided to prevent skidding on smooth floors.

Warranty

Most of all, the Dragon-hub electric pedal exerciser comes with a standard manufacturer’s warranty.

PROS

  • Exercises both arms and legs
  • 4 speed settings in auto mode
  • Cable connected hand held controller
  • Pedals move forward and backwards

Sunny Health & Fitness Mini Cycle with 90 RPMs for Leg and arm Exercises with Motorized and Manual Option - SF-B0717

Motorized Pedal Exerciser

The Sunny SF-B0717 motorized mini exercise bike has the following features.

Controller

First and foremost, a cable connects the hand-held controller to the  Sunny SF-B0717 motorized mini exercise bike. Furthermore, the hand-held controller powers up or down the exerciser and sets the direction of pedal rotation. In addition, the controller sets the mode - either auto or manual. And, in auto mode, the controller selects one of 12 adjustable motor speed settings with a maximum speed of 90 revolutions per minute. Meanwhile, the controller can also set workout times of 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, or 30 minutes.

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the Sunny SF-B0717 motorized mini exercise bike under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table.

Dimensions

In addition, the Sunny SF-B0717 motorized mini exercise bike is 20 inches long, 18.5 inches wide, and 14 inches high. Consequently, the Sunny SF-B0717 motorized mini exercise bike needs a clearance of at least 15 inches for use under a desk or table. And, because the Sunny SF-B0717 motorized mini exercise bike takes up more area, the Sunny SF-B0717 provides more stability.

Display

Especially relevant, the LCD displays workout time, direction, speed and revolutions per minute.

Exercise

Most of all, the  Sunny SF-B0717 motorized mini exercise bike exercises both arms and legs. In addition, the low impact workout is easy on the joints.

Handles

Next, the  Sunny SF-B0717 motorized mini exercise bike has a built-in handle that makes it easy to lift and move from one place to another.

Motor

The motor operates on a standard 120 volt power supply.

Pedals

Furthermore, the Sunny SF-B0717 motorized mini exercise bike has pedals with adjustable straps to hold your feet to the pedals. Moreover, the pedals can also be used by hands.

Pedal Movement

Meanwhile, the Sunny SF-B0717 motorized mini exercise bike's motor can rotate pedals in both the forward and backwards direction.

Sliding

Next, the  Sunny SF-B0717 motorized mini exercise bike has rubber anti-skid feet that help the machine remain balanced and steady while exercising.

Warranty

Most of all, the Sunny SF-B0717 motorized mini exercise bike comes with a standard manufacturer’s warranty.

Weight

Also, the Sunny SF-B0717 motorized mini exercise bike weighs 17 pounds.

Weight Capacity 

Finally, the weight capacity of the Sunny SF-B0717 motorized mini exercise bike is 220 pounds. Indeed, anyone heavier may put too much weight on the motor, which may hinder the pedals from turning.

PROS

  • Exercises arms and legs
  • 12 speed settings in auto mode with a maximum speed of 90 revolutions per minute
  • 6 workout times
  • Cable connected hand held controller
  • Pedals move forward and backwards

Adjustable Speed with Overload Protection, Motorized Mini Exercise Bike

Motorized mini exercise bike

The Exerpeutic Activecycle motorized mini exercise bike has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, no assembly is required. In fact, Exerpeutic Activecycle is ready to be used upon delivery.

Construction

Next, the Exerpeutic Activecycle has a durable steel frame.

Controller

Most noteworthy, a cable connects the hand-held controller to the Exerpeutic Activecycle and helps adjust the pedals' speed.

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the Exerpeutic Activecycle under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table.

Dimensions

In addition, the Exerpeutic Activecycle is 16 inches long, 16 inches wide, and 13 inches high. Consequently, the Exerpeutic Activecycle needs a clearance of 14 inches for use under a desk or table. Moreover, it's compact size makes it easy to move around and store.

Display

Especially relevant, the LCD displays time, distance, speed, revolutions, total revolutions, and calories burned.

Exercise

Most of all, the Exerpeutic Activecycle exercises both arms and legs. In addition, the low impact workout is easy on the joints.

Handles

Next, the Exerpeutic Activecycle has a built-in handle that makes it easy to lift and move from one place to another.

Manual Operation

Meanwhile, for higher resistance exercising, turn off the Exerpeutic Activecycle's motor.

Motor

The Exerpeutic Activecycle motor's speed is adjustable from 15 to 60 revolutions per minute. Meanwhile, the motor operates on a standard 120 volt power supply. Furthermore, when motor is running, hand or feet should not be used to forcibly move pedals.

Noise

Also, the direct current motor drive results in a quiet workout.

Pedals

Furthermore, the Exerpeutic Activecycle's foldable pedals have adjustable straps to prevent feet from slipping while pedaling. Also, the pedals can be used by both hands and feet.

Pedal Movement

Meanwhile, the pedals only move in the forward direction. But, you can turn the Exerpeutic Activecycle around to exercise using the backwards or reverse pedal movement. In addition, because they are driven by a motor, the pedal motion is consistent.

Sliding

Furthermore, a non-skid floor mat is provided to prevent skidding on smooth floors.

Warranty

Most of all, the Exerpeutic Activecycle comes with a 1-year limited warranty.

Weight

Also, the Exerpeutic Activecycle weighs 12.5 pounds.

Weight Capacity

Finally, the weight capacity of the Exerpeutic Activecycle is 250 pounds. Indeed, anyone heavier may put too much weight on the motor, which may hinder the pedals from turning.

PROS

  • Exercises arms and legs
  • Speed adjustable by hand held controller from 15 to 60 revolutions per minute
  • 1-year limited warranty

CONS

  • Rotates only in forward direction. For backward motion physically turn the machine around.

How do you Evaluate these Pedals?

In fact, use the factors described below to grade these motorized pedal exercisers.

Desk Use

Some people may prefer to use the motorized pedal under a desk or table while they work. Several of the motorized pedal exercisers may fit under a desk or table. It all depends on the maximum height a pedal rises above the floor and the clearance between the top of your knees and the underside of the desk of table.

Display

LCD monitors that show workout time, revolutions, revolutions per minute, and calories burned help keep track of your workouts. But they may not be needed if you are incapacitated.

Exercise

Most of all, a pedal exerciser exercising both arms and legs gives you more options.

Motor

Especially relevant, the motor is used to drive the pedals. Consequently, a motor with adjustable speed gives you different workout intensities. Meanwhile, in the United States, the motor should operate on a standard 120 volt power supply.

Pedal Movement

Pedals that move forward and backwards exercise different muscles of the legs and arms. Studies show that pedaling backwards has been observed to reduce pressure on the tibiofemoral joint which may offer value in the rehabilitation of meniscal problems or tibiofemoral osteoarthritis. In addition, pedaling backwards was associated with higher muscle activation of the quadriceps muscles.

Pedal Straps

Pedal strap help grip your feet to the pedals, which makes it easier to keep your feet on the pedal. In addition, pedal straps need to be adjustable to accommodate various shoe sizes.

Resistance

Epecially relevant, motorized pedals are designed for the incapacitated. Consequently, many provide very little resistance to pedaling than other pedal exercisers. However, motorized pedals do provide resistance, when the motor is turned off.

Skidding

Several of the motorized pedal exercisers have feet that prevents skidding, while others require the use of a rubberized non-skid mat.

Warranty

The longer the warranty period the better you are protected against manufacturing defects. Generally, a 90-day period will cover majority of manufacturing defects. Since most defects are found in this period, it’s important to ensure your purchase is covered during that time. In addition, a longer warranty period, implies that the pedal exerciser is better built to last a longer time.

Weight

Finally, pedal exercisers that weigh less are easier to carry around. On the other hand, heavier pedal exercisers offer more stability.

Who would Benefit from these Pedals?

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    First, people with difficulty moving their legs or arms. The motorized pedal helps them move their legs and arms. With motor assisted movement, their leg or arm movement will be easy and smooth.
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    Next, people with polio, paraplegics, lymphedema in the legs, etc.
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    Also, people needing rehab
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    In addition, mature or elderly people
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    Also, people living with mobility or injury issues
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    And, people who had a stroke, or have fibromyalgia, cerebral palsy, and multiple sclerosis

Why are these Pedals Helpful?

Most of all, the motorized pedal exerciser helps you in the following ways.

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    Improving blood circulation in arms and legs
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    Improving muscle movement
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    Helping maintain joint flexibility of shoulders, elbows, and wrists
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    Helping with balance
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    Strengthening muscles in your legs and arms. For example, by exercising hips flexors, glutes, calves, hamstrings and quadriceps in the lower body. Also, by exercising biceps, triceps, and forearm.
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    Proving physical therapy of legs, arms, knees, and shoulders
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    Preventing muscle rigidity
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    Providing body rehabilitation – activating stiff legs and arms
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    Providing gentle low impact exercise for muscle toning

How are these Pedals Helpful?

Those Suffering from Stroke

Research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference in 2015 reported that stroke patients benefited from movement. In fact, stroke patients exercising on motorized pedal exercisers improved motor functions in their arms.

Especially relevant, 17 stroke survivors, ranging in age from 23 to 84, participated in the research. Moreover, these survivors had a stroke six to 12 months prior to the study. Meanwhile, all the 17 survivors participated in upper extremity repetitive exercises to regain arm use. On the other hand, one group of survivors also exercised on motorized stationary bikes for 45 minutes before the extremity repetitive exercises. And, after 24 sessions over an eight-week period, this group experienced a 34 percent improvement in their motor skills.

Furthermore, motor assisted stationary bicycles have also been shown to help patients with Parkinson’s disease, another neurological disorder.

Indeed, the advantage of motorized bike is that it helps patients with limited mobility to pedal and achieve intensity of training necessary to impact brain functions. Moreover, aerobic exercises have been shown to condition the brain for learning. In fact, it’s just not the brain and motor functions that benefit from motorized bikes, but motorized bikes also improve cardiovascular health of stroke patients.

Those with Diabetes or Heart Attacks

Diabetes and Passive Exercise

Research shows that nearly forty percent of Americans have high levels of blood sugar after meals. Regrettably, high levels of blood sugar can damage cells in the body.

Moreover, when blood sugar levels are very high, sugar can stick on the outer membranes of cells. And once there, it can never get off. The sugar is converted by a series of reactions to sorbitol. And the sorbitol destroys the cell.

This cell destruction is the reason why diabetics and pre-diabetics can suffer blindness, certain cancers, deafness, dementia, heart attacks, impotence, loss of feeling in the feet, osteoporosis, strokes, and so on.

Meanwhile, any kind of exercise, including passive movement of muscles by a machine can help prevent diabetes or treat existing diabetes. This is because resting muscles absorb very little sugar from the bloodstream and the little that do draw requires insulin. On the other hand, contracting muscles draw huge amounts of sugar from the bloodstream and don’t even need insulin to do so.

Finally, people with paralysis of their legs are at risk of kidney infections, kidney failure, strokes, heart attacks and diabetes. And, all these people would benefit from passive movement of muscles by a machine such as the motorized pedal.

Takeaways from Studies on Passive Exercise

Especially relevant, a study appeared on page 1,821 in the September 2016 edition of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.  And, this study reported that passive exercise, such as using the motorized pedal helps. In fact, passive exercise helps by burning extra calories, lowering blood sugar, and insulin levels in inactive people. Consequently, by simply having their legs moved by motorized pedal exercisers, the insulin sensitivity of inactive people increased after eating. In fact, this occurred because blood sugar rises were reduced after eating.

In another study, 20 sedentary people rode an electric motor bike which requires the occupant to pedal to keep the motor running. They rode for 40 minutes three time a week. One month later, these sedentary people had lower blood sugar, were more insulin sensitive and had less body fat. In addition, the study showed the sedentary people improved their body fat content and their blood pressure.

Calories from Passive Exercises

Over 60 years ago, scientist found that a person passively moved by motor driven pedals at 56 revolutions per minute, burned at least 7 to 15 kilogram calories per hour. Furthermore, if the person was passively moved at 74 revolutions per minute, the person would burn 19 to 26 kilogram calories per hour.

In addition, two leg passive cycling at 90 revolutions per minute resulted in energy expenditure that is nearly the same as energy expenditure from walking. Or in other words, a person, paralyzed in the legs, using a motor driven stationary bike gets the same amount of exercise as a non-disabled person gets from walking.

Cerebral Palsy

Most noteworthy, treatments  for cerebral palsy include improving joint flexibility, increasing mobility, improving muscle definition, and improving muscle tone. Consequently, motorized pedals, with their ability to move arms and legs passively, is a treatment option..

Other Under Desk Exercise Machines

Comparison with Other Under Desk Exercise Machines

First and foremost, motorized pedals have a circular motion of the lower legs and hence more circular movement of the knees. In addition, motorized pedals exercise glutes, quads, hamstrings, and to a lesser extent the calves.

Meanwhile, the stepping action of sitting steppers requires pushing down on the pedals against hydraulic resistance. As a result, there is greater stress on the knees. But a better lower leg muscle workout, especially of the glutes, quads, hamstrings, and calves.

Finally, under desk elliptical machines produces a walking action swinging the lower legs back and forth. Consequently, the joints relax during the exercise. In addition, the under desk elliptical machines don’t put too much stress on the legs.

Links to Other Under Desk Pedal Exercisers

Links to Under Desk Steppers

Links to Under Desk Ellipticals

Best Nutrients to Help Build Strong Muscles

Best Nutrients to Help Build Strong Muscles

Building muscles is not as simple as just going to the gym. Beyond the workouts, you need to get a good night’s sleep giving your muscles time to repair. In addition, you need to eat healthy nourishing food to feed your body and muscles. And, you have to make sure to regularly take the best nutrients for building the strongest muscles.

best nutrients

Best Nutrient - Beta-Alanine

Beta-Alanine is a non-essential amino acid that helps prevent muscle cramps. And, Beta-Alanine does this by helping to produce carnosine. Indeed, carnosine balances the pH in muscles. Consequently, carnosine restricts the buildup of lactic acid. Most noteworthy, lactic acid buildup leads to fatigue and cramping.

And, the way to get this best nutrient is by eating animal proteins and plant foods like asparagus, edamame, seaweed, turnip greens and watercress.

Biotin

Biotin helps convert carbohydrates, fats, and proteins to energy.

Most of all, the way to get this best nutrient is by eating peanut butter, oats, egg yolk, hazelnuts, and almonds.

Best Nutrient - Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates or carbs are the best building blocks of muscles. In fact, carbs support muscle growth and repair. Especially relevant, carbs help form glycogen, which helps fuel your workouts and rebuild muscles after your workouts.

And, the best way to get carbs is by eating whole grains, vegetables, fruits, beans and other legumes.

Calcium

Calcium helps build strong bones. Also, calcium helps trigger muscle contractions. Most of all, muscles are made of two protein filaments known as myosin and actin. In fact, when muscles contract, these filaments slide over one another to convert Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) to energy. And, the more you exercise, the more ATP your body needs to move your muscles.

Especially relevant, research shows that with insufficient calcium, the body releases calcitrol. In fact, calcitrol is a hormone that causes you to store fat.

Moreover, the way to ingest this best nutrient is by eating yogurt, fortified milk, fortified cereals, cheese, tofu, spinach, almonds, sesame seeds, and sardines.

Copper

Copper helps protect the cardiovascular, nervous, and skeletal systems. In addition, copper also strengthens the tendons needed to lift weights.

And the sources of this best nutrient are peanuts, sardines, crab, and sunflower seeds.

Best Nutrient - Glutamine

Glutamine is a conditionally essential amino acid that helps repair muscle tissues, including the lining of the digestive tract, especially after intense workouts. In addition, glutamine helps maintain gut functions and boost your immune system.

Furthermore, the best way to get glutamine is by eating chicken, fish, beef, dairy, eggs, spinach, Brussel sprouts, and fermented foods.

Best Nutrient - Iron

Iron helps build red blood cells. Most noteworthy, red blood cells bring oxygen from the lungs to muscle tissue. And, without enough iron, your red blood cells can’t carry enough oxygen to the muscles and tissues that need oxygen. In addition, iron also helps regulate metabolism and promotes a healthy immune system. Finally, iron helps metabolize protein and fats for use in muscle building and repair.

Most of all, the best sources of iron are dried apricots, leafy greens, lean beef, venison, poultry, fish such as sardines, eggs, and fortified whole grains.

Magnesium

Magnesium is essential for relaxing muscles and preventing muscle cramps. And together with calcium, magnesium helps to reduce blood pressure. Most noteworthy, magnesium is found in muscles, soft tissue and body fluids.

Indeed, magnesium helps muscles contract and, also boost your energy levels. In addition, magnesium helps reduce fatigue. Finally, magnesium helps improve sleep. And sleep is important because that is the time when your body works to repair damaged muscle tissue from your workouts.

The way to get this best nutrient is by eating leafy greens, squash, garlic, nuts, seeds, whole grains, bran, beans, and other legumes.

Omega 3

Omega 3 fatty acids improve blood flow and helps the heart become and stay healthy. In addition, these fats suppress hunger which helps you lose weight.

Also, the best way to get these fatty acids is by eating brazil nuts, flaxseed oil, salmon, mackerel and walnuts.

Potassium

Potassium is a key electrolyte that helps muscles contract. In addition, potassium helps carry nutrients such as water to the muscle cells. Finally, potassium helps your kidneys flush out excess sodium in the body.

Moreover, the way to get this best nutrient is by eating bananas, squash, sweep potatoes, broccoli, chicken, and salmon.

Best Nutrient - Protein

Because they contain amino acids, proteins are needed for muscle growth and repair. Most of all, you need to eat proteins after a workout to restore muscle building macronutrients. Indeed, proteins are a core part of enzymes and hormones that help communicate with the body to repair itself.

The best way to get proteins is from dairy, lean meats, seafood, soy, eggs, beans, and other legumes.

Riboflavin Also Known as Vitamin B-2

Riboflavin helps the breakdown of proteins, carbohydrates and fat, which are transformed into energy. In addition, riboflavin supports antioxidants in the body.

Also, the way to get this nutrient is by eating cornflakes, spinach, eggs, and chicken.

Selenium

Selenium helps boost your immune system and fights damage from free radicals resulting from weight training.

And, the best way to get selenium is by eating fresh tuna, sunflower seeds, wholemeal bread, and brazil nuts.

Vitamin B-12

Vitamin B-12, also known as cobalamin, helps build red blood cells. In fact, red blood cells contain hemoglobin which binds to oxygen. And this oxygen is delivered to the muscles. In addition, vitamin B-12 assists in metabolizing proteins and fat. Indeed, the amino acids produced when protein is metabolized helps repair and build muscles. In the meantime, the fat is a source of energy. Finally, vitamin B-12 helps the brain and muscles to communicate efficiently, which helps muscle growth and co-ordination.

Because, vitamin B-12 is an essential nutrient, you must get it from food. However, if you must get it from supplements, the recommended dosage is 2.4 micrograms per day. In any case, your body can only absorb at most 10 micrograms from a 500 microgram B-12 supplement.

Most of all, the best food sources of vitamin B-12 are poultry, meat, fish, eggs, and dairy.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps metabolize carbs for fuel and also protect the body from oxidative stress. In addition, vitamin C helps the body absorb iron. Furthermore, vitamin C helps fight inflammation in muscles due to excessive exercise. Finally, vitamin C helps with muscle repair because vitamin C supports production of collagen.

In fact, the best food sources of vitamin C are green peppers, broccoli, blackcurrants, and citrus fruits.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D helps build strong bones, glutes, and biceps. Also, vitamin D helps healthy hormones like testosterone, which helps muscle maintenance and growth. In addition, Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and phosphorus. Meanwhile, calcium helps muscles contract. While phosphorus helps in the synthesis of ATP, the useable form of energy in the body.

Most of all, according to the Institute of Medicine, you need 15 micrograms or 600 international units (IU) of vitamin D daily.

Also, the best food sources of vitamin D include fatty fish like salmon and sardines, fortified yogurt, milk, orange juice, mushrooms, olive oil, sunflower seeds, and eggs.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a nutrient that helps protect your cells from harmful free radicals. When we exercise, we create oxidative stress or free radicals. And, vitamin E helps remove these free radicals. In addition, vitamin E helps flush out metabolic waste. Finally, vitamin E needs fat to dissolve in your body.

And, the recommended daily dosage is 15 milligrams or 22.4 international units for anyone over 14 years and older.

Meanwhile, the best food sources of vitamin E are sunflower seeds, safflower, wheat germ oils, corn, and soybean oils. Also, asparagus, avocado, and nuts such as almonds are good sources. Finally, breakfast cereals, fruit juice, and margarine are also other sources.

On the other hand, cholesterol drugs called statins may not work as well with vitamin E if you also take selenium, vitamin C, and other antioxidants. Finally, vitamin E may even interfere with cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiotherapy. If you have any doubt, always good to check with your medical provider.

Best Nutrient - Zinc

Zinc enables your body to produce muscle-building testosterone. Also, zinc promotes recovery from workouts while increasing the number of infection-fighting T-cells.

Most noteworthy, zinc contributes to muscle growth. In fact, the zinc in your cells is incorporated into hundreds of different proteins. And, one of the proteins regulated by zinc is the growth hormone. Especially relevant, this growth hormone promotes protein synthesis in muscle cells. Therefore, healthy growth hormone is essential for muscle growth.

If you must, according to the Institute of Medicine, men should take about 11 milligrams and women about 8 milligrams of zinc every day.

On the other hand, the best food sources of zinc include red meat, eggs, pulses, pumpkin seeds, and cheese.

Is a Nutritional Supplement Really Good for You?

Is a Nutritional Supplement Really Good for You?

Most noteworthy, over half the people in the U.S. take nutritional supplements on a regular basis. And the main reason for taking a nutritional supplement is their belief that a nutritional supplement may help improve and/or maintain their health.

nutritional supplements

Nutritional Supplement Types

Meanwhile, the National Health and Nutrition surveyed 37,958 U.S. adults in 2012. And, the survey showed that:

  • 52 percent of the survey population were taking a nutritional supplement
  • 31 percent taking multivitamins
  • 19 percent taking vitamin D
  • 14 percent taking calcium
  • 12 percent taking vitamin C

Nutritional Supplement Quality

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that 776 dietary supplements sold over the counter from 2007 through 2016 contained unapproved pharmaceutical ingredients. Consequently, it is important to buy supplements from reputable sources.

Nutritional Supplement Impacts

Vitamin E

In a large clinical test, those who took 40 international units (IU) of vitamin E were more likely to have heart problems compared to those who didn’t. ln addition, a National Institutes of Health study of 20,000 men found that men who took the vitamin E supplement everyday were at a greater risk of prostate cancer.

Studies

A study published in June 2018 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology reported that multivitamins, vitamin C, vitamin D, calcium, and selenium had no effect on preventing cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke, or premature death. Furthermore, the study reported that niacin (vitamin B3) with a statin had increased risk of all-cause mortality. On the other hand, the study reported that folic acid alone and B-vitamins with folic acid may reduce risk of stroke.

Next, another study in July 2018 showed that people who take vitamin and mineral supplements did not see any reduction in risk of heart disease. This study, published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, was based on data from 2 million people who were followed for 18 years on average.

Finally, a study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, reported that vitamins B6 and B12 from individual nutritional supplement sources (as opposed to from multivitamins) were associated with a 30 percent to 40 percent increase in lung cancer among men. On the other hand, use of vitamins B6, folate, and B12 supplements showed no effect on lung cancer among women.

Study in Annals of Internal Medicine

Survey Description

Next, yet another survey was conducted to study the use of dietary supplements. Moreover, this survey collected data from 27,000 U.S. adults over the age of 20. In fact, these adults were found to be generally healthy. In the survey, these participants answered questions about their use of a nutritional supplement and their diets. And, the results of the study were recently (April 2019) published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Indeed, the study reported that over 50 percent of the survey participants used at least one nutritional supplement, while more than 33 percent used multivitamins. Especially, relevant, those who took dietary supplements were more likely to be female, white, have high levels of education, and high income. Furthermore, they were also more likely to eat a healthy diet and lead a physically active lifestyle.

Commonly Used Dietary Supplements

Especially relevant, vitamin C was the most commonly used nutritional supplement, followed by vitamin E, calcium, and vitamin D.

Meanwhile, the study also found that vitamins A and K, along with magnesium, zinc, and copper were associated with lower risk of death from heart disease or stroke. In addition, these vitamins and minerals were linked to overall lower risk of dying in the average six years of follow-up after the survey. Paradoxically, this linkage to lower risk of death was only true when the vitamins and minerals were ingested from foods and not from taking nutritional supplements.

Highlights

In addition, the study found that taking a thousand milligrams of calcium supplements, daily, increased risk of death. On the other hand, ingesting calcium directly from foods had no effect on risk of death.

In summary, taking dietary supplements provided no benefits to the generally healthy survey population. In fact, there is no need to take a nutritional  supplement when eating a healthy balanced diet.

On the other hand, dietary supplements are not a substitute for not eating a healthy balanced diet. Most of all, avoid highly processed foods because the processing strips many foods of vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

Most noteworthy, it’s not clear why nutrients from supplements don’t provide the same benefits as the nutrients found in food. It may be that while the body can regulate and limit absorption of nutrients found in food, the body can’t do the same with the concentrated nutrients found in supplements.

When to Take a Nutritional Supplement

So, if you are healthy there is no need to take dietary supplements. On the other hand, if your medical provider reports deficiency in certain nutrients, then taking supplements, recommended by the medical provider, is the right thing to do.

In addition, there are times when vitamin and mineral supplements are necessary and important. For instance, anyone following a vegan diet may not get enough omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B12, and vitamin D. Also, you may need to take a nutritional supplement to help your skin.

Nutritional Supplement Guidelines

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans have published the following recommendations:

  • Anyone over 50 years old. They should consume vitamin B12 in its crystalline form from fortified breakfast cereals or as a supplement
  • Women of childbearing age who may become pregnant and adolescent females. They should eat foods like meats that contains iron or iron-rich plant foods like cooked dry beans or spinach, or iron-fortified cereals, along with vitamin C.
  • Women of childbearing age who may become pregnant and those who are pregnant. They should eat adequate synthetic folic acid daily from fortified foods or supplements in addition to the food forms of folate.
  • Older adults, people with dark skin should take extra vitamin D from fortified foods or supplements. Also, the trend to protect yourself from the sun’s rays and staying out of the sun for extended periods of time results in not getting enough vitamin D naturally. Consequently, vitamin D from fortified foods or supplements may help fill the void.

Finally, pregnant women need prenatal vitamins. Also, nursing mothers, people with food allergies, certain people with vitamin deficiencies, people with cancer, kidney, bone or cardiovascular diseases. They all need prescription supplements.

Summary

In summary, it is best to get your vitamins and minerals from your diet. However, if that is not possible, taking dietary supplements is the next best thing. And just to be safe, discuss it with your medical provider before you actually start taking them.

The Power of Being Fit and Healthy

The Power of Being Fit and Healthy

People, in general, tend to take health and fitness for granted. In fact, it’s only when something isn’t right that they try to do something about it. For example, if you are naturally gifted and healthy, it’s unlikely you’ll think too much on what you eat or how much physical activity you are getting. On the other hand, if you are underweight, overweight, or have some other malady, you’ll get more focused on your diet and exercise. However, almost everyone needs to pay attention to their health and fitness.

fit and healthy

Benefits of Fitness and Health

Most noteworthy, chances of living a long life are best for fit and healthy individuals  In fact, staying fit reduces your risk of suffering from heart diseases, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and may types of cancer.
In addition, staying in good shape gives you more energy to perform everyday tasks at home or at work. Furthermore, staying fit as you age reduces your risk of falling.

Also, according to the Centers for Disease Control, staying active and fit reduces your risk of depression and helps you maintain a healthy brain.

Next, a fit and healthy person will spend less money on health care than one who is not. And, these savings continue to increase as you get older. In fact, a study at University of Texas looked at 20,000 middle-aged men and women. And the study found that the healthiest participants had 38 percent lower health care costs later in life than participants who were not fit and healthy.

In addition, another study published in the Public Library of Science Medicine had 20,000 participants. And this study reported that participants who exercised regularly, drank alcohol only in moderation, consumed a nutritious diet and avoided smoking had a 14 year longer life expectancy.

Finally, a healthy diet and regular exercise helps reduce free radicals as well as inhibit the release of toxins associated with disease and infections.

Components of Fitness and Health

The four major components of fitness and health are:

  • Diet and food
  • Sleep
  • Stress
  • Exercise

Diet and Food

First and foremost, food and diet plays the most significant role in keeping you fit and healthy. A diet that is well balanced provides the energy you need to keep active all day long. And staying active helps you maintain a healthy weight. In addition, your body gets nutrients needed for growth and repair, which helps prevents diet-related illness.

For example, a balanced diet low in saturated fat and high in fiber found in whole grains, helps to reduce risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Meanwhile, a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy helps reduce risk of heart disease by maintaining low blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Finally, a diet rich in calcium keeps your teeth and bones strong while helping to slow down bone loss as you get older.

Sleep

Sleep is an important component necessary for your health and fitness, overall health, and mental well-being. Well published guidelines recommend that to obtain the most benefits, eight hours of good sleep is needed every day. On the other hand, lack of sleep has many bad consequences on your health and well-being. For example, insufficient sleep has been proven to lower the efficiency of your immune system. In addition, lack of sleep has also been implicated in contributing to heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Finally, as another example, recent studies suggest that not getting enough sleep prevents people from losing weight.

Stress

Stress is also an important component of your health and fitness, overall health, and mental well-being. In fact, stress affects you in many ways. Some of them include, anxiety, overeating, under eating, fatigue, sleep problems, lack of motivation, restlessness, social withdrawal to name just a few. Fortunately, there are many techniques, such as physical activity or meditation, to help you reduce stress.

Exercise

Physical activities, such as regular exercise, helps you become and stay fit and healthy in some of the following ways.

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    First, regular exercise helps you live longer.
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    Next, exercise reduces the likelihood of chronic diseases like heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, stroke, metabolic syndrome, abnormal blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels, colon cancer and breast cancer.
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    Also, regular physical activity improves muscle strength and boosts your endurance, thereby making you fit and healthy.
  4. 4
    Next, exercise increases bone density
  5. 5
    Moreover, exercise helps burn calories. Also, in combination with a good diet, exercise helps control your weight and makes you look good.
  6. 6
    Next, physical activity helps reduce stress, anxiety, and depression while improving your mood. Consequently, you feel happier, more relaxed and less anxious. You also feel better about your appearance and yourself. Which, in turn, boosts your confidence and self-esteem.
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    Also, exercise gives you a chance to engage in activities, such as dance classes, that make you happy and gives you opportunities to socialize.
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    Exercise helps you sleep better.
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    In addition, moderate exercise increases production of natural antioxidants, which help protect your skin and delay signs of aging.
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    Furthermore, exercising helps brain health and memory. In fact, exercise stimulates production of hormones that enhance growth of brain cells.
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    And, exercise enables you to present yourself as empowered and confident, just as you would feel after completing a long run or after lifting your personal best in the gym.
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    Lastly, exercise boost your sex drive.

Best Medical Pedal Exerciser to be Strong

Best Medical Pedal Exerciser to be Strong

Medical Pedal Exerciser is used for physical therapy or recovery following an injury, medical intervention, or an operation.

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What are Medical Pedals?

Above all, the medical pedal exerciser is used for physical therapy of the arms, elbows, shoulders, legs, knees following surgery or injury. In fact, medical pedals provide a gentle low impact exercise for toning muscles during physiotherapy. Most noteworthy, medical pedals are not designed for regular or heavy workouts.

Consequently, the medical pedal exerciser has the following design features:

  1. 1
    Exerciser provides low resistance
  2. 2
    Exerciser is lightweight
  3. 3
    Pedals move forward and backwards
  4. 4
    Exerciser exercises both arms and legs
  5. 5
    Easy to move the exerciser

Medical Pedal Reviews

Especially noteworthy, tube framed medical pedal exercisers offer light resistance, while the cased body medical pedal exercisers offer higher resistance.

Drive Medical Deluxe Folding Exercise Peddler with Electronic Display, Black Model # RTL10273

Medical Pedal Exerciser

Most of all, the Drive Medical exercise peddler has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, the delivered Drive Medical peddler is almost completely assembled.  In fact, the only assembly required is to screw in the knob that controls tension or resistance.

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the Drive Medical peddler under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table.

Dimensions

In addition, the Drive Medical peddler, is 20 inches long, 16 inches wide, and 10 inches high. Consequently, the Drive Medical peddler needs a clearance of at least 11 inches for use under a desk or table.

Display

Especially relevant, the LCD displays exercise time, revolutions, revolutions per minute, and calories burned. Meanwhile, the scan button sequentially displays all the workout data continuously.

Exercise

Most of all, the Drive Medical peddler exercises both arms and legs.

Foldability

Next, the Drive Medical peddler when folded it is 12.5 inches long, 14.7 inches wide, and 6.5 inches high.

Pedals

In addition, the Drive Medical peddler has pedals with non-adjustable straps that hold the feet to the pedals. Meanwhile, the distance from one pedal to the other is 10 inches.

Pedal Movement

Next, the Drive Medical peddler has pedals that rotate in both the forward and backwards direction. In addition, the pedal movement is smooth and quiet.

Sliding

Furthermore, the Drive Medical peddler has 4 anti-slip rubber pads which prevent the peddler from sliding on hard surfaces while protecting the surface.

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to adjust resistance. However, the tension or resistance is low because the peddler is meant for use as a medical exerciser and not so much to get a heavy workout. Regrettably, the tension generates heat. Consequently the pedal cranks may get hot after being used for a while.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the Drive Medical peddler comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

Weight

Finally, the Drive medical peddler, weighing only 5 pounds, is very light.

PROS

  • Limited lifetime warranty

CONS

  • Pedals have non-adjustable straps
  • Pedal cranks get hot after prolonged use

Vaunn Medical Pedal Exerciser Chrome Frame (Fully Assembled Exercise Peddler, no Tools Required)

Medical Pedal Exerciser

Most of all, the Vaunn medical pedal exerciser, designed for physical therapy, has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, no assembly is required. Consequently, the Vaunn medical pedal exerciser is ready for use upon delivery.

Construction

Most noteworthy, the single piece pedal exerciser has a high-quality triple-layered chrome-plated heavy-duty steel frame. Consequently, the pedal exerciser offers ultimate stability & lifetime durability that guarantees the pedal exerciser to stay rust-free. Most of all, the Vaunn pedal exerciser does not wobble during use.

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the Vaunn medical pedal exerciser under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table.

Dimensions

In addition, the Vaunn medical pedal exerciser is 21 inches long, 15.75 inches wide, and 11.75 inches high. Consequently, the Vaunn medical pedal exerciser needs a clearance of at least 13 inches for use under a desk or table.

Exercise

Most of all, the Vaunn medical pedal exerciser exercises both arms and legs.

Foldability

Next, the Vaunn pedal exerciser is not foldable.

Pedals

In addition, the Vaunn pedal exerciser has pedals with adjustable straps that hold the feet to the pedals.

Pedal Movement

Also, the Vaunn pedal exerciser has pedals that rotate in both the forward and backwards direction.

Sliding

Furthermore, the Vaunn pedal exerciser has non-skid ribbed reinforced rubber feet that provide traction and security on any floor, table, or surface. In addition, the Vaunn exerciser can be tied to a chair by straps so that the pedal exerciser doesn't slide away.

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to adjust resistance. However, the tension or resistance is low because the Vaunn pedal exerciser is meant for use as a medical exerciser and not so much to get a heavy workout.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the Vaunn medical pedal exerciser comes with a 1-year manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Finally, the medical pedal exerciser, weighing only 4.4 pounds, is very light.

PROS

  • Strap ties medical pedal exerciser  to chair so that it doesn’t slide away
  • 1-year manufacturer’s warranty

CONS

  • No LCD to display workout data
  • Not foldable

Medical Folding Pedal Exerciser with Electronic Display

Medical Pedal Exerciser

Most of all, the medical folding pedal exerciser has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, no assembly is required. Consequently, the folding medical pedal exerciser is ready for use upon delivery.

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the folding pedal exerciser under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table.

Dimensions

In addition, the folding medical pedal exerciser is 20 inches long and 15.75 inches wide, Moreover, the pedals reach as high as 12.5 inches above the floor.  Consequently, the folding medical pedal exerciser needs a clearance of 14 inches for use under a desk or table.

Display

Especially relevant, the LCD displays exercise time, revolutions, revolutions per minute, and calories burned.

Exercise

Most of all, the folding pedal exerciser exercises both arms and legs.

Foldability

Next, the folding pedal exerciser folds instantly. Moreover, the folded size is 15.2 inches long, 11.4 inches wide, and 7.6 inches high.

Pedals

In addition, the folding pedal exerciser's  four inch wide pedals have adjustable straps that hold the feet to the pedals.

Pedal Movement

Next, the folding pedal exerciser has pedals that rotate in both the forward and backwards direction.

Sliding

Furthermore, the folding pedal exerciser has non-skid ribbed rubber feet that provide traction and stability on any floor, table, or surface.

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to adjust resistance. However, the tension or resistance is low because the folding pedal exerciser is meant for use as a medical exerciser.

Use

Most noteworthy, the folding pedal exerciser is designed for physical therapy providing gentle low impact exercise and not for strenuous workouts.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the folding pedal exerciser comes with a 1-year manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Finally, the folding pedal exerciser, weighing only 5.2 pounds, is very light.

PROS

  • Instantly folds
  • 1-year manufacturer’s warranty

Vaunn Medical Portable Pedal Exerciser with Chrome Frame (Triple-Layered) Simple and Quick Assembly Required

Most of all, the Vaunn medical portable pedal exerciser has the following features.

Construction

Most noteworthy, the single piece Vaunn medical portable pedal exerciser has a high-quality triple-layered chrome-plated heavy-duty steel frame. Consequently, the Vaunn medical portable pedal exerciser offers ultimate stability & lifetime durability that guarantees the portable pedal exerciser to stay rust-free. Most of all, the Vaunn medical portable pedal exerciser does not wobble during use.

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the  Vaunn medical portable pedal exerciser under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table.

Dimensions

In addition, the Vaunn medical portable pedal exerciser is 22 inches long and 15.5 inches wide, Also, the pedals reach as high as 13 inches above the floor.  Consequently, the Vaunn medical portable pedal exerciser  needs a clearance of at least 14 inches for use under a desk or table.

Exercise

Most of all, the Vaunn medical portable pedal exerciser exercises both arms and legs.

Foldability

Next, the Vaunn medical portable pedal exerciser is not foldable. However, it is easy to disassemble for travelling.

Pedals

In addition, the Vaunn medical portable pedal exerciser has four inch wide pedals with adjustable straps that hold the feet to the pedals.

Pedal Movement

Next, the Vaunn medical portable pedal exerciser has pedals that rotate in both the forward and backwards direction.

Sliding

Furthermore, the Vaunn medical portable pedal exerciser has non-skid ribbed reinforced rubber feet and reinforced pedal platform that provide traction on any floor, table, or surface.

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to adjust resistance.

Use

Most noteworthy, the Vaunn medical portable pedal exerciser is designed for physical therapy providing gentle low impact exercise and not for strenuous workouts.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the Vaunn medical portable pedal exerciser comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Finally, the Vaunn medical portable pedal exerciser, weighing only 5 pounds, is very light. As a result, it is easy to move from one place to another.

CONS

  • No LCD monitor to display workout data
  • Not foldable

Vaunn Medical Folding Pedal Exerciser with Electronic Display for Legs and Arms Workout (Fully Assembled Exercise Peddler, no Tools Required)

Medical Pedal exerciser

Most of all, the Vaunn medical folding pedal exerciser has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, the Vaunn medical folding pedal exerciser is delivered almost completely assembled.  In fact, the only assembly required is to attach the display.

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the Vaunn medical folding pedal exerciser under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table.

Dimensions

In addition, the pedals of the Vaunn medical folding pedal exerciser reach as high as 14.5 inches above the floor.  Consequently, the Vaunn medical folding pedal exerciser needs a clearance of 16 inches for use under a desk or table.

Display

Especially relevant, the LCD displays exercise time, revolutions, revolutions per minute, and calories burned.

Exercise

Most of all, the Vaunn medical folding pedal exerciser exercises arms and legs.

Foldability

Next, the Vaunn medical folding pedal exerciser folds instantly. Moreover, the folded size is 15.2 inches long, 11.4 inches wide, and 7.6 inches high.

Pedals

In addition, the Vaunn medical folding pedal exerciser has pedals with adjustable straps that hold the feet to the pedals.

Pedal Movement

Next, the Vaunn medical folding pedal exerciser has pedals that rotate in both the forward and backwards direction.

Sliding

Furthermore, the Vaunn medical folding pedal exerciser has non-skid ribbed rubber feet to prevent sliding on any floor, table, or surface.

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to adjust resistance.

Use

Most noteworthy, the Vaunn medical folding pedal exerciser is designed for physical therapy. Indeed, the focus is on the quads and hamstrings.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the Vaunn medical folding pedal exerciser comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Finally, the medical folding pedal exerciser, weighing only 5 pounds, is very light. As a result, it is easy to move from one place to another.

PROS

  • Folds instantly

TODO Pedal Exerciser Medical Peddler for Leg Arm and Knee Recovery Exercise with LCD Monitor

Medical Pedal Exerciser

Most of all, the TODO pedal exerciser medical peddler has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, the TODO pedal exerciser medical peddler requires a few minutes to complete assembly.

Construction

Most noteworthy, the TODO pedal exerciser medical peddler has a reinforced steel (also known as steel bars) frame. In addition, the TODO pedal exerciser medical peddler uses a 5-pound steel flywheel.

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the TODO pedal exerciser medical peddler under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table.

Dimension

In addition, the TODO pedal exerciser medical peddler is 16 inches long, 13.8 inches wide, and 12.6 inches high.  Consequently, the TODO pedal exerciser medical peddler needs a clearance of 14 inches for use under a desk or table.

Display

Especially relevant, the LCD displays exercise time, revolutions, total revolutions, distance, and calories burned.

Exercise

Most of all, the TODO pedal exerciser medical peddler exercises both arms and legs.

Feet

Next, the anti-scuff rubber feet will not scratch the surface such as floor, table top, or desk top.

Pedals

In addition, the TODO pedal exerciser medical peddler's pedals have non-slip surface with molded finger grips. Indeed, the molded finger grips help the hands grip pedals while exercising arms. Also, the pedals have adjustable toe loops for holding the feet.

Pedal Movement

Next, the TODO pedal exerciser medical peddler's pedal movement is smooth and quiet.

Sliding

Furthermore, the TODO pedal exerciser medical peddler can be tied to a chair by straps so that the TODO pedal exerciser medical peddler doesn't slide away.

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to adjust resistance.

Use

Most noteworthy, the TODO pedal exerciser medical peddler is designed for recovery of legs, arms, and knees.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the TODO pedal exerciser medical peddler comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Finally, the TODO pedal exerciser medical peddler weighs 13 pounds. While it is heavier than several of the others described here, it is still lightweight and easy to move from one place to another.

PROS

  • Strap to tie the TODO pedal exerciser medical peddler to chair so that it doesn’t slide away

CONS

  • Pedals may not move backwards

Portable Exercise Bike Pedals Stable Mini Floor Foot Pedal - Durable Leg and Arm Recovery Medical Exerciser

Firstry portable bike

Most of all, the Firstry recovery medical exerciser has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, the Firstry recovery medical exerciser is easy to assemble with the tools provided.

Construction

Most noteworthy, the Firstry recovery medical exerciser has a iron and ABS plastic frame. Moreover, the Firstry recovery medical exerciser uses a heavy duty flywheel.

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the Firstry recovery medical exerciser under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table.

Dimensions

In addition, the Firstry recovery medical exerciser is 16 inches long, 13.3 inches wide, and 12.1 inches high. Consequently, the Firstry recovery medical exerciser needs a clearance of 14 inches for use under a desk or table.

Display

Especially relevant, the LCD displays exercise time, speed, distance, and calories burned.

Exercise 

Most of all, the Firstry recovery medical exerciser exercises both arms and legs.

Pedals

In addition, the Firstry recovery medical exerciser has pedals with adjustable straps that hold the feet to the pedals.

Pedal Movement

Next, the Firstry recovery medical exerciser has pedals that rotate in both the forward and backwards direction. In addition, the pedal motion is smooth and quiet.

Sliding

Furthermore, the Firstry recovery medical exerciser does not slide on floors.

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to adjust resistance.

Use

Most noteworthy, the Firstry recovery medical exerciser is designed for recovery of legs and arms.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the Firstry recovery medical exerciser comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Finally, the Firstry recovery medical exerciser, weighing less than 8.4 pounds, is light. As a result, it is easy to move from one place to another.

PROS

  • Doesn’t slide on floors

MOMODA Medical Exercise Bike Foot Peddler for Leg and Arm Recovery

MOMODA Bike

Most of all, the Momoda Medical Exercise Bike has the following features.

Construction

Most noteworthy, the Momoda Medical Exercise Bike has a reinforced steel pipes and ABS plastic frame.

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the Momoda medical exercise bike under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table.

Dimension

In addition, the Momoda Medical Exercise Bike is 20.9 inches long and 14.2 inches wide. Furthermore, the highest height the pedal reaches is 13 inches above the floor.  Consequently, the Momoda Medical Exercise Bike needs a clearance of 15 inches for use under a desk or table.

Display

Especially relevant, the LCD displays exercise time, count of revolutions, revolutions per minute, and calories burned. Also, the scan sequentially displays all the workout data continuously.

Exercise

Most of all, the Momoda Medical Exercise Bike exercises both arms and legs.

Foldability

Next, the folded size of the Momoda Medical Exercise Bike is 12.6 inches long, 14.2 inches wide, and 6.7 inches high.

Pedals

In addition, the Momoda Medical Exercise Bike's pedals have adjustable straps that hold the feet to the pedals. Furthermore, thermal insulation foam wrapped on pedal cranks helps prevent scalding from heated cranks.

Pedal Movement

Next, the Momoda Medical Exercise Bike has pedals that rotate in both the forward and backwards direction. Also, the pedal motion is smooth and quiet.

Sliding

Furthermore, the Momoda Medical Exercise Bike has large anti-slip rubber feet to prevent bike from sliding on smooth floors. However, it does slide on carpets. Therefore, a strap is provided to tie the Momoda bike to a chair so it doesn’t slide away.

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to adjust resistance. However, the tension or resistance is low because the Momoda Medical Exercise Bike is meant for use as a medical exerciser.

Use

Most noteworthy, the Momoda Medical Exercise Bike is designed for recovery of the knees and shoulders.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the Momoda Medical Exercise Bike comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Finally, the Momoda Medical Exercise Bike, weighing only 7 pounds, is very light.

PROS

  • Straps prevent bike from sliding away
  • Insulated to prevent touching hot pedal crank

How do you Evaluate these Pedals?

In fact, use the factors described below to grade these medical pedal exercisers.

Desk Use

Most noteworthy, many people would prefer to use the medical pedal exerciser under a desk or table while they work. In fact, several of the medical pedal exercisers may fit under a desk or table. However, it all depends on the maximum height a pedal rises above the floor. In addition, it depends on the clearance between the top of your knees and the underside of the desk of table.

Display

Next, LCD monitors that show workout time, revolutions, revolutions per minute, and calories burned help keep track of your workouts. But they are not absolutely needed if you trying to recover from an injury or surgery.

Exercise

Most of all, a pedal exerciser exercising both arms and legs gives you more options.

Feet

Most of all, the feet are generally made from heavy duty rubber or other similar material to protect the floor and/or the table from scratches and marks. Also, the feet help prevent the pedal exerciser from sliding as you pedal. Indeed, nearly all pedal exercisers are lightweight weighing less than 13 pounds. In addition, most people try to use the pedals as they would a recumbent bike – namely by pushing the pedals away from you. This pushing action is a consequence of the chair being behind the pedal exerciser – as with a recumbent bike. Moreover, this pushing action pushes the pedal exerciser away from you. So instead of pushing on the pedals, push the pedals down towards the floor. Consequently, the pedal exerciser may stay in place as you peddle.

Especially relevant, several pedal exercisers provide straps to tie the pedal exercise to the chair. On the other hand, if you choose one without the straps, there are ways to prevent the pedal exerciser from sliding.

  1. 1
    Put the chair and the pedal exerciser on a rubber matting
  2. 2
    Tether the pedal exerciser to the chair using a rope or solid rubber strap with hooks on either end 

Foldable

Also, foldable pedal exercisers are easy to move and put away after use. Moreover, they take up less space in storage when compared to pedal exercisers that don’t.

Noise

Because the pedal exercisers are likely to be used in office environments or while watching TV or reading a book, they need to run as quietly as possible. Most of all, pedal exercisers using magnetic resistance run quieter. On the other hand, pedal exercisers that use friction for resistance tend to be noisy. To reduce this noise, take the tension knob out and put graphite powder in the tension knob’s hole. And then screw back the tension knob.

Pedal Movement

Next, pedals that move forward and backwards exercise different muscles of the legs and arms. Also, studies show that pedaling backwards has been observed to reduce pressure on the tibiofemoral joint which may offer value in the rehabilitation of meniscal problems or tibiofemoral osteoarthritis. In addition, pedaling backwards was associated with higher muscle activation of the quadriceps muscles.

Pedal Straps

In addition, pedal straps help grip your feet to the pedals, which makes it easier to pedal. Moreover, pedal straps need to be adjustable to accommodate various shoe sizes.

Resistance

Most noteworthy, medical pedal exercisers are designed for rehab and physical therapy. Consequently, they provide much lower resistance to pedaling than other pedal exercisers.

Skidding

Also, some pedal exercisers provide a strap to hold the pedal exerciser tied to a chair. While others have feet that prevents skidding.

Tension

Tension is sometimes referred to as resistance. And, nearly all pedal exercisers provide the capability to adjust tension so that you can change your workout intensity. However, not all pedal exercisers provide markers that allow you to easily identify tension levels. Furthermore, such markers help you record tension levels of your workouts. And these markers are especially important, if the pedal exerciser is used by others.

Most noteworthy, tension based on friction will cause metal parts in the vicinity to heat up. Pedal exercisers that offer protection from contact with the heated parts are better than those which don’t. Furthermore, depending on the pedal speed, and the length of time pedaling, heating could start to be felt as soon as 15 minutes after starting. However, if you are pedaling slowly, heat from friction likely won’t be an issue. Be that as it may, you can reduce the build up of heat by lubricating. In fact, to lubricate, take the tension knob out and put graphite powder in the tension knob’s hole. And then screw back the tension knob.

Warranty

Next, the longer the warranty period the better you are protected against manufacturing defects. Also, a 90-day period will cover majority of manufacturing defects. Because most defects are found in this period, it’s important to ensure your purchase is covered during that time. In addition, a longer warranty period, implies that the pedal exerciser is better built to last a longer time.

Weight

Finally, pedal exercisers that weigh less are easier to carry around. On the other hand, heavier pedal exercisers offer more stability.

Why are these Pedals Helpful?

Most of all, the medical pedal exerciser helps you in the following ways.

  1. 1
    First and foremost, the medical pedal exerciser improves mobility
  2. 2
    Next, it improves blood circulation
  3. 3
    Also, it strengthens legs and arms. For example, by exercising hips flexors, glutes, calves, hamstrings and quadriceps. Also, exercising biceps, triceps, and forearms.
  4. 4
    In addition, it is used for physical therapy of legs, arms, knees, and shoulders
  5. 5
    Furthermore, it is used for knee or shoulder rehabilitation following surgery or injury
  6. 6
    In addition, it improves joint flexibility of shoulders, elbows, and wrists
  7. 7
    Also, the medical pedal exerciser prevents muscle rigidity during rehabilitation of the elderly
  8. 8
    And, it is used for body rehabilitation – activate stiff legs and arms
  9. 9
    Finally, the medical exerciser provides gentle low impact exercise for muscle toning during physiotherapy

How are these Pedals Used?

The Wrong Way

First and foremost, a pedal exerciser shouldn’t be used like a recumbent bike. Most noteworthy, when you use a recumbent bike, because the seat is somewhat away from the pedals, you end up pushing the pedals forward. So, if you do this with the pedal exerciser too far away from your chair, the pedal exerciser will either slide or tilt forward.

The Correct Way

Therefore, keep the pedal exerciser closer to the chair. And, don’t start pedaling until the pedal arm is in the 1 o’clock position. At that time, push the pedals downward towards the floor. And, make sure your toes are pointing forward not upwards. Consequently, you can pedal downward even when you are sitting on a low chair or couch. Moreover, when you are sitting in a low chair or couch, you work both the quads and the hamstrings.

Also, by starting at very little resistance you can learn the correct way to pedal. Most of all, focus on pedaling downwards. In addition, pedal for at least 15 minutes at very little resistance. Next, increase the resistance a little and pedal for another 15 minutes. And, repeat this sequence until you reach a resistance where you are comfortable pedaling.

Lower Body Workout

First, place pedal exerciser underneath your desk, or on the floor in front of a couch or chair. And do 20 minutes of pedaling with no resistance. Next, increase resistance and do another 20 minutes. And, repeat sequence, as necessary, to complete workout.

Arm Exercises

First, place pedal exerciser on a table with rubber mat. Next, grab pedals by the hands and rotate them forward, changing the resistance to make it somewhat of an effort. And do this for 15 minutes. Next, change direction and rotate pedals backwards for another 15 minutes. Repeat sequence, as necessary, to complete workout.

Stretch Arm Muscles

Firstly, to stretch arm muscles, put elbow on the table with your arm bent, while keeping the other arm free. Secondly, position the top of your hand so that it is touching the pedal and grasp the pedals with fingers. Thirdly, starting with no resistance, slowly push down on the pedal. Next, pull the pedal back up. And, repeat with the other arm. Next, increase resistance and repeat sequence, as necessary, to complete workout.

Strengthen Upper Body Muscles

First, place pedal exerciser on a table with rubber mat. Next, grab pedals by the hands and rotate them forward, starting at zero resistance And, do this for 10 minutes. Next, gradually increase time and resistance. And, repeat sequence, as necessary, to complete workout.

Knee Injury

Most of all, you can use the pedal exerciser to increase flexibility of muscles surrounding your injured knee. Firstly, sit in a firm but comfortable chair to stabilize your back. Secondly, place the pedal exerciser in front of you. Thirdly, place your feet on the pedals and slowly pedal with zero resistance. Next, gradually increase time and resistance and repeat, as necessary, to complete workout.

Stretching Injured Knee

Finally, the pedal exerciser can be used as a stretching machine. Firstly, slide feet of the leg with injured knee in the pedal next to the floor. Secondly, rotate pedal to the highest height using the leg with injured knee. And hold that position. Next, gently push pedal back down and pull back up. And, repeat this sequence for 5 cycles.

Other Under Desk Exercise Machines

Comparison with Other Under Desk Exercise Machines

First and foremost, medical pedal exercisers have a circular motion of the lower legs and hence more circular movement of the knees. In addition, medical pedal exercisers exercise glutes, quads, hamstrings, and to a lesser extent the calves.

Meanwhile, the stepping action of sitting steppers requires pushing down on the pedals against hydraulic resistance. As a result, there is greater stress on the knees. But a better lower leg muscle workout, especially of the glutes, quads, hamstrings, and calves.

Finally, under desk elliptical machines produces a walking action swinging the lower legs back and forth. Consequently, the joints relax during the exercise. In addition, the under desk elliptical machines don’t put too much stress on the legs.

Other Under Desk Pedal Exercisers

Links to Under Desk Steppers

Links to Under Desk Ellipticals

Best Folding Pedal Exerciser to be Healthy

Best Folding Pedal Exerciser to be Healthy

People spend an extraordinary amount of time sitting each day. Regrettably, sitting has many negative consequences. However, if you must sit, exercise gear like the folding pedal exerciser may help lessen some of the bad consequences. Most noteworthy, the folding pedal exerciser can be used to exercise both arms and legs.

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Why Use Folding Pedals?

First of all, the folding pedal exerciser is not suited for use under a desk. Instead, after use, the folding pedal exerciser can be easily folded. And being light weight, the folding pedal exerciser can be easily put away or moved from room to room. In addition, because it is light weight, the foldable pedal exerciser can be lifted on to a table and used to exercise your arms. Furthermore, these pedal exercisers allow both forward and backward pedaling. Finally, the folding pedal exerciser is a great low cost option for exercising your arms or legs.

Folding Pedal Reviews

The folding pedal exercisers described below were designed to help you get some exercise, lose weight, and stay active while sitting for long periods of time.

Platinum Fitness Fit Sit Deluxe Folding Pedal Exerciser Leg Machine with Electronic Display

Platinum Fitness

The most popular Platinum Fitness Fit Sit has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, the delivered Platinum Fitness Fit Sit is almost fully assembled. In fact, the only assembly required is to attach the dial.

Construction

Most noteworthy, the Platinum Fitness Fit Sit has an easy to clean powder coated finish.

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the Platinum Fitness Fit Sit under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table.

Dimensions

In addition, the Platinum Fitness Fit Sit is 17.75 inches long and 15.25 inches wide. Also, at it's highest point the pedal is 12 inches above the floor. Consequently, the Platinum Fitness Fit Sit needs a clearance of at least 13 inches for use under a desk or table.

Display

Especially relevant, the LCD displays exercise time, revolutions, revolutions per minute, and calories burned.

Exercise

Most of all, the Platinum Fitness Fit Sit exercises both arms and legs.

Foldability

Next, the Platinum Fitness Fit Sit has a quick folding frame making it easy to store and move wherever necessary. Furthermore, the Platinum Fitness Fit Sit, when folded, is 10.5 inches long, 15.25 inches wide, and 6.5 inches high.

Pedals

In addition, the Platinum Fitness Fit Sit has 4 inch wide pedals with non-adjustable straps that hold the feet to the pedals.

Pedal Movement

Next, the Platinum Fitness Fit Sit has pedals that rotate in both the forward and backwards direction. Also pedal movements are quiet. In addition, cool rev technology prevents dangerous overheating,

Sliding

Furthermore, the Platinum Fitness Fit Sit has non-marking foot pads which work well on carpets, floor mat, or plain floor. In addition, the Platinum Fitness Fit Sit can be tied to a chair by anchor straps so that the folding pedal exerciser doesn't slide away.

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to adjust resistance. 

Warranty

Especially relevant, the Platinum Fitness Fit Sit comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Finally, the Platinum Fitness Fit Sit, weighs only 5 pounds.

PROS

  • Quick folding capability
  • Anchor straps ties the Platinum Fitness Fit Sit to a chair to prevent it from sliding away during a workout
  •  Cool rev technology prevents dangerous overheating

CONS

  • Non-adjustable foot straps on the pedals

Stamina 15-0125 InStride Folding Cycle

Stamina 15-0125

The very popular Stamina 15-0125 folding pedal exerciser has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, the delivered Stamina 15-0125 folding pedal exerciser is fully assembled and ready for use.

Construction

Most noteworthy, the Stamina 15-0125 has a durable steel tubular frame.

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the Stamina 15-0125 folding pedal exerciser under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table.

Dimensions

In addition, the Stamina 15-0125 folding pedal exerciser is 19 inches long and 15.25 inches wide. Also, at it's highest point the pedal is 12.25 inches above the floor. Consequently, the Stamina 15-0125 folding pedal exerciser needs a clearance of 14 inches for use under a desk or table.

Display

Especially relevant, LCD displays workout time.

Exercise

Most of all, the Stamina 15-0125 folding pedal exerciser exercises both arms and legs.

Foldability

Next, the Stamina 15-0125 folding pedal exerciser is foldable for easy storage. In fact, simply unscrew the tension knob and fold the Stamina 15-0125 folding pedal exerciser.

Pedals

In addition, the Stamina 15-0125's textured pedals have foot straps holding feet firmly to the pedals. In fact, the textured pedals help prevent feet from slipping on the pedals.

Pedal Movement

Next, the Stamina 15-0125 folding pedal exerciser has pedals that rotate in both the forward and backwards direction. Also, the pedal movements are quiet.

Sliding

Furthermore, the Stamina 15-0125 folding pedal exerciser has non-slip rubber feet that work well on carpets or floor mats.

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to adjust resistance.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the Stamina 15-0125 folding pedal exerciser comes with a 90-day warranty.

Weight

Finally, the Stamina 15-0125 folding pedal exerciser, weighs only 6.2 pounds.

PROS

  • Easy to fold

CONS

  • LCD display only workout time
  • Only a 90-day warranty

AdirMed Digital Foldable Mini Floor Foot Pedal Exerciser Leg Machine - Under Desk Exerciser - Fully Assembled No Tools Required

Folding Pedal Exercisers

The very popular AdirMed foldable pedal exerciser has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, the delivered AdirMed foldable pedal exerciser is fully assembled and ready for use.

Construction

Most noteworthy, the AdirMed foldable pedal exerciser has a durable chrome frame.

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the AdirMed foldable pedal exerciser under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table.

Dimensions

In addition, the AdirMed foldable pedal exerciser is 18 inches long and 14 inches wide. Also, at it's highest point the pedal is 13.5 inches above the floor. Consequently, the AdirMed foldable pedal exerciser needs a clearance of 15 inches for use under a desk or table.

Display

Especially relevant, the LCD displays workout time, count of revolutions, revolutions per minute, and calories burned. Meanwhile, the scan button sequentially displays all the workout data continuously.

Exercise

Most of all, the AdirMed foldable pedal exerciser exercises both arms and legs.

Foldability

Next, the AdirMed foldable pedal exerciser folds for easy storage. 

Pedals

In addition, the AdirMed foldable pedal exerciser's pedals have non-adjustable foot straps holding feet firmly to the pedals.

Pedal Movement

Next, the AdirMed foldable pedal exerciser has pedals that rotate in both the forward and backwards direction. Also, the pedal movements are quiet.

Sliding

Furthermore, the AdirMed foldable pedal exerciser has four anti-slip rubber pads on the two legs to prevent sliding while also protecting the floor.

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to adjust resistance.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the AdirMed foldable pedal exerciser has NO warranty.

Weight

Finally, the AdirMed foldable pedal exerciser, weighs 7 pounds.

CONS

  • Non adjustable footstraps
  • No warranty

BodyHealt Pedal Exerciser - Portable Legs & Arms Workout Pedal Exerciser - Provides Superior Physical Workout with Tension Adjustment, Durable Construction with Non-Slip Base

BodyHealt Pedal Exerciser

The BodyHealt pedal exerciser has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, the delivered BodyHealt pedal exerciser is fully assembled and ready for use.

Construction

Most noteworthy, the BodyHealt pedal exerciser has a durable metal frame.

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the BodyHealt pedal exerciser under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table.

Dimensions

In addition, the BodyHealt pedal exerciser is 19 inches long, 14.5 inches wide, and 9 inches high. Consequently, the BodyHealt pedal exerciser needs a clearance of at least 10 inches for use under a desk or table.

Display

Especially relevant, the LCD displays exercise time, count of revolutions, revolutions per minute, and calories burned. Meanwhile, the scan button sequentially displays all the workout data continuously.

Exercise

Most of all, the BodyHealt pedal exerciser exercises both arms and legs.

Foldability

Next, the BodyHealt pedal exerciser folds for easy storage as well as helps moving the exerciser from one place to another.

Pedals

In addition, the BodyHealt pedal exerciser's 4 inch wide pedals have grooves for improved hand grip and adjustable foot straps to hold feet on the pedals.

Sliding

Furthermore, the BodyHealt pedal exerciser has four anti-slip rubber pads on the two legs to prevent sliding on any surface while also protecting the floor and table from scratches and scuff marks.

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to adjust friction resistance.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the BodyHealt pedal exerciser comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Finally, the BodyHealt pedal exerciser weighs less than 6 pounds.

Carex Foldable Under Desk Elliptical - Exercise Bike with Digital Display - Compact Exercise Equipment for Arms and Legs - Great for Elderly, Seniors, Disabled or Office Use

Carex Foldable

The Carex foldable pedal exerciser has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, the delivered Carex foldable pedal exerciser requires some simple assembly.

Construction

Most noteworthy, the Carex foldable pedal exerciser has a metal frame.

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the Carex foldable pedal exerciser under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table.

Dimensions

In addition, the Carex foldable pedal exerciser is 18.5 inches long, 14.5 inches wide, and 9.5 inches high. Consequently, the Carex foldable pedal exerciser needs a clearance of 11 inches for use under a desk or table.

Display

Especially relevant, the LCD displays workout time, count of revolutions, and calories burned. Meanwhile, the scan button sequentially displays all the workout data continuously.

Exercise

Most of all, the Carex foldable pedal exerciser exercises both arms and legs.

Foldability

Next, the Carex foldable pedal exerciser folds for easy storage.

Pedals

In addition, the Carex foldable pedal exerciser's 4 inch wide pedals are 2 inches deep. Also, the pedals have adjustable Velcro foot straps to hold feet firmly to the pedals.

Pedal Movement

Next, the Carex foldable pedal exerciser's pedal movements are quiet.

Sliding

Furthermore, the Carex foldable pedal exerciser has four anti-slip rubber pads on the two legs to prevent sliding while also protecting the floor.

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to adjust resistance.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the Carex foldable pedal exerciser comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Finally, the Carex foldable pedal exerciser, weighs only 5.5 pounds.

MOMODA Stationary Pedal Exerciser Desk Cycle Exercise Bike with LCD Monitor Foldable (Black/Blue)

The MOMODA pedal exerciser described below was designed to help you get some exercise, lose weight, and stay active while sitting for long periods of time.

Assembly

First and foremost, the delivered MOMODA pedal exerciser is fully assembled and ready for use.

Construction

Most noteworthy, the MOMODA pedal exerciser has a frame made from reinforced steel pipes and ABS plastic. In addition, to prevent heat burns, heat-insulating foam wrap the two pedal cranks.

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the MOMODA pedal exerciser under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table.

Dimensions

In addition, the Momoda pedal exerciser is 20.9 inches long and 14.2 inches wide. Also, the highest point of the pedal is 13 inches off the floor. Consequently, the Momoda pedal exerciser needs a clearance of at least 14 inches for use under a desk or table.

Display

Especially relevant, the LCD displays workout time, count of revolutions, revolutions per minute, and calories burned. Meanwhile, the scan sequentially displays the workout data continuously.

Exercise

Most of all, the Momoda pedal exerciser exercises both arms and legs.

Foldability

Next, the Momoda pedal exerciser, when folded, is 12.6 inches long, 14.2 inches wide, and 6.7 inches high.

Pedals

In addition, the Momoda pedal exerciser has pedals with grooves for gripping and adjustable foot straps to hold feet.to the pedals.

Pedal Movement

Next, the pedal movements are smooth and quiet. 

Sliding

Furthermore, the Momoda pedal exerciser has four large anti-slip rubber feet on the two legs to prevent sliding while also protecting the floor. 

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to adjust the light resistance.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the Momoda pedal exerciser comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Finally, the Momoda pedal exerciser, weighs only 4.6 pounds.

PROS

  • Crank wrapped in heat-insulating foam to prevent heat burns

Goplus Portable Pedal Exerciser Adjustable Resistance Indoor Mini Lightweight Exercise Bike for Arms and Legs

Medical Pedal Exercisers

The Goplus portable pedal exerciser has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, the delivered Goplus portable pedal exerciser is almost fully assembled. In fact, the only assembly required is to attach the pedals and screw on the tension knob.

Construction

Most noteworthy, the Goplus portable pedal exerciser has a heavy duty iron frame and ABS plastic for pedals.

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the Goplus portable pedal exerciser under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table.

Dimensions

In addition, the Goplus portable pedal exerciser is 19.5 inches long and 14 inches wide. Also, at it's highest point the pedal is 9.5 inches above the floor. Consequently, the Goplus portable pedal exerciser needs a clearance of 11 inches for use under a desk or table.

Display

Especially relevant, the LCD displays workout time, count of revolutions, and calories burned. Meanwhile, the scan sequentially displays all the workout data continuously.

Exercise

Most of all, the Goplus portable pedal exerciser exercises both arms and legs.

Foldability

Next, the Goplus portable pedal exerciser folds for easy storage.

Pedals

In addition, the Goplus portable pedal exerciser's pedals have grooves for gripping and adjustable foot straps to hold feet to the pedals.

Pedal Movement

Next, the Goplus portable pedal exerciser's pedal movements are quiet.

Sliding

Furthermore, the Goplus portable pedal exerciser has four anti-slip and anti-scuff feet pads on the two legs to prevent sliding while also protecting the floor.

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to adjust resistance. 

Warranty

Especially relevant, the Goplus portable pedal exerciser comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Next,  the Goplus portable pedal exerciser, weighs 13 pounds.

Weight Capacity

Finally, the Goplus portable pedal exerciser, is limited to anyone weighing less than 250 pounds.

Video Showing Folding Pedals in Use

How do you Evaluate these Pedals?

In fact, use the factors described below to grade these folding pedals.

Assembly

First, assembling the pedal exerciser should be easy. In fact, the less assembly required, the better.

Construction

Next, a pedal exerciser made of heavy-duty alloys or steel is preferable. At least the frame must be metal. And, since you may push them hard, the pedals need to be made from heavy duty plastic such as ABS or better. Indeed, the more solid the construction, the longer the pedal exerciser will last, and more stable it will be.

Display

Display helps you keep track of your workouts. Example of workout measurements include exercise time, revolutions (or rotations), revolutions per minute, and calories burned. Moreover, you use this information to monitor your progress over time, or simply to ensure you met your daily target.

Exercise

Most of all, a pedal exerciser exercising both arms and legs gives you more options.

Feet

Most of all, the feet are generally made from heavy duty rubber or other similar material to protect the floor and/or the table from scratches and marks. Also, the feet help prevent the pedal exerciser from from sliding as you pedal. Indeed, nearly all pedal exercisers are lightweight weighing less than 15 pounds. In addition, most people try to use the pedals as they would a recumbent bike – namely by pushing the pedals away from you. This pushing action is a consequence of the chair being behind the pedal exerciser – as with a recumbent bike. Moreover, this pushing action pushes the pedal exerciser away from you. So instead of pushing on the pedals, push the pedals down towards the floor. Consequently, the pedal exerciser may stay in place as you peddle.

Especially relevant, several pedal exercisers provide straps to tie the pedal exercise to the chair. On the other hand, if you choose one without the straps, there are ways to prevent the pedal exerciser from sliding.

Foldable

Next, a foldable pedal exerciser makes it easier to store it in small spaces. In addition, foldable exercisers are easier to carry around.

Footprint

Most of all, the footprint tells you how much space the pedal exerciser is going to need, so you can decide if the pedal exerciser is going to fit where you intend to use it.

Noise

Because the pedal exercisers are likely to be used in office environments or while watching TV or reading a book, they need to run as quietly as possible. Most of all, pedal exercisers using magnetic resistance run quieter. On the other hand, pedal exercisers that use friction for resistance tend to be noisy. To reduce this noise, take the tension knob out and put graphite powder in the tension knob’s hole. And then screw back the tension knob.

Pedals

Most of all, to drive the pedals with your feet, the pedals need to be non-slip or else your feet will not grip the pedals. In addition, pedal straps help grab your feet to the pedal. Moreover, the pedal straps need to be adjustable to accommodate various foot sizes.

Storage

Foldable pedal exercisers take up less space in storage.

Tension

Tension is sometimes referred to as resistance. And, nearly all pedal exercisers provide the capability to adjust tension so that you can change your workout intensity. However, not all pedal exercisers provide markers that allow you to easily identify tension levels. Furthermore, such markers help you record tension levels of your workouts. And these markers are especially important, if the pedal exerciser is used by others.

Most noteworthy, tension based on friction will cause metal parts in the vicinity to heat up. Pedal exercisers that offer protection from contact with the heated parts are better than those which don’t. Furthermore, depending on the pedal speed, and the length of time pedaling, heating could start to be felt as soon as 15 minutes after starting. However, if you are pedaling slowly, heat from friction likely won’t be an issue. Be that as it may, you can reduce the build up of heat by lubricating. In fact, to lubricate, take the tension knob out and put graphite powder in the tension knob’s hole. And then screw back the tension knob.

Transportation

Because the pedal exercisers are used in front of a couch, on a table, among other places, being lightweight becomes an advantage in terms of moving it from one place to another.

Use

In addition, manufacturers design pedal exercisers for different use. So you want to look at pedal exercisers targeted to your need. For example, some pedal exercisers are designed for the handicapped, some for beginners. While others are designed for strengthening your arms and legs or used under a desk, while in the office or at home.

Warranty

The longer the warranty period the better you are protected against manufacturing defects. Generally, a 90-day period will cover the majority of manufacturing defects. Since most defects are found in this period, it’s important to ensure your purchase is covered during that time. In addition, a longer warranty period, implies that the pedal exerciser is better built to last a longer time.

Weight

Finally, pedal exercisers that weigh less are easier to carry around. On the other hand, heavier pedal exercisers offer more stability.

Conclusion

In conclusion, you are looking for essentially a pedal exerciser that:

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    Will allow you to use the pedal exerciser on the floor or on a table
  • 2
    Is reasonably solid
  • 3
    Is quiet
  • 4
    Offers adjustable tension
  • 5
    Displays exercise time, count of revolutions, revolutions per minute, and calories burned
  • 6
    Has at least a 90-day warranty

What are Your Needs?

First and foremost, itemize what you want from a folding pedal exerciser. For example, the list below gives you a start.

  • 1
    How much physical space is there for the folding pedal exerciser?
  • 2
    Does the folding pedal exerciser need to keep track of workouts?
  • 3
    Is the pedal exerciser going to be used for exercising your arms and legs?
  • 4
    How much use is the folding pedal exerciser going to get every day?

Indeed, answers to these questions and others will help guide you to the folding pedal that's best for you.

What Problems do these Pedals Solve?

Hours Spent Sitting

Especially relevant, according to the 2017 American time use survey by Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American spent each day:

  • 1
    1.11 hours on eating and drinking
  • 2
    4.14 hours working
  • 3
    0.52 hours on socializing,
  • 4
    2.5 hours watching TV
  • 5
    0.16 hours on the telephone, going through mail, and taking care of emails

Indeed, for the most part, all these activities involve sitting. As a result, the average American spends 8.43 hours each day sitting. Furthermore, this number is in line with other surveys and studies on the subject of sitting.

Consequence of Too Much Sitting

Especially relevant, prolonged sitting on a regular basis results in health problems such as:

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    Metabolic syndrome
  • 2
    Poor blood circulation
  • 3
    Obesity
  • 4
    Posture
  • 5
    Develop diseases
  • 6
    Cancer
  • 7
    Mental Health
  • 8
    Longevity
  • 9
    Mortality

But most of all, prolonged sitting effects the muscles in the arms and the lower body.

Effect of Sitting on Arm Muscles

Most noteworthy, the major muscle groups in the arms are:

  • 1
    The biceps located in front of the upper arms
  • 2
    The triceps located in the back of the upper arm, and
  • 3
    The forearms in your lower arms

And, all of these arm muscles are affected by sitting too much. In fact, the triceps are a common area for fat deposits, meaning you’re most likely to notice excess, flabby skin in this area.

Effect of Sitting on Lower Body Muscles

Indeed, the legs contain the most muscle groups in your body. And, too much sitting causes the quads, hamstrings, and calves to change. In fact, these muscles become less toned as the muscles get smaller and less defined. Indeed, the effects are first seen on your upper legs and hips, where fat deposits are common. Above all, these changes are largely due to the fact that fat in this area tends to be less metabolically active than the fat in other areas of the body.

Next, the buttocks are made up of three major muscle groups: the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius and gluteus minimus. And, too much sitting causes these muscles to soften and become undefined, leaving your butt looking flat and misshapen. Moreover, as these muscles lose their tone, you may have difficulty maintaining good balance.

In fact, that’s where the foldable pedal exercisers help. Moreover, the foldable pedal exerciser is used while you are sitting on a chair to exercise your arms and legs.

How do these Pedals Solve the Problems?

How much does Physical Activity Help?

First and foremost, a study was published in the March 21 2019 edition of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. In fact, the study looked at 14 years of activity and inactivity data of 92,500 people. Meanwhile, one study group consisted of participants who were least active with less than 17 minutes a day of moderate to vigorous physical activity. And, the study found that if these participants replaced just 30 minutes of sitting with light activity, their risk of premature death falls by 14 percent. On the other hand, if these participants replaced 30 minutes of sitting with moderate to vigorous physical activity, their risk of premature death fell by an even larger 45 percent.

Is there Proof that Using Pedals Really Helps Your Body?

First and foremost, many studies show that physical inactivity and sedentary work environments increases insulin resistance. Moreover, this increase in insulin resistance leads to higher risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

Incidentally, University of Massachusetts researchers published a study in October 2018 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. Indeed, the study reported that pedaling while working improves the body’s insulin response.

Meanwhile, the study comprised of six men and six women overweight/obese full-time sedentary office workers. And, these seated participants pedaled for two hours while working at their desks. Incidentally, the participants pedaled at their own pace for as little or as much time as they chose.

Next, after eating a light meal, the participants provided blood samples. The blood samples were used for analysis of metabolic responses of glucose, insulin and free fatty acids. Indeed, glucose, insulin, and free fatty acids are linked to obesity, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.

When compared to sedentary behavior, the study showed that pedaling required significantly less insulin to maintain glucose concentrations. Consequently, their insulin levels were lower, which in turn, reduced their risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Consequently, the body doesn’t work so hard to maintain blood glucose and fatty acid levels when pedaling. Best of all, their work output and efficiency were not affected by the pedaling.

Finally, pedaling is better than treadmill or standing desk because long periods of standing lowers productivity besides being tiring.

What Muscles does the Foldable Pedal Exerciser Help?

Above all, there are two ways the foldable pedal exerciser is used: one for exercising the arms and one for exercising the legs.

Exercising Arm Muscles

When used for exercising the arms, the pedal exerciser is on a table with you sitting in a chair. Furthermore, in this mode, the pedal exerciser is used to strengthen and tone the arms. In fact, the muscles exercised include the biceps, triceps, shoulders and forearms.

Exercising Leg Muscles

When used for exercising legs, the pedal exerciser is on the floor with you sitting in a chair behind it. Furthermore, in this mode, the pedal exerciser is used to strengthen and tone the legs. In fact, the muscles exercised include the hips flexors, glutes, calves, hamstrings and quadriceps.

Other Health Benefits

Above all, the foldable pedal exerciser helps you in the following ways.

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    Prevents varicose veins.
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    The pedal exerciser exercises the calf muscles which increases blood circulation to your feet and ankles and stops blood from pooling. As a result, your risk of deep vein thrombosis or blood clots is reduced.
  • 3
    Reduces numbness in feet and ankles
  • 4
    Prevents swelling of feet, ankles, and legs from water retention due to edema. Indeed, regular use of the pedal exerciser, will reduce these symptoms of edema.
  • 5
    Reduces damage to the knees. In fact, the smooth moving pedal exerciser does not cause body joints to get jerked or suddenly shocked. However, while the pedal exerciser does not harm the knees, people with sustained injuries or weak knees should consult a doctor before using the pedal exerciser.
  • 6
    Strengthens and tones the arms by exercising the biceps, triceps, shoulders and forearms.
  • 7
    Helps you lose weight
  • 8
    Gives you some aerobic exercise

How are these Pedals Used?

The Wrong Way

First and foremost, a pedal exerciser shouldn’t be used like a recumbent bike. Most noteworthy, when you use a recumbent bike, because the seat is somewhat away from the pedals, you end up pushing the pedals forward. So, if you do this with the pedal exerciser too far away from your chair, the pedal exerciser will either slide or tilt forward.

The Correct Way

Therefore, keep the pedal exerciser closer to the chair. And, don’t start pedaling until the pedal arm is in the 1 o’clock position. At that time, push the pedals downward towards the floor. And, make sure your toes are pointing forward not upwards. Consequently, you can pedal downward even when you are sitting on a low chair or couch. Moreover, when you are sitting in a low chair or couch, you work both the quads and the hamstrings.

Also, by starting at very little resistance you can learn the correct way to pedal. Most of all, focus on pedaling downwards. In addition, pedal for at least 15 minutes at very little resistance. Next, increase the resistance a little and pedal for another 15 minutes. And, repeat this sequence until you reach a resistance where you are comfortable pedaling.

Lower Body Workout

First, place pedal exerciser underneath your desk, or on the floor in front of a couch or chair. And do 20 minutes of pedaling with no resistance. Next, increase resistance and do another 20 minutes. And, repeat sequence, as necessary, to complete workout.

Arm Exercises

First, place pedal exerciser on a table with rubber mat. Next, grab pedals by the hands and rotate them forward, changing the resistance to make it somewhat of an effort. And do this for 15 minutes. Next, change direction and rotate pedals backwards for another 15 minutes. Repeat sequence, as necessary, to complete workout.

Stretch Arm Muscles

Firstly, to stretch arm muscles, put elbow on the table with your arm bent, while keeping the other arm free. Secondly, position the top of your hand so that it is touching the pedal and grasp the pedals with fingers. Thirdly, starting with no resistance, slowly push down on the pedal. Next, pull the pedal back up. And, repeat with the other arm. Next, increase resistance and repeat sequence, as necessary, to complete workout.

Strengthen Upper Body Muscles

First, place pedal exerciser on a table with rubber mat. Next, grab pedals by the hands and rotate them forward, starting at zero resistance And, do this for 10 minutes. Next, gradually increase time and resistance. And, repeat sequence, as necessary, to complete workout.

Knee Injury

Most of all, you can use the pedal exerciser to increase flexibility of muscles surrounding your injured knee. Firstly, sit in a firm but comfortable chair to stabilize your back. Secondly, place the pedal exerciser in front of you. Thirdly, place your feet on the pedals and slowly pedal with zero resistance. Next, gradually increase time and resistance and repeat, as necessary, to complete workout.

Stretching Injured Knee

Finally, the pedal exerciser can be used as a stretching machine. Firstly, slide feet of the leg with injured knee in the pedal next to the floor. Secondly, rotate pedal to the highest height using the leg with injured knee. And hold that position. Next, gently push pedal back down and pull back up. And, repeat this sequence for 5 cycles.

Other Under Desk Exercise Machines

Comparison with Other Under Desk Exercise Machines

First and foremost, folding pedal exercisers have a circular motion of the lower legs and hence more circular movement of the knees. In addition, folding pedal exercisers exercise glutes, quads, hamstrings, and to a lesser extent the calves.

Meanwhile, the stepping action of sitting steppers requires pushing down on the pedals against hydraulic resistance. As a result, there is greater stress on the knees. But a better lower leg muscle workout, especially of the glutes, quads, hamstrings, and calves.

Finally, under desk elliptical machines produces a walking action swinging the lower legs back and forth. Consequently, the joints relax during the exercise. In addition, the under desk elliptical machines don’t put too much stress on the legs.

Links to Other Under Desk Pedal Exercisers

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Best Under Desk Pedals and Mini Exercise Bikes to be Healthy

Best Under Desk Pedals and Mini Exercise Bikes to be Healthy

People spend an extraordinary amount of time sitting each day. Regrettably, too much sitting is not healthy. However, if you must sit, pedal exercisers like the under desk pedals and mini exercise bikes may help lessen some of the bad effects of sitting. Most noteworthy, these pedal exercisers are specially built for use while sitting to exercise legs. However, some pedal exercisers can also be used on a table to exercise arms.

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Under Desk Pedal (for Exercising Legs) Reviews

DeskCycle Under Desk Exercise Bike and Pedal Exerciser

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The most popular DeskCycle has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, the delivered DeskCycle comes almost fully assembled. However, the DeskCycle comes with a combination screwdriver and wrench to complete the assembly in short order.

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the DeskCycle under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table.

Dimensions

In addition, the DeskCycle is 24 inches long, 20 inches wide and 10 inches high. Also, at it's highest point the pedal is 10 inches above the floor. Consequently, the DeskCycle needs a clearance of 11 inches for use under a desk or table.

Display

Especially relevant, the LCD displays speed, time, distance, and calories burned with the touch of a button. Meanwhile, the scan button sequentially displays workout data continuously. Incidentally, the  DeskCycle accumulates time to 1000 minutes, before resetting to zero.

And, for more convenience, a display stand allows you to see your workout data on your desk, instead of having to look at it underneath the desk or table.

Exercise

Most of all, the DeskCycle only exercises your legs.

Pedals

In addition, the DeskCycle has large pedals with adjustable Velcro straps. Meanwhile, the double weighted base keep the straps on top of the pedals, making it easier to insert your feet.

Pedal Movement

Next, the DeskCycle has pedals that rotate in both the forward and backwards direction. Meanwhile the pedal arm is 3.5 inches long. Especially relevant, the pedals use a belt to drive a high inertia flywheel. And, the high inertia flywheel results in smooth pedal rotations. Furthermore, the DeskCycle has 7 sealed hardened-steel bearings for years of maintenance free operation. Most of all, no lubrication needed.

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to easily adjust your workout from easy to hard. In fact, the 8 calibrated resistance settings help you keep track of your workout intensities. Furthermore, the magnetic resistance results in quiet pedal rotation.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the DeskCycle comes with a full 1-year warranty on parts, labor, and shipping.

Weight

Finally, the DeskCycle weighs 23 pounds.

DeskCycle-2

Moreover, the DeskCycle-2 has these additional features.

Display

First of all, the DeskCycle-2 accumulates time to 10,000 minutes before resetting to zero. In addition, the LCD also displays revolutions per minute.

Height

Also, adjusting the front leg lets you set the maximum pedal height to either 9 or 10 inches. In fact, the lower pedal height gives you an extra inch of clearance between your knees and the underside of the desk. Consequently, the DeskCycle-2  can be used under desks as low as 27 inches by anyone who is 5’10” or shorter.

PROS

  • LCD monitor relocatable to the desk top
  • Full 1-year warranty on parts, labor, and shipping

FitDesk Under Desk Cycle and Exercise Bike Peddler with Magnetic Resistance

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The FitDesk under desk cycle has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, the pedals, front and back support bars, and display need to be mounted on the FitDesk under desk cycle chassis.

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the FitDesk under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table. For example, the FitDesk under desk cycle can be used with desks as low as 26 inches if you have the necessary clearance with a 26 inch desk.

Dimensions

In addition, the FitDesk under desk cycle is 24.5 inches long, 16 inches wide and 10 inches high. Also, at it's highest point the pedal is 9.75 inches above the floor. Consequently, the FitDesk under desk cycle needs a clearance of 11 inches for use under a desk or table.

Display

Especially relevant, the LCD displays time, speed, distance, lifetime distance, and calories burned. Meanwhile, the scan button sequentially displays workout data continuously. And, for more convenience, the removable display allows you to see your workout data on your desk, instead of having to look at it underneath the desk or table.

Exercise

Most of all, the FitDesk under desk cycle only exercises your legs.

Pedals

In addition, the FitDesk under desk cycle has large pedals with grooves that prevent the feet from slipping. However, there are no straps to grip your feet. On the other hand, having no straps does make it easier to put your feet on the pedals and start using the cycle.

Pedal Movement

Next, the FitDesk under desk cycle has pedals that rotate in both the forward and backwards direction. Especially relevant, pedals use twin belts to drive a balanced flywheel which results in whisper quiet and smooth operation. Consequently, the FitDesk is ideal for office use.

Tension

Next, tension is changed by the foot shifter. In fact, the foot shifter has 8 positions of magnetic resistance. Consequently, you can change the resistance without having to bend down.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the FitDesk under desk cycle comes with a 3-year parts replacement guarantee for all moving parts. Meanwhile, pedals are covered for 30 days.

Weight

Next, the FitDesk under desk cycle weighs 24 pounds.

Weight Capacity

Finally, the FitDesk under desk cycle, has no constraints on a user's weight to use the cycle.

PROS

  • Usable under a desk as low as 26 inches
  • Monitor relocatable to the desk
  • Tension adjustable by your feet – no need to bend down
  • 3-year parts replacement guarantee for all moving parts. Pedals covered for only 30 days

Cycli Under Desk Cycle with Bluetooth, Premium Quality Portable Stationary Cycle for Calorie Burning

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The Cycli under desk cycle has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, the delivered Cycli under desk cycle is easy to assemble with the tools that came with the Cycli.

Construction

Most noteworthy, the Cycli under desk cycle constructed from high quality steel with an aluminum frame. 

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the Cycli under desk cycle under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table. In the meantime, the manufacturer states that the Cycli under desk cycle will work with desks 27 inches high. 

Dimensions

In addition, the Cycli under desk cycle's lowest pedal height is four inches above the floor, while the highest pedal height is 11 inches above the floor. Consequently, the Cycli under desk cycle needs a clearance of 12 inches for use under a desk or table.

Display

Especially relevant, the touch screen display shows speed, time, distance, and calories burned. In addition, the Cycli under desk cycle is Bluetooth enabled so that you can see workout data on your cell phone.

Exercise

Most of all, the Cycli under desk cycle only exercises your legs.

Pedal Movement

Next, the Cycli under desk cycle uses magnetic resistance, which results in smooth and quiet operation. In fact, 8 levels of adjustable resistance available.

Warranty

Finally, the Cycli under desk cycle comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

PROS

  • Bluetooth enabled – workout data available on the cell phone

Mini Exercise Bike (for Exercising Legs & Arms) Reviews

Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B0418 Magnetic Mini Exercise Bike, Gray

mini exercise bike

The very popular Sunny SF-B0418 mini exercise bike has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, the delivered Sunny SF-B0418 comes almost fully assembled. In fact, only the two pedals and the two feet have to be attached.

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the Sunny SF-B0418 under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table. 

Dimensions

In addition, the Sunny SF-B0418 is 22 inches long, 18 inches wide and 14 inches high.  Consequently, the Sunny SF-B0418 needs a clearance of 15 inches for use under a desk or table.

Display

Especially relevant, an easy to read LCD screen displays distance (in miles), calories burned, time pedaled in hours and minutes, current revolutions per minute, and an odometer. Meanwhile, the scan button sequentially displays workout data continuously.

Exercise

Most of all, the Sunny SF-B0418 exercises your arms and legs.

Handles

Next, the Sunny SF-B0418 has a built-in handle that makes it easy to lift and move it from one place to another. Also, the handle has small finger grooves making it easy to grip the Sunny SF-B0418 while moving it.

Pedals

In addition, the Sunny SF-B0418 has oversized textured non-slip pedals with adjustable large heavy-duty plastic straps to help keep your feet in place as you peddle. In addition, the pedals have small finger grooves making it easy to grip them when exercising the arms.

Pedal Movement

Next, the Sunny SF-B0418 has pedals that rotate in only the forward direction. Consequently, if you want to pedal in reverse, turn the Sunny SF-B0418 around. Especially relevant, the pedals use a belt to drive the flywheel. 

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to easily adjust your workout from easy to hard. In fact, 8 calibrated magnetic resistance settings help you keep track of your workout intensities. Furthermore, the magnetic resistance results in quiet pedal rotation.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the Sunny SF-B0418 comes with a 1 year warranty for the frame and a 90 day warranty for all other parts.

Weight

Next, the Sunny SF-B0418 weighs only 21 pounds.

Weight Capacity

Finally, the Sunny SF-B0418 is limited to anyone weighing less than 220 pounds. Indeed, anyone heavier may exceed the design limits of the Sunny SF-B0418 and potentially cause it to break.

PROS

  • Handle makes it easy to move
  • 1-year frame and 90 days parts warranty

CONS

  • May not fit under a desk for everyone
  • Pedals move in forward direction only. Need to manually turn the SF-B0418 around to pedal in reverse

Vive Pedal Exerciser - Stationary Exercise Leg Peddler - Low Impact, Portable Mini Cycle Bike for Under Your Office Desk - Slim Design for Arm or Foot - Small, Sitdown Recumbent Equipment Machine

mini exercise bike

The very popular Vive pedal exerciser has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, the pedals, front and back support bars have to be attached upon delivery. However, all necessary tools are provided.

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the Vive pedal exerciser under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table.

Dimensions

In addition, the Vive pedal exerciser is 16 inches long, 13.75 inches wide and 12.5 inches high. Consequently, the Vive pedal exerciser needs a clearance of at least 13 inches for use under a desk or table.

Display

Especially relevant, a large easy to read LCD screen displays revolutions per minute, time, distance in miles, and calories burned with the touch of a button. Meanwhile, the scan button sequentially displays workout data continuously.

Exercise

Most of all, the Vive pedal exerciser exercises your arms and legs.

Pedals

In addition, the Vive pedal exerciser has 4 inch wide pedals with a non-slip surface and adjustable toe loops to help keep your feet in place as you peddle. Also, the pedals have molded finger grips for exercising arms.

Sliding

Furthermore, the Vive pedal exerciser has non-slip, non-marking feet that ensure it stays in place while being used on hard floors, carpets, and table tops. And the low profile prevents the Vive pedal exerciser from wobbling and sliding.

Tension

Next, the tension knob, with marked resistance levels, makes it easy to adjust your workout from easy to hard. Furthermore, resistance is provided by a strap around a flywheel.

Warranty

Finally, the Vive pedal exerciser comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

CONS

  • May not fit under a desk for everyone

MagneTrainer-ER Mini Exercise Bike Arm and Leg Exerciser

mini exercise bike

The very popular MagneTrainer-ER has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, the pedals, front and back support bars have to be attached upon delivery. However, all necessary tools are provided.

Construction

Most noteworthy, MagneTrainer-ER has a sturdy steel frame.

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the MagneTrainer-ER  under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table. Moreover, the MagneTrainer-ER is likely usable under desks with 34 to 36 inches of clearance underneath.

Dimensions

In addition, the MagneTrainer-ER is 15.5 to 20 inches long, 15 inches wide and 18 inches high. However, the highest point of the pedal is 15 inches above the floor. Consequently, the MagneTrainer-ER needs a clearance of 16 inches for use under a desk or table. Also, the wide footprint provides excellent stability. In fact, both legs are over 15 inches wide which helps prevent the MagneTrainer-ER from wobbling.

DIsplay

Especially relevant, the electronic monitor displays speed, distance, time, and calories burned.

Exercise

Most of all, the MagneTrainer-ER exercises arms and legs.

Pedals

In addition, the MagneTrainer-ER has pedals with a non-slip surface and adjustable Velcro straps to grip your feet. Also, the pedals are molded with finger grooves that allow you to firmly grip them for exercising arms.

Pedal Movement

Next, the MagneTrainer-ER has pedals that rotate in both the forward and backwards direction. Also, the pedals drive the flywheel with wide 4V belts and heavy-duty pulleys. Moreover, the effective 39-pound flywheel helps keep the pedals moving smoothly and quietly.

Tension

Next, the tension knob provides 20 marked levels of magnetic resistance to adjust your workout. Indeed, the 5-rotation knob helps set resistance precisely.

Use

Most noteworthy, the MagneTrainer-ER is used in hospitals, physical therapy offices, nursing homes, assisted living facilities.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the MagneTrainer-ER comes with a full 1-year warranty and a 30-day money back guarantee.

Weight

Finally, the MagneTrainer-ER weighs 23 pounds.

PROS

  • Used in hospitals, physical therapy offices, nursing homes, assisted living facilities
  • Full 1-year warranty and 30-day money back guarantee

CONS

  • May not fit under a desk for everyone

Pinty Pedal Exerciser Two Pedals Mini Exercise Bike Portable Under Desk Mini Cycle Bike Legs & Arms Exerciser with LCD Display

mini exercise bike

The Pinty pedal exerciser has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, the delivered Pinty pedal exerciser is almost completely assembled.  In fact, the only assembly required is to attach the pedals.

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the Pinty pedal exerciser  under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table.

Dimensions

In addition, the Pinty pedal exerciser is 16 inches long and 12.6 inches high. Consequently, the Pinty pedal exerciser needs a clearance of 13 inches for use under a desk or table. Also, the front feet are 9.8 inches long, while the rear feet are 13.8 inches long. Moreover, the low height means that you can also tuck away the Pinty pedal exerciser under your desk when you are done using it.

Display

Especially relevant, the LCD monitor displays time, distance, revolutions, total revolutions, and calories burned.

Exercise

Most of all, the Pinty pedal exerciser exercises arms and legs.

Pedals

In addition, the Pinty pedal exerciser has pedals with adjustable toe loops to help keep your feet in place as you peddle. Also, there are two sets of pedals: one for exercising your legs, and one for exercising your arms. Moreover, the pedals are screwed in or out of the crank arm.

Pedal Movement

Next, the Pinty pedal exerciser's pedals rotate a 4.4 pound cast iron flywheel that improves stability and provides quiet operation.

Sliding

Furthermore, the Pinty pedal exerciser has four rubber wrapped non-skid feet that ensures the Pinty pedal exerciser stays in place on hard floors, carpets, and table tops.

Tension

Next, the tension knob provides continuous step-less resistance settings.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the Pinty pedal exerciser comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Finally, the Pinty pedal exerciser weighs 13.2 pounds.

PROS

  • Two sets of pedals: one for the hands and one for the legs

Titan Fitness Pedal Exerciser Mini Exercise Bike Cycle LCD Display

The Titan pedal exerciser has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, the delivered Titan pedal exerciser is almost completely assembled.  In fact, the only assembly required is to attach the pedals and the base.

Construction

Most noteworthy, the Titan pedal exerciser has a durable metal frame.

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the Titan pedal exerciser under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table.

Dimensions

In addition, the Titan pedal exerciser is 15.5 inches long, 15.5 inches wide and 12 inches high. Consequently, the Titan pedal exerciser needs a clearance of at least 13 inches for use under a desk or table.

Display

Especially relevant, the LCD displays time, revolutions, total revolutions, and calories.

Exercise

Most of all, the Titan pedal exerciser exercises arms and legs.

Pedals

Furthermore, the Titan pedal exerciser has 3.5 inches wide pedals with non-adjustable straps to help keep your feet in place as you peddle.

Pedal Motion

Meanwhile, the Titan pedal exerciser can rotate the pedals in both the forward and backwards direction.

Sliding

Furthermore, the Titan pedal exerciser works well on carpets and floor mats.

Tension

Next, the tension knob provides 8 levels of resistance. 

Warranty

Especially relevant, the Titan pedal exerciser comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Also, the Titan pedal exerciser weighs 9 pounds.

Weight Capacity

Finally, the weight capacity of the Titan pedal exerciser is 260 pounds. Indeed, anyone heavier may put too much weight on the Titan pedal exerciser, which may hinder the pedals from turning.

CONS

  • Foot straps are not adjustable

Stamina Mini Exercise Bike with Smooth Pedal System

The Stamina mini exercise bike has the following features.

Assembly

Most noteworthy, no assembly is required. The Stamina mini exercise bike is ready to be used upon delivery.

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the Stamina mini exercise bike under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table.

Dimensions

In addition, the Stamina mini exercise bike is 15 inches long, 13.5 inches wide and 12 inches high. Consequently, the Stamina mini exercise bike needs a clearance of 13 inches for use under a desk or table.

Display

Especially relevant, the monitor displays workout time, revolutions, total revolutions, and calories burned. Meanwhile, the scan button sequentially displays workout data continuously. In addition, the monitor tilts upwards to improve visibility of workout data from your chair.

Exercise

Most of all, the Stamina mini exercise bike exercises both your arms and legs.

Handles

Next, the Stamina mini exercise bike has a built-in handle that makes it easy to lift and move it from one place to another.

Pedals

Furthermore, the Stamina mini exercise bike has textured pedals that help prevent feet from slipping. In addition, straps grip your feet to the pedals.

Pedal Movement

Meanwhile, the Stamina mini exercise bike can rotate the pedals in both forward and backwards direction.

Stability

In addition, the Stamina mini exercise bike's rubberized feet may slip on hard smooth floor. However, the Stamina mini exercise bike works fine on carpets.

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to easily adjust the resistance of your workouts. However, the knob has no markings showing resistance levels.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the Stamina mini exercise bike comes with a 1 year manufacturer's warranty for the frame and a 90 day manufacturer's warranty for all other parts.

Weight

Next, the Stamina mini exercise bike weighs 17 pounds.

Weight Capacity

Finally, the Stamina mini exercise bike is limited to anyone weighing less than 250 pounds. Indeed, anyone heavier may exceed the design limits of the Stamina mini exercise bike and potentially cause it to break.

PROS

  • Handle making it easy to move
  • Display tilts upward to improve visibility
  • 1-year frame and 90 days parts warranty

CONS

  • May not fit under a desk for everyone
  • Rubberized feet may slip on hard smooth floor – Use mattress

Mini Exercise Bike Portable Home Pedal Exerciser Gym Fitness Leg Arm Cardio Training Adjustable Resistance LCD Display Women Men

The Himaly mini exercise bike has the following features.

Construction

First and foremost, the Himaly mini exercise bike has a heavy duty plastic frame.

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the Himaly mini exercise bike under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table.

Dimensions

In addition, the Himaly mini exercise bike is 15.98 inches long, 13.81 inches wide and 12.6 inches high. Consequently, the clearance has to be 13 inches or more to be able to use the Himaly mini exercise bike under a desk or table.

Display

Especially relevant, the large digital LCD displays time, revolutions per minute, distance, and calories burned. Also, the scan sequentially displays all the workout data continuously.

Exercise

Most of all, the Himaly mini exercise bike exercises arms and legs.

Use

Moreover, the Himaly mini exercise bike can be used for rehab and by seniors.

Pedals

Furthermore, the Himaly mini exercise bike's oversized textured pedals have anti-slip features to prevent your feet from slipping. In addition, adjustable toe straps help grip your feet to the pedals.

Pedal Movement

While the pedal rotations are quiet, they are not as smooth as some others.

Sliding

Furthermore, the non-skid rubber feet pads provide stability during use. In addition, the rubber feet won’t scratch smooth surfaces such as a table top or floor.

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to adjust resistance. However, the knob has no markings showing resistance levels. Meanwhile, the Himaly mini exercise bike provides low resistance.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the Himaly mini exercise bike comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Finally, the Himaly mini exercise bike, weighs only 8.8 pounds.

PROS

  • Can be used for rehab and by seniors

CONS

  • May not fit under a desk for everyone
  • Smooth motion not as good as others

Pedal Exerciser - Under Desk Mini Exercise Bike, Arm & Leg Portable Foot Cycle Pedal Machine with LCD Screen Display(Silver)

The AGM pedal exerciser has the following features.

Desk or Table Use

First and foremost, to use the AGM pedal exerciser under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table.

Dimensions

In addition, the AGM pedal exerciser is 16.1 inches long, 13.8 inches wide, and 12.6 inches high. Consequently, the clearance has to be 13 inches or more to be able to use the AGM pedal exerciser under a desk or table.

Display

Especially relevant, the LCD displays time, distance, revolutions, total revolutions, and calories burned. Also, the scan sequentially displays all the workout data continuously.

Exercise

Most of all, the AGM pedal exerciser exercises arms and legs.

Pedals

In addition, the AGM pedal exerciser's non-slip pedals have adjustable straps that hold the feet to the pedals.

Sliding

Furthermore, the AGM pedal exerciser has non-slip rubber feet pads that provide stability during use. In addition, the rubber feet won’t scratch the floor.

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to adjust resistance.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the AGM pedal exerciser comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Finally, the AGM pedal exerciser, weighs only 8.12 pounds.

CONS

  • May not fit under a desk for everyone

Merax Magnetic Mini Exercise Bike Portable Arm and Leg Exerciser Stationary Leg Peddler, Gray

mini exercise bike

The Merax mini exercise bike has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, the Merax mini exercise bike is delivered almost completely assembled. In fact, the only assembly required is to attach the pedals and straps.

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the Merax mini exercise bike under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table.

Dimensions

In addition, the Merax mini exercise bike is 17.7 inches long, 13.8 inches wide, 11.8 inches high. Consequently, the clearance has to be 13 inches or more to be able to use the Merax mini exercise bike under a desk or table.

Display

Especially relevant, the LCD displays time, speed, distance, and calories burned.

Exercise

Most of all, the Merax mini exercise bike exercises arms and legs.

Handles

Next, the Merax mini exercise bike has a built-in handle that makes it easy to lift and move it from one place to another.

Pedals

In addition, the Merax mini exercise bike's non-slip pedals have adjustable straps that hold the feet to the pedals. Because the pedals have a non-slip surface, the hands can grip them for exercising the arms. Also, pedal centers are 12 inches apart

Pedal Movement

Meanwhile, the Merax mini exercise bike can rotate the pedals in both the forward and backwards direction. Also, magnetic resistance gives a quiet and smooth workout.

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to select 8 levels of magnetic resistance settings.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the Merax mini exercise bike comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Next, the Merax mini exercise bike, weighs 14 pounds.

Weight Capacity

Finally, the Merax mini exercise bike is limited to anyone weighing less than 220 pounds. Indeed, anyone heavier may exceed the design limits of the Merax mini exercise bike and potentially cause it to break.

PROS

  • Handle makes it easy to move

CONS

  • May not fit under a desk for everyone

Tunturi Cardio Fit Series Mini Exercise Bike M-30

mini exercise bike

The Tunturi mini exercise bike has the following features.

Desk or Table Use

First and foremost, to use the Tunturi mini exercise bike under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table.

Dimensions

In addition, the Tunturi mini exercise bike is 18 inches long, 15 inches wide, 11 inches high. Consequently, the clearance has to be 12 inches or more to be able to use the Tunturi mini exercise bike under a desk or table.

Display

Especially relevant, the LCD display shows speed, elapsed time, distance, revolutions per minute, calories burned. Meanwhile, the scan button sequentially displays each of the workout measures continuously.

Exercise

Most of all, the Tunturi mini exercise bike exercises arms and legs.

Handles

Next, the Tunturi mini exercise bike has a built-in handle that makes it easy to lift and move it from one place to another.

Pedals

In addition, the Tunturi mini exercise bike's pedals have foot straps that hold the feet to the pedals. 

Pedal Movement

Meanwhile, the Tunturi mini exercise bike's pedals use a belt to drive the 1.7 pound flywheel. Consequently, pedal movements are quiet and smooth.

Tension

Next, the tension knob provides stepless adjustable resistance with no markers. Moreover, the brake pad provides the resistance.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the Tunturi mini exercise bike comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Next, the Tunturi mini exercise bike, weighs 10 pounds.

Weight Capacity

Finally, the Tunturi mini exercise bike is limited to anyone weighing less than 220 pounds. Indeed, anyone heavier may exceed the design limits of the Tunturi mini exercise bike and potentially cause it to break.

PROS

  • Handle makes it easy to move
  • Good for a light workout

CONS

  • May not fit under a desk for everyone

Marcy NS-9200 Portable Magnetic Cardio Mini Cycle Under Desk Bike Pedal Exerciser

mini exercise bike

The Marcy NS-9200 pedal exerciser has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, the Marcy NS-9200 pedal exerciser is delivered almost completely assembled. In fact, the only assembly required is to attach the pedals and rubber feet.

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the Marcy NS-9200 pedal exerciser under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table.

Dimensions

In addition, the Marcy NS-9200 pedal exerciser is 22 inches long, 16 inches wide, 14.5 inches high. Consequently, the clearance has to be 16 inches or more to be able to use the Marcy NS-9200 pedal exerciser under a desk or table.

Display

Especially relevant, the LCD displays time, revolutions, total revolutions, and calories burned. Meanwhile, the scan button sequentially displays each of the workout measurements continuously.

Exercise

Most of all, the Marcy NS-9200 pedal exerciser exercises arms and legs.

Handles

Next, the Marcy NS-9200 pedal exerciser has a built-in handle that makes it easy to lift and move it from one place to another.

Pedals

In addition, the Marcy NS-9200 pedal exerciser's grooved pedals provide maximum hand grip while the textured pedals provide maximum foot grip.

Pedal Movement

Meanwhile, the Marcy NS-9200 pedal exerciser rotates the pedals in both forward and backwards direction. In addition, the magnetic resistance gives a quiet and smooth workout.

Skidding

Furthermore, the Marcy NS-9200 pedal exerciser has rubberized feet to minimize skidding.

Tension

Next, the tension knob is used to adjust magnetic resistance. Also, the knob has markings from one to ten to help you keep track of workout intensity.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the Marcy NS-9200 pedal exerciser comes with a 2-year limited warranty.

Weight

Next, the Marcy NS-9200 pedal exerciser, weighs 26 pounds.

Weight Capacity

Finally, the Marcy NS-9200 pedal exerciser is limited to anyone weighing less than 250 pounds. Indeed, anyone heavier may exceed the design limits of the Marcy NS-9200 pedal exerciser and potentially cause it to break.

PROS

  • Handle makes it easy to move the Marcy NS-9200 pedal exerciser
  • 2-year limited warranty

CONS

  • May not fit under a desk for everyone

Video Showing Pedals in Use

How do you Evaluate these Machines?

In fact, use the factors described below to grade these pedal exercisers and mini exercise bikes.

Assembly

First, assembling the pedal exerciser should be easy. In fact, the less assembly required, the better.

Construction

Next, a pedal exerciser made of heavy-duty alloys or steel is preferable. At least the frame must be metal. And, since you may push them hard, the pedals need to be made from heavy duty plastic such as ABS or better. Indeed, the more solid the construction, the longer the pedal exerciser will last, and more stable it will be.

Display

Displays help you keep track of your workouts. Example of workout measurements include revolutions, time, revolutions per minute, and calories burned. Moreover, you use this information to monitor your progress over time, or simply to ensure you met your daily target.

Exercise

Most of all, a pedal exerciser exercising both arms and legs gives you more options.

Feet

Most of all, the feet are generally made from heavy duty rubber or other similar material to protect the floor and/or the table from scratches and marks. Also, the feet help prevent the pedal exerciser from sliding as you pedal. Indeed, nearly all pedal exercisers are lightweight weighing less than 26 pounds. In addition, most people try to use the pedals as they would a recumbent bike – namely by pushing the pedals away from you. This pushing action is a consequence of the chair being behind the pedal exerciser – as with a recumbent bike. Moreover, this pushing action pushes the pedal exerciser away from you. So instead of pushing on the pedals, push the pedals down towards the floor. Consequently, the pedal exerciser may stay in place as you peddle.

Especially relevant, several pedal exercisers provide straps to tie the pedal exercise to the chair. On the other hand, if you choose one without the straps, there are ways to prevent the pedal exerciser from sliding.

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    Put the chair and the pedal exerciser on a rubber matting
  2. 2
    Tether the pedal exerciser to the chair using a rope or solid rubber strap with hooks on either end 

Footprint

Most of all, the footprint tells you how much space the pedal exerciser is going to need, so you can decide if the pedal exerciser is going to fit where you intend to use it.

Handle

A handle makes it easier to move the pedal exerciser around with one hand.

Height

If the pedal exerciser is going to be used under a desk, you need to measure the distance between the top of your knee, when sitting on a chair, and the floor with your shoes on. Next you need to measure the highest point the top of the pedal reaches above the floor. Next, the sum of these two numbers needs to be less than the distance between the underside of the table or desk top and the floor.

Noise

Because the pedal exercisers are likely to be used in office environments or while watching TV or reading a book, they need to run as quietly as possible. Most of all, pedal exercisers using magnetic resistance run quieter. On the other hand, pedal exercisers that use friction for resistance tend to be noisy. To reduce this noise, take the tension knob out and put graphite powder in the tension knob’s hole. And then screw back the tension knob.

Pedals

Most of all, to drive the pedals with your feet, the pedals need to be non-slip or else your feet will not grip the pedals. In addition, pedal straps help grab your feet to the pedal. Moreover, the pedal straps need to be adjustable to accommodate various shoe sizes.

Tension

Tension is sometimes referred to as resistance. And, nearly all pedal exercisers provide the capability to adjust tension so that you can change your workout intensity. However, not all pedal exercisers provide markers that allow you to easily identify tension levels. Furthermore, such markers help you record tension levels of your workouts. And these markers are especially important, if the pedal exerciser is used by others.

Most noteworthy, tension based on friction will cause metal parts in the vicinity to heat up. Pedal exercisers that offer protection from contact with the heated parts are better than those which don’t. Furthermore, depending on the pedal speed, and the length of time pedaling, heating could start to be felt as soon as 15 minutes after starting. However, if you are pedaling slowly, heat from friction likely won’t be an issue. Be that as it may, you can reduce the build up of heat by lubricating. In fact, to lubricate, take the tension knob out and put graphite powder in the tension knob’s hole. And then screw back the tension knob.

Transportation

Because the pedal exercisers are used under the desk, in front of a couch, on a table, among other places, being lightweight becomes an advantage in terms of moving it from one location to another.

Use

In addition, manufacturers design pedal exercisers for different use. So, you want to look at pedal exercisers targeted to your need. For example, some pedal exercisers are designed for the handicapped, some for beginners. While others are designed for strengthening your arms and legs or used under a desk, while in the office or at home.

Warranty

The longer the warranty period the better you are protected against manufacturing defects. Generally, a 90-day period will cover majority of manufacturing defects. Since most defects are found in this period, it’s important to ensure your purchase is covered during that time. In addition, a longer warranty period, implies that the pedal exerciser is better built to last a longer time.

Weight

Finally, pedal exercisers that weigh less are easier to carry around. On the other hand, heavier pedal exercisers offer more stability.

Conclusion

In conclusion, you are looking for essentially a pedal exerciser that:

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    Will allow you to use the pedal exerciser under or near a desk or a table or on a table, or next to a couch.
  • 2
    Is reasonably solid
  • 3
    Is quiet
  • 4
    Offers adjustable tension
  • 5
    Displays exercise time, count of revolutions, revolutions per minute, and calories burned
  • 6
    Has at least a 90-day warranty

What are Your Needs?

First and foremost, itemize what you want from a pedal exerciser or mini exercise bike. For example, the list below gives you a start.

  • 1
    How much physical space is there for the pedal exerciser?
  • 2
    Does the pedal exerciser need to keep track of workouts?
  • 3
    Is the pedal exerciser going to be used for exercising your arms and legs?
  • 4
    How much use is the pedal exerciser going to get every day?

Indeed, answers to these questions and others will help guide you to the pedal exerciser or mini exercise bike that's best for you.

What Problems do these Machines Solve?

Hours Spent Sitting

According to the 2017 American time use survey by Bureau of Labor Statistics, part of the average American’s time each day is spent as follows:

  • 1
    1.11 hours on eating and drinking
  • 2
    4.14 hours working
  • 3
    0.52 hours on socializing,
  • 4
    2.5 hours watching TV
  • 5
    0.16 hours on the telephone, going to mail, and email

For the most part, all these activities involve sitting. As a result, the average American spends 8.43 hours each day sitting.  Most noteworthy, this number is consistent with other surveys and studies on sitting.

Consequences of Too Much Sitting

Especially relevant, prolonged sitting on a regular basis results in health problems such as:

  • 1
    Metabolic syndrome
  • 2
    Poor blood circulation
  • 3
    Obesity
  • 4
    Posture
  • 5
    Develop diseases
  • 6
    Cancer
  • 7
    Mental Health
  • 8
    Longevity
  • 9
    Mortality

But most of all, prolonged sitting effects muscles in the arms and the lower body.

Effect of Sitting on Arm Muscles

The major muscle groups in the arms are:

  • 1
    The biceps located in front of the upper arms
  • 2
    The triceps located in the back of upper arms, and
  • 3
    Forearms in the lower arms

All these arm muscles are affected by sitting too much. In fact, the triceps are a common area for fat deposits, meaning you’re most likely to notice excess, flabby skin in this area.

Effect of Sitting on Lower Body Muscles

The legs contain the most muscle groups in your body. Too much sitting causes the quads, hamstrings, and calves to change. In fact, these muscles become less toned as the muscles get smaller and less defined. Indeed, the effects are first seen on your upper legs and hips, where fat deposits are common. These changes are largely because fat in this area tends to be less metabolically active than fat in other areas of the body.

Next, the buttocks are made up of three major muscle groups: the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and gluteus minimus. Too much sitting causes these muscles to soften and become undefined, leaving the butt looking flat and misshapen. Moreover, as these muscles lose their tone, you may have difficulty maintaining good balance.

That’s where under desk pedals and mini exercise bikes help. In fact, under desk pedals are used to exercise legs while working at a desk. Furthermore, mini exercise bikes are used when sitting in a chair to exercise arms and legs.

How do these Machines Solve the Problems?

How much does Physical Activity Help?

First and foremost, a study was published in the March 21 2019 edition of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. In fact, the study looked at 14 years of activity and inactivity data of 92,500 people. Meanwhile, one study group consisted of participants who were least active with less than 17 minutes a day of moderate to vigorous physical activity. And, the study found that if these participants replaced just 30 minutes of sitting with light activity, their risk of premature death falls by 14 percent. On the other hand, if these participants replaced 30 minutes of sitting with moderate to vigorous physical activity, their risk of premature death fell by an even larger 45 percent.

Is there Proof that Using Pedal Exercisers Really Helps Your Body?

First and foremost, many studies show that physical inactivity and sedentary work environments increases insulin resistance. Moreover, this increase in insulin resistance leads to higher risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

Incidentally, University of Massachusetts researchers published a study in October 2018 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. Indeed, the study reported that pedaling while working improves the body’s insulin response.

Meanwhile, the study comprised of six men and six women overweight/obese full-time sedentary office workers. And, these seated participants pedaled for two hours while working at their desks. Incidentally, the participants pedaled at their own pace for as little or as much time as they chose.

Next, after eating a light meal, the participants provided blood samples. The blood samples were used for analysis of metabolic responses of glucose, insulin and free fatty acids. Indeed, glucose, insulin, and free fatty acids are linked to obesity, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.

When compared to sedentary behavior, the study showed that pedaling required significantly less insulin to maintain glucose concentrations. Consequently, their insulin levels were lower, which in turn, reduced their risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Consequently, the body doesn’t work so hard to maintain blood glucose and fatty acid levels when pedaling. Best of all, their work output and efficiency were not affected by the pedaling.

Finally, pedaling is better than treadmill or standing desk because long periods of standing lowers productivity besides being tiring.

Exercising Leg Muscles

Leg muscles are exercised by both the under desk pedals and the mini exercise bikes. In each case, the exerciser is set on the floor with you sitting in a chair behind it. Furthermore, in this mode, the exerciser is used to strengthen and tone legs. Especially relevant, the muscles exercised include the hips flexors, glutes, calves, hamstrings and quadriceps.

Exercising Arm Muscles

Only the mini exercise bikes are used for exercising arms. In fact, the mini exercise bike is placed on a table while you are sitting in a chair. Furthermore, in this mode, the mini exercise bike is used to strengthen and tone arms. Especially relevant, the muscles exercised include the biceps, triceps, shoulders and forearms.

Other Health Benefits

Both under desk pedals and mini exercise bikes provide the following benefits:

  • 1
    Prevents varicose veins.
  • 2
    Exercises calf muscles which increases blood circulation to your feet and ankles and stops blood from pooling. As a result, your risk of deep vein thrombosis or blood clots is reduced.
  • 3
    Reduces numbness in feet and ankles
  • 4
    Prevents swelling of feet, ankles, and legs from water retention due to edema. Indeed, regular use of the pedal exerciser, will reduce these symptoms of edema.
  • 5
    Reduces damage to the knees. In fact, the smooth moving pedal exerciser does not cause body joints to get jerked or suddenly shocked. However, while the pedal exerciser does not harm the knees, people with sustained injuries or weak knees should consult a doctor before using the pedal exerciser.
  • 6
    Helps you lose weight
  • 7
    Gives you some aerobic exercise

Only the mini exercise bike strengthens and tones arms. In fact, the mini exercise bike exercises biceps, triceps, shoulders and forearms.

How are these Machines Used?

The Wrong Way

First and foremost, a pedal exerciser shouldn’t be used like a recumbent bike. Most noteworthy, when you use a recumbent bike, because the seat is somewhat away from the pedals, you end up pushing the pedals forward. So, if you do this with the pedal exerciser too far away from your chair, the pedal exerciser will either slide or tilt forward.

The Correct Way

Therefore, keep the pedal exerciser closer to the chair. And, don’t start pedaling until the pedal arm is in the 1 o’clock position. At that time, push the pedals downward towards the floor. And, make sure your toes are pointing forward not upwards. Consequently, you can pedal downward even when you are sitting on a low chair or couch. Moreover, when you are sitting in a low chair or couch, you work both the quads and the hamstrings.

Also, by starting at very little resistance you can learn the correct way to pedal. Most of all, focus on pedaling downwards. In addition, pedal for at least 15 minutes at very little resistance. Next, increase the resistance a little and pedal for another 15 minutes. And, repeat this sequence until you reach a resistance where you are comfortable pedaling.

Lower Body Workout

First, place pedal exerciser underneath your desk, or on the floor in front of a couch or chair. And do 20 minutes of pedaling with no resistance. Next, increase resistance and do another 20 minutes. And, repeat sequence, as necessary, to complete workout.

Arm Exercises

First, place pedal exerciser on a table with rubber mat. Next, grab pedals by the hands and rotate them forward, changing the resistance to make it somewhat of an effort. And do this for 15 minutes. Next, change direction and rotate pedals backwards for another 15 minutes. Repeat sequence, as necessary, to complete workout.

Stretch Arm Muscles

Firstly, to stretch arm muscles, put elbow on the table with your arm bent, while keeping the other arm free. Secondly, position the top of your hand so that it is touching the pedal and grasp the pedals with fingers. Thirdly, starting with no resistance, slowly push down on the pedal. Next, pull the pedal back up. And, repeat with the other arm. Next, increase resistance and repeat sequence, as necessary, to complete workout.

Strengthen Upper Body Muscles

First, place pedal exerciser on a table with rubber mat. Next, grab pedals by the hands and rotate them forward, starting at zero resistance And, do this for 10 minutes. Next, gradually increase time and resistance. And, repeat sequence, as necessary, to complete workout.

Knee Injury

Most of all, you can use the pedal exerciser to increase flexibility of muscles surrounding your injured knee. Firstly, sit in a firm but comfortable chair to stabilize your back. Secondly, place the pedal exerciser in front of you. Thirdly, place your feet on the pedals and slowly pedal with zero resistance. Next, gradually increase time and resistance and repeat, as necessary, to complete workout.

Stretching Injured Knee

Finally, the pedal exerciser can be used as a stretching machine. Firstly, slide feet of the leg with injured knee in the pedal next to the floor. Secondly, rotate pedal to the highest height using the leg with injured knee. And hold that position. Next, gently push pedal back down and pull back up. And, repeat this sequence for 5 cycles.

Other Under Desk Exercise Machines

Comparison with Other Under Desk Exercise Machines

First and foremost, under desk pedals have a circular motion of the lower legs and hence more circular movement of the knees. In addition, under desk pedals exercise glutes, quads, hamstrings, and to a lesser extent the calves.

Meanwhile, the stepping action of sitting steppers requires pushing down on the pedals against hydraulic resistance. As a result, there is greater stress on the knees. But a better lower leg muscle workout, especially of the glutes, quads, hamstrings, and calves.

Finally, under desk elliptical machines produces a walking action swinging the lower legs back and forth. Consequently, the joints relax during the exercise. In addition, the under desk elliptical machines don’t put too much stress on the legs.

Links to Other Under Desk Pedal Exercisers

Links to Under Desk Steppers

Links to Under Desk Ellipticals