6 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 or folding exercise peddler may help lessen some of the bad consequences. Most noteworthy, these exercise peddlers can be used to exercise both legs and arms.

Quick Answer: 6 Best Folding Pedal Exercisers for 2019

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6 Best Folding Pedal Exerciser Reviews

Most of all, the folding exercise peddlers described below were designed to help you get some exercise, lose weight, and stay active while sitting for long periods of time.

Editor’s Choice

Platinum Fitness Fit Sit Folding Leg Machine

Comparison of 6 Best Folding Pedal Exercisers

Folding  Pedal

Height 

(inches)

Display

Pedal  Straps

Rotation

Unique 

Features

+ve User  Feedback

Rating  

(max 5)

Platinum Fitness

12

Time, revolutions, revolutions per minute, and calories

Non-adjustable

Forward & backward

Cool rev technology prevents overheating, quick folding, straps to prevent sliding

83%

4.7

Stamina

15-0125

12.25

Time

Yes

Forward & backward

Ready to use on delivery

62%

4.0

AdirMed

13.5

Time, revolutions, revolutions per minute, and calories

Non-adjustable

Forward & backward

Ready to use on delivery

72%

4.2

BodyHealt

9

Time, revolutions, revolutions per minute, and calories

Adjustable

 

Ready to use on delivery

81%

4.6

Carex

9.5

Time, revolutions, and calories

Adjustable

 

 

74%

4.1

MOMODA

13

Time, revolutions, revolutions per minute, and calories

Adjustable

 

Ready to use on delivery, crank wrapped in heat-insulating foam

76%

4.3

Platinum Fitness Fit Sit Folding Leg Machine

folding exercise peddler

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

Assembly

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

Construction

Most noteworthy, the folding peddler has an easy to clean powder coated finish.

Desk Use

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

Dimensions

In addition, the 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, it needs a clearance of at least 13 inches for use under a desk.

Display

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

Exercise

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

Foldability

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

Pedals

In addition, it has 4 inch wide pedals with non-adjustable straps that hold the feet to the pedals.

Pedal Movement

Next, the pedals rotate in both the forward and backwards direction. Also pedal movements are quiet. In addition, it's cool rev technology prevents dangerous overheating,

Sliding

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

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to adjust resistance. 

Warranty

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

Weight

Finally, it, weighs only 5 pounds.

Pros

  • Folding
    First, the Fit Sit can be quicky folded.
  • Stable
    Next, anchor straps tied to chair prevent it from sliding away from chair.
  • Overheating
    Cool rev technology prevents dangerous overheating.
  • Rating
    Also, it is among the highest rated in this group of pedals.
  • Reviews
    In addition, it is the most reviewd in this group of pedals.

Cons

  • Foot straps
    Regrettably, the foot straps cannot be adjusted.

Stamina 15-0125 InStride Folding Cycle

Stamina cycle

The very popular Stamina 15-0125 instride folding cycle has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, the delivered folding cycle is fully assembled and ready for use.

Construction

Most noteworthy, it has a durable steel tubular frame.

Desk Use

Also, to use the Instride folding cycle under a desk, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk.

Dimensions

In addition, the folding cycle 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, it needs a clearance of 14 inches for use under a desk.

Display

Especially relevant, the LCD displays workout time.

Exercise

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

Foldability

Next, it is foldable for easy storage. In fact, simply unscrew the tension knob and fold the Instride folding cycle.

Pedals

In addition, the textured pedals have foot straps holding feet firmly to the pedals. Also, the textured pedals help prevent feet from slipping on the pedals.

Pedal Movement

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

Sliding

Furthermore, it 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 Instride folding cycle comes with a 90-day warranty.

Weight

Finally, it weighs only 6.2 pounds.

Pros

  • Pedals
    Textured pedals help prevent feet from slipping.

Cons

  • Display
    Regrettably, the LCD only displays workout time.
  • Warranty
    And, it only has a 90-day warranty.

AdirMed Foldable Leg Machine

Folding Pedal Exerciser

The very popular AdirMed foldable leg machine has the following features.

Assembly

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

Construction

Most noteworthy, it has a durable chrome frame.

Desk Use

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

Dimensions

In addition, the leg 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, it needs a clearance of 15 inches for use under a desk.

Display

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

Exercise

Most of all, the AdirMed leg machine exercises both legs and arms.

Foldability

Next, it folds for easy storage. 

Pedals

In addition, it has non-adjustable foot straps holding feet firmly to the pedals.

Pedal Movement

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

Sliding

Furthermore, it has four anti-slip rubber pads on the two legs to prevent it from sliding while also protecting the floor.

Tension

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

Warranty

Especially relevant, the foldable leg machine has NO warranty.

Weight

Finally, it weighs 7 pounds.

Pros

  • Noise
    Pedal movements are quiet.

Cons

  • Footstraps
    Regrettably, the footstraps are not adjustable.
  • Warranty
    And there is no description of warranty.

BodyHealt Pedal Exerciser 

exercise peddler

The BodyHealt pedal exerciser has the following features.

Assembly

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

Construction

Most noteworthy, it has a durable metal frame.

Desk Use

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

Dimensions

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

Display

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

Exercise

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

Foldability

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

Pedals

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

Sliding

Furthermore, it 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 exerciser comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Finally, it weighs less than 6 pounds.

Pros

  • Construction
    Durable metal frame.
  • Pedals
    Pedals have grooves to prevent feet from slipping.
  • Stable
    4 anti-slip rubber pads help prevent slipping.

Cons

Carex Foldable Exercise Bike

folding exercise peddler

The Carex foldable exercise bike has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, the delivered foldable exercise bike requires some simple assembly.

Construction

Most noteworthy, it has a metal frame.

Desk Use

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

Dimensions

In addition, the foldable exercise bike is 18.5 inches long, 14.5 inches wide, and 9.5 inches high. Consequently, it needs a clearance of 11 inches for use under a desk.

Display

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

Exercise

Most of all, it exercises both legs and arms.

Foldability

Next, it folds for easy storage.

Pedals

In addition, it'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, it's pedal movements are quiet.

Sliding

Furthermore, it 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 foldable exercise bike comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Finally, it weighs only 5.5 pounds.

Pros

  • Sound
    Pedals move quietly.

Cons

  • Assembly
    Requires some assembly.

MOMODA Stationary Pedal Exerciser

foldable exerciser

The MOMODA stationary 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 stationary pedal exerciser is fully assembled and ready for use.

Construction

Most noteworthy, it 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 Use

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

Dimensions

In addition, the stationary 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, it needs a clearance of at least 14 inches for use under a desk.

Display

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

Exercise

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

Foldability

Next, when folded, it is 12.6 inches long, 14.2 inches wide, and 6.7 inches high.

Pedals

In addition, it 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, it 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 stationary pedal exerciser comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Finally, it weighs only 4.6 pounds.

Pros

  • Assembly
    Comes fully assembled.
  • Pedal cranks
    Cranks wrapped in heat-insulating foam to prevent heat burns.
  • Pedals
    Pedals have grooves to prevent foot from slipping.

Cons

Video Showing Folding Peddler in Use

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why Use This Exerciser?

First of all, exercise peddlers can be easily folded. And being light weight, it can be easily put away, moved from room to room or lifted on to a table to exercise your arms.

However, the foldable pedal exerciser is not suited for use under a desk. On the other hand, it allows both forward and backward pedaling. Finally, it is a great low cost option for exercising your legs and arms.

How do you Evaluate these Pedals?

In fact, use the factors described below to evaluate these folding exercise peddlers.

Assembly

First, assembling the exercise peddler 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. 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 legs and arms 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 foldable exercise peddlers 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 foldable exercise peddlers 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 exercise peddlers from sliding.

Foldable

Next, a folding exercise peddler makes it easier to store it in small spaces. In addition, a folding exercise peddler is 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 execise peddlers 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, exercise peddlers using magnetic resistance run quieter. On the other hand, exercise peddlers 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

Also, folding pedal exerciser takes up less space in storage.

Tension

Tension is sometimes referred to as resistance. And, nearly all folding pedal exercisers provide the capability to adjust tension so that you can change your workout intensity. However, not all exercise peddlers 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. Exercise peddlers 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 folding pedal exerciser is 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 exercise peddlers for different use. So you want to look at exercise peddlers targeted to your need. For example, some exercise peddlers are designed for the handicapped, some for beginners. While others are designed for strengthening your legs and arms 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 exercise peddlers are better built to last a longer time.

Weight

Finally, a foldable pedal exerciser that weighs less is easier to carry around. On the other hand, an heavier exercise peddler offer more stability.

Conclusion

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

  • 1
    First of all, will allow you to use the pedal exerciser on the floor or on a table
  • 2
    Next, is reasonably solid
  • 3
    Also, is quiet
  • 4
    Furthermore, offers adjustable tension
  • 5
    Next, displays exercise time, count of revolutions, revolutions per minute, and calories burned
  • 6
    Finally, has at least a 90-day warranty

What Should I Be Looking At?

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

  • 1
    First, how much physical space is there for the folding exercising peddler?
  • 2
    Next, does the folding exercising peddler need to keep track of workouts?
  • 3
    Also, is the exercising peddler going to be used for exercising your legs and arms?
  • 4
    Finally, how much use is the folding exercising peddler going to get every day?

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

What Are These Pedals Used For?

Folding pedals are used to get some exercise to stay healthy. They are used to tone leg and arm muscles and get some cardiovascular workout while reading, listening to music, watching TV, talking on the phone, etc.

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
    First, 1.11 hours is spent on eating and drinking
  • 2
    Next, 4.14 hours is spent on working
  • 3
    Also, another 0.52 hours is spent on socializing,
  • 4
    In addition, 2.5 hours is spent watching TV
  • 5
    Finally, 0.16 hours is spent 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:

  • 1
    First, metabolic syndrome
  • 2
    Next, poor blood circulation
  • 3
    Also, obesity
  • 4
    In addition, poor posture
  • 5
    Furthermore, develop diseases
  • 6
    For example, cancer
  • 7
    Next, mental health
  • 8
    Also, shortens longevity
  • 9
    Finally, earlier 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
    First, the biceps located in front of the upper arms
  • 2
    Next, the triceps located in the back of the upper arm, and
  • 3
    Finally, 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 folding exercise peddlers help. Moreover, the folding exercise peddler is used while you are sitting on a chair to exercise your legs and arms.

How Does The Folding Pedal Exerciser Help?

By providing some cardio workout, the foldable pedal exerciser helps mitigate some of the negative effects of prolonged sitting. In addition, it helps tone leg and arm muscles.

Moreover, 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 Folding Exercise Peddler Really Helps?

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 Folding Pedal Exerciser Help?

Above all, there are two ways the exercise peddler 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.

What Are The Benefits?

Above all, the exercise peddler helps you in the following ways.

  • 1
    First for foremost, the exercise peddler prevents varicose veins.
  • 2
    Next, the exercise peddler 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
    Also, the exercise peddler reduces numbness in feet and ankles
  • 4
    In addition, the exercise peddler 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
    Furthermore, the exercise peddler reduces damage to the knees. In fact, the smooth moving exercise peddler does not cause body joints to get jerked or suddenly shocked. However, while the exercise peddler does not harm the knees, people with sustained injuries or weak knees should consult a doctor before using the exercise peddler.
  • 6
    Next, the exercise peddler strengthens and tones the arms by exercising the biceps, triceps, shoulders and forearms.
  • 7
    Also, the exercise peddler helps you lose weight
  • 8
    Lastly, the exercise peddler gives you some aerobic exercise

How Do You Use This Machine?

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.

How Do They Compare With Other Desk Exercise Machines?

First and foremost, folding exercise peddlers have a circular motion of the lower legs and hence more circular movement of the knees. In addition, folding exercise peddlers 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.

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