Best Pedal Exercisers 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 ones described below 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. Moreover, some pedal exercisers can also be used on a table to exercise arms. Meanwhile the review groups pedal exercisers into mini exercise bikes, exercisers that can folded, motor driven, for medical use, and for the elderly.

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2 Best Mini Exercise Bike (Legs) Reviews

Use

Mini exercise bikes help lessen some of the bad effects of prolonged sitting. Furthermore, these bikes are specially built to exercise legs. Moreover, they can be used while sitting at a desk in the office or home, sitting at a table, chair or couch watching TV, or playing video games.

Editor’s Choice

DeskCycle-2 Exercise Bike for Legs

Comparison of 2 Best Mini Exercise Bikes for Legs

Mini Bike

Height (inches)

Display

Warranty

+ve User Feedback

Rating (max 5)

DeskCycle-2

Adjustable 9 or 10

Revolutions per minute, speed, time, distance, and calories

1 year

86%

5

FitDesk

10

Time, speed, distance, lifetime distance, and calories

3 year parts replacement guarantee; 30 days for pedals

67%

4.9

DeskCycle-2 Exercise Bike

under desk pedals

The most popular DeskCycle-2 exercise bike has the following features.

Assembly

First, the delivered exercise bike comes almost fully assembled. However, the delivery also includes a combination screwdriver and wrench to complete assembly in short order

Desk Use

Also, to use it 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, it is 24 inches long and 20 inches wide. 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, it can be used under desks as low as 27 inches by anyone who is 5’10” or shorter.

Display

Especially relevant, the LCD displays  revolutions per minute, speed, time, distance, and calories with the touch of a button. Meanwhile, the scan button, located on the LCD console, sequentially displays workout data continuously. Incidentally, the DeskCycle-2 accumulates time to 10,000 minutes, before resetting to zero.

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

Exercise

Meanwhile, this machine only exercises your legs.

Pedals

In addition, the large pedals have adjustable Velcro straps to hold your feet in place. Meanwhile, the double weighted base keep the straps on top of the pedals, making it easier to insert your feet.

Pedal Movement

Next, the pedals rotate in both 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, this flywheel results in smooth pedal rotations. Furthermore, it has 7 sealed hardened-steel bearings for years of maintenance free operation. Incidentally, 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, it comes with a full 1-year warranty on parts, labor, and shipping.

Weight

Finally, it weighs 23 pounds.

Pros

  • Display
    First and foremost, the display can be relocated to the desk top.
  • Warranty
    Next, it comes with a full 1-year warranty on parts, labor, and shipping.
  • Height
    Also, it has a low height of 9 inches.
  • Rating
    Finally, it is the highest rated among under desk pedal exercisers.

Cons

FitDesk Under Desk Cycle and Exercise Bike Peddler with Magnetic Resistance

The FitDesk under desk cycle has the following features.

Assembly

First, the pedals, front and back support bars, and display need to be mounted on the chassis.

Desk Use

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

Dimensions

In addition, it 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, it needs a clearance of 11 inches for use under a desk.

Display

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

Exercise

Most noteworthy, it only exercises your legs.

Pedals

In addition, large pedals with grooves 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 pedals 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, it 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, it comes with a 3-year parts replacement guarantee for all moving parts. Meanwhile, pedals are covered for 30 days.

Weight

Next, it weighs 24 pounds.

Weight Limit

Finally, there are no constraints on a user's weight.

Pros

  • Display
    First, the display can be moved to the desk top.
  • Resistance
    Next, the resistance can be changed by your feet - no need to bend down.
  • Warranty
    Finally, it comes with a 3-year parts replacement guarantee for all moving parts. However, the pedals covered for only 30 days.

Cons

3 Best Mini Exercise Bike (Legs & Arms) Reviews

Use

Most of all, these bikes are specially built to exercise both legs and arms. In fact, they can be used to exercise legs while sitting at a desk in the office or home, sitting at a table, chair or couch watching TV, or playing video games. Or they can be used to exercise arms while sitting at a table or a desk.

Editor’s Choice

Sunny SF-B0418 Magnetic Mini Exercise Bike For Legs and Arms

Comparison of 3 Best Mini Exercise Bike for Legs & Arms

Mini Bike

Height (inches)

Display

Warranty

Unique Features

+ve User Feedback

Rating (max 5)

Sunny SF-B0418

14

Revolutions per minute, exercise time, distance, odometer, and calories

1 year for frame; 90 days for parts

Forward rotation with handle

87%

4.9

MagneTrainer-ER

15

Speed, distance, exercise time, and calories

1 year warranty and a 30-day money back guarantee

Forward & backward rotation

92%

4.8

Vive

12.5

Revolutions per minute, time, distance, and calories

Standard

 Portable display

73%

4.7

Sunny SF-B0418 Magnetic Mini Exercise Bike

mini exercise bike

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

Assembly

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

Desk Use

Also, to use the 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 bike is 22 inches long, 18 inches wide and 14 inches high. Consequently, it needs a clearance of 15 inches for use under a desk.

Display

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

Exercise

Most of all, the bike exercises your legs and arms.

Handles

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

Pedals

In addition, it 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 pedals rotate in only the forward direction. Consequently, if you want to pedal in reverse, turn the bike 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 bike comes with a 1 year warranty for the frame and a 90 day warranty for all other parts.

Weight

Next, it weighs only 21 pounds.

Weight Limit

Finally, the bike is limited to anyone weighing less than 220 pounds.

Pros

  • Handle
    First, the bike's handle makes it easy to move.
  • Sound
    Next, the magnetic resistance results in a quiet workout.
  • Warranty
    Also, it comes with a 1-year frame and 90-days parts warranty.
  • Rating
    Finally, it is among the highest rated pedals for exercising arm and leg.

Cons

  • Pedal rotation
    However, the pedals only move in forward direction. So, to go in reverse, manually turn the bike around.

MagneTrainer-ER Mini Exercise Bike

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, it has a sturdy steel frame.

Desk Use

Also, to use the MagneTrainer-ER  under a desk, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk. Moreover, it 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, it needs a clearance of 16 inches for use under a desk. Also, the wide footprint provides excellent stability. In fact, both legs are over 15 inches wide which helps prevent the bike from wobbling.

DIsplay

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

Exercise

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

Pedals

In addition, it 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 pedals 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 exercise bike comes with a full 1-year warranty and a 30-day money back guarantee.

Weight

Finally, it weighs 23 pounds.

Pros

  • Use
    Especially relevant, the MagneTrainer-ER is used in hospitals, physical therapy offices, nursing homes, assisted living facilities.
  • Warranty
    Also, it comes with a full 1-year warranty and a 30-days money back guarantee.

Cons

Vive Pedal Exerciser

pedal exerciser

The very popular Vive pedal exerciser has features described below.

Assembly

First and foremost, when delivered, it requires some assembly. In fact, the pedals, front and back support bars have to be attached to the frame. However, all necessary tools to complete assembly are provided.

Desk Use

Also, to use the stationary exercise leg peddler 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 exercise leg peddler is 16 inches long, 13.75 inches wide and 12.5 inches high. Consequently, it needs a clearance of at least 13 inches for use under a desk.

Display

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

Exercise

Most of all, the leg peddler exercises your arm and leg.

Pedals

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

Sliding

Furthermore, the leg peddler 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 it from wobbling and sliding.

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to Next, the tension knob has marked resistance levels. Consequently, it's easy to adjust your workout from easy to hard. Furthermore, a strap around the flywheel generates resistanceadjust resistance.

Warranty

Finally, the peddler comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

3 Best Folding Pedal Reviews

Use

Most of all, these pedals, selected from a larger subset of folding pedals, are specially built to exercise both legs and arms. In fact, they can be used to exercise legs while sitting at a desk in the office or home, sitting at a table, chair or couch watching TV, or playing video games. Or they can be used to exercise arms while sitting at a table or a desk. Best of all, they are easily folded, making them easy to move and store.

Editor’s Choice

Platinum Fitness Fit Sit Folding Leg Machine

Comparison of 3 Best Folding Pedals

Folding Pedal

Height (inches)

Display

Pedal straps

Unique Features

+ve User Feedback

Rating (max 5)

Platinum Fitness

12

Exercise time, revolutions, revolutions per minute, and calories

Non-adjustable

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

83%

4.7

Stamina

12.25

Workout time

Adjustable

Ready to use on delivery

62%

4.0

AdirMed

13.5

Exercise time, revolutions, revolutions per minute, and calories

Non-adjustable

Ready to use on delivery

72%

4.2

Platinum Fitness Fit Sit Folding Leg Machine

foldable exerciser

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 pedal exerciser 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
    Finally, it is among the highest rated in this group of pedals.

Cons

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

Stamina 15-0125 InStride Folding Cycle

foldable cycle

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

Assembly

First and foremost, the delivered folding pedal exerciser 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, LCD displays workout time.

Exercise

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

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

under desk exerciser

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

Assembly

First and foremost, the delivered folding pedal 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 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.

2 Best Elderly Pedal Reviews

Use

These elderly pedals are specially built so that the elderly and seniors can exercise their legs and arms. In fact, they can be used to exercise legs while sitting at a desk, table, chair or couch watching TV, playing video games, or reading. Or they can be used to exercise arms while sitting at a table or a desk. Best of all, being lightweight, they are easy to move and store.

Editor’s Choice

Vive Desk Cycle - Foot Exerciser for Elderly

Comparison of 2 Best Elderly Pedals

Elderly Pedal

Display

Sliding

+ve User Feedback

Rating (max 5)

Vive

Revolutions per minute, speed, time, and calories

No strap needed

81%

4.9

B BAIJIAWEI

Speed, revolutions per minute, time, distance, and calories

Fixing strap to prevent sliding

64%

4.1

Vive Desk Cycle - Foot Exerciser

seniors and elderly

The most popular Vive desk cycle has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, the delivered foot pedal exerciser comes almost fully assembled. In fact, the only assembly required is to screw in the tension knob.

Desk Use

Also, to use the 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 foot pedal exerciser is 19 inches long, 14.5 inches wide and 9 inches high. Also, at it's highest point the pedal is 12 inches above the floor. Consequently, it needs a clearance of 13 inches for use under a desk.

Display

Especially relevant, the easy to read LCD screen displays, with the touch of a button, revolutions per minute, time, speed and calories.

Exercise

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

Foldability

Next, the cycle is easily folded for storage. As a result, it doesn't take up floor space when not in use. 

Pedals

In addition, the four inch wide pedals with a non-slip surface and adjustable toe loops helps keep your feet in place as you peddle.

Sliding

Furthermore, the cycle 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 cycle from wobbling and sliding.

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to adjust resistance, thereby making it easy to adjust your workouts from easy to hard.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the foot pedal exerciser comes with a one year manufacturer's guarantee.

Weight

Finally, it weighs only 5.15 pounds.

Pros

  • Warranty
    1-year manufacturer's guarantee.
  • Rating
    Highest rated among these exercisers.

Cons

B BAIJIAWEI Pedal Exerciser for Elderly

exercise peddler for seniors

The very popular B BAIJIAWEI pedal exerciser for elderly has features described below.

Assembly

First and foremost, the delivered B BAIJIAWEI portable pedal comes almost fully assembled. In fact, the only assembly required is to insert a tightening screw.

Construction

Most noteworthy, the portable pedal has a triple-layered chrome-plated steel frame, which provides stability and lifetime durability. In addition, the it is powder coated. As a result, the surface will be more resistant against scratches, chipping, wear, and fading as compared to other type of finishes.

Desk Use

Also, to use the portable pedal 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 exercise peddler is 19.6 inches long, 14.5 inches wide and 9 inches high. Also, at it's highest point the pedal is 13.5 inches above the floor. Consequently, the peddler needs a clearance of 14 inches for use under a desk.

Display

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

Exercise

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

Foldability

Next, the exercise peddler is easily folded for storage. As a result, the peddler doesn't take up floor space when not in use. Especially relevant, the folded size is 14.8 inches long, 14.5 inches wide, and 8 inches high.

Pedals

In addition, the 4 inch wide pedals with adjustable toe loops helps keep your feet in place as you peddle.

Sliding

Furthermore, the anti-slip, triangular rubber pads protects the surface and ensures it stays in place while being used on hard floors, carpets, and table tops. In addition, the peddler can be tied to a chair by fixing straps so that it doesn't slide away while being used.

Tension

Next, the tension knob makes it easy to adjust your workout from easy to hard.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the B BAIJIAWEI portable pedal comes with a one year manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Finally, it weighs only 6.6 pounds.

Pros

  • Warranty
    1-year manufacturer's warranty.
  • Stability
    Fixing strap ties peddler to chair - as a result, it doesn't slide away during use.

Cons

3 Best Medical Pedal Reviews

Use

These pedal exercisers, selected from a large subset of medical pedals, are 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. Incidentally, medical pedals are not designed for regular or heavy workouts. Moreover, they can be used to exercise legs while sitting at a desk, table, chair or couch watching TV, playing video games, or reading. Or they can be used to exercise arms while sitting at a table or a desk.

Who would Benefit from these Pedals?

  1. 1
    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.
  2. 2
    Next, people with polio, paraplegics, lymphedema in the legs, etc.
  3. 3
    Also, people needing rehab
  4. 4
    In addition, mature or elderly people
  5. 5
    Also, people living with mobility or injury issues
  6. 6
    And, people who had a stroke, or have fibromyalgia, cerebral palsy, and multiple sclerosis

Editor’s Choice

MOMODA Medical Exercise Bike Foot Peddler for Legs and Arms

Comparison of 3 Best Medical Pedals

Medical Pedal

Display

Pedal Straps

Rotation

Unique Features

+ve User Feedback

Rating (max 5)

Drive Medical

Exercise time, revolutions, revolutions per minute, and calories

Non-adjustable

Backward & forward

Cranks get hot after prolonged use

61%

4.0

TODO Exerciser

Workout time, revolutions, total revolutions, distance, and calories

Adjustable

Forward

Tie to chair by straps to prevent sliding away

72%

4.1

MOMODA Medical

Exercise time, count of revolutions, revolutions per minute, and calories

Adjustable

Backward & forward

Cranks covered with insulation foam, straps tied to chair to prevent sliding

76%

4.7

Drive Medical Exercise Peddler, Model # RTL10273

drive peddler

Most of all, the Drive medical peddler has the following features.

Assembly

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

Desk Use

Also, to use the peddler 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 peddler, is 20 inches long, 16 inches wide, and 10 inches high. Consequently, the peddler needs a clearance of at least 11 inches for use under a desk.

Display

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

Exercise

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

Foldability

Next, when folded it is 12.5 inches long, 14.7 inches wide, and 6.5 inches high.

Pedals

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

Sliding

Furthermore, the folding 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 to provide exercise for medical reasons 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 folding peddler comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

Weight

Finally, weighing only 5 pounds it is very light.

Pros

  • Warranty
    Most of all, the peddler comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
  • Popularity
    And, it is one of the most popular among these medical exericse pedals.

Cons

  • Pedal straps
    Regrettably, the pedal straps are not adjustable to your foot size.
  • Pedal cranks
    Also, pedal cranks can get hot from friction resistance. Consequently, the user needs to be aware of not coming in contact with the metal crank.

TODO Pedal Exerciser

Medical Pedal Exerciser

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

Assembly

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

Construction

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

Desk Use

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

Dimension

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

Display

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

Exercise

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

Feet

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

Pedals

In addition, the 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 pedal movement is smooth and quiet.

Sliding

Furthermore, the peddler can be tied to a chair by straps so that it 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, it comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Finally, it 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

  • Stability
    The provided strap can be used to tie the exerciser to a chair so that it doesn't slide away during use.

Cons

  • Pedal Rotation
    Pedals only rotate in the forward directionPedals only rotate in the forward direction.

MOMODA Medical Exercise Bike Foot Peddler for Legs and Arms

Medical Pedal Exerciser

Most of all, the Momoda medical bike has the following features.

Construction

Most noteworthy, the Momoda medical bike has a reinforced steel pipes and ABS plastic frame.

Desk Use

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

Dimension

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

Display

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

Exercise

Most of all, the bike exercises both legs and arms.

Foldability

Next, the folded size of the bike is 12.6 inches long, 14.2 inches wide, and 6.7 inches high.

Pedals

In addition, the 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 pedals rotate in both the forward and backwards direction. Also, the pedal motion is smooth and quiet.

Sliding

Furthermore, the large anti-slip rubber feet prevent the bike from sliding on smooth floors. However, it does slide on carpets. Therefore, a strap is provided to tie the 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 bike is meant to provide exercise for medical reasons and not so much to get a heavy workout..

Use

Most noteworthy, the bike is designed for recovery of the knees and shoulders.

Warranty

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

Weight

Finally, weighing only 7 pounds, it is very light.

Pros

  • Stable
    The provided strap can be used to tie the exerciser to a chair so that it doesn't slide away during use.
  • Safety
    The pedal cranks are insulated to prevent the user from coming in contact with the hot pedal cranks.

Cons

2 Best Motorized Pedal Reviews

Use

Above all, the incapacitated, who cannot or have difficulty moving their legs or arms, use these motorized pedals to exercise their legs or arms. In fact, motorized pedals provide a gentle low impact exercise for toning arm and leg muscles. Moreover, they can be used to exercise legs while sitting at a desk, table, chair or couch watching TV, playing video games, or reading. Or they can be used to exercise arms while sitting at a table or a desk. Incidentally, these motorized pedals are not designed for regular or heavy workouts. 

Editor’s Choice

Motorized - Exerpeutic 7101 Active Cycle Mini Exercise Bike

Comparison of 2 Best Motorized Pedals

Motorized Pedal

Display

Motor

Controller

User Weight (lbs)

Rotation

+ve User Feedback

Rating (max 5)

Exerpeutic 7101

Exercise time, distance, speed, revolutions, total revolutions, and calories

Lowest speed is 26 rpm

Controls pedal speed remotely

250

Forward

76%

4.7

Sunny EZ Stride

Step count

3 speed settings

 On machine controller sets motor speed

220

Forward & backward

68%

4.4

Exerpeutic 7101 Active Cycle Mini Exercise Bike

Motorized mini exercise bike

The Exerpeutic 7101 has the following features.

Assembly

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

Construction

Next, the bike 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 Use

AAlso, to use the 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 bike is 16 inches long, 16 inches wide, and 13 inches high. Consequently, it needs a clearance of at least 14 inches for use under a desk. 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.

Exercise

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

Handles

Next, the built-in handle makes it easy to lift and move from one place to another.

Manual Operation

Most noteworthy, for higher resistance exercising, turn off the bike'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

Next, the 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 comes with a 1-year limited warranty.

Weight

Also, the bike weighs 12.5 pounds, making it convenient to move around.

Weight Limit

Finally, the weight limit of the Exerpeutic 7101 is 250 pounds.

Pros

  • Controller
    First, the Exerpeutic active cycle's speed is adjustable by cable connected hand held controller.
  • Handle
    Also, the handle helps move the exerciser.
  • Warranty
    Next, it comes with a 1-year limited warranty.
  • Ratings
    Finally,  it is among the highest rated in this group of motor driven pedals.

Cons

  • Rotation
    However, the Exerpeutic 7101 rotates only in forward direction. For backward motion physically turn the machine around.

Sunny EZ Stride Motorized Under Desk Elliptical Peddler - SF-E3626

Motorized Pedal Exerciser

The Sunny EZ stride motorized elliptical peddler has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, no assembly is required. The Sunny peddler 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 values: low, middle, and high. While, in manual mode the controller lets you set 3 levels of resistance: low, medium, high. Finally, the Sunny peddler is automatically shut off when machine has been idle over 30 minutes.

Desk Use

Also, to use the peddler 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 Sunny peddler is 20 inches long, 15 inches wide, and 10.5 inches high. Consequently, the peddler needs a clearance of 12 inches for use under a desk. And, because the Sunny peddler takes up more area, the peddler provides more stability.

Display

Especially relevant, the digital LED displays step counts.

Exercise

Most of all, the Sunny peddler exercises only the legs. In addition, the low impact workout is easy on the joints.

Handles

Next, the peddler 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 peddler's motor.

Motor

The motor operates on a standard 120 volt power supply.

Pedals

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

Pedal Movement

Meanwhile, the peddler's motor driven 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 peddler comes with a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Weight

Also, it weighs 16.5 pounds.

Weight Limit

Finally, the weight limit of the peddler is 220 pounds.

Pros

  • Speed
    First and foremost, the Sunny peddler has 3 speed values in auto mode.
  • Resistance
    Next, it has 3 resistance settings in manual mode.
  • Pedal rotation
    Finally, its pedals move forward and backwards.

Cons

  • Exercise
    However, the Sunny peddler exercises only the legs.
  • Display
    Also, it only displays step counts.
  • Controller
    Lastly, it has no remote controller.

Video Showing Pedals In Use

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How Do You Evaluate These Machines?

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

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.

Controller

Most noteworthy, a cabled or remote controller allows you to adjust speed of a motorized pedal exerciser. Consequently, you don't need to bend down to the exerciser to adjust the speed or start and stop the motor.

Dimensions or Footprint

Most of all, the dimensions or 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.

Display

Displays help you keep track of your workouts. Example of workout measurements include revolutions, time, 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 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.

  1. 1
    First, put the chair and the pedal exerciser on a rubber matting
  2. 2
    Next, tether the pedal exerciser to the chair using a rope or solid rubber strap with hooks on either end 

Foldability

Next, foldability refers to the ability of the pedal exerciser to be folded so that it's footprint is reduced. Consequently, the pedal exercisers are easier to move and store.

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.

Motor

Especially relevant, if present, 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.

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.

Sliding

Next, it's important that the pedal exerciser does not move on the floor as you use the exerciser. In fact, pedal exercisers are used on carpets, mats, solid and smooth floors. Some of the ways, sliding is minimized include feet design, pedal exerciser weight, and straps holding the pedal exerciser to the chair.

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 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 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

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

Weight Capacity

Finally, the weight capacity refers to the maximum weight of the person for which the pedal exerciser is designed.

Conclusion

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

  • 1
    First of all, allows you to use the exerciser under or near a desk or a table or on a table, or next to a couch
  • 2
    Next, is reasonably solid
  • 3
    Also, is quiet
  • 4
    In addition, offers adjustable tension
  • 5
    Furthermore, displays exercise time, count of revolutions, revolutions per minute, and calories

What Should I Be Looking At In These Machines?

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

  • 1
    First and foremost, how much physical space is there for the pedal exerciser?
  • 2
    Next, does the pedal exerciser need to keep track of workouts?
  • 3
    Also, is the pedal exerciser going to be used for exercising your legs and arms?
  • 4
    Lastly, 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 that's best for you.

What Are These Machines Used For?

Peddle exercisers are used to get some exercise to stay healthy. Moreover, they are used to tone leg and arm muscles and get some cardiovascular workout. And, they are mostly used while sitting.

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
    First and foremost, American's spend 1.11 hours on eating and drinking
  • 2
    2Next, they spend 4.14 hours working
  • 3
    Also, they spend 0.52 hours on socializing,
  • 4
    Meanwhile, they spend 2.5 hours watching TV
  • 5
    Finally, they spend 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
    First, metabolic syndrome
  • 2
    Next, poor blood circulation
  • 3
    Also, obesity
  • 4
    Moreover, posture
  • 5
    In addition, develop diseases
  • 6
    For example, cancer
  • 7
    And, mental health issues
  • 8
    In addition, longevity
  • 9
    Finally, 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
    First, the biceps located in front of the upper arms
  • 2
    Next, the triceps located in the back of upper arms, and
  • 3
    Finally, the 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 pedal exercisers help. In fact, pedal exercisers are used to exercise legs while working at a desk. Furthermore, pedal exercisers are used when sitting in a chair to exercise legs and arms.

How Do These Machines Help?

By providing some cardio workout, these machines help mitigate some of the negative effects of prolonged sitting.

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 Exercising Pedals Really Help?

Studies show that physical inactivity and sedentary work environments increases insulin resistance. Moreover, this increase leads to higher risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. However, a recent study showed that exercising, while sitting, improves the body's insulin response and thereby reduce these risks.

In fact, 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 Do These Machines Exercise?

First and foremost, these machines exercise leg muscles. Also, some exercise arm muscles.

Exercising Leg Muscles

Leg muscles are exercised by pedal exercisers. In fact, 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

Meanwhile, some pedal exercisers are used for exercising arms. In fact, the pedal exerciser is placed on a table while you are sitting in a chair. Furthermore, in this mode, the pedal exerciser is used to strengthen and tone arms. Especially relevant, the muscles exercised include the biceps, triceps, shoulders and forearms.

What Are The Benefits?

Most of all, pedal exercisers provide the following benefits:

  • 1
    First of all, they help prevent varicose veins
  • 2
    Next, they exercise 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, they help reduce numbness in feet and ankles
  • 4
    In addition, they help prevent 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
    Next they help reduce 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
    Also, they help you burn calories and lose weight
  • 7
    Finally, they give you some aerobic exercise

Only some pedal exercisers help strengthen and tone arms. In fact, these pedal exercisers exercises biceps, triceps, shoulders and forearms.

How Are These Machines Used?

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, pedal exercisers have a circular motion of the lower legs and hence more circular movement of the knees. In addition, 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.

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