Best Pedal Exercisers while Sitting at Home or Office

People spend an extraordinary amount of time sitting each day. Regrettably, too much sitting is not healthy. However, if you must sit, pedal exercisers, under desk pedals, under desk bike pedals or cycle 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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Mini Exercise Bike (Legs)

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.

While the mini exercise bike below is one of the best in this category, there are other mini exercise bikes that are worth looking into.

DeskCycle 2 Under Desk Cycle, Pedal Exerciser, Stationary Mini 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

Dimensions

In addition, these under desk bike pedals are 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. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use. 

Display

Especially relevant, the under desk cycle's 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, these under desk bike pedals only exercise your legs.

Pedals

In addition, the under desk cycle's 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 under desk cycle's 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 under desk cycle's 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, these under desk bike pedals come with a full 1-year warranty on parts, labor, and shipping.

Weight

Finally, these under desk bike pedals weigh 23 pounds.

PROS

First and foremost, the under desk cycle's display can be relocated to the desk top so you can easily monitor your workout metrics.

Second, with a maximum pedal height of 9 or 10 inches, you can use it under your desk or table.

Finally, the magnetic resistance means very little noise as you pedal which is great for the office environment.

Mini Exercise Bike (Legs & Arms)

Use

Most of all, these under desk bike 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.

While the mini exercise bike below is one of the best in this category, there are other mini exercise bikes that are worth looking into.

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

under desk cycle

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

Assembly

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

Dimensions

In addition, the under desk bike pedals are 22 inches long, 18 inches wide and 14 inches high. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use. 

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 under desk bike pedals exercise your legs and arms.

Handles

Next, these under desk bike pedals have 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, these under desk bike pedals have 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 under disk bike 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 under desk cycle 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 under desk bike pedals come with a 1 year warranty for the frame and a 90 day warranty for all other parts.

Weight

Next, the under desk bike pedals weigh only 21 pounds.

Weight Limit

Finally, the under desk cycle is limited to anyone weighing less than 220 pounds.

PROS

First, handle makes it easy to move under desk cycle.

Second, magnetic resistance results in a quiet workout.

Finally, you can exercise both your arms and legs.

CONS

However, under desk cycle's pedals only move in forward direction. So, to go in reverse, manually turn the under desk cycle around.

Also, pedals can be as high as 14 inches above the floor. Consequently, it might be challenging to use it under a desk or table.

Folding Pedal

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.

While the folding pedal below is one of the best in this category, there are other folding pedal exercisers that are worth looking into.

Platinum Fitness Fit Sit - Deluxe Folding Pedal Exerciser - Leg Machine

under desk cycle, bike pedals

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.

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. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use. 

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, these under desk bike pedals have 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, these under desk bike pedals have 4 inch wide pedals with non-adjustable straps that hold the feet to the pedals.

Pedal Movement

Next, these under desk bike 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 under desk bike pedal's tension knob allows you to adjust resistance.

Warranty

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

Weight

Finally, these under desk bike pedals weigh only 5 pounds.

PROS

First, Fit Sit can be quickly folded.

Second, anchor straps tied to chair prevent it from sliding away from chair during a workout.

Third, cool rev technology prevents dangerous overheating.

Finally, with a maximum pedal height of 12 inches above the floor, you might be able to use it when located under a desk or table.

CONS

Regrettably, foot straps cannot be adjusted.

Elderly Pedal

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.

While the elderly pedal below is one of the best in this category, there are other elderly pedal exercisers that are worth looking into.

Cozylifeunion Pedal Exerciser - Portable Desk Cycle - Hand, Arm & Leg Exercise Peddling Machine - Low Impact, Adjustable Fitness Rehab Equipment for Seniors, Elderly - Folding Mini Stationary Bike

under desk cycle, bike pedals

The Cozylifeunion pedal machine for elderly and seniors has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, the delivered peddling machine comes almost fully assembled. In fact, screwing on the tension knob is the only assembly required.

Construction

Most noteworthy, it has a strong iron frame. In addition, the frame is powder coated. As a result, the surface will be more resistant against scratches, chipping, wear, and fading compared to other type of finishes.

Dimensions

In addition, this pedal machine for elderly is 19.6 inches long, 14.5 inches wide and 12.6 inches high with the pedal parallel to the surface. Consequently, the highest height the pedals reach will be greater than 12.6 inches. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use.

Display

Especially relevant, the electronic display shows revolutions, exercise time, revolutions per minute, and calories burned with the touch of a button. Meanwhile, the scan button sequentially displays the workout data continuously.

Exercise

Most of all, this pedal exerciser for seniors exercises both arms and legs.

Foldability

Next, this pedal machine for elderly is easily folded for storage. As a result, it doesn't take up floor space when not in use. Moreover, the folded size is 14.8 inches long, 14.5 inches wide, and 8 inches high.

Pedals

In addition, the peddling  machine has 4 inch wide pedals with adjustable straps to help keep your feet in place as you peddle. Also, the pedal's cranks are covered with insulation to protect legs when the rods get hot from the friction resistance.

Skidding

Furthermore, it has four oversized anti-slip rubber pads to prevent the bike from sliding while pedaling. Also, the pads make it more stable to pedal while also protecting mounting surfaces. In addition, the machine 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 peddling machine comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Finally, it weighs only 6.6 pounds.

PROS

First, anchor straps tied to chair prevent it from sliding away during a workout.

Second, it as anti-slip rubber pads to prevent sliding.

Third, it can be folded.

Fourth, with a peak pedal height of 12.6 inches above the floor, it could be used under a desk or table.

Finally, the insulated pedal crank-arm prevents contact with hot surface from friction resistance.

Medical Pedal

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.

While the medical pedal below is one of the best in this category, there are other medical pedal exercisers, that are worth looking into.

Who would Benefit from these Pedals?

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.

Next, people with polio, paraplegics, lymphedema in the legs, etc.

Also, people needing rehab.

In addition, mature or elderly people.

Also, people living with mobility or injury issues.

And, people who had a stroke, or have fibromyalgia, cerebral palsy, and multiple sclerosis.

Vaunn Medical Folding Pedal Exerciser

under desk bike pedals

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

Assembly

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

Dimensions

In addition, the folding peddler is 20 inches long and 15.75 inches wide, Moreover, the pedals reach as high as 12.5 inches above the floor. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use.

Display

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

Exercise

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

Foldability

Next, the peddler folds instantly. Moreover, the folded size is 15.2 inches long, 11.4 inches wide, and 7.6 inches high. As a result, the compact and lightweight folded exerciser is easy to store and transport.

Pedals

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

Pedal Movement

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

Sliding

Furthermore, the peddler has non-skid ribbed rubber feet that provide traction and stability on any floor, table, or surface. As a result, the peddler is prevented from sliding during therapy.

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to adjust resistance of the workout. However, the tension or resistance is low because the peddler is meant to provide exercise for medical reasons and not so much to get even a moderate workout.

Use

Most noteworthy, the medical peddler is designed to provide gentle low impact exercise during physiotherapy.

Warranty

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

Weight

Finally, the peddler, weighing only 5.2 pounds, is very light.

PROS

First, peddler folds instantly.

Second, the non-skid ribbed rubber feet prevents sliding during a workout.

Finally, with the maximum pedal height of 12.5 inches above the floor, the pedal exercisers could be used under a desk or table.

Motorized Pedal

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.

While the exerciser below is one of the best in this category, there are other motorized pedal exercisers that also perform well.

Exerpeutic 7101 - Exerpeutic Motorized Leg and Arm Pedal Exerciser - Mini Exercise Bike - Model 7101

under desk bike pedals

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.

Dimensions

In addition, the bike is 16 inches long, 16 inches wide, and 13 inches high. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use.

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

First, Exerpeutic active cycle's speed is adjustable by cable connected hand held controller.

Second, the handle helps you move the machine.

Finally, it runs quietly.

CONS

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

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