Best Under Desk Elliptical to be Healthy - Sitting Workout, Desk Exercise at Home, Office in 2020

    People spend an extraordinary amount of time sitting each day. Regrettably, too much sitting is not healthy. However, if you must sit, under desk elliptical and mini elliptical exercise gear may help lessen some of the bad effects of sitting. Most noteworthy, these machines are specially built for use while sitting to exercise legs and they are somewhat easier to use than pedaling machines. Moreover, some mini ellipticals can also be used while standing.

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    Under Desk Elliptical Machines Reviewed

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    7 Best Under Desk Elliptical Machine Reviews

    Editor’s Choice

    Elliptical Machines: Cubii Pro

    Comparison of 7 Best Under Desk Elliptical Machines

    A table comparing under desk elliptical machines, reviewed below, is available to help you make a decision.

    1. Stamina E1000

    Stamina In-Motion E1000 Compact Strider

    trainer

    Above all, the Stamina in-motion elliptical trainer has the following features.

    Assembly

    First, the delivered machine is almost completely assembled. In fact, the only additional assembly is to attach the footrests and the base.

    Construction

    Next, it has a sturdy steel frame.

    Dimensions

    In addition, the elliptical machine is 24.5 inches long, 17 inches wide, and 11.38 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

    Meanwhile, the LCD displays exercise time, total strides, number of strides per minute, and calories. Also, the scan button sequentially displays all the workout data continuously.

    Exercise

    Most of all, it is used to exercises the legs.

    Noise

    Because it is quiet and not intrusive, it is suited for use in the office.

    Pedals

    In addition, the pedals have a textured surface that secures your feet so that you can pedal as hard and fast as you want.

    Pedal Movement

    Next, the pedals rotate in both forward and backwards direction. Incidentally, the pedals move smoothly and quietly.

    Sliding

    Furthermore, it can be used on carpets, mats, and smooth surfaces.

    Tension

    Next, the tension knob allows you to adjust the resistance and thereby the intensity of your workout.

    Use

    Because the elliptical machine provides a low-attention exercise that promotes leg movement and improves circulation, it’s great for gamers. Moreover, it can be used either sitting or standing.

    Warranty

    Especially relevant, it comes with one-year warranty on the frame and a 90-day warranty on parts.

    Weight

    Next, it weighs 24 pounds. Also, because it is compact and lightweight, it is easy to take it to the office or move it around the house.

    Weight Limit

    Finally, it is limited to anyone weighing less than 250 pounds.

    PROS

    1. 1
      First and foremost, there is a one-year warranty on the frame and 90-day warranty on parts.
    2. 2
      Also, a knob helps control resistance.

    2. Cubii Jr.

    Cubii Jr. - Seated Under-Desk Elliptical

    desk elliptical

    The Cubii Jr desk elliptical has the following features.

    Assembly

    First, the delivered desk elliptical is almost completely assembled. In fact, only four screws are used to complete the assembly.

    Construction

    Next, it is built to last.

    Dimensions

    Next, it is 23 inches long, 17.5 inches wide, and 10 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

    Meanwhile, the built-in monitor displays exercise time, strides, revolutions per minute, distance in miles, and calories.

    Exercise

    Most of all, it exercises the legs. In fact, it exercises:

    1. 1
      First, the abs and core muscles
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      Next, the hip flexors, which includes the psoas and illiacus muscles
    3. 3
      Also, the hip abductors, which includes the gluteus medius, gluteus minimus, and tensor fasciae latae
    4. 4
      Furthermore, the quads, hamstrings, and calf muscles
    5. 5
      Finally, the ankle and foot muscles

    Moreover, it also helps your posture.

    Handles

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

    Noise

    Also, it is whisper quiet (like the sound of a small fan) with a smooth gliding motion. Consequently, it is suited for use in the office.

    Pedal Movement

    Next, the pedals rotate in both the forward and backwards direction. Furthermore, it uses a magnetic drive system which mimics the motion of a full sized elliptical. Also it is very stable when in use.

    Sliding

    However, it does slide on smooth surfaces. While, the mat that you can buy with the Cubii Jr may not solve the sliding problem, a yoga mat does.

    Tension

    Next, the tension knob allows you to set 8 levels of magnetic resistance and thereby adjust the intensity of your workout.

    Use

    Actually, the desk elliptical gives you a low impact exercise that doesn’t stress your joints. Incidentally, the elliptical machine can only be used in a sitting position. Also, it can be used under a desk or table. Moreover, it can be used while sitting in a chair or couch. Lastly, it comes with coasters so that it can be used with swivel chairs. In fact, the wheels go in the coasters to keep the chair steady.

    Warranty

    Especially relevant, it comes with a standard warranty. However, you can choose to additionally get either a 2-year or a 5-year protection plan. Also, you get a lifetime warranty if you purchase it from Fitness Cubed on Amazon or directly from their website.

    Weight

    Next, it weighs about 27 pounds.

    Weight Limit

    Finally, there is no limitations on the weight of the user.

    PROS

    1. 1
      First, it comes with coasters for use with swivel chairs to prevent sliding.
    2. 2
      Also, there are 8 levels of magnetic resistance. Meanwhile, the magnetic resistance gives a quiet workout.

    3. Cubii Pro

    Cubii Pro - Seated Under-Desk Elliptical

    desk elliptical

    The Cubii Pro under desk elliptical has the following features.

    Assembly

    First, the delivered desk elliptical is almost completely assembled. In fact, only four screws are used to complete the assembly.

    Construction

    Next, it is built to last.

    Dimensions

    Next it is 23 inches long, 17.6 inches wide, and 9 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

    Also, because the elliptical machine is bluetooth enabled, all the workout data (time in minutes, strides, revolutions per minute, distance in miles, and calories) can be synchronized with Android cellphones, Fitbit smart bands, and Apple’s Health Kit.

    Exercise

    Most of all, it exercises the legs. In fact, it exercises:

    1. 1
      First, the abs and core muscles
    2. 2
      Next, the hip flexors, which includes psoas and illiacus muscles
    3. 3
      Also, the hip abductors, which includes gluteus medius, gluteus minimus, and tensor fasciae latae
    4. 4
      Furthermore, the quads, hamstrings, and calf muscles
    5. 5
      Finally, your ankle and foot muscles

    Moreover, it also helps your posture.

    Handles

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

    Noise

    Also it is whisper quiet (like the sound of a small fan) with a smooth gliding motion. Consequently it is suited for office use.

    Pedal Movement

    Next, the pedals rotate in both the forward and backwards direction. Furthermore, it uses a magnetic drive system which mimics the motion of a full sized elliptical. Also it is very stable when in use.

    Sliding

    However, it does slide on smooth surfaces. While, the mat that you can buy with the Cubii Pro may not solve the sliding problem, a yoga mat does.

    Tension

    Next, the tension knob allows you to set 8 levels of magnetic resistance and thereby adjust the intensity of your workout.

    Use

    Actually, the desk elliptical gives you a low impact exercise that doesn’t stress your joints. Incidentally, the elliptical machine can only be used in a sitting position. Also, it can be used under a desk or table. Moreover, it can be used while sitting in a chair or couch. Lastly, it comes with coasters so that it can be used with swivel chairs. In fact, the wheels go in the coasters to keep the chair steady.

    Warranty

    Especially relevant, it comes with standard one-year warranty.

    Weight

    Next, it weighs about 27 pounds.

    Weight Limit

    Finally, there is no limitations on user weight.

    PROS

    1. 1
      First, Cubii Pro is bluetooth enabled.
    2. 2
      Also, workout data available on Fitbit and Health Kit.
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      Finally, coasters for swivel chairs prevent chair from sliding.

    4. ANCHEER

    ANCHEER Desk Electric Elliptical Machine Trainer - Under Desk Bike Pedal Exerciser, Mini Cycle Exercise Bike

    electric machine

    Especially relevant, the electrically powered ANCHEER desk elliptical has the following features.

    Assembly

    First, the delivered elliptical machine trainer is ready to use upon delivery.

    Construction

    Next, it is sturdy.

    Dimensions

    Next, it is 18 inches long, 14 inches wide, and 10 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

    Also, the built-in LED monitor displays exercise time, strides, speed, distance, and calories. Meanwhile, the scan function sequentially displays the workout data continuously. Finally, the remote control makes it easy to manage the electric elliptical machine.

    Exercise

    Most of all, it improves body flexibility, muscle strength, strengthens and tones both arms and legs. Also, it improves blood circulation, cardiovascular functions and coordination of arms and legs. Furthermore, it provides low impact leg workouts without putting stress on your joints.

    Handles

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

    Motor

    Also, the motor needs a 50 watt 110-volt power supply.

    Noise

    Next, it is whisper quiet (like the sound of a small fan) with a smooth gliding motion. Consequently, it can be used in the office.

    Pedals

    In addition, the large anti-slip, textured foot pedals are 14 inches by 6 inches. Moreover, these pedals can be used by both hands and feet. Especially relevant, the textured pedals are designed to give a massage.

    Pedal Movement

    Next, to target different muscles, the pedals rotate in both the forward and backwards direction. Also, pedals can be moved either manually or by the motor. Meanwhile, five pedal rotation speeds are available in manual operation. While three pedal rotation speeds are available when electrically powered. In addition, pedal movement is smooth and quiet. Furthermore, pedals move with the use of sturdy and flexible wheels that combined with a strong base, gives a smooth experience.

    Sliding

    Furthermore, it is stable on both hard floors as well as carpets.

    Tension

    Next, the speed controls workout intensity.

    Use

    Most of all, the electric elliptical machine provides both manual and powered workouts. However, it can only be used from a sitting position. In addition, it can be used under a desk or table. Also, it can be used while sitting in a chair or couch. Lastly, it is perfect for rehabilitation following surgery or injury.

    Warranty

    Especially relevant, it comes with a standard one-year warranty.

    Weight

    Next, it weighs about 15 pounds.

    Weight Limit

    Finally, there is no limitations on user weight.

    PROS

    1. 1
      First and foremost, Ancheer works manually or with electric motor for those needing assistance.
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      Second, remote control makes it easy to manage machine.
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      Finally, it is whisper quiet.

    5. FitDesk Bike

    FitDesk Under Desk Elliptical Bike Pedal Machine - Under the Desk Exercise Machine

    elliptical

    Most noteworthy, the white FitDesk under desk elliptical uses a fluid, natural forward and backward elliptical motion, like the motion found in larger elliptical machines.

    Assembly

    First the delivered elliptical machine trainer requires some assembly.

    Dimensions

    In addition, it is 30 inches long, 20 inches wide, and 10 inches high. However, the pedals reach a high of only 8 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 built-in LED monitor displays exercise time, distance, total distance, speed, and calories. Meanwhile, the scan function sequentially displays the workout data continuously.

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

    Pedals

    In addition, the wide foot pedals are 13.5 inches long and 5.6 inches wide.

    Pedal Movement

    Next, to target different muscles, the pedals rotate in both the forward and backwards direction. Especially relevant, the balanced high velocity flywheel keeps pedal motion smooth and whisper quiet.

    Sliding

    Furthermore, it does not slide on carpets or mats. However, while it does slide on hardwood floors, using a mat solves the problem.

    Tension

    Next, the tension, that can be conveniently changed by a foot shifter, allows you to set 8 levels of magnetic resistance and thereby adjust workout intensity.

    Use

    However, it can only be used while sitting.

    Warranty

    Especially relevant, it comes with six-month warranty.

    Weight

    Finally, it weighs 31 pounds.

    PROS

    1. 1
      First and foremost, foot shifter makes it easy to change resistance.
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      Also, display stand is relocatable to the desk top making it convenient to see workout details.

    CONS

    1. 1
      However, there is only a six-month warranty.

    6. FitDesk Trainer

    FitDesk Under Desk Elliptical Trainer

    elliptical

    Most noteworthy, the FitDesk under desk elliptical uses a fluid, natural forward and backward elliptical motion, like the motion found in larger elliptical machines.

    Assembly

    First, the delivered elliptical machine requires some assembly.

    Construction

    Next, it has a sturdy steel frame.

    Dimensions

    Next, it is 32 inches long, 20 inches wide, and 12 inches high. However, the pedals reach a high of only 8 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 built-in LED monitor displays exercise time, distance, total distance, speed, and calories. Meanwhile, the scan function sequentially displays the workout data continuously. Especially relevant, you can switch between displaying miles and kilometers.

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

    Handles

    Next, the built-in handle makes it easy to lift and move.

    Pedals

    In addition, the foot pedals are 13.5 inches long and 5.6 inches wide.

    Pedal Movement

    Next, to target different muscles, the pedals rotate in both the forward and backwards direction. Especially relevant, the heavy flywheel keeps pedal motion smooth and whisper quiet.

    Sliding

    Furthermore, it does not slide on carpets or mats. However, while it does slide on hardwood floors, using a mat solves the problem.

    Tension

    Next, the tension, that can be conveniently changed by a foot shifter, allows you to set 8 levels of magnetic resistance and thereby adjust workout intensity.

    Use

    However, it can only be used from a sitting position. Lastly, it comes with wheel locks so that it can be used with rolling chairs.

    Warranty

    Especially relevant, it comes with one-year warranty for manufacturer’s defects.

    Weight

    Finally, it weighs 31 pounds.

    PROS

    1. 1
      First and foremost, foot shifter makes it easy to change resistance.
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      Next, display stand is relocatable to the desk making it comfortable to see workout details.
    3. 3
      Also, wheel locks used with rolling chairs, prevent it from sliding away during a workout.
    4. 4
      Finally, there is a one-year warranty covering manufacturer's defects.

    CONS

    1. 1
      However, there is only a six-month warranty.

    7. Stamina Strider

    Stamina Inmotion Compact Strider

    compact strider

    Most noteworthy, the Stamina Inmotion compact strider has many beneficial features described below.

    Assembly

    First, the delivered strider requires some assembly. But it’s easy.

    Dimensions

    In addition, it is 24 inches long, 18 inches wide, and 12 inches high. However, the pedals reach a high of only 10 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 built-in LED fitness monitor displays distance in miles, workout time, stride count, and calories. Meanwhile, the scan function sequentially displays the workout data continuously.

    Exercise

    Most of all, the strider provides a low impact workout. In addition, the passive, low-attention exercise promotes leg movement and improves circulation. In the meantime, you are busy on your computer or watching TV or playing video games. Moreover, the low-impact elliptical motion saves your knees, hips, and other joints from the stress of normal cardio workouts. And the joint-friendly, low-impact elliptical motion not only helps you build endurance, but also tones and strengthens your lower body.

    Handles

    Next, it has a built-in handle that makes it easy to lift and move.

    Pedals

    In addition, the large non-slip pedals allow you to use the strider while you are sitting or standing.

    Pedal Movement

    Next, to target different muscles, the pedals rotate in both the forward and backwards direction.

    Sliding

    Furthermore, it does not slide on carpets or mats.

    Tension

    Next, the adjustable resistance lets you get a light-resistance or a high intensity workout by the turn of a knob.

    Warranty

    Especially relevant, it comes with a standard manufacturer’s warranty.

    Weight

    Next, it weighs 24 pounds.

    Weight Limit

    Finally, when used while standing, it is limited to anyone weighing less than 250 pounds.

    PROS

    1. 1
      Most of all, it can be used while sitting or standing.

    2 Best Mini Elliptical Stepper Reviews

    Editor’s Choice

    Elliptical Steppers: jfit

    Comparison of 2 Best Mini Elliptical Steppers

    A table comparing mini elliptical steppers, reviewed below, is available to help you make a decision.

    8. jfit

    jfit Under Desk & Stand Up Mini Elliptical/Stepper

    under desk elliptical

    Most noteworthy, features of the jfit under desk & stand up mini elliptical are described below.

    Assembly

    First, the delivered jfit mini elliptical requires some assembly. However, it is easy to assemble in less than 20 minutes.

    Dimensions

    Next, it is 27 inches long, 20 inches wide, and 11 inches high to the top of the handle. However, the pedals reach a high of 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 Series 1050 monitor records your time, speed, distance in kilometers and calories.

    Handles

    Next, it has two built-in handles. The top handle allows you to easily move it anywhere. While the front handle provides additional support. In fact, the front handle is used to hold a chair with wheels, so that the chair doesn’t roll away during a workout.

    Noise

    Also, the large rollerblade wheels provide a smoother, quieter workout.

    Pedals

    In addition, the foot pedals are 13.5 inches long and 5.5 inches wide.

    Pedal Movement

    Next, to target different muscles, the pedals rotate in both the forward and backwards direction. Also, the stride length is 10 to 15 inches.

    Sliding

    Furthermore, it does not slide on carpets or mats.

    Tension

    Next, the tension dial allows you adjust resistance which in turn sets workout intensity.

    Use

    Most of all, it can be used while sitting or standing.

    Warranty

    Especially relevant, it comes with a limited one-year warranty on the frame and 90 days on parts.

    Weight

    Next, it weighs 26.5 pounds.

    Weight Limit

    Finally, when used while standing, it is limited to anyone weighing less than 250 pounds.

    PROS

    1. 1
      First, handle can be tied to a rolling chair. This keeps it from sliding. Also, handle helps to move machine.
    2. 2
      In addition, it has 1-year warranty on frame and 90-day warranty on parts.

    9. Bionic Body

    Bionic Body Magnetic Tension Under-Desk Elliptical Machine - Mini Stepper Trainer NS-1009

    stepper

    Most noteworthy, the Bionic Body under desk elliptical machine works as a mini elliptical as well as a mini stepper (with more like an elliptical motion) with features described below.

    Assembly

    First, the delivered under desk elliptical machine requires some assembly upon delivery.

    Construction

    Most noteworthy, it has a sturdy steel frame.

    Dimensions

    Also, it is 25 inches long, 21 inches wide, and 12 inches high to the top of the handle. 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 computer screen displays strides per minute, total strides, exercise time, and calories. Meanwhile, the scan function sequentially displays workout data continuously.

    Exercise

    Most of all, it can be used to exercise your upper and lower body simultaneously. Also, it works as a stepper with the resistance tubes providing upper body, arm, and shoulder workouts.

    Handles

    Next, the built-in handle makes it easy to lift and move.

    Pedals

    In addition, the non-slip wide pedals are sturdy.

    Pedal Movement

    Next, to target different muscles, the pedals rotate in both the forward and backwards direction. Also, the stride length is 6 inches.

    Sliding

    Furthermore, it does not slide on carpets, mats, hardwood floor, or other smooth floors. However, it will likely scratch hardwood or other smooth floors. Consequently, it’s best to use a mat underneath.

    Tension

    Next, the adjustable resistance lever increases or decreases the resistance to tailor workout intensity.

    Use

    Most of all, the under desk elliptical machine can be used while sitting or standing.

    Warranty

    Especially relevant, it comes with a limited 2-year warranty on the frame.

    Weight

    Next, it weighs 37 pounds.

    Weight Limit

    Finally, when used while standing, it is limited to anyone weighing less than 250 pounds.

    PROS

    1. 1
      Notably, there is a limited 2-year warranty on the frame.

    CONS

    1. 1
      However, a mat is needed to prevent sliding.

    Buyer's Guide for Desk Elliptical Exercisers

    Use the factors described below to evaluate these sitting elliptical exercisers.

    Assembly

    While it would be preferable to get a sitting elliptical ready for use upon delivery, assembling the elliptical should be easy. In fact, the less assembly required, the better.

    Construction

    Next, a sitting elliptical 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 elliptical will last, and more stable it will be.

    Dimensions

    Also, the sitting elliptical should fit wherever it’s going to be used. For example, if it’s going to be used under a desk, then the elliptical shouldn’t take up all the space underneath the desk. Furthermore, it’s low enough for you to use it underneath the desk.

    Display

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

    Exercise

    Next, the sitting elliptical exercises the muscles you want to get exercised.

    Handles

    A handle makes it easier to move the sitting elliptical around with one hand. In the meantime, the heavier the sitting elliptical, the greater the need for a handle.

    Height for use Under a Desk

    If the sitting elliptical 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. So, to use the elliptical below a desk, 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. By the way , the typical knee space under a desk is 20 to 26 inches. However, some desks or tables could be higher.

    Noise

    Because the sitting elliptical is likely to be used in office environments or while watching TV or reading a book, it needs to run as quietly as possible. Most of all, elliptical machine using magnetic resistance run quieter. On the other hand, elliptical machine that uses friction for resistance tends to be noisy.

    Pedals

    Most of all, to drive the pedals with your feet, the pedals need to be non-slip and have a textured surface or else your feet will not grip the pedals.

    Pedal Movement

    Next, different muscles are exercised when the pedals move forwards and backwards.

    Sliding

    Furthermore, the sitting elliptical should not slide on carpets, mats, and hard floors as you use the machine.

    Tension

    Tension is sometimes referred to as resistance. And, nearly all sitting elliptical machines provide the capability to adjust tension so that you can change your workout intensity. However, not all sitting elliptical machines 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 sitting elliptical is used by others.

    Transportation

    Because the sitting elliptical may be used under a desk, in front of a couch, or some other place, being lightweight becomes an advantage in terms of moving it from one location to another. While lightweight is great for moving the machine, it may make the machine unstable.

    Use

    In addition, manufacturers design sitting elliptical for different uses. So, you want to look for sitting elliptical machines that meet your needs. For example, some are designed for strengthening legs while located under a desk in the office or at home. While others give an upper body workout by standing on the machine.

    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 sitting elliptical is better built to last a longer time.

    Weight

    While, a sitting elliptical that weighs less are easier to carry around, they may not offer enough stability in use. On the other hand, heavier sitting ellipticals offer more stability, but may be difficult to move frequently.

    Weight Capacity

    While sitting ellipticals are usable for anyone without regard to their weight, their use while standing may require users not exceed weight limits.

    Conclusion

    In conclusion, you are looking for essentially a sitting elliptical that:

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      First of all, will allow you to use the sitting elliptical under or near a desk or a table or on a table, or next to a couch
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      Nest, is reasonably solid
    3. 3
      Also, is quiet
    4. 4
      Furthermore, offers adjustable tension
    5. 5
      Also, displays exercise time, strides per minute, count of strides, and calories
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      Finally, has at least a 90-day warranty

    What should I be Looking at in Desk Elliptical Machines?

    First and foremost, itemize what you want from a sitting elliptical machine. For example, the list below gives you a start.

    1. 1
      First, how much physical space is there for the sitting elliptical?
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      Next, does the sitting elliptical need to keep track of workouts?
    3. 3
      Also, is the sitting elliptical going to be used for exercising your legs and/or arms?
    4. 4
      Furthermore, how much are you going to use the sitting elliptical every day?
    5. 5
      Finally, are you going to use it under a desk at the office or under a table at home?

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

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    What are Desk Elliptical Machines Used for?

    Most of all, sitting elliptical machines are used to get some exercise to stay healthy. Moreover, they are used to tone leg 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:

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      First, 1.11 hours on eating and drinking
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      Next, 4.14 hours working
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      Also, 0.52 hours on socializing
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      In addition, 2.5 hours watching TV
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      Finally, 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:

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      First, metabolic syndrome
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      Next, poor blood circulation
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      Also, obesity
    4. 4
      In addition, posture
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      Furthermore, develop diseases
    6. 6
      For example, cancer
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      Next, mental Health
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      Also, shortens longevity
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      Finally, earlier mortality

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

    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.

    How do Desk Elliptical Machines Help?

    In fact, sitting elliptical machines are used to exercise legs while working at a desk. Furthermore, they are used when sitting in a chair or couch to exercise legs.

    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 Sitting Elliptical Machines Help?

    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. 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. While this study used pedals, sitting elliptical machines are simply another way to get an equivalent exercise as the pedals. Consequently, the results of this study apply to sitting elliptical machines also.

    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, sitting elliptical machines are better than treadmill or standing desk because long periods of standing lowers productivity besides being tiring.

    What Muscles do Desk Elliptical Machines Exercise?

    Leg muscles are exercised by sitting elliptical machines. The sitting elliptical is set on the floor with you sitting in a chair behind it. Furthermore, in this mode, the elliptical is used to strengthen and tone legs. Especially relevant, the muscles exercised include the hips flexors, glutes, calves, hamstrings and quadriceps.

    What are the Benefits of Desk Elliptical Exercisers?

    Above all, the sitting elliptical helps you in the following ways.

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      First and foremost, provides a passive, low-attention workout
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      Next, burn calories and reduce cellulite
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      Also, build good body shape
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      Furthermore, boost your energy level and productivity
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      Next, relax your body and reduce your stress
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      Also, improve health of your whole body
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      Next, improve metabolism
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      Furthermore, improve blood circulation
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      In addition, iImproves cardiovascular functions
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      Next, improves coordination of arms and legs
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      Also, provide a low-impact workout that won’t jar your back, knees, hips, or ankles
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      In addition, exercises your abs and core muscles
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      Furthermore, exercise hip flexors, which includes the psoas and illiacus muscles
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      And, exercise hip abductors, which includes the gluteus medius, gluteus minimus, and tensor fasciae latae
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      Also, exercise quads, hamstrings, and calf muscles, and
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      In addition, exercise ankle and foot muscles
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      Moreover, help your posture
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      Next, exercises your upper body
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      Also, exercises your arms and shoulders
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      Furthermore, improves body flexibility
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      And, rehabilitation following surgery or injury
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      Next, builds endurance
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      Finally, save money on gym or fit club membership dues
    Calories

    A July 2014 study in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport reported on sitting elliptical use. Specifically, the study reported on the feasibility of using sitting elliptical machines during sedentary activities. Indeed, 32 physically inactive adults ranging in age from 25 to 65 were recruited.

    Overall Average Calories Expended

    In fact, participants expended a median of 179 calories per hour while using the sitting elliptical. Moreover, this was 89 calories per hour more than they expended while sedentary. Incidentally, the participants used the sitting elliptical at a rate of 76 strides per minute. Especially relevant, these participants would lose about 9 pounds if they used the sitting elliptical for one hour each day for one whole year.

    Calories Expended by Men

    Meanwhile, men expended a median of 216 calories per hour while using the desk elliptical. Moreover, this was 33 calories per hour more than they expended while sedentary. Incidentally, the men used the desk elliptical at a rate of 85 strides per minute. Especially relevant, these men would lose about 3.5 pounds if they used the desk elliptical for one hour each day for one whole year. Finally, among the men, there was most interest in using the desk elliptical for watching TV, reading, and doing computer work.

    Calories Expended by Women

    Next, women expended a median of 144 calories per hour while using the sitting elliptical. Moreover, this was 76 calories per hour more than they expended while sedentary. Incidentally, the women used the sitting elliptical at a rate of 75 strides per minute. Especially relevant, these women would lose about 8 pounds if they used the sitting elliptical for one hour each day for one whole year. Finally, among the women, there was even greater interest in using the sitting elliptical for watching TV, reading, and doing computer work.

    Are there Guidelines on How to Use Desk Elliptical Exercisers?

    First and foremost, to get the most out of the desk elliptical, use proper form. In fact, that is key to a safe and effective workout. Manufacturer guidelines recommend that users sit in a chair that has a slight backward slope, allowing the user to lean back slightly. Also, use a chair that’s not going to move around as you use the desk elliptical. To be sure, put a mat underneath your chair or use a heavier chair.

    The back of the desk elliptical (which is the side nearest your heels) should be placed roughly 8 to 10 inches from the front of the chair. As a result, your legs are slightly extended during the workout. Next, when a foot is in the "up" or “highest” position, its corresponding thigh should be roughly parallel to the floor, with the knee and lower leg forming an angle of approximately 110 degrees.

    Most of all, as you use the desk elliptical, hold onto the sides of the chair and brace your abdominals throughout the movement. As a result, your leg muscles get isolated which prevents compensatory movements that bring your upper body into the exercise.

    Use for Rehab or Injuries

    Desk elliptical machines are easier on your joints than under desk pedals. Consequently, they are best for anyone who had a hip or knee replacement surgery. The natural oval movement of the machine ensures that your hips, knees, and ankles stay properly aligned, preventing more wear and tear on your body. And, because many knee injuries are a result of weak quads, a daily low-impact activity, like working out on the desk elliptical will help to strengthen those muscles.

    Next, desk elliptical machines can increase blood flow to knee cartilage and strengthen the muscles around the knees. This helps keep your knee joints healthy. In addition, desk elliptical machines strengthen your quads, hamstrings, and ankles – all of which helps your knees. By having your feet always pressing into the pedals protects your joints from twisting. Furthermore, it also improves balance and keeps your body in alignment.

    How Long should You Use Desk Elliptical Exercisers?

    While there is much to gain from using desk elliptical machines, there are a few things to consider. First and foremost, the under desk elliptical should not become a distraction that causes your work performance to suffer. In fact, it’s best to use the desk elliptical only with a light workload and you have the time to get a little bit distracted. But, under a moderate to high workload intensity, it’s best to not use the desk elliptical.

    Next, using the desk elliptical at work for the first time, you are bound to get tired and that may interfere with your work performance. So, cut back and very slowly get used to using the desk elliptical at work. On the other hand, if you are home and watching TV, there is nothing better than using the desk elliptical to burn some calories and benefit from watching TV.

    How do Desk Elliptical Exercisers Compare with Other Desk Exercise Machines?

    First and foremost, desk elliptical machines produces a walking action. Consequently, the joints relax during the exercise. In addition, these elliptical machines don’t put too much stress on the legs.

    As a result, these elliptical machines have a lower impact than a sitting stepper. Specifically, the sitting stepper motion requires pushing down on pedals against hydraulic resistance. Consequently, there is greater stress on the knees but a better lower body muscle workout.

    Finally, under desk pedals have a greater circular motion of the lower legs and hence more movement of the knees than these elliptical machines.

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