Best Under Desk Elliptical To Be Healthy 2019

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.

Quick Answer: Best Under Desk Elliptical Machines For 2019

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7 Best Under Desk Elliptical Machine Reviews

Editor’s Choice

Stamina In-Motion Elliptical Trainer

Comparison of 7 Best Under Desk Elliptical Machines

Desk Elliptical

Display

Resistance

Warranty

Unique 

Features

+ve User Feedback

 Rating 

(max 5)

Stamina Trainer

Exercise time, calories, total strides, and strides per minute

Knob resistance

 

1-year on frame and 90 days on parts

 

73%

4.3

Cubii Jr 

Exercise time, strides, revolutions per minute, distance, and calories

8 levels of magnetic resistance

Standard

Coasters for swivel chairs

88%

4.7

Cubii Pro

Time, strides, revolutions per minute, distance, and calories on Fitbit or Health Kit

8 levels of magnetic resistance

1-year standard

Coasters for swivel chairs, bluetooth enabled

86%

4.9

ANCHEER

Exercise time, strides, speed, distance, and calories

Provided by motor speed

1-year standard

3 speed motor with remote control

74%

4.6

FitDesk White

Distance, total distance, exercise time, speed, and calories

8 levels of magnetic resistance changed by a foot shifter

6 month warranty

Remote display

73%

4.5

FitDesk

Distance, total distance, exercise time, speed, and calories

8 levels of magnetic resistance changed by a foot shifter

1 year warranty

Remote display, wheel locks for use with rolling chairs

66%

4.4

Stamina Strider

Distance, workout time, strides, and calories

Adjustable

Standard

 

71%

4.1

Stamina In-Motion Elliptical Trainer

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.

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, the elliptical machine is 24.5 inches long, 17 inches wide, and 11.38 inches high. Consequently, it needs a clearance of 12 to 13 inches for use under a desk.

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

  • Warranty
    First and foremost, it comes with a one-year warranty on the frame and 90-day warranty on parts.
  • Popularity
    And, it is one of the most popular desk elliptical mmachines.

Cons

  • Resistance
    Knob controls resistance.

Cubii Jr Desk Elliptical with Built in Display Monitor

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.

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

Next, it is 23 inches long, 17.5 inches wide, and 10 inches high. Consequently, it needs a clearance of 11 to 12 inches for use under a desk.

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
  2. 2
    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

  • Stable
    First, coasters for use with swival chairs prevent sliding.
  • Resistance
    Next,, 8 levels of magnetic resistance  results in a quiet workout.

Cons

Cubii Pro Under Desk Elliptical, Bluetooth Enabled, Sync with Fitbit and HealthKit

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.

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

Next it is 23 inches long, 17.6 inches wide, and 9 inches high. Consequently, it needs a clearance of 10 to 11 inches for use under a desk.

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

  • Bluetooth
    First, it is bluetooth enabled.
  • Fitbit and Apple Health Kit
    Also, workout data available on Fitbit and Health Kit.
  • Stable
    Finally, to prevent sliding, it comes with coasters for swivel chairs.

Cons

ANCHEER Desk Elliptical, Electric Elliptical Machine Trainer

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.

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

Next, it is 18 inches long, 14 inches wide, and 10 inches high. Consequently, it needs a clearance of 11 to 12 inches to use under a desk.

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

  • Dual powered
    First and foremost, it works manually or with electric motor for those needing assistance.
  • Controller
    And, the machine is easy to manage with  a remote control.
  • Sound
    Finally, it is whisper quiet.

Cons

FitDesk Under Desk Elliptical White

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.

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 30 inches long, 20 inches wide, and 10 inches high. However, the pedals reach a high of only 8 inches above the floor. Consequently, it needs a clearance of 9 to 10 inches for use under a desk. In fact, depending on your height, it may be usable with desks as low as 25 inches.

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

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

Cons

  • Warranty
    However, it only has a six-month warranty

FitDesk Under Desk Elliptical

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.

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

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. Consequently, it needs a clearance of 9 to 10 inches for use under a desk. In fact, depending on your height, it may be usable with desks as low as 25 inches.

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

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

Cons

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.

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, 18 inches wide, and 12 inches high. However, the pedals reach a high of only 10 inches above the floor. Consequently, it needs a clearance of 11 to 12 inches for use under a desk.

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

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

Cons

2 Best Mini Elliptical Stepper Reviews

Editor’s Choice

jfit Under Desk & Stand Up Elliptical/Stepper

Comparison of 2 Best Mini Elliptical Steppers

Elliptical Stepper

jfit

Bionic Body

Display

Distance, exercise time, speed, and calories

Exercise time, strides per minute, total strides, and calories

Warranty

1-year on frame, 90 days parts

2-year limited warranty on frame

Unique Features

Handle can be tied to chair to prevent sliding

Needs mat to prevent scratching floor

+ve User Feedback

70%

75%

Rating (max 5)

4.4

4.3

jfit Under Desk & Stand Up 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.

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

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. Consequently, it needs a clearance of 13 to 14 inches for use under a desk.

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

  • Handle
    First, it has a handle that can be tied to a rolling chair. This keeps it from sliding and also helps to move it.
  • Warranty
    Also, it has 1-year warranty of frame and 90-day warranty on parts.

Cons

Bionic Body Under Desk Elliptical Machine 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.

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

  • Warranty
    Notably, it has a limited 2-year warranty on the frame.

Cons

  • Stable
    However, it needs a mat to prevent sliding.

2 Best Desk Elliptical Peddler Reviews

Editor’s Choice

IDEER LIFE Exercise Bike

Comparison of 2 Best Desk Elliptical Peddlers

Elliptical Peddler

IDEER LIFE

Stamina Trainer

Weight (lbs)

243

 

Display

Exercise time, strides, total strides, distance, and calories

Exercise time, strides per minute, total number of strides, and calories

Unique Features

Wheels to roll unit

 

+ve User Feedback

86%

100%

Rating (max 5)

4.7

4.6

IDEER LIFE Exercise Bike

mini elliptical

Most noteworthy, the IDEER LIFE exercise bike which can work as a mini elliptical trainer, a stepper, and a peddler has features described below.

Assembly

First, the delivered exercise bike can be assembled in three to five minutes with the included installation tools.

Construction

Most noteworthy, it has a heavy-duty steel frame.

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, 20 inches wide, and 11 inches high to the top of the handle. Consequently, it needs a clearance of 12 to 13 inches for use under a desk.

Display

Especially relevant, the built in LCD monitor displays exercise time, strides, total strides, distance, and calories. Meanwhile, the scan function sequentially displays workout data continuously. In addition, the display can be seen from a sitting or a standing position.

Exercise

Most of all, it provides a low impact workout. In fact, it exercises legs, thighs, and calves.

Handles and Wheels

Next, it has a built-in handle that makes it easy to lift and move. In addition, it has two wheels. Consequently, simply tilt and roll the machine to your next location. Most of all, there is no need to lift the machine and strain your muscles.

Noise

Because it uses large rollerblade wheels, the workout is both smoother and quieter. Consequently, the exercise bike can be used in the office or watching TV at home without disturbing anyone.

Pedals

In addition, the non-slip textured pedals are 14 inches long and 5 inches wide. And, these pedals secure your feet while working out as hard and as fast as you want.

Pedal Movement

Next, to target different muscles, the pedals rotate in both the forward and backwards direction. Moreover, the low profile and wide base prevents it from rocking back and forth as you pedal.

Sliding

Because of its weight, it does not slide on carpets, mats, hardwood floor, or other smooth floors.

Tension

Next, it is designed with multiple resistance levels. As a result, you can adjust and control the intensity of your workout to match your needs. Whether you want an extended, light-resistance workout or an intense session, the adjustable resistance offers you full control. Moreover, it has a brake resistance system that ensures smooth and quiet pedal motion.

Use

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

Warranty

Especially relevant, it does not have a warranty, and there is no return policy.

Weight

Next, it weighs 29 pounds.

Weight Capacity

Finally, when used while standing, it is limited to anyone weighing less than 243 pounds.

Pros

  • Use
    First, it can be used while sitting or standing.
  • Transportation
    And, it has wheels to help when moving it.

Cons

Stamina InMotion E1000 Elliptical Trainer

elliptical peddler

Most noteworthy, the Stamina InMotion E1000 elliptical trainer has features described below.

Assembly

First, the delivered Stamina InMotion E1000 trainer requires some easy to do assembly.

Construction

Most noteworthy, it has a sturdy steel frame.

Dimensions

In addition, it is 20 inches long and 12 inches wide.

Display

Especially relevant, the built in LCD monitor displays exercise time, strides per minute, total number of strides, and calories. Meanwhile, the scan function sequentially displays workout data continuously. In addition, the display can be seen from a sitting or a standing position.

Handles

Next, it has no handles.

Pedals

In addition, it has two non-slip textured pedals.

Pedal Movement

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

Tension

Next, it has a knob for adjusting resistance to tailor workout intensity.

Use

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

Weight

Next, it weighs 24 pounds.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How Do You Evaluate These Sitting Ellipticals?

In fact, 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

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 in 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 and the floor.

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
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    Also, is quiet
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    Furthermore, offers adjustable tension
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    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 These Machines?

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

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    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?
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    Also, is the sitting elliptical going to be used for exercising your legs and/or arms?
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    Furthermore, how much are you going to use the sitting elliptical every day?
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    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.

What Are These 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
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    In addition, posture
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    Furthermore, develop diseases
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    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 These 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 These 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 These Machines?

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 These Machines?

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 Your Use These Machines?

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 They 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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