How Many Steps Do the Elderly Need to Be Healthy?

How Many Steps Do the Elderly Need to Be Healthy?

Most seniors are aware that being active is good for them. While being aware is a good thing, many seniors practice it by walking whenever they can. Moreover, many of them even measure their steps using their cell phones or wearable activity trackers. In addition, some of the more competitive minded, even aim for 10,000 (about five miles) to 15,000 steps rationalizing that the more the better for their health. However, is that really true?

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Latest Studies on Steps

In fact, a study published in the May 2019 issue of JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) Internal Medicine provided answers. Especially relevant, this study, by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, looked at 17,000 elderly American women. Incidentally, these women were, on average, 72 years old.

Furthermore, for the purpose of the study, these women agreed to clip on wearable activity trackers during their waking hours. Indeed, these activity trackers counted steps and pace for seven days, while they went about their normal day-to-day activities.

Next, the researchers divided the women into four groups:

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    First, group 1 consisted of women who averaged 2,700 steps daily
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    Next, group 2 consisted of women who averaged 4,400 steps or about one to two miles daily
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    Next, group 3 consisted of women who averaged 5,900 steps daily
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    Finally, group 4 consisted of women who averaged 8,500 steps daily

Meanwhile, the study’s average follow-up period was a little over four years. Regrettably, in that period, 500 of the women died.

Findings

Most noteworthy, the study found after the follow-up period of about four years:

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    First, that women who averaged 4,400 steps daily reduced their risk of dying by 41 percent compared to women who averaged 2,700 steps daily
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    Next, that women who averaged 5,900 steps daily reduced their risk of dying by 46 percent compared to women who averaged 2,700 steps daily
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    Next, women who averaged 8,500 steps daily reduced their risk of dying by 58 percent compared to women who averaged 2,700 daily steps
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    Finally, the risk of dying appeared to level off at around 7,500 steps daily. Consequently, doing more steps daily had minimal effect on the risk of dying.

Most noteworthy, researchers found that the pace of walking didn’t make a measurable difference on the risk of dying. Consequently, the women got the same benefits by walking slowly as by walking fast.

Observational Study

Especially relevant, the study was observational. Indeed, the study provided results based on an observational association between the daily step count and risk of dying.

Furthermore, because the study was observational, the study could not provide causality. For example, women could have walked more because they were already healthier. In fact, the study did not determine how or why walking lowered the risk of dying. On the other hand, many other studies show that physical activity:

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    First lowers blood pressure
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    Next improves blood sugar processing
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    Also improves cholesterol levels
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    Next results in better thinking
  5. 5
    Also improves memory skills
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    Finally, improves quality of life

Takeaway

Most of all, you don’t have to go to the gym to reduce your risk of dying. In fact, you can lower the risk by simply walking 2,700 steps each day. While walking 4,400 steps daily reduces the risk most. Also, because the study showed that risk of dying reaches a plateau, you don’t need to walk 10,000 or 15,000 steps. In fact, just walking 7,500 steps reduces the risk of dying as much as possible.

However, some people are not walkers. For example, they don’t have safe neighborhoods, or they feel unsteady on sidewalks. Consequently, these people need to be creative in getting that physical activity. Perhaps, these people need to go to a gym class or, the pool or, use pedals in their home.

Final Observations

First and foremost, the results of the study apply to only elderly women over 65 years of age. While these results may apply to elderly men over 65, more studies are needed. Similarly, the results of this study may not apply to the younger age groups of men and women. Finally, whether the results apply to these other groups or not, walking is one of countless ways for all to be active and stay healthy.

Other Studies on Steps

Meanwhile other studies show similar results. For example, a Canadian study of diabetics showed that improving step count from 5,000 to 6,200 steps daily improved sugar control.

Finally, another study found women in a 24 week walking program reduced their blood pressure by 11 points with 9,000 steps daily.

What are the Best Therapeutic Pillows for Back Pain

What are the 9 Best Therapeutic Pillows for Back Pain

A good sleeping posture not only helps you sleep well but also ensures that you wake up without pain or stiffness. In fact, a good sleep posture means that your knees, hips, spine, chest, shoulders, head and neck are all aligned. In addition to the mattress, therapeutic pillows like the cervical pillow, the lumbar pillow, and the knee pillow help you get that right sleeping posture. For instance, a cervical pillow helps align your head with the spine. Next, a lumbar pillow helps align the lower back. Finally, the knee pillow helps align the legs and hips with the spinal column.

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List of 9 Best Therapeutic Pillows to Avert Back Pain and Other Content

Editor’s Choice

Cervical Pillow for All Sleep Positions

Nature's Guest Support Pillow

Lumbar Pillow for All Sleep Positions

TruContour Lumbar Pillow

Knee Pillow for Side Sleepers

ComfiLife Knee Pillow


Comparison of 3 Best Cervical Pillows

Cervical Pillow

Nature's Guest Support Pillow

SLEEPHI Cervical Pillow

Fine Pillow

Filler

Hypo-allergenic microfiber

Hypo-allergenic microfiber

Micro-denier poly-fiber and adjoined cluster poly-fiber rolled into micro ball

Thickness

5

2

6.5

Firmness

Adjustable

 

 

Cool

Air flow

 

Breathable

Unique Features

Dip in the middle for back and stomach sleepers; side sleepers use thicker outer parts of pillow

Dip in the middle for back and stomach sleepers

Machine washable

Warranty

Return in 30 days for full refund

 

Exchange or return in 30 days for full refund

Rating (max 5)

4.9

4.2

4.1

3 Best Cervical Pillows Reviewed

Nature's Guest Support Pillow

Nature's Guest
Back and side areas

Most of all, Nature's guest support pillows are firmer and designed with a center indentation to better support the neck. Side sleepers use the two sides of the cervical support pillow. However, this therapeutic pillow is not recommended for anyone looking for a soft, fluffy pillow or a hi-loft pillow.

Construction

First and foremost, Nature's guest support pillow implements a proven contoured pillow design that is based on input from chiropractors and orthopedics. Next, the dual zipper design makes it possible to adjust the firmness of the pillow in both the back (neck roll cushion) and side sleeping areas of the pillow. Especially relevant, the pillow filler uses premium quality, hypo-allergenic microfiber. Furthermore, the silk trim gusseted sides use a filler that provides increased air flow, which, in turn, promotes a cooler more restful sleep.

Cover - Pillow

Next, the Nature's guest support pillow uses a premium hypo-allergenic ultra-luxurious 233 thread cotton fabric cover. As a result, there are no harsh chemical odors and there is no need to be concerned about skin allergies.

Dimensions

In addition, this cervical support pillow is 24 inches long, 16 inches wide, and a loft that is 5 inches high.

Features and Uses

  1. 1
    First, the Nature's guest support pillow for neck pain provides optimal cervical support that maintains a proper head, neck and spinal alignment while you sleep.
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    Also, the gusseted edge design provides support for side as well as back sleepers.
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    Moreover, the gusseted edge allows you to effortlessly shift from back to side sleep positions.
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    Next, the cervical support pillow’s firmness can be adjusted from soft to medium firmness by simply adjusting the amount of filling in both the neck roll area and the side sleeping areas of the pillow.
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    In addition, the filler provides cool, comfortable support, while relieving neck, shoulder, and back pain.
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    Finally, the cervical support pillow reduces neck, back, and shoulder pain while providing optimal cervical support that maintains proper head, neck, and spinal alignment.

Guarantee

Furthermore, if you are not satisfied, the pillow can be returned within 30 days with a full refund.

Weight

Finally, the pillow weighs about 4.8 pounds.

PROS

  • First and foremost, Nature's pillow usable by back, stomach, and side sleepers
  • Next, the sleeper can effortlessly shift between back and side sleeping positions
  • Also, the amount of filler in neck and side sleeping areas of the pillow adjustable for the desired firmness
  • Moreover, Nature's pillow is cool
  • Next, you get a full refund if not satisfied within 30 days
  • And, this pillow is among the highest rated cervical pillows
  • Finally, this pillow is the most reviewed among cervical pillows

SLEEPHI Cervical Pillow

Sleephi neck pillow
side sleeper

Construction

First and foremost, the low density SLEEPHI cervical pillow, a therapeutic pillow, is made of hypo-allergenic 100 percent soft plush microfiber.

Dimensions

Next, the SLEEPHI cervical pillow is 26 inches long, 20 inches wide, and has a loft that is two inches high.

Features and Uses

  1. 1
    First, the convexity or dip in the middle of the SLEEPHI cervical pillow helps support the neck and keep the spine straight.
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    Next, in order to prevent the head from being in an elevated position when lying on the back or stomach, the cervical support pillow is flat and thin in the middle and puffier on the sides.
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    Moreover, the dip in the cervical support pillow gives the head a comfortable resting position. Consequently, this helps the spine stay straight in all sleeping positions. In fact, the cervical support pillow gives the right amount of support without bending the neck.
  4. 4
    Because the pillow is made from hypo-allergenic microfiber, it is perfect for those whose allergies are triggered by feather pillows.
  5. 5
    Finally, the SLEEPHI  is a pillow for neck pain

Weight

Finally, the pillow weighs about 2 pounds.

PROS

  • Most of all, the SLEEPHI pillow is usable by back, stomach, and side sleepers

Fine Pillow

Fine Neck Pillow
pillow heights

Most of all, the Fine pillow, a therapeutic pillow, is designed for side, back, stomach, or combination sleepers. Furthermore, the Fine pillow is designed for people with neck, back, and shoulder pain.

Construction

First and foremost, the Fine pillow is made from a combination of micro-denier poly-fiber and adjoined cluster poly-fiber rolled into micro ball shapes. Consequently, the blended fill provides a fluffy, comfy, and down-feel comfort.

Meanwhile, the inner chamber is filled with hundreds of millions of soft and pliable fibers to give an adaptive and cloud-feel comfort that responds to your sleeping position. Also, the outer chamber is filled with millions of hair-like fibers to provide you with an extra plush and padded comfort. Next, the Fine pillow is encased in a breathable, soft, 220 thread count, 100 percent cotton cloth.

Finally, the hypo-allergenic pillow is great for those whose allergies are triggered by feather pillows.

Dimensions

In addition, this cervical support pillow is 28 inches long, 20 inches wide, and has a loft that is 6.5 inches high.

Features and Uses

  1. 1
    First, the Fine pillow can be washed, dried and reused.
  2. 2
    Next, the Fine pillow protects the neutral alignment of the spine, adapts to the curve of the neck, and fills in the space between the head and the mattress.
  3. 3
    Also, the breathable pillow adapts to the shape of your head and shoulders. Consequently, you get a more relaxed and peaceful sleep.
  4. 4
    In addition, the Fine is a pillow for neck pain.
  5. 5
    Finally, the pillow can be washed every three to six months. In fact, the pillow can be washed in a regular washing machine using warm water and a gentle cycle. In addition, the pillow can be machine dried on low heat.

Guarantee

Furthermore, if after using the pillow for 14 days you are not happy with the pillow, you can either return or exchange the pillow within 30 days of purchase.

PROS

  • First and foremost, the Fine pillow is usable by back, stomach, side, and combination sleepers
  • Next, the pillow has a fluffy, down-feel comfort
  • Also, this breathable pillow adapts to the shape of head and shoulders
  • Moreover, the Fine pillow can be cleaned in a washing machine
  • Finally, the Fine pillow can be exchanged or get a refund within 30 days

Comparison of 2 Best Lumbar Pillows

Lumbar Pillow

TruContour Super Lumbar

PandasPillow Cooling Lumbar

Filler

Hypo-allergenic dust resistance memory foam

Memory foam

Thickness

Adjustable up to 3 inches

Ranges from 0.8 to 2 inches

Firmness

 

Not very firm

Cool

 

Memory foam injected with cooling gel

Warranty

Replaceable within 1 year

Standard

Rating (max 5)

4.9

4.1

2 Best Lumbar Pillows Reviewed

TruContour Super Lumbar

TruContour Super Lumbar Pillow
sleep postures

Most of all, the TruContour super lumbar pillow helps improve spine posture, relieves strained back muscles, and ligaments. Moreover, this therapeutic pillow works in all three sleeping positions: back, side, and stomach.

Construction

First and foremost, the TruContour lumbar pillow comes in two sizes; light lumbar and super lumbar. The light lumbar model provides a small to moderate degree of support. While, the super lumbar model provides a light to strong degree of support.

By the way, the height of the pillow is adjusted by adding or removing foam pads. Most noteworthy, the light lumbar pillow has two foam pads, while the super lumbar pillow has three foam pads.

Meanwhile, the foam pads have a rounded shape that fits the natural curve of the back and provides greater comfort. Next, the medical grade memory foam provides the right balance of support and comfort. Furthermore, the hypo-allergenic memory foam is dust resistant.

Cover - Pillow

Next, the extremely soft velour outer cover can be cleaned in a washing machine. Also, the outer cover has a highly breathable premium quality inner mesh liner.

Dimensions

In addition, the TruContour light lumbar pillow is 17 inches long, 8 inches wide, and has a loft that is 1.75 inches high. Meanwhile the TruContour super lumbar pillow is 24 inches long, 8 inches wide, and has a loft that is 3 inches high.

Features and Uses

The TruCounter lumbar pillows are designed for back sleepers, side sleepers, and stomach sleepers.

Guarantee

Most of all, TruContour guarantees they will replace the pillow within one year if anything should happen to the pillow.

Weight

Finally, the TruContour super lumbar pillow weighs 11.4 ounces.

PROS

  • First and foremost, the TruContour pillow is usable by back, stomach, and side sleepers
  • Meanwhile, the pillow's height is adjusted by adding or removing foam pads
  • In addition, the pillow uses hypo-allergenic memory foam
  • Also, the cover can be cleaned in a washing machine
  • Next, the breathable cover cools the pillow
  • Furthermore, if not satisfied, the pillow can be replaced within one year
  • And, this pillow is among the highest rated lumbar pillows
  • Finally, this pillow is also the most reviewed among the lumbar pillows

PandasPillow Cooling Lumbar

PandasPillow Lumbar Pillow
sleep posture improvements

Most of all, the PandasPillow cooling lumbar pillow is not meant for those needing a lot of firmness due to their height and/or weight. In fact, this therapeutic pillow is designed for the average person that needs some support and firmness.

Construction

First and foremost, the PandasPillow cooling lumbar pillow is engineered to support the back. Also, the pillow adapts to the curvature of the spine when sleeping on your back, side or stomach. In addition, since most memory foam pillows retain too much heat, the PandasPillow cooling lumbar pillow is made of memory foam that is infused with cooling gel.

Cover - Pillow

Next, the PandasPillow cooling lumbar pillow comes with a premium, hypo-allergenic, super-soft bamboo cover that is removable and can be cleaned in a washing machine.

Dimensions

In addition, the PandasPillow cooling lumbar pillow is 23.5 inches long, 8.5 inches wide, and a loft that is 2 inches high at the highest point and 0.8 inches high at lowest point.

Features and Uses

The PandasPillow cooling lumbar pillow is designed for back sleepers, side sleepers, and stomach sleepers.

Warranty

Furthermore, the PandasPillow cooling lumbar pillow has a standard warranty.

Weight

Finally, the PandasPillow cooling lumbar pillow weighs 1 pound.

PROS

  • First of all, the PandasPillow is usable by back, stomach, or side sleepers
  • Also, the memory foam contains heat dissipating cool gel
  • Finally, the pillow has a washable hypo-allergenic bamboo cover

CONS

  • Pillow designed for average person – not for anyone taller or heavier

Comparison of 4 Best Knee Pillows

Best Knee Pillow

ComfiLife Orthopedic Pillow for the Knees

Beautiful Life Half Moon Pillow

Cushy Form Pillow for the Knees

Everlasting Comfort Pillow for the Knees 

Filler

100 percent premium quality high-density memory foam

Premium (100 percent) quality visco-elastic hypo-allergenic memory foam

100 percent visco-elastic hypo-allergenic memory foam

100 percent pure premium quality memory foam

Thickness

6.3 inches

4.5 inches

5.5 inches high on the ends, and 3.25 inches in the middle where the knees go

8 inches high on the narrow edges

Pillow cover

Breathable, zippered machine washable cover

Breathable and machine washable organic cotton cover

Pillow’s cover is removable and machine washable

Pillow cover is removable and machine washable

Unique Features

 

 

Feels softer in warm environments and firmer in cold environments

Removable and adjustable hook-and-loop strap around your legs

Warranty

Money back guarantee if not 100 percent satisfied

100 percent lifetime money back guarantee

100 percent money back guarantee

Lifetime warranty

Rating (max 5)

4.9

4.4

4.8

4.6

4 Best Knee Pillows Reviewed

First and foremost, these best knee pillows are only needed by side sleepers.

ComfiLife Orthopedic Pillow for the Knees

ComfiLife Knee Pillow

Construction

First and foremost, the ComfiLife Orthopedic pillow is one of the best knee pillow. In fact, it uses 100 percent premium quality high-density memory foam. Moreover, the foam of this therapeutic pillow doesn’t go flat over time.

Cover - Pillow

Next, the ComfiLife Orthopedic knee pillow has a breathable zippered, easy to clean cover that ensures the pillow does not get warm. Furthermore, for easy cleaning, the cover can be cleaned in a washing machine.

Dimensions

In addition, the ComfiLife memory foam knee pillow is 9.8 inches long, 7.9 inches wide, and has a loft that is 6.3 inches high.

Features and Uses

  1. 1
    First, the contoured design keeps legs, hip, and spine in alignment while sleeping.
  2. 2
    Next, the knee pillow improves circulation.
  3. 3
    Also, the knee pillow provides relief from sciatica, back pain, knee pain, joint pain, and hip pain.
  4. 4
    Furthermore, the  pillow helps during pregnancy.
  5. 5
    Finally, the memory foam knee pillow helps get comfortable sleep.

Guarantee

Most of all, the ComfiLife knee pillow comes with a money back guarantee if not 100 percent satisfied.

Weight

Finally, the ComfiLife memory foam knee pillow weighs 12 ounces.

PROS

  • First of all, the ComfiLife knee pillow uses 100 percent premium quality high-density memory foam that doesn’t go flat over time
  • Next, the pillow's breatheable cover can be cleaned in a washing machine 
  • Also, the pillow's contoured design helps keep legs, hips, and spine in alignment 
  • Moreover, the pillow comes with a money back guarantee
  • In addition, the pillow is among the highest rated knee pillows
  • Furthermore, the pillow is the most reviewed among knee pillows
  • Finally, the pillow is among the top 25 best bed pillow sellers

Beautiful Life Half Moon Pillow

Beautiful Life Knee Pillow

Construction

First and foremost, the dual layer firm Beautiful Life half moon pillow uses 100 percent premium quality visco-elastic hypo-allergenic memory foam. Moreover, the foam of this therapeutic pillow doesn’t flatten out during the night. And, because the pillow is hypo-allergenic, it’s great for those who suffer from allergies when using pillows containing feathers.

Cover - Pillow

Next, the Beautiful Life half moon memory foam knee pillow uses a breathable organic cotton cover that is easy to clean in a washing machine.

Dimensions

In addition, the Beautiful Life half moon pillow is 20.5 inches long, 8 inches wide, and has a loft that is 4.5 inches high.

Features and Uses

  1. 1
    First, the Beautiful Life half moon pillow ensures alignment of spine and hips.
  2. 2
    Also, this pillow is recommended by chiropractors, physical therapists, sports trainers, and doctors.
  3. 3
    Next, the pillow is used as a between the leg spacer providing support for side sleepers.
  4. 4
    Also, the pillow can be tucked on the back side to keep side sleepers from rolling over.
  5. 5
    Furthermore, the pillow can be used to elevate ankles for both back and stomach sleepers. As a result, circulation improves and risk of getting varicose veins decreases.
  6. 6
    In addition, the pillow can be used to provide under knee support for back sleepers.
  7. 7
    Also, the pillow can be used for elevating legs while sleeping on your back.
  8. 8
    The pillow can be used during recovery from knee or hip replacement surgery.
  9. 9
    Also, the pillow can be used during pregnancy.
  10. 10
    Most of all, the Beautiful Life half moon pillow supports and cushions the lower back, knees, hips, legs, or ankles.
  11. 11
    Also, the pillow provides relief from neck, spine, back, hip, knee, and ankle stress.
  12. 12
    In addition, the pillow relieves scoliosis, lower back and sciatic nerve pain.
  13. 13
    Furthermore, the pillow provides lumbar support while sitting or reclining on a sofa, couch, or chair.
  14. 14
    Finally, the pillow can be used while driving to provide back and lumbar support.

Guarantee

Most of all, the Beautiful Life half moon memory foam knee pillow has a no hassle, 100 percent lifetime money back guarantee.

Weight

Finally, the Beautiful Life half moon pillow weighs 14.4 ounces.

PROS

  • First and foremost, the half moon pillow is made of 100 percent premium quality visco-elastic hypo-allergenic memory foam
  • Also, the pillow has a breathable cotton cover that can be cleaned in a washing machine
  • Most of all the pillow aligns the spine and hips
  • Lastly, the pillow has a 100 percent lifetime money back guarantee

CONS

  • Too long for use between the knees

Cushy Form Pillow for the Knees

Cushy Form knee pillow

Construction

First and foremost, the contoured Cushy form knee pillow is made of 100 percent visco-elastic hypo-allergenic memory foam that maintains its firmness. And, because this therapeutic pillow is hypo-allergenic, it’s great for those who suffer from allergies when using pillows containing feathers.

Cover - Pillow

Next, the Cushy form knee pillow’s cover is removable and can be cleaned in a washing machine.

Dimensions

In addition, the Cushy form knee pillow is 10 inches long, 8 inches wide, and has a loft that is 5.5 inches high on the ends, and 3.25 inches high in the middle, where the legs go.

Features and Uses

  1. 1
    First, Cushy form knee pillow is designed for side sleepers and during pregnancy.
  2. 2
    Also, the Cushy form knee pillow is recommended by physical therapists, doctors, sports trainers and chiropractors.
  3. 3
    Next, the pillow encourages proper alignment of spine and hips.
  4. 4
    Also, the therapeutic side sleeper body positioner encourages correct posture.
  5. 5
    In addition, by providing proper spinal alignment and reducing pressure, the pillow eases back, leg, knee, ankle, hip joint and sciatic nerve pain.
  6. 6
    Moreover, by properly aligning your spine and improving circulation, the pillow provides fast acting pain relief for arthritis, headaches, injuries, bursitis, sciatica, posture problems, and during pregnancy.
  7. 7
    Next, the pillow can be used as knee spacer during pregnancy or recovery after surgery.
  8. 8
    Also, the Cushy form knee pillow assists with restless leg syndrome.
  9. 9
    Most of all, the Cushy form knee pillow adapts to the temperature in your surroundings. Consequently, it feels softer in warm environments and firmer in cold environments.
  10. 10
    In addition, the pillow reacts to body heat becoming softer throughout the night.
  11. 11
    Also, the pillow provides relief from hip bursitis and scoliosis.
  12. 12
    Finally, the pillow comes with a free travel case.

Guarantee

Most of all, the Cushy form knee pillow has a no hassle, 100 percent money back guarantee.

Weight

Finally, the Cushy form knee pillow weighs 14.4 ounces.

PROS

  • First of all, this pillow is for side sleepers
  • Most of all the pillow aligns the spine and hips
  • Next, the pillow uses 100 percent visco-elastic hypo-allergenic memory foam
  • Meanwhile, the removable pillow cover can be cleaned in a washing machine
  • In addition, the pillow feels softer when it’s warm and firmer when it’s cold
  • Finally, the pillow has a 100 percent money back guarantee

Everlasting Comfort Pillow for the Knees

Everlasting Comfort knee pillow

Construction

First and foremost, the Everlasting Comfort knee pillow is made of 100 percent pure premium quality memory foam with no additives. Also, this therapeutic pillow is equipped with a removable and adjustable hook-and-loop strap that keeps the knee pillow in perfect alignment between your legs even when you toss and turn or roll over while sleeping.

Cover - Pillow

Next, the breathable knee pillow cover is removable and can be cleaned in a washing machine.

Dimensions

In addition, the knee pillow is 10.5 inches long, 6 inches wide, and has a loft that is 8 inches high.

Features and Uses

  1. 1
    First, the Everlasting Comfort knee pillow is designed for side sleepers and use during pregnancy.
  2. 2
    Also, the pillow’s orthopedic contour keeps the knees separated with ideal spacing and help align your legs, hips, and spine.
  3. 3
    Next, the pillow provides relief and used as treatment for knee, hip, leg and thigh area, pelvis, lower back, lumbar and spine, arthritis, bursitis, joint and sciatic nerve pain.
  4. 4
    Also, the pillow comes with a free travel case.
  5. 5
    Finally, the pillow comes with two pairs of premium quality memory foam ear plugs with an industry leading NRR (Noise Reduction Rating) of 33, packed conveniently into a travel case.

Guarantee

Most of all, the Everlasting Comfort knee pillow has a lifetime warranty. And, if anything goes wrong, the manufacturer will send a new pillow at no cost.

Weight

Finally, the Everlasting knee pillow weighs 1.35 pounds.

PROS

  • First of all, the pillow is meant for side sleepers
  • Also, the pillow uses 100 percent premium quality memory foam
  • Next, the pillow has an adjustable hook and loop strap to keep knee pillow in position between your legs
  • In addition, the pillow cover can be cleaned in a washing machine
  • Finally, the pillow comes with a lifetime warranty – manufacturer will replace a faulty pillow at no cost

How can these Pillows Alleviate Back Pain?

First and foremost, a pillow that feels flat or lumpy can’t provide adequate support. Indeed, a pillow like that may cause your neck and spine to not be aligned properly. Consequently, this leads to pain and discomfort when you wake up in the morning. Therefore, a pillow that feels flat or lumpy should be thrown away. Also, in general, pillows need to be replaced every 18 months.

Next, if you have back or hip pain when you first wake up and that gradually goes away as the morning goes on, then your mattress and/or your pillow may be the cause of the pain.

Most of all, a head pillow should hold your head at the same height as the rest of your spine. So, if a pillow is too flat your head will be lower than your spine. And if the pillow is too thick your head will be too far above your spine. In fact, this non-alignment causes pain in your back and neck.

Also, sometimes an extra therapeutic pillow under the lower back or knees increases support for the spine. Moreover, when pillows are used properly they can reduce your back pain and you get a better sleep.

What Kind of Therapeutic Pillows Alleviate Back Pain?

First and foremost, to prevent or reduce the effects of back pain, these pillows must have the right thickness. In fact, being either too thick or too thin are not good for your back. However, feather pillows can cause allergies in some people. So, if you get stuffy or sneezy at night, throw away the feather pillow and replace it with a hypo-allergenic pillow.

Next, memory foam pillows conform to the shape of your head. As a result, they provide excellent support and help align your neck with the spine. Incidentally, memory foam pillows can last up to three years.

By the way, orthopedic pillows are usually made of memory foam. Also, lumbar pillows are also usually made of memory foam and designed to support the lower back.

Are There Things You Can Do to Reduce Back Pain?

First and foremost, sleeping without a pillow can help your back extend and may result in better spinal alignment, which might relieve back pain.

Above all, whatever your preferred sleeping position, you need proper alignment of your spine. In fact, the best way to do this is to align your ears, shoulders, and hips so that they are in the same horizontal plane.

Next, gaps between your body and the bed may strain muscles and spine. Therefore, reduce the stress by using pillows to fill these gaps.

Finally, when you turn while sleeping, your body can get out of alignment by the twisting and turning motion. Therefore, when you turn, move your entire body together, keeping your core tight and pulled in. Furthermore, it may be helpful to bring your knees towards your chest as you roll over.

What Should You Look for in Therapeutic Pillows?

First and foremost, a therapeutic pillow should be comfortable.

Next, the therapeutic pillow should provide adequate support. Consequently, the pillow should be firm enough to prevent your head from sinking into the pillow. Because, when your head doesn’t sink, your spine will be in a neutral position. Therefore, a firm pillow helps to relieve back pain.

Also, a therapeutic pillow should cradle your head and neck to support the upper portion of your spine. Regrettably pillow protectors aren’t always completely successful in fulfilling their role. As a result, pillows that use these protectors hold lots of allergy triggers like mold and dust mites.

Back Sleepers

Above all, back sleepers do best with thinner neck pillows and those that have extra padding in the bottom to support the neck. Consequently, memory foam neck pillows are best because the memory foam molds to your neck. Also, if you sleep on your back, your neck pillow should completely fill the space between your neck and the mattress.

Incidentally, as you sleep on your back, you can prop up your knees with one or more pillows. As a result, by flattening out your spine, you wake up with less tightness and pain.

Most of all, back sleepers should generally look for medium fill neck pillows. If you sit up straight, this is the same angle that your pillow should provide when lying down. Moreover, if your chin is angled towards your chest, then the pillow is too thick. On the other hand, if your head falls back, then the pillow is too thin.

improvement with pillows

Also, as the picture on the left shows, when you sleep on your back, gravity can pull the lumbar (or the lower) area of the back towards the mattress and flatten out the spine’s natural “S” shaped curve. Consequently, the lower back comes under stress and may cause pain. On the other hand, placing a pillow under the lower back and the knees can restore the natural contour of the spine.

Also, as the picture on the left shows, a thick pillow pushes up your head causing the spine to bend upwards. While the picture of the right shows that a pillow that is thicker underneath the neck and thinner in the back flattens out the spine.

Stomach Sleepers

Most of all, stomach sleepers do best with the thinnest pillow possible or no pillow at all.  Consequently, stomach sleepers should generally look for higher-fill pillow or neck/contour style pillows. Also, the pillow should support your neck, keeping a natural angle. In fact, a pillow that is too shallow can cause your head to bend inward and may place strain on your shoulder.

stomach sleepers - spinal stress

And, as the picture shows, when you sleep on your stomach, gravity pulls the lumbar (or the lower) area of the back towards the mattress. As a result, this bending exaggerates the spine’s natural “S” shaped curve. Consequently, the lower back comes under intense stress and causes pain. On the other hand, placing a pillow under the pelvis will raise the lower back and help maintain the natural curve of the lower back, thereby reducing muscle strain.

Also, as the picture on the left shows, a thick pillow pushes up your head causing the spine to bend upwards. While the picture of the right shows that a pillow that is thicker underneath the neck and thinner in the back flattens out the spine.

Side Sleepers

Incidentally, if you sleep on your side, use a thicker, firm pillow to keep your head in line with the rest of your body. Better still, try to find a pillow that has an extra-wide gusset that will help with the space between your ear and shoulders.  On the other hand, a pillow that is too thick can force your neck to bend away from the pillow causing tension in your neck.

Side sleepers - spinal stress

First and foremost, when sleeping on the side, the spine should be parallel to the mattress.  And, as the picture on the left shows, when you sleep on your side, gravity pulls the spine from its naturally straight shape towards the mattress. As a result, the lower back bends downward. Consequently, the vertebrae has an unnatural position which strains muscles and ligaments. On the other hand, placing a pillow under the abdominal area will raise the lower back into alignment with the rest of the spine and thereby reduce muscle strain.

Also, as the picture on the left shows, a thick pillow pushes up your head causing the spine to bend upwards. While the picture of the right shows that a pillow that is thicker underneath the neck and somewhat thinner in the back flattens out the spine. Especially noteworthy, the back of the pillow needs to be thick enough to keep your head aligned with the spine.

Knee Pillows

By the way, side sleepers can use a firm knee pillow between their knees. Indeed, the knee pillow reduces strain on your back. In fact, without a knee pillow, the leg on top will pull down the pelvis which in turn pulls your spine out of its neutral, resting position. Consequently, by adding a knee pillow that supports your top leg helps to keep the spine aligned properly.

Body Pillows

Incidentally, you may try sleeping on your side with a body pillow. Indeed, a body pillow is a pillow that extends from head to toe. Also, a body pillow is a favorite for many side sleepers, since it can be hugged to the chest to prevent shoulder pain caused by an awkward arm position. Moreover, the body pillow can be placed between the knees to keep the spine straight. In addition, the body pillow gives you the feeling of something against your stomach while helping to align the rest of your body.

Finally, the body pillow supports both your head and neck as well as provide the necessary buffer between your knees. However, don’t put one leg over the body pillow without any other support, since that can twist the spine and cause undue stress.

Cervical pillows

Especially relevant, when you lie down, there is some space between your neck and the mattress. Consequently, your neck is without support which contributes to misalignment. However, adding a cervical support pillow, known as orthopedic or neck pillow, provides support, which is helpful to those with neck and upper spine problems.

Hip Pain

First and foremost, the best way to reduce hip pain is to use a therapeutic pillow to elevate your legs or knees in such a manner that the hip is perfectly aligned. Moreover, a good knee or body pillow is one of the best ways to provide the right support for effective relief from hip pain. In addition, you can also try changing your sleeping position and use pillows as supports to find a position which causes you the least pain.

Best Under Desk Pedals and Mini Exercise Bikes to be Healthy

15 Best Under Desk Pedals and Mini Exercise Bikes to be Healthy

People spend an extraordinary amount of time sitting each day. Regrettably, too much sitting is not healthy. However, if you must sit, pedal exercisers like the under desk pedals and mini exercise bikes may help lessen some of the bad effects of sitting. Most noteworthy, these pedal exercisers, are specially built for use while sitting to exercise legs. However, some pedal exercisers, can also be used on a table to exercise arms.

Under desk pedals

List of 15 Best Under Desk Pedals and Other Content

Editor's Choice

Pedals for Legs

DeskCycle-2 Under Desk Exercise Bike and Pedal Exerciser

Pedals for Legs & Arms

Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B0418 Magnetic Mini Exercise Bike


Comparison of 4 Best Under Desk Pedals for Legs

Under Desk Pedals

Height

(inches)

Display

Unique

Features

Warranty

Rating

(max 5)

DeskCycle Under Desk Bike

DeskCycle-2

9

Revolutions per minute, time, distance, and calories

Portable display

1 year

5

FitDesk Under Desk Cycle

10

Time, speed, distance, lifetime distance, and calories

Portable display

3 year parts replacement guarantee; 30 days for pedals

4.7

Cycli Under Desk Cycle with Bluetooth

11

Speed, time, distance, and calories

Bluetooth enabled

Standard

4.3


4 Best Under Desk Pedal (for Exercising Legs) Reviews

DeskCycle Under Desk Bike

pedal exerciser

The most popular DeskCycle under desk bike has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, the delivered DeskCycle under desk bike comes almost fully assembled. However, the DeskCycle under desk bike comes with a combination screwdriver and wrench to complete the assembly in short order.

Desk or Table Use

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

Dimensions

In addition, the DeskCycle under desk bike is 24 inches long, 20 inches wide and 10 inches high. Also, at it's highest point the pedal is 10 inches above the floor. Consequently, the DeskCycle under desk bike needs a clearance of 11 inches or more for use under a desk or table.

Display

Especially relevant, the DeskCycle under desk bike's LCD displays speed, time, distance, and calories with the touch of a button. Meanwhile, the scan button, located on the LCD console, sequentially displays workout data continuously. Incidentally, the  DeskCycle under desk bike accumulates time to 1000 minutes, before resetting to zero.

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

Exercise

Most of all, the DeskCycle under desk bike only exercises your legs.

Pedals

In addition, the DeskCycle under desk bike has large pedals with adjustable Velcro straps. Meanwhile, the DeskCycle's double weighted base keep the straps on top of the pedals, making it easier to insert your feet.

Pedal Movement

Next, the DeskCycle under desk bike has pedals that rotate in both the forward and backwards direction. Meanwhile the DeskCycle's pedal arm is 3.5 inches long. Especially relevant, the pedals use a belt to drive a high inertia flywheel. And, the high inertia flywheel results in smooth pedal rotations. Furthermore, the DeskCycle under desk bike has 7 sealed hardened-steel bearings for years of maintenance free operation. Most of all, no lubrication needed.

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to easily adjust your workout from easy to hard. In fact, the 8 calibrated resistance settings help you keep track of your workout intensities. Furthermore, the magnetic resistance results in quiet pedal rotation.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the DeskCycle under desk bike comes with a full 1-year warranty on parts, labor, and shipping.

Weight

Finally, the DeskCycle under desk bike weighs 23 pounds.

DeskCycle-2

Moreover, the DeskCycle-2 has these additional features.

Display

First of all, the DeskCycle-2 accumulates time to 10,000 minutes before resetting to zero. In addition, the LCD also displays revolutions per minute.

Height

Also, adjusting the front leg lets you set the maximum pedal height to either 9 or 10 inches. In fact, the lower pedal height gives you an extra inch of clearance between your knees and the underside of the desk. Consequently, the DeskCycle-2  can be used under desks as low as 27 inches by anyone who is 5’10” or shorter.

PROS

  • First and foremost the LCD monitor relocatable to the desk top
  • Next, DeskCycle comes with a full 1-year warranty on parts, labor, and shipping
  • Also, at 9 inches the DeskCycle has the lowest height of leg pedals - most likely to be usable under a desk
  • Furthermore, this exerciser is the highest rated among the leg peddlers
  • Also, it is the most reviewed among the leg peddlers
  • Finally, it is among the top ten best sellers of exercise bikes on Amazon

FitDesk Under Desk Cycle

pedal exerciser

The FitDesk under desk cycle has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, the pedals, front and back support bars, and display need to be mounted on the FitDesk under desk cycle chassis.

Desk or Table Use

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

Dimensions

In addition, the FitDesk under desk cycle is 24.5 inches long, 16 inches wide and 10 inches high. Also, at it's highest point the pedal is 9.75 inches above the floor. Consequently, the FitDesk under desk cycle needs a clearance of 11 inches for use under a desk or table.

Display

Especially relevant, the LCD displays time, speed, distance, lifetime distance, and calories. Meanwhile, the scan button sequentially displays workout data continuously. And, for more convenience, the removable display allows you to see your workout data on your desk, instead of having to look at it underneath the desk or table.

Exercise

Most of all, the FitDesk under desk cycle only exercises your legs.

Pedals

In addition, the FitDesk under desk cycle has large pedals with grooves that prevent the feet from slipping. However, there are no straps to grip your feet. On the other hand, having no straps does make it easier to put your feet on the pedals and start using the cycle.

Pedal Movement

Next, the FitDesk under desk cycle has pedals that rotate in both the forward and backwards direction. Especially relevant, pedals use twin belts to drive a balanced flywheel which results in whisper quiet and smooth operation. Consequently, the FitDesk is ideal for office use.

Tension

Next, tension is changed by the foot shifter. In fact, the foot shifter has 8 positions of magnetic resistance. Consequently, you can change the resistance without having to bend down.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the FitDesk under desk cycle comes with a 3-year parts replacement guarantee for all moving parts. Meanwhile, pedals are covered for 30 days.

Weight

Next, the FitDesk under desk cycle weighs 24 pounds.

Weight Capacity

Finally, the FitDesk under desk cycle, has no constraints on a user's weight to use the cycle.

PROS

  • First of all, the FitDesk is usable under a desk as low as 26 inches
  • Also, it's monitor can be moved to the desktop
  • Next, it's tension is adjustable by your feet – no need to bend down
  • Finally, the FitDesk comes with a 3-year parts replacement guarantee for all moving parts. Pedals covered for only 30 days

Cycli Under Desk Cycle with Bluetooth

pedal exerciser

The Cycli under desk cycle has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, the delivered Cycli under desk cycle is easy to assemble with the tools that came with the Cycli.

Construction

Most noteworthy, the Cycli under desk cycle constructed from high quality steel with an aluminum frame. 

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the Cycli under desk cycle under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table. In the meantime, the manufacturer states that the Cycli under desk cycle will work with desks 27 inches high. 

Dimensions

In addition, the Cycli under desk cycle's lowest pedal height is four inches above the floor, while the highest pedal height is 11 inches above the floor. Consequently, the Cycli under desk cycle needs a clearance of 12 inches for use under a desk or table.

Display

Especially relevant, the touch screen display shows speed, time, distance, and calories. In addition, the Cycli under desk cycle is Bluetooth enabled so that you can see workout data on your cell phone.

Exercise

Most of all, the Cycli under desk cycle only exercises your legs.

Pedal Movement

Next, the Cycli under desk cycle uses magnetic resistance, which results in smooth and quiet operation. In fact, 8 levels of adjustable resistance available.

Warranty

Finally, the Cycli under desk cycle comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

PROS

  • Bluetooth enabled – workout data available on the cell phone

Comparison of 11 Best Mini Exercise Bikes for Legs & Arms

Mini Exercise BIke

Height

(inches)

Display

Unique

Features

Warranty

Rating

(max 5)

Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B0418 Magnetic Mini Exercise Bike

14

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

Forward rotation with handle

1 year for frame; 90 days for parts

4.9

Vive Pedal Exerciser

12.5

Revolutions per minute, time, distance, and calories

Portable display

Standard

4.8

MagneTrainer-ER Mini Bike

15

Speed, distance, time, and calories

Forward & backward rotation

1 year warranty and a 30-day money back guarantee

4.6

Pinty Pedal Exerciser

12.6

Time, distance, revolutions, total revolutions, and calories

 

Standard

4.2

Titan Pedal Exerciser

12

Time, revolutions, total revolutions, and calories

Forward & backward rotation

Standard

4.2

Stamina Mini Exercise Bike

12

Time, revolutions, total revolutions, and calories 

Ready to use upon delivery, handle for lifting, forward & backward rotation

1 year frame, 90 days parts manufacturer's warranty

4.2

Himaly Mini Bike

12.6

Time, revolutions per minute, distance, and calories

 

Standard

4

AGM Pedal Exerciser

12.6

Time, distance, revolutions, total revolutions, and calories

 

Standard

4

Merax Mini Bike

11.8

Time, speed, distance, and calories

Forward & backward rotation with handle for lifting

Standard

4

Tunturi Mini Bike M-30

11

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

Handle for lifting

Standard

4

Marcy NS-9200 Pedal Exerciser

14.5

Time, revolutions, total revolutions, and calories

Forward & backward rotation with handle for lifting

2-year limited warranty

4

11 Best Mini Exercise Bike (for Exercising Legs & Arms) Reviews

Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B0418 Magnetic Mini Exercise Bike

magnetic exercise bike

The very popular Sunny Health & Fitness magnetic mini exercise bike has the following features.

Assembly

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

Desk or Table Use

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

Dimensions

In addition, the Sunny mini bike is 22 inches long, 18 inches wide and 14 inches high.  Consequently, the Sunny mini bike needs a clearance of 15 inches for use under a desk or table.

Display

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

Exercise

Most of all, the Sunny Health & Fitness mini bike exercises your legs and arms.

Handles

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

Pedals

In addition, the Sunny mini bike has oversized textured non-slip pedals with adjustable large heavy-duty plastic straps to help keep your feet in place as you peddle. In addition, the Sunny mini bike's pedals have small finger grooves making it easy to grip them when exercising the arms.

Pedal Movement

Next, the Sunny mini bike has pedals that rotate in only the forward direction. Consequently, if you want to pedal in reverse, turn the Sunny mini bike around. Especially relevant, the pedals use a belt to drive the flywheel. 

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to easily adjust your workout from easy to hard. In fact, 8 calibrated magnetic resistance settings help you keep track of your workout intensities. Furthermore, the magnetic resistance results in quiet pedal rotation.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the Sunny Health & Fitness mini bike comes with a 1 year warranty for the frame and a 90 day warranty for all other parts.

Weight

Next, the Sunny mini bike weighs only 21 pounds.

Weight Capacity

Finally, the Sunny mini bike is limited to anyone weighing less than 220 pounds. Indeed, anyone heavier may exceed the design limits of the Sunny mini bike and potentially cause it to break.

PROS

  • First of all, the Sunny's handle makes it easy to move
  • Also, the magnetic resistance gives a quiet workout
  • Most of all, the Sunny comes with a 1-year frame and 90 days parts warranty
  • Also, it is among the highest rated pedals for exercising legs and arms
  • And, it is among the most reviewed pedals for exercising legs and arms
  • Finally, the Sunny is a best seller of under desk pedals on Amazon

CONS

  • However, the Sunny may not fit under a desk for everyone
  • And, the pedals move in forward direction only. Need to manually turn the SF-B0418 around to pedal in reverse

Vive Pedal Exerciser

pedal exerciser

The very popular Vive pedal exerciser has the following features.

Assembly

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

Desk or Table Use

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

Dimensions

In addition, the Vive pedals is 16 inches long, 13.75 inches wide and 12.5 inches high. Consequently, the Vive pedals needs a clearance of at least 13 inches for use under a desk or table.

Display

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

Exercise

Most of all, the Vive pedals exercises your legs and arms.

Pedals

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

Sliding

Furthermore, the Vive pedals has non-slip, non-marking feet that ensure the Vive pedals stays in place while being used on hard floors, carpets, and table tops. And the low profile prevents the Vive pedal exerciser from wobbling and sliding.

Tension

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

Warranty

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

CONS

  • May not fit under a desk for everyone

MagneTrainer-ER Mini Bike

ER exercise bike

The very popular MagneTrainer-ER mini bike has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, the pedals, front and back support bars have to be attached upon delivery. However, all necessary tools are provided.

Construction

Most noteworthy, MagneTrainer-ER has a sturdy steel frame.

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the MagneTrainer-ER  under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table. Moreover, the MagneTrainer-ER is likely usable under desks with 34 to 36 inches of clearance underneath.

Dimensions

In addition, the MagneTrainer-ER is 15.5 to 20 inches long, 15 inches wide and 18 inches high. However, the highest point of the pedal is 15 inches above the floor. Consequently, the MagneTrainer-ER needs a clearance of 16 inches for use under a desk or table. Also, the wide footprint provides excellent stability. In fact, both legs are over 15 inches wide which helps prevent the MagneTrainer-ER from wobbling.

DIsplay

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

Exercise

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

Pedals

In addition, the MagneTrainer-ER has pedals with a non-slip surface and adjustable Velcro straps to grip your feet. Also, the pedals are molded with finger grooves that allow you to firmly grip them for exercising arms.

Pedal Movement

Next, the MagneTrainer-ER has pedals that rotate in both the forward and backwards direction. Also, the pedals drive the flywheel with wide 4V belts and heavy-duty pulleys. Moreover, the effective 39-pound flywheel helps keep the pedals moving smoothly and quietly.

Tension

Next, the tension knob provides 20 marked levels of magnetic resistance to adjust your workout. Indeed, the 5-rotation knob helps set resistance precisely.

Use

Most noteworthy, the MagneTrainer-ER is used in hospitals, physical therapy offices, nursing homes, assisted living facilities.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the MagneTrainer-ER comes with a full 1-year warranty and a 30-day money back guarantee.

Weight

Finally, the MagneTrainer-ER weighs 23 pounds.

PROS

  • First of all, the MagneTrainer-ER is used in hospitals, physical therapy offices, nursing homes, assisted living facilities
  • Also, it comes with a full 1-year warranty and 30-day money back guarantee

CONS

  • May not fit under a desk for everyone

Pinty Pedal Exerciser

pedal exerciser

The Pinty pedal exerciser has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, the delivered Pinty pedal exerciser is almost completely assembled.  In fact, the only assembly required is to attach the pedals.

Desk or Table Use

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

Dimensions

In addition, the Pinty pedal exerciser is 16 inches long and 12.6 inches high. Consequently, the Pinty pedal exerciser needs a clearance of 13 inches for use under a desk or table. Also, the front feet are 9.8 inches long, while the rear feet are 13.8 inches long. Moreover, the low height means that you can also tuck away the Pinty pedal exerciser under your desk when you are done using it.

Display

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

Exercise

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

Pedals

In addition, the Pinty pedal exerciser has pedals with adjustable toe loops to help keep your feet in place as you peddle. Also, there are two sets of pedals: one for exercising your legs, and one for exercising your arms. Moreover, the pedals are screwed in or out of the crank arm.

Pedal Movement

Next, the Pinty pedal exerciser's pedals rotate a 4.4 pound cast iron flywheel that improves stability and provides quiet operation.

Sliding

Furthermore, the Pinty pedal exerciser has four rubber wrapped non-skid feet that ensures the Pinty pedal exerciser stays in place on hard floors, carpets, and table tops.

Tension

Next, the tension knob provides continuous step-less resistance settings.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the Pinty pedal exerciser comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Finally, the Pinty pedal exerciser weighs 13.2 pounds.

PROS

  • Two sets of pedals: one for the hands and one for the legs

Titan Pedal Exerciser

pedal exerciser

The Titan pedal exerciser has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, the delivered Titan pedal exerciser is almost completely assembled.  In fact, the only assembly required is to attach the pedals and the base.

Construction

Most noteworthy, the Titan pedal exerciser has a durable metal frame.

Desk or Table Use

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

Dimensions

In addition, the Titan pedal exerciser is 15.5 inches long, 15.5 inches wide and 12 inches high. Consequently, the Titan pedal exerciser needs a clearance of at least 13 inches for use under a desk or table.

Display

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

Exercise

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

Pedals

Furthermore, the Titan pedal exerciser has 3.5 inches wide pedals with non-adjustable straps to help keep your feet in place as you peddle.

Pedal Motion

Meanwhile, the Titan pedal exerciser can rotate the pedals in both the forward and backwards direction.

Sliding

Furthermore, the Titan pedal exerciser works well on carpets and floor mats.

Tension

Next, the tension knob provides 8 levels of resistance. 

Warranty

Especially relevant, the Titan pedal exerciser comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Also, the Titan pedal exerciser weighs 9 pounds.

Weight Capacity

Finally, the weight capacity of the Titan pedal exerciser is 260 pounds. Indeed, anyone heavier may put too much weight on the Titan pedal exerciser, which may hinder the pedals from turning.

CONS

  • Foot straps are not adjustable

Stamina Mini Bike

mini exercise bike

The Stamina mini bike has the following features.

Assembly

Most noteworthy, no assembly is required. The Stamina mini bike is ready to be used upon delivery.

Desk or Table Use

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

Dimensions

In addition, the Stamina mini bike is 15 inches long, 13.5 inches wide and 12 inches high. Consequently, the Stamina mini bike needs a clearance of 13 inches for use under a desk or table.

Display

Especially relevant, the monitor displays workout time, revolutions, total revolutions, and calories. Meanwhile, the scan button sequentially displays workout data continuously. In addition, the monitor tilts upwards to improve visibility of workout data from your chair.

Exercise

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

Handles

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

Pedals

Furthermore, the Stamina mini bike has textured pedals that help prevent feet from slipping. In addition, straps grip your feet to the pedals.

Pedal Movement

Meanwhile, the Stamina mini bike can rotate the pedals in both forward and backwards direction.

Stability

In addition, the Stamina mini bike's rubberized feet may slip on hard smooth floor. However, the Stamina mini bike works fine on carpets.

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to easily adjust the resistance of your workouts. However, the knob has no markings showing resistance levels.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the Stamina mini bike comes with a 1 year manufacturer's warranty for the frame and a 90 day manufacturer's warranty for all other parts.

Weight

Next, the Stamina mini bike weighs 17 pounds.

Weight Capacity

Finally, the Stamina mini bike is limited to anyone weighing less than 250 pounds. Indeed, anyone heavier may exceed the design limits of the Stamina mini bike and potentially cause it to break.

PROS

  • Most noteworthy, the Stamina's handle making it easy to move
  • Also, it's display tilts upward to improve visibility
  • Finally, it comes with a 1-year frame and 90 days parts warranty

CONS

  • May not fit under a desk for everyone
  • Rubberized feet may slip on hard smooth floor – Use mattress

Himaly Mini Bike

mini exercise bike

The Himaly mini bike has the following features.

Construction

First and foremost, the Himaly mini bike has a heavy duty plastic frame.

Desk or Table Use

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

Dimensions

In addition, the Himaly mini bike is 15.98 inches long, 13.81 inches wide and 12.6 inches high. Consequently, the clearance has to be 13 inches or more to be able to use the Himaly mini bike under a desk or table.

Display

Especially relevant, the large digital LCD displays time, revolutions per minute, distance, and calories. Also, the scan sequentially displays all the workout data continuously.

Exercise

Most of all, the Himaly mini bike exercises legs and arms.

Use

Moreover, the Himaly mini bike can be used for rehab and by seniors.

Pedals

Furthermore, the Himaly mini bike's oversized textured pedals have anti-slip features to prevent your feet from slipping. In addition, adjustable toe straps help grip your feet to the pedals.

Pedal Movement

While the pedal rotations are quiet, they are not as smooth as some others.

Sliding

Furthermore, the non-skid rubber feet pads provide stability during use. In addition, the rubber feet won’t scratch smooth surfaces such as a table top or floor.

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to adjust resistance. However, the knob has no markings showing resistance levels. Meanwhile, the Himaly mini bike provides low resistance.

Warranty

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

Weight

Finally, the Himaly mini bike, weighs only 8.8 pounds.

PROS

  • Can be used for rehab and by seniors

CONS

  • May not fit under a desk for everyone
  • Smooth motion not as good as others

AGM Pedal Exerciser

pedal exerciser

The AGM pedal exerciser has the following features.

Desk or Table Use

First and foremost, to use the AGM pedal exerciser under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table.

Dimensions

In addition, the AGM pedal exerciser is 16.1 inches long, 13.8 inches wide, and 12.6 inches high. Consequently, the clearance has to be 13 inches or more to be able to use the AGM pedal exerciser under a desk or table.

Display

Especially relevant, the LCD displays time, distance, revolutions, total revolutions, and calories. Also, the scan sequentially displays all the workout data continuously.

Exercise

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

Pedals

In addition, the AGM pedal exerciser's non-slip pedals have adjustable straps that hold the feet to the pedals.

Sliding

Furthermore, the AGM pedal exerciser has non-slip rubber feet pads that provide stability during use. In addition, the rubber feet won’t scratch the floor.

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to adjust resistance.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the AGM pedal exerciser comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Finally, the AGM pedal exerciser, weighs only 8.12 pounds.

CONS

  • May not fit under a desk for everyone

Merax Mini Bike

under desk exercise bike

The Merax mini bike has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, the Merax mini bike is delivered almost completely assembled. In fact, the only assembly required is to attach the pedals and straps.

Desk or Table Use

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

Dimensions

In addition, the Merax mini bike is 17.7 inches long, 13.8 inches wide, 11.8 inches high. Consequently, the clearance has to be 13 inches or more to be able to use the Merax mini bike under a desk or table.

Display

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

Exercise

Most of all, the Merax mini bike exercises legs and arms.

Handles

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

Pedals

In addition, the Merax mini bike's non-slip pedals have adjustable straps that hold the feet to the pedals. Because the pedals have a non-slip surface, the hands can grip them for exercising the arms. Also, pedal centers are 12 inches apart

Pedal Movement

Meanwhile, the Merax mini bike can rotate the pedals in both the forward and backwards direction. Also, magnetic resistance gives a quiet and smooth workout.

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to select 8 levels of magnetic resistance settings.

Warranty

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

Weight

Next, the Merax mini bike, weighs 14 pounds.

Weight Capacity

Finally, the Merax mini bike is limited to anyone weighing less than 220 pounds. Indeed, anyone heavier may exceed the design limits of the Merax mini bike and potentially cause it to break.

PROS

  • Handle makes it easy to move

CONS

  • May not fit under a desk for everyone

Tunturi Mini Bike M-30

M-30 pedal exerciser

The Tunturi mini bike has the following features.

Desk or Table Use

First and foremost, to use the Tunturi mini bike under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table.

Dimensions

In addition, the Tunturi mini bike is 18 inches long, 15 inches wide, 11 inches high. Consequently, the clearance has to be 12 inches or more to be able to use the Tunturi mini bike under a desk or table.

Display

Especially relevant, the LCD display shows speed, elapsed time, distance, revolutions per minute, calories. Meanwhile, the scan button sequentially displays each of the workout measures continuously.

Exercise

Most of all, the Tunturi mini bike exercises legs and arms.

Handles

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

Pedals

In addition, the Tunturi mini bike's pedals have foot straps that hold the feet to the pedals. 

Pedal Movement

Meanwhile, the Tunturi mini bike's pedals use a belt to drive the 1.7 pound flywheel. Consequently, pedal movements are quiet and smooth.

Tension

Next, the tension knob provides stepless adjustable resistance with no markers. Moreover, the brake pad provides the resistance.

Warranty

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

Weight

Next, the Tunturi mini bike, weighs 10 pounds.

Weight Capacity

Finally, the Tunturi mini bike is limited to anyone weighing less than 220 pounds. Indeed, anyone heavier may exceed the design limits of the Tunturi mini bike and potentially cause it to break.

PROS

  • Handle makes it easy to move
  • Good for a light workout

CONS

  • May not fit under a desk for everyone

Marcy NS-9200 Pedal Exerciser

NS-9200 pedal exerciser

The Marcy NS-9200 pedal exerciser has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, the Marcy NS-9200 pedal exerciser is delivered almost completely assembled. In fact, the only assembly required is to attach the pedals and rubber feet.

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the Marcy NS-9200 pedal exerciser under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table.

Dimensions

In addition, the Marcy NS-9200 pedal exerciser is 22 inches long, 16 inches wide, 14.5 inches high. Consequently, the clearance has to be 16 inches or more to be able to use the Marcy NS-9200 pedal exerciser under a desk or table.

Display

Especially relevant, the LCD displays time, revolutions, total revolutions, and calories. Meanwhile, the scan button sequentially displays each of the workout measurements continuously.

Exercise

Most of all, the Marcy NS-9200 pedal exerciser exercises legs and arms.

Handles

Next, the Marcy NS-9200 pedal exerciser has a built-in handle that makes it easy to lift and move it from one place to another.

Pedals

In addition, the Marcy NS-9200 pedal exerciser's grooved pedals provide maximum hand grip while the textured pedals provide maximum foot grip.

Pedal Movement

Meanwhile, the Marcy NS-9200 pedal exerciser rotates the pedals in both forward and backwards direction. In addition, the magnetic resistance gives a quiet and smooth workout.

Skidding

Furthermore, the Marcy NS-9200 pedal exerciser has rubberized feet to minimize skidding.

Tension

Next, the tension knob is used to adjust magnetic resistance. Also, the knob has markings from one to ten to help you keep track of workout intensity.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the Marcy NS-9200 pedal exerciser comes with a 2-year limited warranty.

Weight

Next, the Marcy NS-9200 pedal exerciser, weighs 26 pounds.

Weight Capacity

Finally, the Marcy NS-9200 pedal exerciser is limited to anyone weighing less than 250 pounds. Indeed, anyone heavier may exceed the design limits of the Marcy NS-9200 pedal exerciser and potentially cause it to break.

PROS

  • Handle makes it easy to move the Marcy NS-9200 pedal exerciser
  • 2-year limited warranty

CONS

  • May not fit under a desk for everyone

Video Showing Pedals in Use

How do you Evaluate these Machines?

In fact, use the factors described below to grade these pedal exercisers and mini exercise bikes.

Assembly

First, assembling the pedal exerciser should be easy. In fact, the less assembly required, the better.

Construction

Next, a pedal exerciser made of heavy-duty alloys or steel is preferable. At least the frame must be metal. And, since you may push them hard, the pedals need to be made from heavy duty plastic such as ABS or better. Indeed, the more solid the construction, the longer the pedal exerciser will last, and more stable it will be.

Display

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

Exercise

Most of all, a pedal exerciser exercising both legs and arms gives you more options.

Feet

Most of all, the feet are generally made from heavy duty rubber or other similar material to protect the floor and/or the table from scratches and marks. Also, the feet help prevent the pedal exerciser from sliding as you pedal. Indeed, nearly all pedal exercisers are lightweight weighing less than 26 pounds. In addition, most people try to use the pedals as they would a recumbent bike – namely by pushing the pedals away from you. This pushing action is a consequence of the chair being behind the pedal exerciser – as with a recumbent bike. Moreover, this pushing action pushes the pedal exerciser away from you. So instead of pushing on the pedals, push the pedals down towards the floor. Consequently, the pedal exerciser may stay in place as you peddle.

Especially relevant, several pedal exercisers provide straps to tie the pedal exercise to the chair. On the other hand, if you choose one without the straps, there are ways to prevent the pedal exerciser from sliding.

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

Footprint

Most of all, the footprint tells you how much space the pedal exerciser is going to need, so you can decide if the pedal exerciser is going to fit where you intend to use it.

Handle

A handle makes it easier to move the pedal exerciser around with one hand.

Height

If the pedal exerciser is going to be used under a desk, you need to measure the distance between the top of your knee, when sitting on a chair, and the floor with your shoes on. Next you need to measure the highest point the top of the pedal reaches above the floor. Next, the sum of these two numbers needs to be less than the distance between the underside of the table or desk top and the floor.

Noise

Because the pedal exercisers are likely to be used in office environments or while watching TV or reading a book, they need to run as quietly as possible. Most of all, pedal exercisers using magnetic resistance run quieter. On the other hand, pedal exercisers that use friction for resistance tend to be noisy. To reduce this noise, take the tension knob out and put graphite powder in the tension knob’s hole. And then screw back the tension knob.

Pedals

Most of all, to drive the pedals with your feet, the pedals need to be non-slip or else your feet will not grip the pedals. In addition, pedal straps help grab your feet to the pedal. Moreover, the pedal straps need to be adjustable to accommodate various shoe sizes.

Tension

Tension is sometimes referred to as resistance. And, nearly all pedal exercisers provide the capability to adjust tension so that you can change your workout intensity. However, not all pedal exercisers provide markers that allow you to easily identify tension levels. Furthermore, such markers help you record tension levels of your workouts. And these markers are especially important, if the pedal exerciser is used by others.

Most noteworthy, tension based on friction will cause metal parts in the vicinity to heat up. Pedal exercisers that offer protection from contact with the heated parts are better than those which don’t. Furthermore, depending on the pedal speed, and the length of time pedaling, heating could start to be felt as soon as 15 minutes after starting. However, if you are pedaling slowly, heat from friction likely won’t be an issue. Be that as it may, you can reduce the build up of heat by lubricating. In fact, to lubricate, take the tension knob out and put graphite powder in the tension knob’s hole. And then screw back the tension knob.

Transportation

Because the pedal exercisers are used under the desk, in front of a couch, on a table, among other places, being lightweight becomes an advantage in terms of moving it from one location to another.

Use

In addition, manufacturers design pedal exercisers for different use. So, you want to look at pedal exercisers targeted to your need. For example, some pedal exercisers are designed for the handicapped, some for beginners. While others are designed for strengthening your legs and arms or used under a desk, while in the office or at home.

Warranty

The longer the warranty period the better you are protected against manufacturing defects. Generally, a 90-day period will cover majority of manufacturing defects. Since most defects are found in this period, it’s important to ensure your purchase is covered during that time. In addition, a longer warranty period, implies that the pedal exerciser is better built to last a longer time.

Weight

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

Conclusion

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

  • 1
    First of all, allows you to use the exerciser under or near a desk or a table or on a table, or next to a couch.
  • 2
    Next, is reasonably solid
  • 3
    Also, is quiet
  • 4
    In addition, offers adjustable tension
  • 5
    Furthermore, displays exercise time, count of revolutions, revolutions per minute, and calories
  • 6
    Finally, has at least a 90-day warranty

What are Your Needs?

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

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

Indeed, answers to these questions and others will help guide you to the pedal exerciser or mini exercise bike that's best for you.

What Problems do these Machines Solve?

Hours Spent Sitting

According to the 2017 American time use survey by Bureau of Labor Statistics, part of the average American’s time each day is spent as follows:

  • 1
    First and foremost, American's spend 1.11 hours on eating and drinking
  • 2
    Next, they spend 4.14 hours working
  • 3
    Also, they spend 0.52 hours on socializing,
  • 4
    Meanwhile, they spend 2.5 hours watching TV
  • 5
    Finally, they spend 0.16 hours on the telephone, going through the mail, and email

For the most part, all these activities involve sitting. As a result, the average American spends 8.43 hours each day sitting.  Most noteworthy, this number is consistent with other surveys and studies on sitting.

Consequences of Too Much Sitting

Especially relevant, prolonged sitting on a regular basis results in health problems such as:

  • 1
    First, metabolic syndrome
  • 2
    Next, poor blood circulation
  • 3
    Also, obesity
  • 4
    Moreover, poor posture
  • 5
    In addition, develop diseases
  • 6
    For example, cancer
  • 7
    And, mental health issues
  • 8
    In addition, longevity
  • 9
    Finally, mortality

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

Effect of Sitting on Arm Muscles

The major muscle groups in the arms are:

  • 1
    First, the biceps located in front of the upper arms
  • 2
    Next, the triceps located in the back of upper arms, and
  • 3
    Finally, the forearms in the lower arms

All these arm muscles are affected by sitting too much. In fact, the triceps are a common area for fat deposits, meaning you’re most likely to notice excess, flabby skin in this area.

Effect of Sitting on Lower Body Muscles

The legs contain the most muscle groups in your body. Too much sitting causes the quads, hamstrings, and calves to change. In fact, these muscles become less toned as the muscles get smaller and less defined. Indeed, the effects are first seen on your upper legs and hips, where fat deposits are common. These changes are largely because fat in this area tends to be less metabolically active than fat in other areas of the body.

Next, the buttocks are made up of three major muscle groups: the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and gluteus minimus. Too much sitting causes these muscles to soften and become undefined, leaving the butt looking flat and misshapen. Moreover, as these muscles lose their tone, you may have difficulty maintaining good balance.

That’s where desk pedals and mini bikes help. In fact, desk pedals are used to exercise legs while working at a desk. Furthermore, mini bikes are used when sitting in a chair to exercise legs and arms.

How do these Machines Solve the Problems?

How much does Physical Activity Help?

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 Pedal Exercisers Really Helps Your Body?

First and foremost, many studies show that physical inactivity and sedentary work environments increases insulin resistance. Moreover, this increase in insulin resistance leads to higher risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

Incidentally, University of Massachusetts researchers published a study in October 2018 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. Indeed, the study reported that pedaling while working improves the body’s insulin response.

Meanwhile, the study comprised of six men and six women overweight/obese full-time sedentary office workers. And, these seated participants pedaled for two hours while working at their desks. Incidentally, the participants pedaled at their own pace for as little or as much time as they chose.

Next, after eating a light meal, the participants provided blood samples. The blood samples were used for analysis of metabolic responses of glucose, insulin and free fatty acids. Indeed, glucose, insulin, and free fatty acids are linked to obesity, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.

When compared to sedentary behavior, the study showed that pedaling required significantly less insulin to maintain glucose concentrations. Consequently, their insulin levels were lower, which in turn, reduced their risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Consequently, the body doesn’t work so hard to maintain blood glucose and fatty acid levels when pedaling. Best of all, their work output and efficiency were not affected by the pedaling.

Finally, pedaling is better than treadmill or standing desk because long periods of standing lowers productivity besides being tiring.

Exercising Leg Muscles

Leg muscles are exercised by both the desk pedals and mini exercise bikes. In each case, the exerciser is set on the floor with you sitting in a chair behind it. Furthermore, in this mode, the exerciser is used to strengthen and tone legs. Especially relevant, the muscles exercised include the hips flexors, glutes, calves, hamstrings and quadriceps.

Exercising Arm Muscles

Only the mini exercise bikes are used for exercising arms. In fact, the mini exercise bike is placed on a table while you are sitting in a chair. Furthermore, in this mode, the mini exercise bike is used to strengthen and tone arms. Especially relevant, the muscles exercised include the biceps, triceps, shoulders and forearms.

Other Health Benefits

Both desk pedals and mini exercise bikes provide the following benefits:

  • 1
    First of all, they help prevent varicose veins.
  • 2
    Next, they exercise calf muscles which increases blood circulation to the feet and ankles and stops blood from pooling. As a result, your risk of deep vein thrombosis or blood clots is reduced.
  • 3
    Also, they help reduce numbness in feet and ankles
  • 4
    In addition, they help prevent swelling of feet, ankles, and legs from water retention due to edema. Indeed, regular use of the pedal exerciser, help reduce these symptoms of edema.
  • 5
    Next they help reduce damage to the knees. In fact, the smooth moving pedals do not cause body joints to get jerked or suddenly shocked. However, while these pedals do not harm the knees, people with sustained injuries or weak knees should consult a doctor before using the pedal exerciser.
  • 6
    Also, they help you burn calories and lose weight
  • 7
    Finally, they give you some aerobic exercise

Only the mini exercise bike strengthens and tones arms. In fact, the mini exercise bike exercises biceps, triceps, shoulders and forearms.

How are these Machines Used?

The Wrong Way

First and foremost, a pedal exerciser shouldn’t be used like a recumbent bike. Most noteworthy, when you use a recumbent bike, because the seat is somewhat away from the pedals, you end up pushing the pedals forward. So, if you do this with the pedal exerciser too far away from your chair, the pedal exerciser will either slide or tilt forward.

The Correct Way

Therefore, keep the pedal exerciser closer to the chair. And, don’t start pedaling until the pedal arm is in the 1 o’clock position. At that time, push the pedals downward towards the floor. And, make sure your toes are pointing forward not upwards. Consequently, you can pedal downward even when you are sitting on a low chair or couch. Moreover, when you are sitting in a low chair or couch, you work both the quads and the hamstrings.

Also, by starting at very little resistance you can learn the correct way to pedal. Most of all, focus on pedaling downwards. In addition, pedal for at least 15 minutes at very little resistance. Next, increase the resistance a little and pedal for another 15 minutes. And, repeat this sequence until you reach a resistance where you are comfortable pedaling.

Lower Body Workout

First, place pedal exerciser underneath your desk, or on the floor in front of a couch or chair. And do 20 minutes of pedaling with no resistance. Next, increase resistance and do another 20 minutes. And, repeat sequence, as necessary, to complete workout.

Arm Exercises

First, place pedal exerciser on a table with rubber mat. Next, grab pedals by the hands and rotate them forward, changing the resistance to make it somewhat of an effort. And do this for 15 minutes. Next, change direction and rotate pedals backwards for another 15 minutes. Repeat sequence, as necessary, to complete workout.

Stretch Arm Muscles

Firstly, to stretch arm muscles, put elbow on the table with your arm bent, while keeping the other arm free. Secondly, position the top of your hand so that it is touching the pedal and grasp the pedals with fingers. Thirdly, starting with no resistance, slowly push down on the pedal. Next, pull the pedal back up. And, repeat with the other arm. Next, increase resistance and repeat sequence, as necessary, to complete workout.

Strengthen Upper Body Muscles

First, place pedal exerciser on a table with rubber mat. Next, grab pedals by the hands and rotate them forward, starting at zero resistance And, do this for 10 minutes. Next, gradually increase time and resistance. And, repeat sequence, as necessary, to complete workout.

Knee Injury

Most of all, you can use the pedal exerciser to increase flexibility of muscles surrounding your injured knee. Firstly, sit in a firm but comfortable chair to stabilize your back. Secondly, place the pedal exerciser in front of you. Thirdly, place your feet on the pedals and slowly pedal with zero resistance. Next, gradually increase time and resistance and repeat, as necessary, to complete workout.

Stretching Injured Knee

Finally, the pedal exerciser can be used as a stretching machine. Firstly, slide feet of the leg with injured knee in the pedal next to the floor. Secondly, rotate pedal to the highest height using the leg with injured knee. And hold that position. Next, gently push pedal back down and pull back up. And, repeat this sequence for 5 cycles.

Other Under Desk Exercise Machines

Comparison with Other Under Desk Exercise Machines

First and foremost,desk pedals have a circular motion of the lower legs and hence more circular movement of the knees. In addition, desk pedals exercise glutes, quads, hamstrings, and to a lesser extent the calves.

Meanwhile, the stepping action of sitting steppers requires pushing down on the pedals against hydraulic resistance. As a result, there is greater stress on the knees. But a better lower leg muscle workout, especially of the glutes, quads, hamstrings, and calves.

Finally, under desk elliptical machines produces a walking action swinging the lower legs back and forth. Consequently, the joints relax during the exercise. In addition, the under desk elliptical machines don’t put too much stress on the legs.

Links to Other Desk Pedal Gear

Links to Desk Stepper Gear

Links to Desk Elliptical Gear

Best Folding Pedal Exerciser to be Healthy

6 Best Folding Pedal Exerciser to be Healthy

People spend an extraordinary amount of time sitting each day. Regrettably, sitting has many negative consequences. However, if you must sit, exercise gear like the folding pedal exerciser may help lessen some of the bad consequences. Most noteworthy, this pedal exerciser can be used to exercise both legs and arms.

folding pedal exerciser

List of 6 Best Folding Pedal Exercisers

Why Use Folding Pedals?

First of all, the folding pedal exerciser is not suited for use under a desk. Instead, after use, the folding pedal exerciser can be easily folded. And being light weight, the folding pedal exerciser can be easily put away or moved from room to room. In addition, because it is light weight, the foldable pedal can be lifted on to a table and used to exercise your arms. Furthermore, these pedal exercisers allow both forward and backward pedaling. Finally, the foldable pedal is a great low cost option for exercising your arms or legs.

Editor’s Choice

Best Folding Pedal Exerciser

Platinum Fitness Fit Sit Foldable Pedal Exerciser Leg Machine

Comparison of 6 Best Folding Pedal Exercisers

Folding Pedal Exerciser

He​​​​​ight

(inches)

Display

Pedal Straps

Rotation

Unique

Features

Rank

(max 5)

Platinum Fitness Fit Sit Foldable Pedal Exerciser

12

Time, revolutions, revolutions per minute, and calories

Non-adjustable

Forward & backward

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

4.9

Stamina InStride 15-0125 Folding Cycle

12.25

Time

Yes

Forward & backward

Ready to use on delivery

4.7

AdirMed Foldable Pedal Exerciser

13.5

Time, revolutions, revolutions per minute, and calories

Non-adjustable

Forward & backward

Ready to use on delivery

4.5

BodyHealt Pedal Exerciser for Arms & Legs

9

Time, revolutions, revolutions per minute, and calories

Adjustable

 

Ready to use on delivery

4.1

Carex Foldable Pedal Exerciser

9.5

Time, revolutions, and calories

Adjustable

 

 

4.2

MOMODA Foldable Pedal Exerciser

13

Time, revolutions, revolutions per minute, and calories

Adjustable

 

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

4

6 Best Folding Pedal Exerciser Reviews

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

Platinum Fitness Fit Sit Foldable Pedal Exerciser

Fit-Sit

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

Assembly

First and foremost, the delivered Platinum Fitness is almost fully assembled. In fact, the only assembly required is to attach the dial.

Construction

Most noteworthy, the Fit Sit has an easy to clean powder coated finish.

Desk or Table Use

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

Dimensions

In addition, the Fit Sit is 17.75 inches long and 15.25 inches wide. Also, at it's highest point the pedal is 12 inches above the floor. Consequently, the Fit Sit needs a clearance of at least 13 inches for use under a desk or table.

Display

Especially relevant, the Fit Sit's LCD displays exercise time, revolutions, revolutions per minute, and calories.

Exercise

Most of all, the Platinum Fitness exercises both arms and legs.

Foldability

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

Pedals

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

Pedal Movement

Next, the Fit Sit has pedals that rotate in both the forward and backwards direction. Also the Fit Sit's pedal movements are quiet. In addition, the Platinum Fitness Fit Sit's cool rev technology prevents dangerous overheating,

Sliding

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

Tension

Next, the Fit Sit's tension knob allows you to adjust resistance. 

Warranty

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

Weight

Finally, the Fit Sit, weighs only 5 pounds.

PROS

  • First and foremost, the quick folding capability
  • Also, anchor straps tie the Fit Sit to a chair to prevent it from sliding away during a workout
  • Next, it's Cool rev technology prevents dangerous overheating
  • Incidentally, the Platinum Fit Sit is among the highest rated in this group of foldable pedals
  • Also, the Fit Sit is most reviewed in this group of foldable pedals

CONS

  • Non-adjustable foot straps on the pedals

Stamina InStride 15-0125 Folding Cycle

Stamina cycle

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

Assembly

First and foremost, the delivered Stamina instride 15-0125 folding cycle is fully assembled and ready for use.

Construction

Most noteworthy, the Stamina instride 15-0125 has a durable steel tubular frame.

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the Stamina instride 15-0125 folding cycle under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table.

Dimensions

In addition, the Stamina instride 15-0125 folding cycle is 19 inches long and 15.25 inches wide. Also, at it's highest point the pedal is 12.25 inches above the floor. Consequently, the Stamina instride 15-0125 folding cycle needs a clearance of 14 inches for use under a desk or table.

Display

Especially relevant, the Stamina instride's LCD displays workout time.

Exercise

Most of all, the Stamina instride 15-0125 folding cycle exercises both legs and arms.

Foldability

Next, the Stamina instride 15-0125 is foldable for easy storage. In fact, simply unscrew the Stamina instride's tension knob and fold the Stamina instride 15-0125 folding cycle.

Pedals

In addition, the Stamina instride's textured pedals have foot straps holding feet firmly to the pedals. In fact, the textured pedals help prevent feet from slipping on the pedals.

Pedal Movement

Next, the Stamina instride 15-0125 folding cycle has pedals that rotate in both the forward and backwards direction. Also, the pedal movements are quiet.

Sliding

Furthermore, the Stamina instride 15-0125 folding cycle has non-slip rubber feet that work well on carpets or floor mats.

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to adjust resistance.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the Stamina instride 15-0125 folding cyclecycle comes with a 90-day warranty.

Weight

Finally, the Stamina instride 15-0125 folding cycle, weighs only 6.2 pounds.

PROS

  • Most of all, the Stamina is easy to fold

CONS

  • First and foremost, the LCD displays only workout time
  • Also, the Stamina has only a 90-day warranty

AdirMed Foldable Pedal Exerciser

Folding Pedal Exerciser

The very popular AdirMed foldable pedal has the following features.

Assembly

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

Construction

Most noteworthy, the AdirMed foldable pedal has a durable chrome frame.

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the AdirMed foldable pedal under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table.

Dimensions

In addition, the AdirMed foldable pedal is 18 inches long and 14 inches wide. Also, at it's highest point the pedal is 13.5 inches above the floor. Consequently, the AdirMed foldable pedal needs a clearance of 15 inches for use under a desk or table.

Display

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

Exercise

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

Foldability

Next, the AdirMed foldable pedal folds for easy storage. 

Pedals

In addition, the AdirMed foldable's pedals have non-adjustable foot straps holding feet firmly to the pedals.

Pedal Movement

Next, the AdirMed foldable has pedals that rotate in both the forward and backwards direction. Also, the AdirMed foldable's pedal movements are quiet.

Sliding

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

Tension

Next, the AdirMed foldable pedal's tension knob allows you to adjust the AdirMed foldable pedal's resistance.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the AdirMed foldable pedal has NO warranty.

Weight

Finally, the AdirMed foldable pedal weighs 7 pounds.

CONS

  • Non adjustable footstraps
  • No warranty

BodyHealt Pedal Exerciser for Arms & Legs 

Pedal Exerciser

The BodyHealt pedal exerciser has the following features.

Assembly

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

Construction

Most noteworthy, the BodyHealt pedal exerciser has a durable metal frame.

Desk or Table Use

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

Dimensions

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

Display

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

Exercise

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

Foldability

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

Pedals

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

Sliding

Furthermore, the BodyHealt pedal exerciser has four anti-slip rubber pads on the two legs to prevent sliding on any surface while also protecting the floor and table from scratches and scuff marks.

Tension

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

Warranty

Especially relevant, the BodyHealt pedal exerciser comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Finally, the BodyHealt pedal exerciser weighs less than 6 pounds.

Carex Foldable Pedal Exerciser

folding cycle

The Carex foldable pedal has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, the delivered Carex foldable pedal requires some simple assembly.

Construction

Most noteworthy, the Carex foldable pedal has a metal frame.

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the Carex foldable pedal under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table.

Dimensions

In addition, the Carex foldable pedal is 18.5 inches long, 14.5 inches wide, and 9.5 inches high. Consequently, the Carex foldable pedal needs a clearance of 11 inches for use under a desk or table.

Display

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

Exercise

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

Foldability

Next, the Carex foldable pedal folds for easy storage.

Pedals

In addition, the Carex foldable's 4 inch wide pedals are 2 inches deep. Also, the pedals have adjustable Velcro foot straps to hold feet firmly to the pedals.

Pedal Movement

Next, the Carex foldable's pedal movements are quiet.

Sliding

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

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to adjust resistance.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the Carex foldable pedal comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Finally, the Carex foldable pedal weighs only 5.5 pounds.

MOMODA Foldable Pedal Exerciser

foldable exerciser

The MOMODA pedal exerciser described below was designed to help you get some exercise, lose weight, and stay active while sitting for long periods of time.

Assembly

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

Construction

Most noteworthy, the MOMODA pedal exerciser has a frame made from reinforced steel pipes and ABS plastic. In addition, to prevent heat burns, heat-insulating foam wrap the two pedal cranks.

Desk or Table Use

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

Dimensions

In addition, the Momoda pedal exerciser is 20.9 inches long and 14.2 inches wide. Also, the highest point of the pedal is 13 inches off the floor. Consequently, the Momoda pedal exerciser needs a clearance of at least 14 inches for use under a desk or table.

Display

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

Exercise

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

Foldability

Next, the Momoda pedal exerciser, when folded, is 12.6 inches long, 14.2 inches wide, and 6.7 inches high.

Pedals

In addition, the Momoda pedal exerciser has pedals with grooves for gripping and adjustable foot straps to hold feet.to the pedals.

Pedal Movement

Next, the pedal movements are smooth and quiet. 

Sliding

Furthermore, the Momoda pedal exerciser has four large anti-slip rubber feet on the two legs to prevent sliding while also protecting the floor. 

Tension

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

Warranty

Especially relevant, the Momoda pedal exerciser comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Finally, the Momoda pedal exerciser, weighs only 4.6 pounds.

PROS

  • Crank wrapped in heat-insulating foam to prevent heat burns

Video Showing Folding Pedal in Use

How do you Evaluate these Pedals?

In fact, use the factors described below to grade these folding pedals.

Assembly

First, assembling the folding pedal should be easy. In fact, the less assembly required, the better.

Construction

Next, a pedal exerciser made of heavy-duty alloys or steel is preferable. At least the frame must be metal. And, since you may push them hard, the pedals need to be made from heavy duty plastic such as ABS or better. Indeed, the more solid the construction, the longer the pedal exerciser will last, and more stable it will be.

Display

Display helps you keep track of your workouts. Example of workout measurements include exercise time, revolutions (or rotations), revolutions per minute, and calories. Moreover, you use this information to monitor your progress over time, or simply to ensure you met your daily target.

Exercise

Most of all, a pedal exerciser exercising both legs and arms gives you more options.

Feet

Most of all, the feet are generally made from heavy duty rubber or other similar material to protect the floor and/or the table from scratches and marks. Also, the feet help prevent the pedal exerciser from from sliding as you pedal. Indeed, nearly all pedal exercisers are lightweight weighing less than 15 pounds. In addition, most people try to use the pedals as they would a recumbent bike – namely by pushing the pedals away from you. This pushing action is a consequence of the chair being behind the pedal exerciser – as with a recumbent bike. Moreover, this pushing action pushes the pedal exerciser away from you. So instead of pushing on the pedals, push the pedals down towards the floor. Consequently, the pedal exerciser may stay in place as you peddle.

Especially relevant, several pedal exercisers provide straps to tie the pedal exercise to the chair. On the other hand, if you choose one without the straps, there are ways to prevent the pedal exerciser from sliding.

Foldable

Next, a foldable pedal machine makes it easier to store it in small spaces. In addition, foldable exercisers are easier to carry around.

Footprint

Most of all, the footprint tells you how much space the pedal exerciser is going to need, so you can decide if the pedal exerciser is going to fit where you intend to use it.

Noise

Because the pedal exercisers are likely to be used in office environments or while watching TV or reading a book, they need to run as quietly as possible. Most of all, pedal exercisers using magnetic resistance run quieter. On the other hand, pedal exercisers that use friction for resistance tend to be noisy. To reduce this noise, take the tension knob out and put graphite powder in the tension knob’s hole. And then screw back the tension knob.

Pedals

Most of all, to drive the pedals with your feet, the pedals need to be non-slip or else your feet will not grip the pedals. In addition, pedal straps help grab your feet to the pedal. Moreover, the pedal straps need to be adjustable to accommodate various foot sizes.

Storage

Folding pedal exercisers take up less space in storage.

Tension

Tension is sometimes referred to as resistance. And, nearly all pedal exercisers provide the capability to adjust tension so that you can change your workout intensity. However, not all pedal exercisers provide markers that allow you to easily identify tension levels. Furthermore, such markers help you record tension levels of your workouts. And these markers are especially important, if the pedal exerciser is used by others.

Most noteworthy, tension based on friction will cause metal parts in the vicinity to heat up. Pedal exercisers that offer protection from contact with the heated parts are better than those which don’t. Furthermore, depending on the pedal speed, and the length of time pedaling, heating could start to be felt as soon as 15 minutes after starting. However, if you are pedaling slowly, heat from friction likely won’t be an issue. Be that as it may, you can reduce the build up of heat by lubricating. In fact, to lubricate, take the tension knob out and put graphite powder in the tension knob’s hole. And then screw back the tension knob.

Transportation

Because the folding pedal exercisers are used in front of a couch, on a table, among other places, being lightweight becomes an advantage in terms of moving it from one place to another.

Use

In addition, manufacturers design pedal exercisers for different use. So you want to look at pedal exercisers targeted to your need. For example, some pedal exercisers are designed for the handicapped, some for beginners. While others are designed for strengthening your legs and arms or used under a desk, while in the office or at home.

Warranty

The longer the warranty period the better you are protected against manufacturing defects. Generally, a 90-day period will cover the majority of manufacturing defects. Since most defects are found in this period, it’s important to ensure your purchase is covered during that time. In addition, a longer warranty period, implies that the pedal exerciser is better built to last a longer time.

Weight

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

Conclusion

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

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

What are Your Needs?

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

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

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

What Problems do these Pedals Solve?

Hours Spent Sitting

Especially relevant, according to the 2017 American time use survey by Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American spent each day:

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    First, 1.11 hours is spent on eating and drinking
  • 2
    Next, 4.14 hours is spent on working
  • 3
    Also, another 0.52 hours is spent on socializing,
  • 4
    In addition, 2.5 hours is spent watching TV
  • 5
    Finally, 0.16 hours is spent on the telephone, going through mail, and taking care of emails

Indeed, for the most part, all these activities involve sitting. As a result, the average American spends 8.43 hours each day sitting. Furthermore, this number is in line with other surveys and studies on the subject of sitting.

Consequence of Too Much Sitting

Especially relevant, prolonged sitting on a regular basis results in health problems such as:

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    First, metabolic syndrome
  • 2
    Next, poor blood circulation
  • 3
    Also, obesity
  • 4
    In addition, poor posture
  • 5
    Furthermore, develop diseases
  • 6
    For example, cancer
  • 7
    Next, mental health
  • 8
    Also, shortens longevity
  • 9
    Finally, earlier mortality

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

Effect of Sitting on Arm Muscles

Most noteworthy, the major muscle groups in the arms are:

  • 1
    First, the biceps located in front of the upper arms
  • 2
    Next, the triceps located in the back of the upper arm, and
  • 3
    Finally, the forearms in your lower arms

And, all of these arm muscles are affected by sitting too much. In fact, the triceps are a common area for fat deposits, meaning you’re most likely to notice excess, flabby skin in this area.

Effect of Sitting on Lower Body Muscles

Indeed, the legs contain the most muscle groups in your body. And, too much sitting causes the quads, hamstrings, and calves to change. In fact, these muscles become less toned as the muscles get smaller and less defined. Indeed, the effects are first seen on your upper legs and hips, where fat deposits are common. Above all, these changes are largely due to the fact that fat in this area tends to be less metabolically active than the fat in other areas of the body.

Next, the buttocks are made up of three major muscle groups: the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius and gluteus minimus. And, too much sitting causes these muscles to soften and become undefined, leaving your butt looking flat and misshapen. Moreover, as these muscles lose their tone, you may have difficulty maintaining good balance.

In fact, that’s where the foldable pedals help. Moreover, the foldable pedal is used while you are sitting on a chair to exercise your legs and arms.

How do these Pedals Solve the Problems?

How much does Physical Activity Help?

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 Folding Pedals Really Helps Your Body?

First and foremost, many studies show that physical inactivity and sedentary work environments increases insulin resistance. Moreover, this increase in insulin resistance leads to higher risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

Incidentally, University of Massachusetts researchers published a study in October 2018 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. Indeed, the study reported that pedaling while working improves the body’s insulin response.

Meanwhile, the study comprised of six men and six women overweight/obese full-time sedentary office workers. And, these seated participants pedaled for two hours while working at their desks. Incidentally, the participants pedaled at their own pace for as little or as much time as they chose.

Next, after eating a light meal, the participants provided blood samples. The blood samples were used for analysis of metabolic responses of glucose, insulin and free fatty acids. Indeed, glucose, insulin, and free fatty acids are linked to obesity, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.

When compared to sedentary behavior, the study showed that pedaling required significantly less insulin to maintain glucose concentrations. Consequently, their insulin levels were lower, which in turn, reduced their risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Consequently, the body doesn’t work so hard to maintain blood glucose and fatty acid levels when pedaling. Best of all, their work output and efficiency were not affected by the pedaling.

Finally, pedaling is better than treadmill or standing desk because long periods of standing lowers productivity besides being tiring.

What Muscles does the Folding Pedal Exerciser Help?

Above all, there are two ways the foldable pedal is used: one for exercising the arms and one for exercising the legs.

Exercising Arm Muscles

When used for exercising the arms, the pedal exerciser is on a table with you sitting in a chair. Furthermore, in this mode, the pedal exerciser is used to strengthen and tone the arms. In fact, the muscles exercised include the biceps, triceps, shoulders and forearms.

Exercising Leg Muscles

When used for exercising legs, the pedal exerciser is on the floor with you sitting in a chair behind it. Furthermore, in this mode, the pedal exerciser is used to strengthen and tone the legs. In fact, the muscles exercised include the hips flexors, glutes, calves, hamstrings and quadriceps.

Other Health Benefits

Above all, the foldable pedal helps you in the following ways.

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    First for foremost, the exerciser prevents varicose veins.
  • 2
    Next, the exerciser exercises calf muscles which increases blood circulation to your feet and ankles and stops blood from pooling. As a result, your risk of deep vein thrombosis or blood clots is reduced.
  • 3
    Also, the exerciser reduces numbness in feet and ankles
  • 4
    In addition, the exerciser prevents swelling of feet, ankles, and legs from water retention due to edema. Indeed, regular use of the pedal exerciser, will reduce these symptoms of edema.
  • 5
    Furthermore, the exerciser reduces damage to the knees. In fact, the smooth moving pedal exerciser does not cause body joints to get jerked or suddenly shocked. However, while the pedal exerciser does not harm the knees, people with sustained injuries or weak knees should consult a doctor before using the pedal exerciser.
  • 6
    Next, the exerciser strengthens and tones the arms by exercising the biceps, triceps, shoulders and forearms.
  • 7
    Also, the exerciser helps you lose weight
  • 8
    Lastly, the exerciser gives you some aerobic exercise

How are Folding Pedals Used?

The Wrong Way to use Folding Pedals

First and foremost, a pedal exerciser shouldn’t be used like a recumbent bike. Most noteworthy, when you use a recumbent bike, because the seat is somewhat away from the pedals, you end up pushing the pedals forward. So, if you do this with the pedal exerciser too far away from your chair, the pedal exerciser will either slide or tilt forward.

The Correct Way

Therefore, keep the pedal exerciser closer to the chair. And, don’t start pedaling until the pedal arm is in the 1 o’clock position. At that time, push the pedals downward towards the floor. And, make sure your toes are pointing forward not upwards. Consequently, you can pedal downward even when you are sitting on a low chair or couch. Moreover, when you are sitting in a low chair or couch, you work both the quads and the hamstrings.

Also, by starting at very little resistance you can learn the correct way to pedal. Most of all, focus on pedaling downwards. In addition, pedal for at least 15 minutes at very little resistance. Next, increase the resistance a little and pedal for another 15 minutes. And, repeat this sequence until you reach a resistance where you are comfortable pedaling.

Lower Body Workout

First, place pedal exerciser underneath your desk, or on the floor in front of a couch or chair. And do 20 minutes of pedaling with no resistance. Next, increase resistance and do another 20 minutes. And, repeat sequence, as necessary, to complete workout.

Arm Exercises

First, place pedal exerciser on a table with rubber mat. Next, grab pedals by the hands and rotate them forward, changing the resistance to make it somewhat of an effort. And do this for 15 minutes. Next, change direction and rotate pedals backwards for another 15 minutes. Repeat sequence, as necessary, to complete workout.

Stretch Arm Muscles

Firstly, to stretch arm muscles, put elbow on the table with your arm bent, while keeping the other arm free. Secondly, position the top of your hand so that it is touching the pedal and grasp the pedals with fingers. Thirdly, starting with no resistance, slowly push down on the pedal. Next, pull the pedal back up. And, repeat with the other arm. Next, increase resistance and repeat sequence, as necessary, to complete workout.

Strengthen Upper Body Muscles

First, place pedal exerciser on a table with rubber mat. Next, grab pedals by the hands and rotate them forward, starting at zero resistance And, do this for 10 minutes. Next, gradually increase time and resistance. And, repeat sequence, as necessary, to complete workout.

Knee Injury

Most of all, you can use the pedal exerciser to increase flexibility of muscles surrounding your injured knee. Firstly, sit in a firm but comfortable chair to stabilize your back. Secondly, place the pedal exerciser in front of you. Thirdly, place your feet on the pedals and slowly pedal with zero resistance. Next, gradually increase time and resistance and repeat, as necessary, to complete workout.

Stretching Injured Knee

Finally, the pedal exerciser can be used as a stretching machine. Firstly, slide feet of the leg with injured knee in the pedal next to the floor. Secondly, rotate pedal to the highest height using the leg with injured knee. And hold that position. Next, gently push pedal back down and pull back up. And, repeat this sequence for 5 cycles.

Other Under Desk Exercise Machines

Comparison with Other Under Desk Exercise Machines

First and foremost, foldable pedals have a circular motion of the lower legs and hence more circular movement of the knees. In addition, foldable pedals exercise glutes, quads, hamstrings, and to a lesser extent the calves.

Meanwhile, the stepping action of sitting steppers requires pushing down on the pedals against hydraulic resistance. As a result, there is greater stress on the knees. But a better lower leg muscle workout, especially of the glutes, quads, hamstrings, and calves.

Finally, under desk elliptical machines produces a walking action swinging the lower legs back and forth. Consequently, the joints relax during the exercise. In addition, the under desk elliptical machines don’t put too much stress on the legs.

Links to Other Desk Pedal Gear

Links to Desk Stepper Gear

Links to Desk Elliptical Gear

Best Pedal Exerciser for the Elderly to be Healthy

7 Best Pedal Exerciser for the Elderly to be Healthy

Seniors and the elderly spend an extraordinary amount of time sitting each day. Because, sitting has many negative consequences, exercise gear like the pedal exerciser for seniors and elderly may help lessen some of the bad consequences. Most noteworthy, these pedals are specially built for the elderly and seniors. For example, they are not heavy, thereby allowing the elderly to lift them on to a table for exercising their arms or storing them away after use.

pedal exerciser for elderly

List of 7 Best Pedals and Other Content

What are these Pedals?

Above all, the pedals described below are designed mostly for use by the elderly and seniors. As a result, these pedals are not designed for heavy duty use, such as trying to lose weight, but rather to help your legs and arms stay healthy. Especially noteworthy, tube framed pedals offer light resistance, while the cased body pedals offer higher resistance.

Editor’s Choice

Best Pedal Exerciser for Elderly

Vive Desk Cycle - Foot Exerciser

Comparison of 7 Best Elderly Pedals

Elderly Pedal

Display

Warranty

Rank

(max 5)

 

Vive Desk Cycle - Foot Exerciser

Revolutions per minute, speed, time, and calories

1 year

4.9

B BAIJIAWEI Pedal Exerciser

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

1 year

4.1

Carex Foldable Under Desk Exercise Bike for Seniors and Elderly

Revolutions, time, and calories

Standard

4.0

EF Pedal Exerciser

Not available

Not available

4.1

Enstver Pedal Exerciser

Revolutions per minute, time, speed and calories

Standard

4.0

Banghotfire Mini Exercise Bike for Seniors

Time, distance, total revolutions, and calories

Standard

4.1

Cozylifeunion Pedal Exerciser

Revolutions, exercise time, revolutions per minute, and calories

Standard

4.0

7 Best Elderly Pedal Reviews

Vive Desk Cycle - Foot Exerciser

Desk Cycle

The most popular Vive Desk Cycle pedal exerciser for seniors has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, the delivered Vive Desk Cycle comes almost fully assembled. In fact, the only assembly required is to screw in the tension knob.

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the Vive Desk Cycle under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table.

Dimensions

In addition, the Vive Desk Cycle is 19 inches long, 14.5 inches wide and 9 inches high. Also, at it's highest point the pedal is 12 inches above the floor. Consequently, the Vive Desk Cycle needs a clearance of 13 inches for use under a desk or table.

Display

Especially relevant, the Vive Desk Cycle has a large, easy to read LCD screen that displays, with the touch of a button, revolutions per minute, time, speed and calories burned.

Exercise

Most of all, the Vive Desk Cycle exercises both legs and arms.

Foldability

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

Pedals

In addition, the Vive Desk Cycle has four inch wide pedals with a non-slip surface and adjustable toe loops to help keep your feet in place as you peddle.

Sliding

Furthermore, the Vive Desk Cycle has non-slip, non-marking feet that ensure it stays in place while being used on hard floors, carpets, and table tops. And the low profile prevents the Vive Desk Cycle from wobbling and sliding.

Tension

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

Warranty

Especially relevant, the Vive Desk Cycle comes with a one year manufacturer's guarantee.

Weight

Finally, the Vive Desk Cycle weighs only 5.15 pounds.

PROS

  • 1-year manufacturer's guarantee
  • Highest rated among pedals for the elderly
  • By far the most reviewed among pedals for the elderly
  • Among the top 50 best sellers of exercise bikes

B BAIJIAWEI Pedal Exerciser for Elderly

Pedal Exerciser for Seniors

The very popular B BAIJIAWEI Portable Pedal for seniors and elderly has the following features.

Assembly

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

Construction

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

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the B BAIJIAWEI Portable Pedal under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table.

Dimensions

In addition, the B BAIJIAWEI Portable Pedal is 19.6 inches long, 14.5 inches wide and 9 inches high. Also, at it's highest point the pedal is 13.5 inches above the floor. Consequently, the B BAIJIAWEI Portable Pedal needs a clearance of 14 inches for use under a desk or table.

Display

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

Exercise

Most of all, the B BAIJIAWEI Portable Pedal exercises both legs and arms.

Foldability

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

Pedals

In addition, the B BAIJIAWEI Portable Pedal has 4 inch wide pedals with adjustable toe loops to help keep your feet in place as you peddle.

Sliding

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

Tension

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

Warranty

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

Weight

Finally, the B BAIJIAWEI Portable Pedal, weighs only 6.6 pounds.

PROS

  • One year manufacturer's warranty
  • Additional fixing strap to prevent the B BAIJIAWEI Portable Pedal from sliding during use

Carex Foldable Under Desk Exercise Bike for Seniors and Elderly

under desk bike

The very popular Carex exerciser for seniors and elderly has the following features.

Construction

Most noteworthy, the Carex exerciser has an all metal frame.

Desk or Table Use

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

Dimensions

In addition, the Carex exerciser is 18.5 inches long, 14.5 inches wide and 9.5 inches high. Consequently, the Carex exerciser needs a clearance of at least 11 inches for use under a desk or table.

Display

Especially relevant, the Carex exerciser has an easy to read LCD screen which displays, with the touch of a button, revolutions, time, and calories burned. Meanwhile, the scan button sequentially displays the workout data continuously.

Exercise

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

Foldability

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

Pedals

In addition, the Carex exerciser has 4 inch wide, 2 inch deep pedals. Also, the Carex exerciser has pedals with adjustable Velcro straps. Consequently, these straps help keep your feet in place as you pedal the Carex exerciser.

Tension

Next, the tension knob, on the Carex exerciser, makes it easy to adjust your workout from very little resistance to some.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the Carex pedal exerciser for seniors comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Finally, the Carex exerciser weighs only 5.5 pounds.

EF Pedal Exerciser for Seniors

foldable mini bike

The popular EF pedal exerciser for seniors has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, the delivered EF pedal exerciser for seniors comes almost fully assembled. In fact, all that's needed is to attach the pedals.

Construction

Most noteworthy, the EF pedal exerciser for seniors has a strong steel frame which prevents wobbling.

Desk or Table Use

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

Dimensions

In addition, the EF Exerciser is 17.5 inches long, 14 inches wide and 10.5 inches high. Consequently, the EF Exerciser needs a clearance of at least 12 inches for use under a desk or table.

Exercise

Most of all, the EF Pedal Exerciser for elderly exercises both legs and arms.

Foldability

Next, the EF pedal exerciser for seniors is foldable.

Pedals

In addition, the EF Pedal Exerciser for elderly has pedals with adjustable four position straps to help keep your feet in place as you peddle away.

Sliding

Furthermore, the EF Pedal Exerciser for elderly has non-skid ribbed triangular rubber feet that provide traction and stability. In addition, the rubber feet ensures it stays in place while being used on hard floors, carpets, and table tops.

Tension

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

Weight

Finally, the  EF Pedal Exerciser for elderly weighs only 5,75 pounds.

CONS

  • No display
  • No warranty mentioned

Enstver Pedal Exerciser for Elderly

foldable bike

The Enstver Pedal Exerciser for elderly has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, the delivered Enstver Pedal Exerciser for seniors comes almost fully assembled. In fact, the only assembly required is to screw in the tension knob.

Construction

Most noteworthy, the Enstver Pedal Exerciser for seniors and elderly has a strong steel frame that prevents wobbling.

Desk or Table Use

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

Dimensions

In addition, the Enstver Pedal is 18 inches long, 15 inches wide and 10 inches high to the top of the tension knob. However, the highest point of the pedal is more than 10 inches. Consequently this highest point of the pedal is the clearance you need for using under a desk of table.

Display

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

Exercise

Most of all, the Enstver Pedal works both legs and arms.

Foldability

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

Pedals

In addition, the Enstver Pedal Exerciser for seniors has pedals with adjustable toe loops to help keep your feet in place as you peddle.

Sliding

Furthermore, the Enstver Pedal has non-skid ribbed reinforced rubber feet that provide traction on most floors, tables, and surfaces.

Tension

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

Warranty

Finally, the Enstver Pedal Exerciser for seniors comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

PROS

  • Depending on the clearance, the Enstver Pedal may be used under a desk or a table.

Banghotfire Mini Exercise Bike for Seniors

Pedal Exerciser for Seniors

The Banghotfire mini exercise bike for seniors has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, some assembly of the  Banghotfire mini exercise bike is needed.

Construction

Most noteworthy, the Banghotfire mini exercise bike for seniors has a sturdy metal frame, In addition, ABS plastic is used for some parts.

Desk or Table Use

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

Dimensions

In addition, the Banghotfire mini exercise bike is 14.2 inches long and 11.8 inches high.  Consequently, the  Banghotfire mini exercise bike needs a clearance of 13 inches for use under a desk or table.

Display

Especially relevant, a multi-function LCD monitor displays time, distance, total revolutions, and calories.

Exercise

Most of all, the Banghotfire mini exercise bike for seniors exercises both arms and legs.

Pedals

In addition, the Banghotfire mini exercise bike's pedals have comfortable straps to keep your feet in place.

Sliding

Furthermore, the Banghotfire mini exercise bike has non-slip feet  that provide stability.

Tension

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

Warranty

Especially relevant, the Banghotfire mini exercise bike for seniors comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Next, the Banghotfire mini exercise bike weighs 7.28 pounds.

Weight Capacity

Finally, the Banghotfire mini exercise bike, is limited to anyone weighing less than 265 pounds. Indeed, anyone heavier may exceed the design limits of the Banghotfire mini exercise bike and potentially cause it to break.

PROS

  • Usable by anyone under  265 pounds

Cozylifeunion Pedal Exerciser

foldable mini bike

The Cozylifeunion Pedal Exerciser for elderly and seniors has the following features.

Assembly

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

Construction

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

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the Cozylifeunion Pedal machine under a desk or table, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk or table.

Dimensions

In addition, the Cozylifeunion Pedal Exerciser for elderly is 19.6 inches long, 14.5 inches wide and 12.6 inches high with the pedal parallel to the surface. Consequently, the highest height the pedals reach will be greater than 12.6 inches. And that distance is the clearance you will need to use the Cozylifeunion Pedal machine under a desk or table. 

Display

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

Exercise

Most of all, the Cozylifeunion Pedal Exerciser for seniors exercises both arms and legs.

Foldability

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

Pedals

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

Skidding

Furthermore, the Cozylifeunion Pedal machine has four oversized anti-slip rubber pads to prevent the bike from sliding while pedaling. Also, the pads make it more stable to pedal while also protecting mounting surfaces. In addition, the Cozylifeunion Pedal machine can be tied to a chair by fixing straps so that the Cozylifeunion Pedal machine doesn't slide away while being used.

Tension

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

Warranty

Especially relevant, the Cozylifeunion Pedal Exerciser for elderly comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Finally, the Cozylifeunion Pedal machine, weighs only 6.6 pounds.

PROS

  • Pedal crank-arm insulated to prevent getting in contact with hot surfaces

How do you Evaluate these Pedals?

In fact, use the factors described below to grade these pedals.

Assembly

First, assembling the pedal machine should be easy. In fact, the less assembly required, the better.

Construction

Next, it is preferable that the pedal be made of heavy-duty alloys or steel. At least the frame must be metal. And, since you may push them hard, the pedals need to be made from heavy duty plastic such as ABS or better. Indeed, the more solid the construction, the longer the pedal exerciser for elderly will last, and more stable it will be.

Display

Meanwhile, displays help you keep track of your workouts. For example, workout measurements include revolutions (or rotations), time, revolutions per minute, and calories burned. Moreover, you use this information to monitor your progress over time, or simply to ensure you met your daily target.

Exercise

Also, a pedal  exercising both legs and arms gives you more flexibility.

Feet

Most of all, the feet are generally made from heavy duty rubber or other similar material to protect the floor and/or the table from scratches and marks. Also, the feet helps prevent the pedal machine from sliding as you pedal. Indeed, all the pedal machines, described here, are lightweight weighing less than 10 pounds. In addition, most people try to use the pedal machines as they would a recumbent bike – namely by pushing the pedals away from you. This pushing action is a consequence of the chair being behind the pedal machine – as with a recumbent bike. Moreover, this pushing action pushes the pedal machine away from you. So instead of pushing on the pedals, push the pedals down towards the floor. Consequently, the pedal machine may stay in place as you peddle.

Especially relevant, several pedals provide straps to tie the pedal machine to the chair. On the other hand, if you choose one without the straps, there are ways to prevent the pedal machine from sliding.

  1. 1
    Put the chair and the pedal machine on a rubber matting
  2. 2
    Tether the pedal machine to the chair using a rope or solid rubber strap with hooks on either end

Foldable

Next, a folding pedal exerciser for seniors makes it easier to store it in small spaces. In addition, folding pedal exercisers are easier to carry around.

Footprint

Most of all, the footprint tells you how much space the pedal machine is going to need, so you can decide if the pedal machine is going to fit where you intend to use it.

Handle

Meanwhile, a handle makes it easier to move the pedal machine around with one hand.

Height

Especially relevant, if the pedal machine 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. And, 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.

Noise

Because the pedal machine may be used in office environments or while watching TV or reading a book, they need to run as quietly as possible. Most of all, pedal machines using magnetic resistance run quieter. On the other hand, pedal machines that use friction for resistance tend to be noisy. To reduce this noise, take the tension knob out and put graphite powder in the tension knob’s hole. And then screw back the tension knob.

Pedals

Most of all, to drive the pedals with your feet, the pedals need to be non-slip or else your feet will not grip the pedals. In addition, pedal straps help grab your feet to the pedal. Moreover, the pedal straps need to be adjustable to accommodate various foot sizes.

Storage

Next, a folding pedal exerciser take up less space in storage than those that can’t be folded.

Tension

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

Most noteworthy, tension based on friction will cause metal parts in the vicinity to heat up. Therefore, pedal machines that offer protection from contact with the heated parts are better than those which don’t. Furthermore, depending on the pedal speed, and the length of time pedaling, heating could start to be felt as soon as 15 minutes after starting. However, if you are pedaling slowly, heat from friction likely won’t be an issue. Be that as it may, you can reduce the build up of heat by lubricating. In fact, to lubricate, take the tension knob out and put graphite powder in the tension knob’s hole. And then screw back the tension knob.

Transportation

Because the pedal machines are used under the desk, in front of a couch, on a table, among other places, being lightweight becomes an advantage in terms of moving it from one location to another.

Use

In addition, manufacturers design pedal exerciser for elderly for different use. So you want to look at pedal machines targeted to your need. For example, some pedal machines are designed for the handicapped, and some for beginners. While others are designed for strengthening legs and arms.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the longer the warranty period the better you are protected against manufacturing defects. Indeed, a 90-day period will cover the majority of manufacturing defects. And, since most defects are found in this period, it’s important to ensure your purchase is covered during that time. In addition, a longer warranty period, implies that the pedal exerciser for elderly is better built to last a longer time.

Weight

Finally, pedal maachines that weigh less are easier to carry around. On the other hand, heavier pedal machines offer more stability.

Conclusion

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

  • 1
    Will allow you to use the pedal machine under a desk or a table or on a table
  • 2
    Is reasonably solid
  • 3
    Is quiet
  • 4
    Offers adjustable tension
  • 5
    Displays exercise time, count of revolutions, revolutions per minute, and calories burned
  • 6
    Has at least a 90-day warranty

What are Your Needs?

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

  • 1
    Does the pedal machine need to be foldable?
  • 2
    How much physical space is there for the pedal machine?
  • 3
    Does the pedal machine need to keep track of progress as you exercise?
  • 4
    Is the pedal machine going to be used under a desk or a table?
  • 5
    Is the pedal machine going to be used for exercising only the legs or arms or both?
  • 6
    How much use is the pedal machine going to get every day?

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

What Problems do these Pedals Solve?

Hours Spent Sitting

Most of all, according to the 2017 American time use survey by Bureau of Labor Statistics, seniors:

  • 1
    Between the ages of 65 to 74 spent 1.29 hours each day on eating and drinking
  • 2
    Seniors aged 75 and up sent 1.43 hours each day on eating and drinking
  • 3
    Between the ages of 65 to 74 spent 7.32 hours each day on leisure or sports activities
  • 4
    Aged 75 and up spent 7.77 hours each day on leisure or sports activities
  • 5
    Between the ages of 65 to 74 spent 1.5 hours each day eating, drinking, making telephone calls, mail, and email activities
  • 6
    Aged 75 and up spent 1.69 hours each day eating, drinking, making telephone calls, mail, and email activities

In conclusion, seniors between the ages of 65 to 74 spent 8.82 hours each day, essentially sitting. While seniors aged 75 and up spent 9.46 hours each day, essentially sitting.

Consequence of Too Much Sitting

Above all, prolonged sitting on a regular basis results in health problems such as:

  • 1
    Metabolic syndrome
  • 2
    Poor blood circulation
  • 3
    Obesity
  • 4
    Posture
  • 5
    Develop diseases
  • 6
    Cancer
  • 7
    Mental Health
  • 8
    Longevity
  • 9
    Mortality

In addition, prolonged sitting effects the muscles in the arms and the lower body.

Effect of Sitting on Arm Muscles

The major muscle groups in the arms are:

  • 1
    The biceps located in front of the upper arms
  • 2
    The triceps located in the back of the upper arm, and
  • 3
    The forearms in your lower arms

Indeed, all of these arm muscles are effected by sitting too much. In fact, the triceps are a common area for fat deposits, meaning you’re most likely to notice excess, flabby skin in this area.

Effect of Sitting on Lower Body Muscles

Especially relevant, the legs contain the most muscle groups in your body. Moreover, 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. And, these changes are largely due to the fact that fat in this area tends to be less metabolically active than the fat in other areas of the body.

Next, the three major muscle groups in the buttocks are: the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius and gluteus minimus. Meanwhile, too much sitting causes these muscles to soften and become undefined, leaving your butt looking flat and misshapen. Consequently, as these muscles lose their tone, you may have difficulty maintaining good balance.

And, that’s where the pedal exerciser for elderly helps. In fact, the elderly use the pedal machine while sitting in a chair to exercise their legs and arms.

How do these Pedals Solve the Problems?

How much does Physical Activity Help?

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.

Is there Proof that Using Pedals Really Helps Your Body?

First and foremost, many studies show that physical inactivity and sedentary work environments increases insulin resistance. Moreover, this increase in insulin resistance leads to higher risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

Incidentally, University of Massachusetts researchers published a study in October 2018 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. Indeed, the study reported that pedaling while working improves the body’s insulin response.

Meanwhile, the study comprised of six men and six women overweight/obese full-time sedentary office workers. And, these seated participants pedaled for two hours while working at their desks. Incidentally, the participants pedaled at their own pace for as little or as much time as they chose.

Next, after eating a light meal, the participants provided blood samples. The blood samples were used for analysis of metabolic responses of glucose, insulin and free fatty acids. Indeed, glucose, insulin, and free fatty acids are linked to obesity, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.

When compared to sedentary behavior, the study showed that pedaling required significantly less insulin to maintain glucose concentrations. Consequently, their insulin levels were lower, which in turn, reduced their risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Consequently, the body doesn’t work so hard to maintain blood glucose and fatty acid levels when pedaling. Best of all, their work output and efficiency were not affected by the pedaling.

Finally, pedaling is better than treadmill or standing desk because long periods of standing lowers productivity besides being tiring.

Pedal Exerciser for Elderly Exercises Muscles

Above all, the pedal exerciser for seniors can be used in two ways: one for exercising the arms and one for exercising the legs.

Pedal Exercisers
Pedals Exercises Arms

When used for exercising the arms, the pedal machine is on a table with the senior sitting on a chair. Furthermore, in this mode, the pedal machine strengthens and tones arms. In fact, the muscles exercised include the biceps, triceps, shoulders and forearms.

Pedals Exercises Legs

When used for exercising legs, the pedal machine is on the floor with the senior sitting on a chair behind it. Furthermore, in this mode, the pedal machine strengthens and tones legs. In fact, the muscles exercised include the hips flexors, glutes, calves, hamstrings and quadriceps.

Other Health Benefits from Using Pedal Exerciser for Seniors

Most of all, the pedal machine helps you in the following ways.

  • 1
    Prevents varicose veins.
  • 2
    The pedal machine exercises the calf muscles which increases blood circulation to your feet and ankles and stops blood from pooling. As a result, the pedal machine reduces your risk of deep vein thrombosis or blood clots.
  • 3
    Reduces numbness in feet and ankles
  • 4
    Prevents swelling of feet, ankles, and legs from water retention due to edema. Indeed, regular use of the pedal machine, will reduce these symptoms of edema.
  • 5
    Reduces damage to the knees. In fact, the smooth moving pedal machine does not cause body joints to get jerked or suddenly shocked. However, while the pedal machine does not harm the knees, people with sustained injuries or weak knees should consult a doctor before using the pedal machine.
  • 6
    Strengthens and tones the arms by exercising the biceps, triceps, shoulders and forearms.

How are these Pedals Used?

The Wrong Way

First and foremost, a pedal exerciser for elderly shouldn’t be used like a recumbent bike. Most noteworthy, when you use a recumbent bike, because the seat is somewhat away from the pedals, you end up pushing the pedals forward. So, if you do this with the pedal machine too far away from your chair, the pedal machine will either slide or tilt forward.

The Correct Way

Therefore, keep the pedal exerciser for seniors closer to the chair. And, don’t start pedaling until the pedal arm is in the 1 o’clock position. At that time, push the pedals downward towards the floor. And, make sure your toes are pointing forward not upwards. Consequently, you can pedal downward even when you are sitting on a low chair or couch. Moreover, when you are sitting in a low chair or couch, you work both the quads and the hamstrings.

Also, by starting at very little resistance you can learn the correct way to pedal. Most of all, focus on pedaling downwards. In addition, pedal for at least 15 minutes at very little resistance. Next, increase the resistance a little and pedal for another 15 minutes. And, repeat this sequence until you reach a resistance where you are comfortable pedaling.

Lower Body Workout

First, place pedal machine underneath your desk, or on the floor in front of a couch or chair. And do 20 minutes of pedaling with no resistance. Next, increase resistance and do another 20 minutes. And, repeat sequence, as necessary, to complete workout.

Arm Exercises

First, place pedal machine on a table with rubber mat. Next, grab pedals by the hands and rotate them forward, changing the resistance to make it somewhat of an effort. And do this for 15 minutes. Next, change direction and rotate pedals backwards for another 15 minutes. Repeat sequence, as necessary, to complete workout.

Stretch Arm Muscles

Firstly, to stretch arm muscles, put elbow on the table with your arm bent, while keeping the other arm free. Secondly, position the top of your hand so that it is touching the pedal and grasp the pedals with fingers. Thirdly, starting with no resistance, slowly push down on the pedal. Next, pull the pedal back up. And, repeat with the other arm. Next, increase resistance and repeat sequence, as necessary, to complete workout.

Strengthen Upper Body Muscles

First, place pedal machine on a table with rubber mat. Next, grab pedals by the hands and rotate them forward, starting at zero resistance And, do this for 10 minutes. Next, gradually increase time and resistance. And, repeat sequence, as necessary, to complete workout.

Knee Injury

Most of all, you can use the pedal machine to increase flexibility of muscles surrounding your injured knee. Firstly, sit in a firm but comfortable chair to stabilize your back. Secondly, place the pedal machine in front of you. Thirdly, place your feet on the pedals and slowly pedal with zero resistance. Next, gradually increase time and resistance and repeat, as necessary, to complete workout.

Stretching Injured Knee

Finally, the pedal exerciser for elderly can be used as a stretching machine. Firstly, slide feet of the leg with injured knee in the pedal next to the floor. Secondly, rotate pedal to the highest height using the leg with injured knee. And hold that position. Next, gently push pedal back down and pull back up. And, repeat this sequence for 5 cycles.

Other Under Desk Exercise Machines

Comparison with Other Under Desk Exercise Machines

First and foremost, under desk pedals have a circular motion of the lower legs and hence more circular movement of the knees. In addition, under desk pedals exercise glutes, quads, hamstrings, and to a lesser extent the calves.

Meanwhile, the stepping action of sitting steppers requires pushing down on the pedals against hydraulic resistance. As a result, there is greater stress on the knees. But a better lower leg muscle workout, especially of the glutes, quads, hamstrings, and calves.

Finally, under desk elliptical machines produces a walking action swinging the lower legs back and forth. Consequently, the joints relax during the exercise. In addition, the under desk elliptical machines don’t put too much stress on the legs.

Links to Other Desk Pedal Gear

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Best Under Desk Elliptical to be Healthy

11 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 under desk ellipticals and mini ellipticals are specially built for use while sitting to exercise legs. Moreover, some mini ellipticals can also be used while standing.

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Editor’s Choice

Under Desk Elliptical Machine

Stamina In-Motion Elliptical Trainer

Mini Elliptical Stepper

jfit Under Desk & Stand Up Elliptical/Stepper

Under Desk Elliptical Peddler

IDEER LIFE Under Desk & Stand Up Exercise Bike, Elliptical Stepper and Exercise Peddler

 

Comparison of 7 Best Under Desk Elliptical Machines

Under Desk Ellipticals

Weight

(pounds)

Display

Resistance

Warranty

Unique

Features

Rank

(max 5)

Stamina In-Motion Elliptical Trainer

250

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

 

1-year on frame and 90 days on parts

 

4.9

Cubii Jr Desk Elliptical with Built in Display Monitor

 

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

8 levels of magnetic resistance

Standard

Coasters for swivel chairs

4.5

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

 

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

4.6

ANCHEER Desk Elliptical, Electric Elliptical Machine

 

Exercise time, strides, speed, distance, and calories

Provided by motor speed

1-year standard

3 speed motor with remote control

4.3

FitDesk Under Desk Elliptical White

 

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

8 levels of magnetic resistance changed by a foot shifter

6 month warranty

Remote display

4.2

FitDesk Under  Desk Elliptical

 

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

4.4

Stamina Inmotion Compact Strider

250

Distance, workout time, strides, and calories

Adjustable

Standard

 

4.7

7 Best Under Desk Elliptical Machine Reviews

Stamina In-Motion Elliptical Trainer

trainer

Most noteworthy, the Stamina In-Motion elliptical trainer, which comes in three colors (green, orange, and silver), has the following features.

Assembly

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

Construction

Most noteworthy, the Stamina elliptical has a sturdy steel frame.

Desk or Table Use

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

Dimensions

In addition, the Stamina elliptical trainer is 24.5 inches long, 17 inches wide, and 11.38 inches high. Consequently, the Stamina elliptical trainer needs a clearance of 12 to 13 inches for use under a desk or table.

Display

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

Exercise

Most of all, the Stamina elliptical trainer exercises the legs.

Noise

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

Pedals

In addition, the Stamina elliptical has pedals with a textured surface that secure your feet so that you can pedal as hard and fast as you want.

Pedal Movement

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

Sliding

Furthermore, Stamina elliptical works 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 Stamina elliptical provides a passive, low-attention exercise that promotes leg movement and improves circulation, it’s great for gamers. Also, the Stamina elliptical can be used either sitting or standing.

Warranty

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

Weight

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

Weight Capacity

Finally, the Stamina elliptical is limited to anyone weighing less than 250 pounds. Indeed, anyone heavier may exceed the design limits of the Stamina elliptical and potentially cause it to break.

PROS