Best Motorized Pedal Exerciser for Incapacitated to be Strong

Best Motorized Pedal Exerciser for Incapacitated to be Strong

Above all, the incapacitated, who cannot or have difficulty moving their arms or legs, use the motorized pedal exerciser to exercise their arms or legs. In fact, the motorized pedal exerciser provides a gentle low impact exercise for toning their arm and leg muscles.

Consequently, the motorized pedal exerciser has the following design features:

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    Many of the pedal exercisers provides little resistance
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    An electric motor drives the pedal exerciser
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    In general, the pedals move forward and backwards
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    Both arms and legs get a workout with the pedal exerciser
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    Many of the pedal exercisers have handles to make them easy to move
Motorized Pedal Exerciser

Motorized Pedal Exerciser Selections

The following are some of the best motorized pedal exercisers, listed in descending order of review frequency.

Exerpeutic 7101 Active Cycle Mini Exercise Bike

Confidence Fitness Motorized Electric Mini Exercise Bike/Pedal Exerciser

Sunny Health & Fitness EZ Stride Motorized Auto Assisted Under Desk Elliptical Peddler Exerciser - SF-E3626

Electric Pedal Exerciser for Seniors Portable Fitness Cycle for Arm/Leg Exercise Mini Cycling Trainer Stationary Exercise

Sunny Health & Fitness Mini Cycle with 90 RPMs for Leg and arm Exercises with Motorized and Manual Option - SF-B0717

Adjustable Speed with Overload Protection, Motorized Mini Exercise Bike

Motorized Pedal Exerciser Reviews

Exerpeutic 7101 Active Cycle Mini Exercise Bike

Motorized Pedal Exerciser

The Exerpeutic 7101 motorized pedal exerciser has the following features.

Assembly

Most noteworthy, no assembly is required. The Exerpeutic 7101 is ready to be used upon delivery.

Construction

The Exerpeutic 7101 has a durable steel construction.

Controller

Also, a cable connects the hand-held controller to the machine. Furthermore, the hand-held controller adjusts the pedal's speed.

Dimensions

In addition, the Exerpeutic 7101 is 16 inches long, 16 inches wide, and 13 inches high. Indeed, it's compact size makes it easy to move around and store.

Display

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

Exercise

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

Handles

Next, the Exerpeutic 7101 has a built-in handle that makes it easy to lift and move from one place to another.

Manual Operation

Most noteworthy, for higher resistance exercising, turn off the motor.

Motor

The motor's speed is adjustable. In addition, the lowest speed is 26 revolutions per minute. Meanwhile, the motor operates on a standard 120 volt power supply. Furthermore, when motor is running, hand or feet should not be used to forcibly move pedals.

Noise

Also, the direct current motor drive results in a quiet workout.

Pedals

The Exerpeutic 7101's foldable pedals have adjustable straps to prevent feet from slipping while pedaling. In addition, the pedals can be used by both hands and feet.

Pedal Movement

While the pedals only move in the forward direction, you can turn the pedal exerciser around to exercise using the backwards or reverse pedal movement. In addition, because they are driven by a motor, the pedal motion is consistent.

Sliding

Furthermore, a non-skid floor mat is provided to prevent skidding on smooth floors.

Warranty

Most of all, the Exerpeutic 7101 comes with a 1-year limited warranty.

Weight

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

Weight Capacity 

Finally, the weight capacity of the Exerpeutic 7101 is 250 pounds. Indeed, anyone heavier may put too much weight on the motor, which may hinder the pedals from turning.

PROS

  • Exercises arms and legs
  • Speed adjustable by cable connected hand held controller
  • 1-year limited warranty

CONS

  • Rotates only in forward direction. For backward motion physically turn the machine around.

Confidence Fitness Motorized Electric Mini Exercise Bike/Pedal Exerciser

Motorized Pedal Exerciser

The Confidence fitness electric mini exercise bike has the following features.

Assembly

Most noteworthy, some assembly is required. Indeed, the pedals and the feet have to be screwed on the body.

Controller

Also, a cable connects the hand-held controller to the machine. Furthermore, the hand-held controller adjusts the pedal's speed, exercise duration, pedal direction, and workout programs.

Dimensions

In addition, the Confidence fitness is 18.5 inches long, 11.5 inches wide, and 11 inches high. Indeed, it's compact size makes it easy to carry out and store.

Display

Especially relevant, the LCD displays time, distance, speed, and calories burned. Meanwhile, the scan button displays all the workout data sequentially.

Exercise

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

Manual Operation

Most noteworthy, for manual use, turn off the motor.

Motor

Next, the motor's speed is adjustable with 12 speed settings. In addition, the maximum speed is 80 revolutions per minute. Meanwhile, the 70 watts motor operates on a standard 110 volt power supply. Furthermore, when motor is running, hand or feet should not be used to forcibly move pedals.

Noise

Especially relevant, the direct current motor drive results in a quiet workout.

Pedals

Furthermore, the Confidence Fitness has 4.5 inches wide pedals that can be used by both hands and feet. In addition, the non-slip pedals with adjustable Velcro straps prevent feet from slipping while pedaling.

Pedal Movement

Meanwhile, the machine can rotate the pedals in both the forward and backwards direction. In addition, because they are driven by a motor, the pedal motion is consistent.

Programs

Above all, the electric mini exercise bike comes with 5 built-in automatic programs and 1 manual program. And the pedal exerciser is usable in time chunks ranging from 1 to 15 minutes

Sliding

Furthermore, a non-skid floor mat is needed to prevent skidding on smooth floors.

Stability

In addition, you have to use your feet and legs to keep the electric mini exercise bike steady, otherwise it could wobble..

Warranty

Especially relevant, the Confidence Fitness provides a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Also, the electric mini exercise bike weighs 10 pounds, making it convenient to move around.

Weight Capacity 

Finally, the weight capacity of the Confidence Fitness 7101 is 264 pounds. Indeed, anyone heavier may put too much weight on the motor, which may hinder the pedals from turning.

PROS

  • Exercises arms and legs
  • 5 built in programs and 1 manual program
  • 12 speed settings
  • Cabled connected hand held controller for adjusting programs and speed
  • Pedals move forward and backwards

CONS

  • No handles to help move the pedal exerciser
  • Needs mat to prevent the Confidence Fitness from sliding on floor
  • Need to use feet and legs to keep the pedal exerciser steady during use – otherwise it may wobble.

Sunny Health & Fitness EZ Stride Motorized Auto Assisted Under Desk Elliptical Peddler Exerciser - SF-E3626

Motorized Pedal Exerciser

The Sunny SF-E3626 motorized pedal exerciser has the following features.

Assembly

Most noteworthy, no assembly is required. The Sunny SF-E3626 is ready to be used upon delivery.

Controller

Also, the controller is located on the machine and is used to set either auto or manual mode of operation. Furthermore, in auto mode, the controller is used to set 3 speed settings: low, middle, and high. While, in manual mode the controller lets you set 3 levels of resistance: low, medium, high. Finally, the Sunny SF-E3626 is automatically shut off when machine has been idle over 30 minutes.

Desk

Because the Sunny SF-E3626 is only 10.5 inches high, it may be usable under a desk or a table.

Dimensions

In addition, the Sunny SF-E3626 is 20 inches long, 15 inches wide, and 10.5 inches high. Because the Sunny exerciser takes up more area, the Sunny SF-E3626 provides more stability.

Display

Especially relevant, the digital LED displays step counts.

Exercise

Most of all, the Sunny SF-E3626 can be used to exercise only the legs. In addition, the low impact workout is easy on the joints.

Handles

Next, the Sunny SF-E3626 has a built-in handle that makes it easy to lift and move from one place to another.

Manual Operation

Most noteworthy, for manual use, turn off the motor.

Motor

The motor operates on a standard 120 volt power supply.

Pedals

Furthermore, the pedal exerciser has large textured anti-slip foot pedals and no straps are needed.

Pedal Movement

Meanwhile, the machine can rotate the pedals in both the forward and backwards direction.

Sliding

Furthermore, a rubberized non-skid floor mat is provided to prevent skidding on smooth floors.

Warranty

Most of all, the Sunny SF-E3626 comes with a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Weight

Also, the Sunny SF-E3626 weighs 16.5 pounds, making it convenient to move around.

Weight Capacity 

Finally, the weight capacity of the Sunny SF-E3626 is 220 pounds. Indeed, anyone heavier may put too much weight on the motor, which may hinder the pedals from turning.

PROS

  • 3 speed settings in auto mode
  • 3 resistance settings in manual mode
  • Pedals move forward and backwards
  • May be usable under a desk or a table

CONS

  • Exercises only the legs
  • Only displays step counts
  • No hand held controller

Electric Pedal Exerciser for Seniors Portable Fitness Cycle for Arm/Leg Exercise Mini Cycling Trainer Stationary Exercise

Electric pedal exerciser

The Dragon-hub electric pedal exerciser has the following features.

Assembly

Most noteworthy, some assembly is required. Indeed, the handles or the pedals have to be screwed on the cranks. In addition, the foot pads have to be screwed on the bottom.

Controller

Also, a cable connects the hand-held controller to the machine. Furthermore, the hand-held controller adjusts the workout duration and direction of pedal rotation. In addition, the controller sets the mode - either auto or manual. Finally, the controller helps set motor speeds, which may be one of 30, 40, 50, and 60 revolutions per minute.


Dimensions

In addition, the electric pedal exerciser is 16 inches long, 15 inches wide, and 14 inches high.

Exercise

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

Handles

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

Motor

The motor operates on a standard 110-120 volt power supply.

Pedals

Furthermore, the pedal exerciser has pedals with foot straps to hold your feet to the pedals.

Pedal Movement

Meanwhile, the motor can rotate the pedals in both the forward and backwards direction.

Sliding

Furthermore, a non-skid floor mat is provided to prevent skidding on smooth floors.

Warranty

Most of all, the Dragon-hub comes with a standard manufacturer’s warranty.

PROS

  • Exercises both arms and legs
  • 4 speed settings in auto mode
  • Cable connected hand held controller
  • Pedals move forward and backwards

Sunny Health & Fitness Mini Cycle with 90 RPMs for Leg and arm Exercises with Motorized and Manual Option - SF-B0717

Motorized Pedal Exerciser

The Sunny SF-B0717 motorized mini exercise bike has the following features.

Controller

Also, a cable connects the hand-held controller to the machine. Furthermore, the hand-held controller powers up or down the exerciser and sets the direction of pedal rotation. In addition, the controller sets the mode - either auto or manual. And, in auto mode, the controller selects one of 12 adjustable motor speed settings with a maximum speed of 90 revolutions per minute. Meanwhile, the controller can also set workout times of 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, or 30 minutes.

Dimensions

First of all, the motorized mini exercise bike is 20 inches long, 18.5 inches wide, and 14 inches high. Because the exercise bike takes up more area, the Sunny SF-B0717 provides more stability.

Display

Especially relevant, the LCD displays workout time, direction, speed and revolutions per minute.

Exercise

Most of all, the Sunny SF-B0717 can be used to exercise both arms and legs. In addition, the low impact workout is easy on the joints.

Feet

Next, the Sunny SF-B0717 has rubber anti-skid feet that help the machine remain balanced and steady while exercising.

Handles

Next, the Sunny SF-B0717 has a built-in handle that makes it easy to lift and move from one place to another.

Motor

The motor operates on a standard 120 volt power supply.

Pedals

Furthermore, the mini exercise bike has pedals with adjustable straps to hold your feet to the pedals. Moreover, the pedals can also be used by hands.

Pedal Movement

Meanwhile, the motor can rotate the pedals in both the forward and backwards direction.

Weight

Also, the Sunny SF-B0717 weighs 17 pounds, making it relatively easy to move around.

Weight Capacity 

Finally, the weight capacity of the SF-B0717 is 220 pounds. Indeed, anyone heavier may put too much weight on the motor, which may hinder the pedals from turning.

Warranty

Most of all, the Sunny SF-B0717 comes with a standard manufacturer’s warranty.

PROS

  • Exercises arms and legs
  • 12 speed settings in auto mode with a maximum speed of 90 revolutions per minute
  • 6 workout times
  • Cable connected hand held controller
  • Pedals move forward and backwards

Adjustable Speed with Overload Protection, Motorized Mini Exercise Bike

Motorized mini exercise bike

The Exerpeutic Activecycle motorized mini exercise bike has the following features.

Assembly

Most noteworthy, no assembly is required. The Exerpeutic Activecycle is ready to be used upon delivery.

Construction

The Exerpeutic Activecycle has a durable steel construction.

Controller

Also, a cable connects the hand-held controller to the Exerpeutic Activecycle and helps adjust the pedals' speed.

Dimensions

In addition, the Exerpeutic Activecycle is 16 inches long, 16 inches wide, and 13 inches high. Indeed, it's compact size makes it easy to move around and store.

Display

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

Exercise

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

Handles

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

Manual Operation

Meanwhile, for higher resistance exercising, turn off the motor.

Motor

The Exerpeutic Activecycle motor's speed is adjustable from 15 to 60 revolutions per minute. Meanwhile, the motor operates on a standard 120 volt power supply. Furthermore, when motor is running, hand or feet should not be used to forcibly move pedals.

Noise

Also, the direct current motor drive results in a quiet workout.

Pedals

In addition, the Exerpeutic Activecycle's foldable pedals have adjustable straps to prevent feet from slipping while pedaling. Furthermore, the pedals can be used by both hands and feet.

Pedal Movement

While the pedals only move in the forward direction, you can turn the pedal exerciser around to exercise using the backwards or reverse pedal movement. In addition, because they are driven by a motor, the pedal motion is consistent.

Sliding

Furthermore, a non-skid floor mat is provided to prevent skidding on smooth floors.

Warranty

Most of all, the Exerpeutic Activecycle comes with a 1-year limited warranty.

Weight

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

Weight Capacity

Finally, the weight capacity of the Exerpeutic Activecycle is 250 pounds. Indeed, anyone heavier may put too much weight on the motor, which may hinder the pedals from turning.

PROS

  • Exercises arms and legs
  • Speed adjustable by hand held controller from 15 to 60 revolutions per minute
  • 1-year limited warranty

CONS

  • Rotates only in forward direction. For backward motion physically turn the machine around.

What to Look for in Motorized Pedal Exercisers

Desk Use

Some people may prefer to use the motorized pedal exerciser under a desk or table while they work. Several of the motorized pedal exercisers may fit under a desk or table. It all depends on the maximum height a pedal rises above the floor and the clearance between the top of your knees and the underside of the desk of table.

Display

LCD monitors that show workout time, revolutions, revolutions per minute, and calories burned help keep track of your workouts. But they may not be needed if you are incapacitated.

Pedal Movement

Pedals that move forward and backwards exercise different muscles of the legs and arms. Studies show that pedaling backwards has been observed to reduce pressure on the tibiofemoral joint which may offer value in the rehabilitation of meniscal problems or tibiofemoral osteoarthritis. In addition, pedaling backwards was associated with higher muscle activation of the quadriceps muscles.

Pedal Straps

Pedal strap help grip your feet to the pedals, which makes it easier to keep your feet on the pedal. In addition, pedal straps need to be adjustable to accommodate various shoe sizes.

Resistance

Motorized pedal exercisers are designed for the incapacitated. Consequently, many provide very little resistance to pedaling than other pedal exercisers. However, motorized pedal exercisers do provide resistance, when the motor is turned off.

Skidding

Several of the motorized pedal exercisers have feet that prevents skidding, while others require the use of a rubberized non-skid mat.

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.

Why use Motorized Pedal Exercisers

The motorized pedal exerciser helps you by:

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    Improving blood circulation in arms and legs
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    Improving muscle movement
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    Helping maintain joint flexibility of shoulders, elbows, and wrists
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    Helping with balance
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    Strengthening muscles in your legs and arms. For example, by exercising calves and thigh muscles.
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    Proving physical therapy of legs, arms, knees, and shoulders
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    Preventing muscle rigidity
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    Providing body rehabilitation – activating stiff legs and arms
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    Providing gentle low impact exercise for muscle toning

Who would Benefit from Motorized Pedal Exercisers

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    First, people with difficulty moving their legs or arms. The motorized pedal exerciser helps them move their legs and arms. With motor assisted movement, their leg or arm movement will be easy and smooth.
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    Next, people with polio, paraplegics, lymphedema in the legs, etc.
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    Also, people needing rehab
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    In addition, mature or elderly people
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    Also, people living with mobility or injury issues
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    And, people who had a stroke, or have fibromyalgia, cerebral palsy, and multiple sclerosis

How Motorized Pedal Exercisers Help

Those Suffering from Stroke

Research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference in 2015 reported that stroke patients benefited from movement. In fact, stroke patients exercising on motorized pedals improved motor functions in their arms.

Especially relevant, 17 stroke survivors, ranging in age from 23 to 84, participated in the research. Moreover, these survivors had a stroke six to 12 months prior to the study. Meanwhile, all the 17 survivors participated in upper extremity repetitive exercises to regain arm use. On the other hand, one group of survivors also exercised on motorized stationary bikes for 45 minutes before the extremity repetitive exercises. And, after 24 sessions over an eight-week period, this group experienced a 34 percent improvement in their motor skills.

Furthermore, motor assisted stationary bicycles have also been shown to help patients with Parkinson’s disease, another neurological disorder.

Indeed, the advantage of motorized bike is that it helps patients with limited mobility to pedal and achieve intensity of training necessary to impact brain functions. Moreover, aerobic exercises have been shown to condition the brain for learning. In fact, it’s just not the brain and motor functions that benefit from motorized bikes, but motorized bikes also improve cardiovascular health of stroke patients.

Those with Diabetes or Heart Attacks

Diabetes and Passive Exercise

Research shows that nearly forty percent of Americans have high levels of blood sugar after meals. Regrettably, high levels of blood sugar can damage cells in the body.

Moreover, when blood sugar levels are very high, sugar can stick on the outer membranes of cells. And once there, it can never get off. The sugar is converted by a series of reactions to sorbitol. And the sorbitol destroys the cell.

This cell destruction is the reason why diabetics and pre-diabetics can suffer blindness, certain cancers, deafness, dementia, heart attacks, impotence, loss of feeling in the feet, osteoporosis, strokes, and so on.

Meanwhile, any kind of exercise, including passive movement of muscles by a machine can help prevent diabetes or treat existing diabetes. This is because resting muscles absorb very little sugar from the bloodstream and the little that do draw requires insulin. On the other hand, contracting muscles draw huge amounts of sugar from the bloodstream and don’t even need insulin to do so.

Finally, people with paralysis of their legs are at risk of kidney infections, kidney failure, strokes, heart attacks and diabetes. And, all these people would benefit from passive movement of muscles by a machine such as the motorized pedal exerciser.

Takeaways from Studies on Passive Exercise

Especially relevant, a study appeared on page 1,821 in the September 2016 edition of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.  And, this study reported that passive exercise, such as using the motorized pedal exerciser helps. In fact, passive exercise helps by burning extra calories, lowering blood sugar, and insulin levels in inactive people. Consequently, by simply having their legs moved by motorized pedals, the insulin sensitivity of inactive people increased after eating. In fact, this occurred because blood sugar rises were reduced after eating.

In another study, 20 sedentary people rode an electric motor bike which requires the occupant to pedal to keep the motor running. They rode for 40 minutes three time a week. One month later, these sedentary people had lower blood sugar, were more insulin sensitive and had less body fat. In addition, the study showed the sedentary people improved their body fat content and their blood pressure.

Calories from Passive Exercises

Over 60 years ago, scientist found that a person passively moved by motor driven pedals at 56 revolutions per minute, burned at least 7 to 15 kilogram calories per hour. Furthermore, if the person was passively moved at 74 revolutions per minute, the person would burn 19 to 26 kilogram calories per hour.

In addition, two leg passive cycling at 90 revolutions per minute resulted in energy expenditure that is nearly the same as energy expenditure from walking. Or in other words, a person, paralyzed in the legs, who uses a motor driven stationary bike gets the same amount of exercise as a non-disabled person gets from walking.

Cerebral Palsy

Most noteworthy, treatments  for cerebral palsy include improving joint flexibility, increasing mobility, improving muscle definition, and improving muscle tone. Consequently, motorized pedal exercisers, with their ability to move arms and legs passively, is a treatment option..

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Best Nutrients to Help Build Strong Muscles

Best Nutrients to Help Build Strong Muscles

Building muscles is not as simple as just going to the gym. Beyond the workouts, you need to get a good night’s sleep giving your muscles time to repair. In addition, you need to eat healthy nourishing food to feed your body and muscles. And, you have to make sure to regularly take the best nutrients for building the strongest muscles.

best nutrients

Best Nutrient - Beta-Alanine

Beta-Alanine is a non-essential amino acid that helps prevent muscle cramps. And, Beta-Alanine does this by helping to produce carnosine. Indeed, carnosine balances the pH in muscles. Consequently, carnosine restricts the buildup of lactic acid. Most noteworthy, lactic acid buildup leads to fatigue and cramping.

And, the way to get this best nutrient is by eating animal proteins and plant foods like asparagus, edamame, seaweed, turnip greens and watercress.

Biotin

Biotin helps convert carbohydrates, fats, and proteins to energy.

Most of all, the way to get this best nutrient is by eating peanut butter, oats, egg yolk, hazelnuts, and almonds.

Best Nutrient - Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates or carbs are the best building blocks of muscles. In fact, carbs support muscle growth and repair. Especially relevant, carbs help form glycogen, which helps fuel your workouts and rebuild muscles after your workouts.

And, the best way to get carbs is by eating whole grains, vegetables, fruits, beans and other legumes.

Calcium

Calcium helps build strong bones. Also, calcium helps trigger muscle contractions. Most of all, muscles are made of two protein filaments known as myosin and actin. In fact, when muscles contract, these filaments slide over one another to convert Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) to energy. And, the more you exercise, the more ATP your body needs to move your muscles.

Especially relevant, research shows that with insufficient calcium, the body releases calcitrol. In fact, calcitrol is a hormone that causes you to store fat.

Moreover, the way to ingest this best nutrient is by eating yogurt, fortified milk, fortified cereals, cheese, tofu, spinach, almonds, sesame seeds, and sardines.

Copper

Copper helps protect the cardiovascular, nervous, and skeletal systems. In addition, copper also strengthens the tendons needed to lift weights.

And the sources of this best nutrient are peanuts, sardines, crab, and sunflower seeds.

Best Nutrient - Glutamine

Glutamine is a conditionally essential amino acid that helps repair muscle tissues, including the lining of the digestive tract, especially after intense workouts. In addition, glutamine helps maintain gut functions and boost your immune system.

Furthermore, the best way to get glutamine is by eating chicken, fish, beef, dairy, eggs, spinach, Brussel sprouts, and fermented foods.

Best Nutrient - Iron

Iron helps build red blood cells. Most noteworthy, red blood cells bring oxygen from the lungs to muscle tissue. And, without enough iron, your red blood cells can’t carry enough oxygen to the muscles and tissues that need oxygen. In addition, iron also helps regulate metabolism and promotes a healthy immune system. Finally, iron helps metabolize protein and fats for use in muscle building and repair.

Most of all, the best sources of iron are dried apricots, leafy greens, lean beef, venison, poultry, fish such as sardines, eggs, and fortified whole grains.

Magnesium

Magnesium is essential for relaxing muscles and preventing muscle cramps. And together with calcium, magnesium helps to reduce blood pressure. Most noteworthy, magnesium is found in muscles, soft tissue and body fluids.

Indeed, magnesium helps muscles contract and, also boost your energy levels. In addition, magnesium helps reduce fatigue. Finally, magnesium helps improve sleep. And sleep is important because that is the time when your body works to repair damaged muscle tissue from your workouts.

The way to get this best nutrient is by eating leafy greens, squash, garlic, nuts, seeds, whole grains, bran, beans, and other legumes.

Omega 3

Omega 3 fatty acids improve blood flow and helps the heart become and stay healthy. In addition, these fats suppress hunger which helps you lose weight.

Also, the best way to get these fatty acids is by eating brazil nuts, flaxseed oil, salmon, mackerel and walnuts.

Potassium

Potassium is a key electrolyte that helps muscles contract. In addition, potassium helps carry nutrients such as water to the muscle cells. Finally, potassium helps your kidneys flush out excess sodium in the body.

Moreover, the way to get this best nutrient is by eating bananas, squash, sweep potatoes, broccoli, chicken, and salmon.

Best Nutrient - Protein

Because they contain amino acids, proteins are needed for muscle growth and repair. Most of all, you need to eat proteins after a workout to restore muscle building macronutrients. Indeed, proteins are a core part of enzymes and hormones that help communicate with the body to repair itself.

The best way to get proteins is from dairy, lean meats, seafood, soy, eggs, beans, and other legumes.

Riboflavin Also Known as Vitamin B-2

Riboflavin helps the breakdown of proteins, carbohydrates and fat, which are transformed into energy. In addition, riboflavin supports antioxidants in the body.

Also, the way to get this nutrient is by eating cornflakes, spinach, eggs, and chicken.

Selenium

Selenium helps boost your immune system and fights damage from free radicals resulting from weight training.

And, the best way to get selenium is by eating fresh tuna, sunflower seeds, wholemeal bread, and brazil nuts.

Vitamin B-12

Vitamin B-12, also known as cobalamin, helps build red blood cells. In fact, red blood cells contain hemoglobin which binds to oxygen. And this oxygen is delivered to the muscles. In addition, vitamin B-12 assists in metabolizing proteins and fat. Indeed, the amino acids produced when protein is metabolized helps repair and build muscles. In the meantime, the fat is a source of energy. Finally, vitamin B-12 helps the brain and muscles to communicate efficiently, which helps muscle growth and co-ordination.

Because, vitamin B-12 is an essential nutrient, you must get it from food. However, if you must get it from supplements, the recommended dosage is 2.4 micrograms per day. In any case, your body can only absorb at most 10 micrograms from a 500 microgram B-12 supplement.

Most of all, the best food sources of vitamin B-12 are poultry, meat, fish, eggs, and dairy.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps metabolize carbs for fuel and also protect the body from oxidative stress. In addition, vitamin C helps the body absorb iron. Furthermore, vitamin C helps fight inflammation in muscles due to excessive exercise. Finally, vitamin C helps with muscle repair because vitamin C supports production of collagen.

In fact, the best food sources of vitamin C are green peppers, broccoli, blackcurrants, and citrus fruits.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D helps build strong bones, glutes, and biceps. Also, vitamin D helps healthy hormones like testosterone, which helps muscle maintenance and growth. In addition, Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and phosphorus. Meanwhile, calcium helps muscles contract. While phosphorus helps in the synthesis of ATP, the useable form of energy in the body.

Most of all, according to the Institute of Medicine, you need 15 micrograms or 600 international units (IU) of vitamin D daily.

Also, the best food sources of vitamin D include fatty fish like salmon and sardines, fortified yogurt, milk, orange juice, mushrooms, olive oil, sunflower seeds, and eggs.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a nutrient that helps protect your cells from harmful free radicals. When we exercise, we create oxidative stress or free radicals. And, vitamin E helps remove these free radicals. In addition, vitamin E helps flush out metabolic waste. Finally, vitamin E needs fat to dissolve in your body.

And, the recommended daily dosage is 15 milligrams or 22.4 international units for anyone over 14 years and older.

Meanwhile, the best food sources of vitamin E are sunflower seeds, safflower, wheat germ oils, corn, and soybean oils. Also, asparagus, avocado, and nuts such as almonds are good sources. Finally, breakfast cereals, fruit juice, and margarine are also other sources.

On the other hand, cholesterol drugs called statins may not work as well with vitamin E if you also take selenium, vitamin C, and other antioxidants. Finally, vitamin E may even interfere with cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiotherapy. If you have any doubt, always good to check with your medical provider.

Best Nutrient - Zinc

Zinc enables your body to produce muscle-building testosterone. Also, zinc promotes recovery from workouts while increasing the number of infection-fighting T-cells.

Most noteworthy, zinc contributes to muscle growth. In fact, the zinc in your cells is incorporated into hundreds of different proteins. And, one of the proteins regulated by zinc is the growth hormone. Especially relevant, this growth hormone promotes protein synthesis in muscle cells. Therefore, healthy growth hormone is essential for muscle growth.

If you must, according to the Institute of Medicine, men should take about 11 milligrams and women about 8 milligrams of zinc every day.

On the other hand, the best food sources of zinc include red meat, eggs, pulses, pumpkin seeds, and cheese.

Is a Nutritional Supplement Really Good for You?

Is a Nutritional Supplement Really Good for You?

Most noteworthy, over half the people in the U.S. take nutritional supplements on a regular basis. And the main reason for taking a nutritional supplement is their belief that a nutritional supplement may help improve and/or maintain their health.

nutritional supplements

Nutritional Supplement Types

Meanwhile, the National Health and Nutrition surveyed 37,958 U.S. adults in 2012. And, the survey showed that:

  • 52 percent of the survey population were taking a nutritional supplement
  • 31 percent taking multivitamins
  • 19 percent taking vitamin D
  • 14 percent taking calcium
  • 12 percent taking vitamin C

Nutritional Supplement Quality

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that 776 dietary supplements sold over the counter from 2007 through 2016 contained unapproved pharmaceutical ingredients. Consequently, it is important to buy supplements from reputable sources.

Nutritional Supplement Impacts

Vitamin E

In a large clinical test, those who took 40 international units (IU) of vitamin E were more likely to have heart problems compared to those who didn’t. ln addition, a National Institutes of Health study of 20,000 men found that men who took the vitamin E supplement everyday were at a greater risk of prostate cancer.

Studies

A study published in June 2018 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology reported that multivitamins, vitamin C, vitamin D, calcium, and selenium had no effect on preventing cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke, or premature death. Furthermore, the study reported that niacin (vitamin B3) with a statin had increased risk of all-cause mortality. On the other hand, the study reported that folic acid alone and B-vitamins with folic acid may reduce risk of stroke.

Next, another study in July 2018 showed that people who take vitamin and mineral supplements did not see any reduction in risk of heart disease. This study, published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, was based on data from 2 million people who were followed for 18 years on average.

Finally, a study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, reported that vitamins B6 and B12 from individual nutritional supplement sources (as opposed to from multivitamins) were associated with a 30 percent to 40 percent increase in lung cancer among men. On the other hand, use of vitamins B6, folate, and B12 supplements showed no effect on lung cancer among women.

Study in Annals of Internal Medicine

Survey Description

Next, yet another survey was conducted to study the use of dietary supplements. Moreover, this survey collected data from 27,000 U.S. adults over the age of 20. In fact, these adults were found to be generally healthy. In the survey, these participants answered questions about their use of a nutritional supplement and their diets. And, the results of the study were recently (April 2019) published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Indeed, the study reported that over 50 percent of the survey participants used at least one nutritional supplement, while more than 33 percent used multivitamins. Especially, relevant, those who took dietary supplements were more likely to be female, white, have high levels of education, and high income. Furthermore, they were also more likely to eat a healthy diet and lead a physically active lifestyle.

Commonly Used Dietary Supplements

Especially relevant, vitamin C was the most commonly used nutritional supplement, followed by vitamin E, calcium, and vitamin D.

Meanwhile, the study also found that vitamins A and K, along with magnesium, zinc, and copper were associated with lower risk of death from heart disease or stroke. In addition, these vitamins and minerals were linked to overall lower risk of dying in the average six years of follow-up after the survey. Paradoxically, this linkage to lower risk of death was only true when the vitamins and minerals were ingested from foods and not from taking nutritional supplements.

Highlights

In addition, the study found that taking a thousand milligrams of calcium supplements, daily, increased risk of death. On the other hand, ingesting calcium directly from foods had no effect on risk of death.

In summary, taking dietary supplements provided no benefits to the generally healthy survey population. In fact, there is no need to take a nutritional  supplement when eating a healthy balanced diet.

On the other hand, dietary supplements are not a substitute for not eating a healthy balanced diet. Most of all, avoid highly processed foods because the processing strips many foods of vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

Most noteworthy, it’s not clear why nutrients from supplements don’t provide the same benefits as the nutrients found in food. It may be that while the body can regulate and limit absorption of nutrients found in food, the body can’t do the same with the concentrated nutrients found in supplements.

When to Take a Nutritional Supplement

So, if you are healthy there is no need to take dietary supplements. On the other hand, if your medical provider reports deficiency in certain nutrients, then taking supplements, recommended by the medical provider, is the right thing to do.

In addition, there are times when vitamin and mineral supplements are necessary and important. For instance, anyone following a vegan diet may not get enough omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B12, and vitamin D. Also, you may need to take a nutritional supplement to help your skin.

Nutritional Supplement Guidelines

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans have published the following recommendations:

  • Anyone over 50 years old. They should consume vitamin B12 in its crystalline form from fortified breakfast cereals or as a supplement
  • Women of childbearing age who may become pregnant and adolescent females. They should eat foods like meats that contains iron or iron-rich plant foods like cooked dry beans or spinach, or iron-fortified cereals, along with vitamin C.
  • Women of childbearing age who may become pregnant and those who are pregnant. They should eat adequate synthetic folic acid daily from fortified foods or supplements in addition to the food forms of folate.
  • Older adults, people with dark skin should take extra vitamin D from fortified foods or supplements. Also, the trend to protect yourself from the sun’s rays and staying out of the sun for extended periods of time results in not getting enough vitamin D naturally. Consequently, vitamin D from fortified foods or supplements may help fill the void.

Finally, pregnant women need prenatal vitamins. Also, nursing mothers, people with food allergies, certain people with vitamin deficiencies, people with cancer, kidney, bone or cardiovascular diseases. They all need prescription supplements.

Summary

In summary, it is best to get your vitamins and minerals from your diet. However, if that is not possible, taking dietary supplements is the next best thing. And just to be safe, discuss it with your medical provider before you actually start taking them.

The Power of Being Fit and Healthy

The Power of Being Fit and Healthy

People, in general, tend to take health and fitness for granted. In fact, it’s only when something isn’t right that they try to do something about it. For example, if you are naturally gifted and healthy, it’s unlikely you’ll think too much on what you eat or how much physical activity you are getting. On the other hand, if you are underweight, overweight, or have some other malady, you’ll get more focused on your diet and exercise. However, almost everyone needs to pay attention to their health and fitness.

fit and healthy

Benefits of Fitness and Health

Most noteworthy, chances of living a long life are best for fit and healthy individuals  In fact, staying fit reduces your risk of suffering from heart diseases, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and may types of cancer.
In addition, staying in good shape gives you more energy to perform everyday tasks at home or at work. Furthermore, staying fit as you age reduces your risk of falling.

Also, according to the Centers for Disease Control, staying active and fit reduces your risk of depression and helps you maintain a healthy brain.

Next, a fit and healthy person will spend less money on health care than one who is not. And, these savings continue to increase as you get older. In fact, a study at University of Texas looked at 20,000 middle-aged men and women. And the study found that the healthiest participants had 38 percent lower health care costs later in life than participants who were not fit and healthy.

In addition, another study published in the Public Library of Science Medicine had 20,000 participants. And this study reported that participants who exercised regularly, drank alcohol only in moderation, consumed a nutritious diet and avoided smoking had a 14 year longer life expectancy.

Finally, a healthy diet and regular exercise helps reduce free radicals as well as inhibit the release of toxins associated with disease and infections.

Components of Fitness and Health

The four major components of fitness and health are:

  • Diet and food
  • Sleep
  • Stress
  • Exercise

Diet and Food

First and foremost, food and diet plays the most significant role in keeping you fit and healthy. A diet that is well balanced provides the energy you need to keep active all day long. And staying active helps you maintain a healthy weight. In addition, your body gets nutrients needed for growth and repair, which helps prevents diet-related illness.

For example, a balanced diet low in saturated fat and high in fiber found in whole grains, helps to reduce risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Meanwhile, a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy helps reduce risk of heart disease by maintaining low blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Finally, a diet rich in calcium keeps your teeth and bones strong while helping to slow down bone loss as you get older.

Sleep

Sleep is an important component necessary for your health and fitness, overall health, and mental well-being. Well published guidelines recommend that to obtain the most benefits, eight hours of good sleep is needed every day. On the other hand, lack of sleep has many bad consequences on your health and well-being. For example, insufficient sleep has been proven to lower the efficiency of your immune system. In addition, lack of sleep has also been implicated in contributing to heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Finally, as another example, recent studies suggest that not getting enough sleep prevents people from losing weight.

Stress

Stress is also an important component of your health and fitness, overall health, and mental well-being. In fact, stress affects you in many ways. Some of them include, anxiety, overeating, under eating, fatigue, sleep problems, lack of motivation, restlessness, social withdrawal to name just a few. Fortunately, there are many techniques, such as physical activity or meditation, to help you reduce stress.

Exercise

Physical activities, such as regular exercise, helps you become and stay fit and healthy in some of the following ways.

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    First, regular exercise helps you live longer.
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    Next, exercise reduces the likelihood of chronic diseases like heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, stroke, metabolic syndrome, abnormal blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels, colon cancer and breast cancer.
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    Also, regular physical activity improves muscle strength and boosts your endurance, thereby making you fit and healthy.
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    Next, exercise increases bone density
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    Moreover, exercise helps burn calories. Also, in combination with a good diet, exercise helps control your weight and makes you look good.
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    Next, physical activity helps reduce stress, anxiety, and depression while improving your mood. Consequently, you feel happier, more relaxed and less anxious. You also feel better about your appearance and yourself. Which, in turn, boosts your confidence and self-esteem.
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    Also, exercise gives you a chance to engage in activities, such as dance classes, that make you happy and gives you opportunities to socialize.
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    Exercise helps you sleep better.
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    In addition, moderate exercise increases production of natural antioxidants, which help protect your skin and delay signs of aging.
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    Furthermore, exercising helps brain health and memory. In fact, exercise stimulates production of hormones that enhance growth of brain cells.
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    And, exercise enables you to present yourself as empowered and confident, just as you would feel after completing a long run or after lifting your personal best in the gym.
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    Lastly, exercise boost your sex drive.

Best Medical Pedal Exerciser to be Strong

Best Medical Pedal Exerciser to be Strong

Above all, the medical pedal exerciser is used for physical therapy of the arms, elbows, shoulders, legs, knees following surgery or injury. In fact, the medical pedal exerciser provides a gentle low impact exercise for toning muscles during physiotherapy. Most noteworthy, the medical pedal exerciser is not designed for regular or heavy workouts.

Consequently, the medical pedal exerciser has the following design features:

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    Exerciser provides low resistance
  2. 2
    Exerciser is lightweight
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    Pedals move forward and backwards
  4. 4
    Exerciser exercises both arms and legs
  5. 5
    Easy to move the exerciser

Medical Pedal Exerciser Selections

The following are some of the best medical pedal exercisers. They are listed in descending order of reviews.

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    Drive Medical Deluxe Folding Exercise Peddler with Electronic Display, Black Model # RTL10273
  2. 2
    Vaunn Medical Pedal Exerciser Chrome Frame (Fully Assembled Exercise Peddler, no Tools Required)
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    Medical Folding Pedal Exerciser with Electronic Display
  4. 4
    Vaunn Medical Portable Pedal Exerciser with Chrome Frame (Triple-Layered) Simple and Quick Assembly Required
  5. 5
    Vaunn Medical Folding Pedal Exerciser with Electronic Display for Legs and Arms Workout (Fully Assembled Exercise Peddler, no Tools Required)
  6. 6
    TODO Pedal Exerciser Medical Peddler for Leg Arm and Knee Recovery Exercise with LCD Monitor
  7. 7
    Portable Exercise Bike Pedals Stable Mini Floor Foot Pedal - Durable Leg and Arm Recovery Medical Exerciser
  8. 8
    MOMODA Medical Exercise Bike Foot Peddler for Leg and Arm Recovery

Medical Pedal Exerciser Reviews

Drive Medical Deluxe Folding Exercise Peddler with Electronic Display, Black Model # RTL10273

Medical Pedal Exerciser

Most of all, the Drive Medical exercise peddler has the following features.

Assembly

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

Desk or Table Use

Also, the medical peddler is usable under a desk or a table.

Dimensions

In addition, the Drive Medical peddler, when folded, is 12.5 inches long, 14.7 inches wide, and 6.5 inches high. Consequently, it is easy to store and move whenever and wherever necessary.

Display

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

Exercise

Most of all, the Drive Medical peddler exercises arms and legs.

Pedals

In addition, the Drive Medical peddler has pedals with non-adjustable straps that hold the feet to the pedals. Meanwhile, the distance from one pedal to the other is 10 inches.

Pedal Movement

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

Sliding

Furthermore, the Drive Medical peddler has 4 anti-slip rubber pads which prevent the peddler from sliding on hard surfaces while protecting the surface.

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to adjust resistance. However, the tension or resistance is low because the peddler is meant for use as a medical exerciser and not so much to get a heavy workout. Regrettably, the tension generates heat. Consequently the pedal cranks may get hot after being used for a while.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the Drive Medical peddler comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

Weight

Finally, the medical peddler, weighing only 5 pounds, is very light.

PROS

  • Lightweight - weighs only 5 pounds
  • Foldable for storage and ease of moving
  • Limited lifetime warranty

CONS

  • Pedals have non-adjustable straps
  • Pedal cranks get hot after prolonged use

Vaunn Medical Pedal Exerciser Chrome Frame (Fully Assembled Exercise Peddler, no Tools Required)

Medical Pedal Exerciser

Most of all, the Vaunn medical pedal exerciser, designed for physical therapy, has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, no assembly is required. Consequently, the Vaunn medical pedal exerciser is ready for use upon delivery.

Construction

Most noteworthy, the single piece pedal exerciser uses high-quality triple-layered chrome-plated heavy-duty steel. Consequently, the pedal exerciser offers ultimate stability & lifetime durability that guarantees the pedal exerciser to stay rust-free. Most of all, the Vaunn pedal exerciser does not wobble during use.

Dimensions

In addition, the Vaunn pedal exerciser is 21 inches long, 15.75 inches wide, and 11.75 inches high.

Exercise

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

Foldability

Next, the Vaunn pedal exerciser is not foldable.

Pedals

In addition, the Vaunn pedal exerciser has pedals with adjustable straps that hold the feet to the pedals.

Pedal Movement

Also, the Vaunn pedal exerciser has pedals that rotate in both the forward and backwards direction.

Sliding

Furthermore, the Vaunn pedal exerciser has non-skid ribbed reinforced rubber feet that provide traction and security on any floor, table, or surface. In addition, the Vaunn exerciser can be tied to a chair by straps so that the pedal exerciser doesn't slide away.

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to adjust resistance. However, the tension or resistance is low because the Vaunn pedal exerciser is meant for use as a medical exerciser and not so much to get a heavy workout.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the Vaunn medical pedal exerciser comes with a 1-year manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Finally, the medical pedal exerciser, weighing only 4.4 pounds, is very light.

PROS

  • Lightweight - weighs only 4.4 pounds
  • Strap ties medical pedal exerciser  to chair so that it doesn’t slide away
  • 1-year manufacturer’s warranty

CONS

  • No LCD to display workout data
  • Not foldable

Medical Folding Pedal Exerciser with Electronic Display

Medical Pedal Exerciser

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

Assembly

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

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the folding 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. Indeed, 13 inches of clearance is needed to use the pedal exerciser under the desk or table.

Dimensions

In addition, the folding medical pedal exerciser is 20 inches long and 15.75 inches wide, Moreover, the pedals reach as high as 12.5 inches above the floor. Consequently, the medical pedal exerciser is under the 13 inches of clearance for use under a desk or table.

Display

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

Exercise

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

Foldability

Next, the folding pedal exerciser folds instantly. Moreover, the folded size is 15.2 inches long, 11.4 inches wide, and 7.6 inches high.

Pedals

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

Pedal Movement

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

Sliding

Furthermore, the folding pedal exerciser has non-skid ribbed rubber feet that provide traction and stability on any floor, table, or surface.

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to adjust resistance. However, the tension or resistance is low because the folding pedal exerciser is meant for use as a medical exerciser.

Use

Most noteworthy, the folding pedal exerciser is designed for physical therapy providing gentle low impact exercise and not for strenuous workouts.

Warranty

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

Weight

Finally, the folding pedal exerciser, weighing only 5.2 pounds, is very light.

PROS

  • Lightweight - weighs 5.2 pounds
  • Instantly folds
  • 1-year manufacturer’s warranty

Vaunn Medical Portable Pedal Exerciser with Chrome Frame (Triple-Layered) Simple and Quick Assembly Required

Medical Pedal Exerciser

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

Construction

Most noteworthy, the single piece portable pedal exerciser uses high-quality triple-layered chrome-plated heavy-duty steel. Consequently, the portable pedal exerciser offers ultimate stability & lifetime durability that guarantees the portable pedal exerciser to stay rust-free. Most of all, the portable pedal exerciser does not wobble during use.

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the portable 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. Indeed, 14 inches of clearance is needed to use the pedal exerciser under the desk or table.

Dimensions

In addition, the portable pedal exerciser is 22 inches long and 15.5 inches wide, Also, the pedals reach as high as 13 inches above the floor. Consequently, the portable pedal exerciser is under the 14 inches of clearance for use under a desk or table.

Exercise

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

Foldability

Next, the portable pedal exerciser is not foldable. However, it is easy to disassemble for travelling.

Pedals

In addition, the portable pedal exerciser has four inch wide pedals with adjustable straps that hold the feet to the pedals.

Pedal Movement

Next, the portable pedal exerciser has pedals that rotate in both the forward and backwards direction.

Sliding

Furthermore, the portable pedal exerciser has non-skid ribbed reinforced rubber feet and reinforced pedal platform that provide traction on any floor, table, or surface.

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to adjust resistance.

Use

Most noteworthy, the portable pedal exerciser is designed for physical therapy providing gentle low impact exercise and not for strenuous workouts.

Warranty

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

Weight

Finally, the portable pedal exerciser, weighing only 5 pounds, is very light. As a result, it is easy to move from one place to another.

PROS

  • Lightweight - weighs only 5 pounds

CONS

  • No LCD monitor to display workout data
  • Not foldable

Vaunn Medical Folding Pedal Exerciser with Electronic Display for Legs and Arms Workout (Fully Assembled Exercise Peddler, no Tools Required)

Medical Pedal exerciser

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

Assembly

First and foremost, the Vaunn medical folding pedal exerciser is delivered almost completely assembled.  In fact, the only assembly required is to attach the display.

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the medical folding 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. Indeed, 15 inches of clearance is needed to use the pedal exerciser under desks or tables.

Dimensions

In addition, the pedals of the Vaunn medical folding pedal exerciser reach as high as 14.5 inches above the floor. Consequently, the medical pedal exerciser is under the 15 inches of clearance for use under a desk or table.

Display

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

Exercise

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

Foldability

Next, the medical pedal exerciser folds instantly. Moreover, the folded size is 15.2 inches long, 11.4 inches wide, and 7.6 inches high.

Pedals

In addition, the Vaunn medical folding pedal exerciser has pedals with adjustable straps that hold the feet to the pedals.

Pedal Movement

Next, the medical folding pedal exerciser has pedals that rotate in both the forward and backwards direction.

Sliding

Furthermore, the medical pedal exerciser has non-skid ribbed rubber feet to prevent sliding on any floor, table, or surface.

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to adjust resistance.

Use

Most noteworthy, the Vaunn medical folding pedal exerciser is designed for physical therapy. Indeed, the focus is on the quads and hamstrings.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the Vaunn medical folding pedal exerciser comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Finally, the medical folding pedal exerciser, weighing only 5 pounds, is very light. As a result, it is easy to move from one place to another.

PROS

  • Lightweight - weighs only 5 pounds
  • Folds instantly

TODO Pedal Exerciser Medical Peddler for Leg Arm and Knee Recovery Exercise with LCD Monitor

Medical Pedal Exerciser

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

Assembly

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

Construction

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

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the medical peddler 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. Indeed, 13 inches of clearance is needed to use the medical peddler under desks or tables.

Dimension

In addition, the TODO medical peddler is 16 inches long, 13.8 inches wide, and 12.6 inches high. Consequently, the medical peddler is under the 13 inches of clearance for use under a desk or table.

Display

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

Exercise

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

Feet

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

Pedals

In addition, the TODO medical peddler's pedals have non-slip surface with molded finger grips. Indeed, the molded finger grips help the hands grip pedals while exercising arms. Also, the pedals have adjustable toe loops for holding the feet.

Pedal Movement

Next, the TODO medical peddler's pedal movement is smooth and quiet.

Sliding

Furthermore, the TODO medical peddler can be tied to a chair by straps so that the medical peddler doesn't slide away.

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to adjust resistance.

Use

Most noteworthy, the TODO medical peddler is designed for recovery of legs, arms, and knees.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the TODO medical peddler comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Finally, the TODO medical peddler weighs 13 pounds. While it is heavier than several of the others described here, it is still lightweight and easy to move from one place to another.

PROS

  • Weighs 13 pounds
  • Strap to tie medical peddler to chair so that it doesn’t slide away

CONS

  • Pedals may not move backwards

Portable Exercise Bike Pedals Stable Mini Floor Foot Pedal - Durable Leg and Arm Recovery Medical Exerciser

Firstry portable bike

Most of all, the Firstry recovery medical exerciser has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, the Firstry recovery medical exerciser is easy to assemble with the tools provided.

Construction

Most noteworthy, the Firstry recovery medical exerciser uses iron and ABS plastic. Moreover, the medical peddler uses a heavy duty flywheel.

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the medical 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. Indeed, 13 inches of clearance is needed to use the medical exerciser under desks or tables.

Dimensions

In addition, the Firstry recovery medical exerciser is 16 inches long, 13.3 inches wide, and 12.1 inches high. Consequently, the medical exerciser is under the 13 inches of clearance for use under a desk or table.

Display

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

Exercise 

Most of all, the Firstry recovery medical exerciser exercises arms and legs.

Pedals

In addition, the Firstry recovery medical exerciser has pedals with adjustable straps that hold the feet to the pedals.

Pedal Movement

Next, the Firstry recovery medical exerciser has pedals that rotate in both the forward and backwards direction. In addition, the pedal motion is smooth and quiet.

Sliding

Furthermore, the Firstry recovery medical exerciser does not slide on floors.

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to adjust resistance.

Use

Most noteworthy, the Firstry recovery medical exerciser is designed for recovery of legs and arms.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the Firstry recovery medical exerciser comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Finally, the Firstry recovery medical exerciser, weighing less than 8.4 pounds, is very light. As a result, it is easy to move from one place to another.

PROS

  • Lightweight - weighs less than 8.4 pounds
  • Doesn’t slide on floors

MOMODA Medical Exercise Bike Foot Peddler for Leg and Arm Recovery

MOMODA Bike

Most of all, the Momoda Medical Exercise Bike has the following features.

Construction

Most noteworthy, the Momoda Medical Exercise Bike uses reinforced steel pipes and ABS plastic.

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the medical 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. Indeed, 14 inches of clearance is needed to use the medical exercise bike under desks or tables.

Dimension

In addition, the Momoda Medical Exercise Bike is 20.9 inches long and 14.2 inches wide. Furthermore, the highest height the pedal reaches is 13 inches above the floor. Consequently, the medical exercise bike is under the 14 inches of clearance for use under a desk or table.

Display

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

Exercise

Most of all, the Momoda Medical Exercise Bike exercises arms and legs.

Foldability

Next, the folded size of the Momoda Medical Exercise Bike is 12.6 inches long, 14.2 inches wide, and 6.7 inches high.

Pedals

In addition, the Momoda Medical Exercise Bike's pedals have adjustable straps that hold the feet to the pedals. Furthermore, thermal insulation foam wrapped on pedal cranks helps prevent scalding from heated cranks.

Pedal Movement

Next, the Momoda Medical Exercise Bike has pedals that rotate in both the forward and backwards direction. Also, the pedal motion is smooth and quiet.

Sliding

Furthermore, the Momoda Medical Exercise Bike has large anti-slip rubber feet to prevent bike from sliding on smooth floors. However, it does slide on carpets. Therefore, a strap is provided to tie the Momoda bike to a chair so it doesn’t slide away.

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to adjust resistance. However, the tension or resistance is low because the Momoda Medical Exercise Bike is meant for use as a medical exerciser.

Use

Most noteworthy, the Momoda Medical Exercise Bike is designed for recovery of the knees and shoulders.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the Momoda Medical Exercise Bike comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Finally, the Momoda Medical Exercise Bike, weighing only 7 pounds, is very light.

PROS

  • Lightweight - weighs less than 7 pounds
  • Foldable
  • Strap to prevent bike from sliding away
  • Insulated to prevent touching hot pedal crank

What to Look for

Desk Use

Most noteworthy, many people would prefer to use the medical pedal exerciser under a desk or table while they work. In fact, several of the medical pedal exercisers may fit under a desk or table. However, it all depends on the maximum height a pedal rises above the floor. In addition, it depends on the clearance between the top of your knees and the underside of the desk of table.

Display

Next, LCD monitors that show workout time, revolutions, revolutions per minute, and calories burned help keep track of your workouts. But they are not absolutely needed if you trying to recover from an injury or surgery.

Foldable

Also, foldable pedal exercisers are easy to move and put away after use. Moreover, they take up less space in storage when compared to pedal exercisers that don’t.

Pedal Movement

Next, pedals that move forward and backwards exercise different muscles of the legs and arms. Also, studies show that pedaling backwards has been observed to reduce pressure on the tibiofemoral joint which may offer value in the rehabilitation of meniscal problems or tibiofemoral osteoarthritis. In addition, pedaling backwards was associated with higher muscle activation of the quadriceps muscles.

Pedal Straps

In addition, pedal straps help grip your feet to the pedals, which makes it easier to pedal. Moreover, pedal straps need to be adjustable to accommodate various shoe sizes.

Resistance

Most noteworthy, medical pedal exercisers are designed for rehab and physical therapy. Consequently, they provide much lower resistance to pedaling than other pedal exercisers.

Skidding

Also, some pedal exercisers provide a strap to hold the pedal exerciser tied to a chair. While others have feet that prevents skidding.

Warranty

Next, the longer the warranty period the better you are protected against manufacturing defects. Also, a 90-day period will cover majority of manufacturing defects. Because 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.

Why use the Medical Pedal Exerciser

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

  1. 1
    First and foremost, the medical pedal exerciser improves mobility
  2. 2
    Next, it improves blood circulation
  3. 3
    Also, it strengthens legs and arms. For example, by exercising calves and thigh muscles
  4. 4
    In addition, it is used for physical therapy of legs, arms, knees, and shoulders
  5. 5
    Furthermore, it is used for knee or shoulder rehabilitation following surgery or injury
  6. 6
    In addition, it improves joint flexibility of shoulders, elbows, and wrists
  7. 7
    Also, the medical pedal exerciser prevents muscle rigidity during rehabilitation of the elderly
  8. 8
    And, it is used for body rehabilitation – activate stiff legs and arms
  9. 9
    Finally, the medical exerciser provides gentle low impact exercise for muscle toning during physiotherapy

Other Pedal Exercisers

Other Similar Exercisers

Best Folding Pedal Exerciser to be Healthy

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, the folding pedal exerciser can be used to exercise both arms and legs.

Folding Pedal Exerciser

Why Folding Pedal Exerciser

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 put away or easily moved from room to room. In addition, because it is light weight, the foldable pedal exerciser can be lifted on to a table and used to exercise the arms. Furthermore, these pedal exercisers allow both forward and backward pedaling. Finally, the folding pedal exerciser is a great low cost solution.

Folding Pedal Exerciser Choices

The following are some of the best folding pedal exercisers. They are listed in descending order of reviews.

Foldable Pedal Exerciser

Platinum Fitness Fit Sit Deluxe Folding Pedal Exerciser Leg Machine with Electronic Display

Foldable Pedal Exerciser

Stamina 15-0125 InStride Folding Cycle

Foldable Pedal Exerciser

AdirMed Digital Foldable Mini Floor Foot Pedal Exerciser Leg Machine - Under Desk Exerciser - Fully Assembled No Tools Required

Foldable Pedal Exerciser

BodyHealt Pedal Exerciser - Portable Legs & Arms Workout Pedal Exerciser - Provides Superior Physical Workout with Tension Adjustment, Durable Construction with Non-Slip Base

Foldable Pedal Exerciser

Carex Foldable Under Desk Elliptical - Exercise Bike with Digital Display - Compact Exercise Equipment for Arms and Legs - Great for Elderly, Seniors, Disabled or Office Use

Foldable Pedal Exerciser

MOMODA Stationary Pedal Exerciser Desk Cycle Exercise Bike with LCD Monitor Foldable (Black/Blue)

Foldable  Pedal Exerciser

Goplus Portable Pedal Exerciser Adjustable Resistance Indoor Mini Lightweight Exercise Bike for Arms and Legs

Review of Folding Pedal Exercisers

The folding pedal exercisers 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 Deluxe Folding Pedal Exerciser Leg Machine with Electronic Display

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

Assembly

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

Construction

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

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the folding 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. Indeed, 13 inches of clearance is needed to use the Platinum Fitness Fit Sit under the desk or table.

Dimensions

In addition, the folding pedal exerciser 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 folding pedal exerciser needs a clearance of 13 inches for use under a desk or table.

Display

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

Exercise

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

Foldability

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

Pedals

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

Pedal Movement

Next, the folding pedal exerciser has pedals that rotate in both the forward and backwards direction. Also pedal movements are quiet. In addition, cool rev technology prevents dangerous overheating,

Sliding

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

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to adjust resistance. 

Warranty

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

Weight

Finally, the folding pedal exerciser, weighs only 5 pounds.

PROS

  • Weighs 5 pounds
  • Quick folding capability
  • Anchor straps ties the Platinum Fitness Fit Sit to a chair to prevent it from sliding away during a workout
  •  Cool rev technology prevents dangerous overheating

CONS

  • Non-adjustable foot straps on the pedals

Stamina 15-0125 InStride Folding Cycle

The very popular Stamina 15-0125 folding pedal exerciser has the following features.

Assembly

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

Construction

Most noteworthy, the Stamina 15-0125 uses durable steel tubular frame.

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the folding 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. Indeed, 13 inches of clearance is needed to use the Stamina 15-0125 under the desk or table.

Dimensions

In addition, the Stamina 15-0125 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 15-0125 folding pedal exerciser needs a clearance of 13 inches for use under a desk or table.

Display

Especially relevant, LCD displays workout time.

Exercise

Most of all, the Stamina 15-0125 folding pedal exerciser exercises arms and legs.

Foldability

Next, the Stamina 15-0125 is foldable for easy storage. In fact, simply unscrew the tension knob and fold the foldable pedal exerciser.

Pedals

In addition, the Stamina 15-0125'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 15-0125 folding pedal exerciser has pedals that rotate in both the forward and backwards direction. Also, the pedal movements are quiet.

Sliding

Furthermore, the Stamina 15-0125 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 15-0125 comes with a 90-day warranty.

Weight

Finally, the Stamina 15-0125 folding pedal exerciser, weighs only 6.2 pounds.

PROS

  • Weighs 6.2 pounds
  • Easy to fold

CONS

  • LCD display only workout time
  • Only a 90-day warranty

AdirMed Digital Foldable Mini Floor Foot Pedal Exerciser Leg Machine - Under Desk Exerciser - Fully Assembled No Tools Required

The very popular AdirMed foldable pedal exerciser has the following features.

Assembly

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

Construction

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

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the AdirMed foldable 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. Indeed, 14 inches of clearance is needed to use the AdirMed foldable pedal exerciser under the desk or table.

Dimensions

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

Display

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

Exercise

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

Foldability

Next, the AdirMed foldable pedal exerciser folds for easy storage. 

Pedals

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

Pedal Movement

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

Sliding

Furthermore, the AdirMed foldable pedal exerciser 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 AdirMed foldable pedal exerciser has NO warranty.

Weight

Finally, the AdirMed foldable pedal exerciser, weighs only 7 pounds.

PROS

  • Weighs 7 pounds

CONS

  • Non adjustable footstraps
  • No warranty

BodyHealt Pedal Exerciser - Portable Legs & Arms Workout Pedal Exerciser - Provides Superior Physical Workout with Tension Adjustment, Durable Construction with Non-Slip Base

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.

Dimensions

In addition, the BodyHealt pedal exerciser is 19 inches long, 14.5 inches wide, and 9 inches high.

Display

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

Exercise

Most of all, the BodyHealt pedal exerciser exercises 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.

PROS

  • Weighs less than 6 pounds

Carex Foldable Under Desk Elliptical - Exercise Bike with Digital Display - Compact Exercise Equipment for Arms and Legs - Great for Elderly, Seniors, Disabled or Office Use

The Carex foldable pedal exerciser has the following features.

Assembly

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

Construction

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

Dimensions

In addition, the Carex foldable pedal exerciser is 18.5 inches long, 14.5 inches wide, and 9.5 inches high.

Display

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

Exercise

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

Foldability

Next, the Carex foldable pedal exerciser folds for easy storage.

Pedals

In addition, the Carex foldable pedal exerciser'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 pedal exerciser's pedal movements are quiet.

Sliding

Furthermore, the Carex foldable pedal exerciser 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 exerciser comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Finally, the Carex foldable pedal exerciser, weighs only 5.5 pounds.

PROS

  • Weighs 5.5 pounds

MOMODA Stationary Pedal Exerciser Desk Cycle Exercise Bike with LCD Monitor Foldable (Black/Blue)

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 uses reinforced steel pipes and ABS plastic. In addition, to prevent heat burns, heat-insulating foam wrap the two 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. Indeed, 14 inches of clearance is needed to use the MOMODA pedal exerciser under 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 14 inches for use under a desk or table.

Display

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

Exercise

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

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

  • Weighs 4.6 pounds
  • Crank wrapped in heat-insulating foam to prevent heat burns

Goplus Portable Pedal Exerciser Adjustable Resistance Indoor Mini Lightweight Exercise Bike for Arms and Legs

The Goplus portable pedal exerciser has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, the delivered Goplus portable pedal exerciser is almost fully assembled. In fact, the only assembly required is to attach the pedals and screw on the tension knob.

Construction

Most noteworthy, the Goplus portable pedal exerciser has a heavy duty iron frame and ABS plastic for pedals.

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the Goplus portable 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. Indeed, 10 inches of clearance is needed to use the Goplus portable pedal exerciser under the desk or table.

Dimensions

In addition, the Goplus portable pedal exerciser is 19.5 inches long and 14 inches wide. Also, at it's highest point the pedal is 9.5 inches above the floor. Consequently, the Goplus portable pedal exerciser needs a clearance of 10 inches for use under a desk or table.

Display

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

Exercise

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

Foldability

Next, the Goplus portable pedal exerciser folds for easy storage.

Pedals

In addition, the Goplus portable pedal exerciser's pedals have grooves for gripping and adjustable foot straps to hold feet to the pedals.

Pedal Movement

Next, the Goplus portable pedal exerciser's pedal movements are quiet.

Sliding

Furthermore, the Goplus portable pedal exerciser has four anti-slip and anti-scuff feet 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 Goplus portable pedal exerciser comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Next,  the Goplus portable pedal exerciser, weighs 13 pounds.

Weight Capacity

Finally, the Goplus portable pedal exerciser, is limited to anyone weighing less than 250 pounds.

PROS

  • Weighs 13 pounds

What to Look for

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

Display helps you keep track of your workouts. Example of workout measurements include exercise time, revolutions (or rotations), 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.

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 slipping as you pedal.

Foldable

Next, a foldable pedal exerciser 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.

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.

Sound

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.

Storage

Foldable 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.

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. Depending on the pedal speed, and the length of time pedaling, heat could start to be felt anywhere from two to three hours. If you are pedaling at a slow speed, heat from friction likely won’t be much.

Transportation

Because the 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 arms and legs 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, 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
    Will allow you to use the pedal exerciser on the floor 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

Questions to Ask

Most of all, before looking for a folding pedal exerciser, ask the following questions:

  • 1
    How much physical space is there for the folding pedal exerciser?
  • 2
    Does the folding pedal exerciser need to keep track of workouts?
  • 3
    Is the pedal exerciser going to be used for exercising your arms and legs?
  • 4
    How much use is the folding pedal exerciser going to get every day?

The answers to these questions makes it easy to not spend too much time on some pedal exercisers and spend more time on others.

How the Folding Pedal Exerciser Helps You

Hours Spent Sitting

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

  • 1
    1.11 hours on eating and drinking
  • 2
    4.14 hours working
  • 3
    0.52 hours on socializing,
  • 4
    2.5 hours watching TV
  • 5
    0.16 hours 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.

How Exercise Helps

Especially relevant, a study was published in the March 21 2019 edition of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Moreover, the study looked at 14 years of activity and inactivity data of 92,500 people.

Furthermore, one of the study groups were participants who were least active with less than 17 minutes a day of moderate to vigorous physical activity. Most noteworthy, the study found that if these participants replaced 30 minutes of sitting with light activity, their risk of premature death fell 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 45 percent.

Consequence of Too Much Sitting

Especially relevant, 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

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

Muscles in the Arms

Most noteworthy, 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

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.

Muscles in the Lower Body

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 pedal exercisers help. Moreover, the foldable pedal exerciser is used while you are sitting on a chair to exercise your arms and legs.

Muscles Exercised by Foldable Pedal Exerciser

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

Pedal Exerciser for Arms

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.

Pedal Exerciser for Legs

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.

Benefits of the Foldable Pedal Exerciser

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

  • 1
    Prevents varicose veins.
  • 2
    The pedal exerciser exercises the 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
    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 exerciser, will reduce these symptoms of edema.
  • 5
    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
    Strengthens and tones the arms by exercising the biceps, triceps, shoulders and forearms.
  • 7
    Helps you lose weight
  • 8
    Gives you some aerobic exercise

Other Exercisers

Other Similar Exercisers

Best Under Desk Pedals and Mini Exercise Bikes to be Healthy

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.

Best Under Desk Pedals and Mini Exercise Bikes

The following under desk pedals and mini exercise bikes are reviewed. They are listed in descending order of reviews

Under Desk Pedals

DeskCycle Under Desk Exercise Bike and Pedal Exerciser

Under Desk Pedals

FitDesk Under Desk Cycle and Exercise Bike Peddler with Magnetic Resistance

Under Desk Pedals

Cycli Under Desk Cycle with Bluetooth, Premium Quality Portable Stationary Cycle for Calorie Burning

mini exercise bike

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

mini exercise bike

Vive Pedal Exerciser - Stationary Exercise Leg Peddler - Low Impact, Portable Mini Cycle Bike for Under Your Office Desk - Slim Design for Arm or Foot - Small, Sitdown Recumbent Equipment Machine

mini exercise bike

MagneTrainer-ER Mini Exercise Bike Arm and Leg Exerciser

mini exercise bike

Pinty Pedal Exerciser Two Pedals Mini Exercise Bike Portable Under Desk Mini Cycle Bike Legs & Arms Exerciser with LCD Display

mini exercise bike

Titan Fitness Pedal Exerciser Mini Exercise Bike Cycle LCD Display

mini exercise bike

Stamina Mini Exercise Bike with Smooth Pedal System

Mini Exercise Bike Portable Home Pedal Exerciser Gym Fitness Leg Arm Cardio Training Adjustable Resistance LCD Display Women Men

mini exercise bike

Pedal Exerciser - Under Desk Mini Exercise Bike, Arm & Leg Portable Foot Cycle Pedal Machine with LCD Screen Display(Silver)

Merax Magnetic Mini Exercise Bike Portable Arm and Leg Exerciser Stationary Leg Peddler, Gray

Tunturi Cardio Fit Series Mini Exercise Bike M-30

Marcy NS-9200 Portable Magnetic Cardio Mini Cycle Under Desk Bike Pedal Exerciser

Review of Under Desk Pedals for Exercising Legs

DeskCycle Under Desk Exercise Bike and Pedal Exerciser

under desk pedals

The most popular DeskCycle has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, the delivered DeskCycle comes almost fully assembled. However, the DeskCycle comes with a combination screwdriver and wrench to complete the assembly in a few minutes.

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. Indeed, 10 inches of clearance is needed to use the DeskCycle under the desk or table.

Dimensions

In addition, the DeskCycle 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 needs a clearance of 10 inches for use under a desk or table.

Display

Especially relevant, the LCD displays speed, time, distance, and calories burned with the touch of a button. Meanwhile, the scan button sequentially displays workout data continuously. Incidentally, the  DeskCycle accumulates time to 1000 minutes, before resetting to zero.

And, for more convenience, a 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 only exercises your legs.

Pedals

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

Pedal Movement

Next, the DeskCycle has pedals that rotate in both the forward and backwards direction. Meanwhile the pedal arm is 3.5 inches long. Especially relevant, the pedals use a belt to drive a high inertia flywheel. And, the high inertia flywheel results in smooth pedal rotations. Furthermore, the DeskCycle 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 comes with a full 1-year warranty on parts, labor, and shipping.

Weight

Finally, the DeskCycle 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

  • Usable under a desk
  • LCD monitor relocatable to the desk top
  • Tension knob has 8 marked levels of magnetic resistance
  • Pedals move forward and backwards
  • Full 1-year warranty on parts, labor, and shipping

CONS

  • Exercises only the legs

FitDesk Under Desk Cycle and Exercise Bike Peddler with Magnetic Resistance

under desk pedals

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. Indeed, 10 inches of clearance is needed to use the FitDesk under 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 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 10 inches for use under a desk or table.

Display

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

Exercises

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 only 24 pounds.

Weight Capacity

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

PROS

  • Usable under a desk as low as 26 inches
  • Monitor relocatable to the desk
  • Pedals move forward and backwards
  • Tension adjustable by your feet – no need to bend down
  • 3-year parts replacement guarantee for all moving parts. Pedals covered for only 30 days

CONS

  • Exercises only the legs

Cycli Under Desk Cycle with Bluetooth, Premium Quality Portable Stationary Cycle for Calorie Burning

under desk pedals

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 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

On the other hand, 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 clearance has to be 12 inches or more to be able to use the Cycli under a desk or table.

Display

Especially relevant, touch screen display shows speed, time, distance, and calories burned. In addition, the Cycli under desk cycle is Bluetooth enabled so that you can get 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

  • Usable under a desk
  • Bluetooth enabled – workout data available on the cell phone

CONS

  • Exercises only the legs

Review of Mini Exercise Bikes for Exercising Legs & Arms

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

mini exercise bike

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

  • Comes almost fully assembled. Just need to mount the pedals and the feet.
  • The Sunny SF-B0418 is 22 inches long, 18 inches wide and 14 inches high. Because of the height, it’s unlikely the SF-B0418 will work under a low desk.
  • Weighs 21 pounds
  • Handle with small finger grooves makes it easy to grip the exerciser and move it.
  • Pedals move in one direction. If you want to pedal in reverse, rotate the bike.
  • Oversized textured non-slip pedals have adjustable large heavy-duty plastic straps to help keep your feet in place as you peddle. In addition, the pedals have small finger grooves making it easy to grip them when exercising the arms.
  • Belt used by pedals to drive flywheel
  • Tension knob provides 8 magnetic resistance levels.
  • An easy to read LCD screen displays distance (in miles), calories burned, time pedaled in hours and minutes, current revolutions per minute, and an odometer. In addition, the scan button displays each of the measurements sequentially.
  • Exercise arms and legs.
  • Maximum user weight – 220 pounds
  • 1-year for frame and 90 days for all other parts

Takeaway

  • Exercises arms & legs
  • May not work under a desk for everyone
  • Pedals move in forward direction only
  • Tension knob has 8 marked levels of magnetic resistance
  • Handle makes it easy to move
  • 1-year frame and 90 days parts warranty

Vive Pedal Exerciser - Stationary Exercise Leg Peddler - Low Impact, Portable Mini Cycle Bike for Under Your Office Desk - Slim Design for Arm or Foot - Small, Sitdown Recumbent Equipment Machine

mini exercise bike

The very popular Vive pedal exerciser has the following features.

  • Some assembly required. Pedals, front, and back support bars need to be mounted upon delivery. All necessary tools are included.
  • Vive pedal exerciser is 16 inches long, 13.75 inches wide and 12.5 inches high.
  • Non-slip, non-marking feet ensure the Vive will stay in place on carpets, hard floors, and table tops.
  • The low profile ensures the Vive doesn’t wobble during use.
  • Pedals are 4 inches wide and have a non-slip surface with adjustable toe loops to grip your feet. In addition, the pedals have molded finger grips for exercising the arms.
  • Tension knob provides marked resistance levels to adjust your workout. Resistance is provided by a strap around the flywheel.
  • A large easy to read LCD screen displays revolutions per minute, time, distance in miles, and calories burned with the touch of a button. In addition, the scan button displays each of the measurements sequentially.
  • Exercise arms and legs.
  • Manufacturer’s warranty available

Takeaway

  • Exercises arms & legs
  • May not work under a desk for everyone
  • Tension knob with marked resistance levels

MagneTrainer-ER Mini Exercise Bike Arm and Leg Exerciser

mini exercise bike

The very popular MagneTrainer has the following features.

  • Some assembly required. Pedals, front, and back support bars need to be mounted upon delivery. All necessary tools are included.
  • MagneTrainer-ER is 15.5 to 20 inches long, 15 inches wide and 18 inches high. The highest point of the pedal is 15 inches above the floor.
  • Usable under desks with 34 to 36 inches of clearance underneath
  • Wide footprint provides excellent stability. In fact, both legs are over 15 inches wide which helps prevent the MagneTrainer-ER from wobbling.
  • Weighs 23 pounds
  • Pedals move both forward and backwards
  • Pedals have a non-slip surface with adjustable Velcro straps to grip your feet. In addition, pedals are molded with finger grooves that allow you to firmly grip them for exercising arms.
  • Tension knob provides 20 marked levels of magnetic resistance to adjust your workout. Indeed, the 5-rotation knob helps set resistance precisely.
  • The effective 39-pound flywheel keeps pedals moving smoothly
  • The pedals drive the flywheel with wide 4V belts and heavy-duty pulleys.
  • Electronic monitor displays speed, distance, time, and calories burned.
  • Smooth and quiet pedal motion.
  • Sturdy steel frame construction.
  • Exercise arms and legs.
  • Used in hospitals, physical therapy offices, nursing homes, assisted living facilities
  • Full 1-year warranty; 30-day money back guarantee

Takeaway

  • Exercises arms & legs
  • May not work under a desk for everyone
  • 5 rotation tension knob with 20 marked levels of resistance
  • Pedals move forward and backwards
  • Used in hospitals, physical therapy offices, nursing homes, assisted living facilities
  • Full 1-year warranty and 30-day money back guarantee

Pinty Pedal Exerciser Two Pedals Mini Exercise Bike Portable Under Desk Mini Cycle Bike Legs & Arms Exerciser with LCD Display

mini exercise bike

The Pinty has the following features.

  • Comes almost fully assembled. Just need to screw on the pedals.
  • The Pinty is 16 inches long and 12.6 inches high. The front feet are 9.8 inches long, while the rear feet are 13.8 inches long
  • The low height allows you to tuck away the Pinty under your desk when you are done using it
  • Weighs 13.2 pounds
  • 4 rubber wrapped non-skid feet makes sure Pinty stays in place on any surface (table top, hard floors, carpets)
  • Pedals have adjustable toe loops to help keep your feet in place as you peddle.
  • Two sets of pedals: one for exercising your legs, and one for exercising your arms. Simply screw on pedals to the crank shaft.
  • Tension knob provides continuous step-less resistance settings.
  • 4.4 pound cast iron flywheel improves stability and quiet operation
  • LCD monitor displays time, distance, revolutions, total revolutions, and calories burned
  • Quiet
  • Exercise arms and legs.
  • Manufacturer’s warranty available

Takeaway

  • Exercises arms & legs
  • May not work under a desk for everyone
  • Two sets of pedals: one for the hands and one for the legs

Titan Fitness Pedal Exerciser Mini Exercise Bike Cycle LCD Display

The Titan has the following features.

  • Comes almost fully assembled. Just need to attach the pedals and the base
  • The Titan is 15.5 inches long, 15.5 inches wide and 12 inches high.
  • Weighs 9 pounds
  • Works well on carpets or a floor mat.
  • Pedals move both forward and backwards
  • Pedals are 3.5 inches wide and have non-adjustable straps to help keep your feet in place as you peddle.
  • Tension knob provides 8 resistance levels.
  • LCD display time, revolutions, total revolutions, and calories
  • Constructed from durable metal.
  • Exercise arms and legs.
  • Maximum user weight – 260 pounds
  • Manufacturer’s warranty available

Takeaway

  • Exercises arms & legs
  • May not work under a desk for everyone
  • Pedals move forward and backward
  • Foot straps are not adjustable

Stamina Mini Exercise Bike with Smooth Pedal System

The Stamina mini exercise bike has the following features.

  • Comes fully assembled.
  • The Stamina is 15 inches long, 13.5 inches wide and 12 inches high.
  • Weighs 17 pounds
  • Handle for easy transport
  • Rubberized feet may slip on hard smooth floor. Works fine on carpets.
  • Pedals move both forward and backwards
  • Textured pedals help prevents feet from slipping. In addition, straps grip your feet to the pedals.
  • Tension controller knob used to adjust resistance. The knob has no marking showing resistance levels.
  • Monitor displays workout time, revolutions, total revolutions, and calories burned. In addition, the scan button displays each of the measurements sequentially. Monitor tilts to improve visibility of data.
  • Exercise arms and legs
  • Maximum user weight – 250 pounds
  • 1-year frame and 90 days parts manufacturer’s warranty

Takeaway

  • Exercises arms & legs
  • May not work under a desk for everyone
  • Pedals move forward and backwards
  • Handle making it easy to move
  • 1-year frame and 90 days parts warranty
  • Rubberized feet may slip on hard smooth floor – Use mattress

Mini Exercise Bike Portable Home Pedal Exerciser Gym Fitness Leg Arm Cardio Training Adjustable Resistance LCD Display Women Men

The Himaly mini exercise bike has the following features.

  • Himaly peddler is 15.98 inches long, 13.81 inches wide and 12.6 inches high.
  • Weighs 8.8 pounds
  • The non-skid rubber feet pad provide stability during use. In addition, the rubber feet won’t scratch the floor.
  • 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.
  • Tension controller knob used to adjust resistance. The knob has no marking showing resistance levels. Provides low resistance.
  • Quiet operation
  • Smooth motion not as good as others
  • Large digital LCD displays time, revolutions per minute, distance, and calories burned. In addition, the scan button displays each of the measurements sequentially.
  • Exercise arms and legs
  • Can be used for rehab and by seniors
  • Made from heavy duty plastic
  • Manufacturer’s warranty available

Takeaway

  • Exercises arms & legs
  • May not work under a desk for everyone
  • Can be used for rehab and by seniors
  • Made from heavy duty plastic
  • Smooth motion not as good as others

Pedal Exerciser - Under Desk Mini Exercise Bike, Arm & Leg Portable Foot Cycle Pedal Machine with LCD Screen Display(Silver)

The AGM mini exercise bike has the following features.

  • The AGM mini exercise bike is 16.1 inches long, 13.8 inches wide, and 12.6 inches high.
  • Weighs 8.12 pounds
  • The non-slip rubber feet pad provide stability during use. In addition, the rubber feet won’t scratch the floor.
  • Non-slip pedals have adjustable foot straps to help grip your feet to the pedals.
  • Tension knob used to adjust resistance.
  • LCD displays time, distance, revolutions, total revolutions, and calories burned. In addition, the scan button displays each of the measurements sequentially.
  • Exercise arms and legs
  • Manufacturer’s warranty available

Takeaway

  • Exercises arms & legs
  • May not work under a desk for everyone

Merax Magnetic Mini Exercise Bike Portable Arm and Leg Exerciser Stationary Leg Peddler, Gray

The Merax mini exercise bike has the following features.

  • Almost fully assembled. Need to attach pedals and straps.
  • Pedal exerciser is 17.7 inches long, 13.8 inches wide, 11.8 inches high.
  • Measure the distance from top of your knees to the floor. The sum of this distance and the height of the pedal exerciser gives the space needed below a desk to use the Merax comfortably.
  • Pedal exerciser weighs 14 pounds
  • Handle for easy transport
  • Pedals move both forward and backwards
  • Pedal centers are 12 inches apart
  • Adjustable foot straps ensure your feet grip pedals.
  • Pedals have non-slip surface and can be gripped by your hands.
  • Tension controller knob has 8 levels of magnetic resistance settings
  • Magnetic resistance gives quiet and smooth workout.
  • Large LCD displays time, speed, distance, and calories burned
  • Exercise arms and legs
  • Maximum user weight – 220 pounds
  • Manufacturer’s warranty

Takeaway

  • Exercises arms & legs
  • May not work under a desk for everyone
  • Pedals move forward and backwards
  • Tension knob has 8 levels of marked magnetic resistance
  • Handle makes it easy to move

Tunturi Cardio Fit Series Mini Exercise Bike M-30

The Tunturi mini exercise bike has the following features.

  • Pedal exerciser is 18 inches long, 15 inches wide, 11 inches high. Measure the distance from top of your knees to the floor. Adding this distance to the height gives the space needed below a desk to use the Tunturi comfortably.
  • Weighs 10 pounds – great to get your legs moving, not for heavy workout
  • Handle for easy transport
  • Foot straps ensure your feet grip pedals
  • Brake pad provides resistance
  • Tension knob provides stepless adjustable resistance with no markers
  • Flywheel weighs 1.7 pounds
  • Belt used by pedals to drive flywheel
  • Quiet operation
  • LCD display shows speed, elapsed time, distance, revolutions per minute, calories burned. In addition, the scan button displays each of the measurements sequentially.
  • Exercise arms and legs
  • Maximum user weight – 220 pounds
  • Manufacturer’s warranty

Takeaway

  • Exercises arms & legs
  • May not work under a desk for everyone
  • Handle makes it easy to move
  • Good for a light workout

Marcy NS-9200 Portable Magnetic Cardio Mini Cycle Under Desk Bike Pedal Exerciser

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

  • Almost fully assembled. Need to attach pedals and rubber feet.
  • Pedal exerciser is 22 inches long, 16 inches wide, 14.5 inches high.
  • Pedal exerciser weighs 26 pounds
  • Handle for easy transport. Small enough to be portable.
  • Pedals move both forward and backwards
  • Rubberized feet to minimize skidding
  • Grooved pedals provide maximum hand grip while the textured pedals provide maximum foot grip
  • Use knob to adjust magnetic resistance. Also, the knob has markings from one to ten to help you keep track of workout intensity.
  • Magnetic resistance gives quiet and smooth workout.
  • Monitor displays time, revolutions, total revolutions, and calories burned. In addition, the scan button displays each of the measurements sequentially.
  • Exercise arms and legs
  • Maximum user weight – 250 pounds
  • 2-year limited warranty

Takeaway

  • Exercises arms & legs
  • May not work under a desk for everyone
  • Pedals move forward and backwards
  • Tension knob has 10 marked levels of magnetic resistance
  • 2-year limited warranty

What to Look for

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.

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 slipping as you pedal.

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.

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.

Sound

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.

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. Depending on the pedal speed, and the length of time pedaling, heating could start to be felt anywhere from two to three hours. However, if you are pedaling slowly, heat from friction likely won’t be an issue.

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 arms and legs 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
    Will allow you to use the pedal exerciser under or near a desk or a table or on a table, or next to a couch.
  • 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

Questions to Ask

Before looking for under desk pedals or mini exercise bikes, ask the following questions:

  • 1
    How much physical space is there for the pedal exerciser?
  • 2
    Does the pedal exerciser need to keep track of workouts?
  • 3
    Is the pedal exerciser going to be used for exercising your arms and legs?
  • 4
    How much use is the pedal exerciser going to get every day?

The answers to these questions help make it easy to not spend too much time on some pedal exercisers and more time on others.

How Under Desk Pedals or Mini Exercise Bikes Help  You

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
    1.11 hours on eating and drinking
  • 2
    4.14 hours working
  • 3
    0.52 hours on socializing,
  • 4
    2.5 hours watching TV
  • 5
    0.16 hours on the telephone, going to mail, and email

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

How Exercise Helps

A study was published in the March 21 2019 edition of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The study looked at 14 years of activity and inactivity data from 92,500 people.

Furthermore, one of the study groups were participants who were least active, with less than 17 minutes a day of moderate to vigorous physical activity. Most noteworthy, the study found that if these participants replaced 30 minutes of sitting with light activity, their risk of premature death fell 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.

Consequences of Too Much Sitting

Especially relevant, 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

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

Muscles in the Arms

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 upper arms, and
  • 3
    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.

Muscles in the Lower Body

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

Exercising Leg Muscles

Leg muscles are exercised by both the under desk pedals and the 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.

Benefits

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

  • 1
    Prevents varicose veins.
  • 2
    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
    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 exerciser, will reduce these symptoms of edema.
  • 5
    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
    Helps you lose weight
  • 7
    Gives 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.

Other Pedal Exercisers

Other Similar Exercisers

Best Pedal Exerciser for the Elderly to be Healthy

Best Pedal Exerciser for the Elderly to be Healthy

Seniors and the elderly spend an extraordinary amount of time sitting each day. Regrettably, sitting has many negative consequences. However, if you must sit, exercise gear like the pedal exerciser for elderly may help lessen some of the bad consequences. Most noteworthy, these pedal exercisers 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

Best Pedal Exerciser for Elderly

The list of pedal exerciser for seniors is given below. They are listed in descending order of reviews. 

Pedal Exercisers

Vive Desk Cycle - Foot Pedal Exerciser - Foldable Portable Foot, Hand, Arm, Leg Exercise Pedaling Machine - Folding Mini Stationary Bike Pedaler, Fitness Rehab Gym Equipment for Seniors, Elderly, PT

B BAIJIAWEI Portable Pedal Exerciser - Under Desk Exercise Machine - Arm & Leg Exercise Peddler - Folding Low Impact Exercise Bike for Seniors and Elderly

Carex Foldable Under Desk Elliptical - Exercise Bike with Digital Display - Compact Exercise Equipment for Arms and Legs - Great for Elderly, Seniors, Disabled or Office Use

EF Pedal Exerciser Mini Stationary Bike,Foot Peddler Treadmill Seated Chair Cycler for Seniors and Elderly,Arms and Legs Workout with LCD Molitor,Folding Exercise Bike

Pedal Exerciser for Elderly

Pedal Exerciser Mini Stationary Bike,Foot Peddler Treadmill Seated Chair Cycler for Seniors and Elderly,Arms and Legs Workout with LCD Molitor,Folding Exercise Bike,Fully Assembled

Banghotfire Mini Excercise Bike Pedal Arm and Leg Exerciser for Seniors, Under Desk Bike with Adjustable Resistance Knob

Pedal Exerciser for Seniors

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

Review of Pedal Exerciser for the Elderly

Above all, the pedal exercisers described below were designed mostly for use by the elderly and seniors. As a result, these pedal exercisers are not designed for heavy duty use, such as trying to lose weight, but rather to help your arms and legs stay healthy.

Vive Desk Cycle - Foot Pedal Exerciser - Foldable Portable Foot, Hand, Arm, Leg Exercise Pedaling Machine - Folding Mini Stationary Bike Pedaler, Fitness Rehab Gym Equipment for Seniors, Elderly, PT

The most popular Vive Desk Cycle 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. Indeed, 13 inches of clearance is needed to use the Vive Desk Cycle under 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, a large, easy to read LCD screen displays, with the touch of a button, revolutions per minute, time, speed and calories burned.

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

  • Usable under a desk or a table
  • 1-year manufacturer's guarantee

B BAIJIAWEI Portable Pedal Exerciser - Under Desk Exercise Machine - Arm & Leg Exercise Peddler - Folding Low Impact Exercise Bike for Seniors and Elderly

Pedal Exerciser for Elderly

The very popular B BAIJIAWEI Portable Pedal Exerciser has the following features.

Assembly

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

Construction

Most noteworthy, the B BAIJIAWEI Portable Pedal Exerciser uses triple-layered chrome-plated steel, which provides stability and lifetime durability. In addition, the B BAIJIAWEI Portable Pedal Exerciser 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 B BAIJIAWEI Portable 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. Indeed, 14 inches of clearance is needed to use the B BAIJIAWEI Portable Pedal Exerciser under the desk or table.

Dimensions

In addition, the B BAIJIAWEI Portable Pedal Exerciser 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 Exerciser 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.

Foldability

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

Pedals

In addition, the B BAIJIAWEI Portable Pedal Exerciser 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 Exerciser 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 Exerciser can be tied to a chair by fixing straps so that the B BAIJIAWEI Portable Pedal Exerciser 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 Exerciser comes with a one year manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

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

PROS

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

Carex Foldable Under Desk Elliptical - Exercise Bike with Digital Display - Compact Exercise Equipment for Arms and Legs - Great for Elderly, Seniors, Disabled or Office Use

The very popular Carex foldable under desk exercise bike has the following features.

Construction

Most noteworthy, the Carex foldable under desk exercise bike is all metal.

Dimensions

In addition, the Carex foldable under desk exercise bike is 18.5 inches long, 14.5 inches wide and 9.5 inches high.

Display

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

Foldability

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

Pedals

In addition, the Carex foldable under desk exercise bike has 4 inch wide pedals, which are 2 inches deep. Also, the pedals have adjustable Velcro straps to help keep your feet in place as you peddle.

Tension

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

Warranty

Especially relevant, the Carex foldable under desk exercise bike comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Finally, the Carex foldable under desk exercise bike weighs only 5.5 pounds.

EF Pedal Exerciser Mini Stationary Bike,Foot Peddler Treadmill Seated Chair Cycler for Seniors and Elderly,Arms and Legs Workout with LCD Molitor,Folding Exercise Bike

The popular EF Pedal Exerciser has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, the delivered EF Pedal Exerciser comes almost fully assembled. In fact, all that's needed is to attach the pedals.

Construction

Most noteworthy, the EF Pedal Exerciser uses a strong steel frame which prevents wobbling.

Dimensions

In addition, the EF Pedal Exerciser is 17.5 inches long, 14 inches wide and 10.5 inches high.

Foldability

Next, the EF Pedal Exerciser is foldable.

Pedals

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

Sliding

Furthermore, the EF Pedal Exerciser 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 weighs only 5,75 pounds.

CONS

  • No display
  • No warranty mentioned

Pedal Exerciser Mini Stationary Bike,Foot Peddler Treadmill Seated Chair Cycler for Seniors and Elderly,Arms and Legs Workout with LCD Molitor,Folding Exercise Bike,Fully Assembled

The Enstver Pedal Exerciser has the following features.

Assembly

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

Construction

Most noteworthy, the Enstver Pedal Exerciser uses a strong steel frame that prevents wobbling.

Desk or Table Use

Also, to use the Enstver 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 Enstver Pedal Exerciser 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.

Foldability

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

Pedals

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

Sliding

Furthermore, the Enstver Pedal Exerciser 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 comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

PROS

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

Banghotfire Mini Excercise Bike Pedal Arm and Leg Exerciser for Seniors, Under Desk Bike with Adjustable Resistance Knob

Pedal Exerciser for Seniors

The Banghotfire mini exercise bike has the following features.

Assembly

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

Construction

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

Dimensions

In addition, the Banghotfire mini exercise bike is 14.2 inches long and 11.8 inches high.

Display

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

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

The Cozylifeunion Pedal Exerciser has the following features.

Assembly

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

Construction

Most noteworthy, the Cozylifeunion Pedal Exerciser's frame is made of strong iron. 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 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 Cozylifeunion Pedal Exerciser 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 Exerciser 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.

Foldability

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

Pedals

In addition, the Cozylifeunion Pedal Exerciser 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 Exerciser 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 Exerciser can be tied to a chair by fixing straps so that the Cozylifeunion Pedal Exerciser 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 comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

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

PROS

  • Pedal crank-arm insulated to prevent touching hot surface

What to Look for in a Pedal Exerciser for Elderly

Assembly

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

Construction

Next, it is preferable that the pedal exerciser 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.

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 exerciser from slipping as you pedal.

Foldable

Next, a foldable pedal exerciser 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.

Handle

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

Height

Especially relevant, 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. 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.

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.

Sound

Because the pedal exercisers may be used in office environments or while watching TV or reading a book, they need to run as quietly as possible.

Storage

Next, foldable pedal exercisers 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 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. Therefore, 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 anywhere from two to three hours. On  the other hand, if you are pedaling at a slow speed, heat from friction likely won’t be much.

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, and some for beginners. While others are designed for strengthening your arms and legs.

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 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:

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    Will allow you to use the pedal exerciser 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

Questions to Ask

Before looking for a pedal exerciser for seniors, ask the following questions:

  • 1
    Does the pedal exerciser need to be foldable?
  • 2
    How much physical space is there for the pedal exerciser?
  • 3
    Does the pedal exerciser need to keep track of workouts?
  • 4
    Is the pedal exerciser going to be used under a desk?
  • 5
    Is the pedal exerciser going to be used for exercising legs and arms?
  • 6
    How much use is the pedal exerciser going to get every day?

Indeed, answers to these questions makes it easy to not spend too much time on some and spend more time on others.

Hours Spent Sitting

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

  • 1
    Seniors 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
    Seniors between the ages of 65 to 74 spent 7.32 hours each day on leisure or sports activities
  • 4
    Seniors aged 75 and up spent 7.77 hours each day on leisure or sports activities
  • 5
    Seniors between the ages of 65 to 74 spent 1.5 hours each day eating, drinking, making telephone calls, mail, and email activities
  • 6
    Seniors 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.

How Exercise Helps

Most noteworthy, a study was published in the March 21 2019 edition of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Moreover, the study looked at 14 years of activity and inactivity data of 92,500 people. Especially relevant, one of the study groups were 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 30 minutes of sitting with light activity, their risk of premature death was reduced by 14 percent.

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.

Muscles in the Arms

The major muscle groups in the arms are:

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    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.

Muscles in the Lower Body

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 buttocks are made up of three major muscle groups: 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 exerciser is used while you are sitting on a chair to exercise your arms and legs.

Muscles Exercised by Pedal Exerciser for Elderly

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

Pedal Exercisers

Pedal Exerciser for Arms

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

Pedal Exerciser for Legs

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

Benefits of the Pedal Exerciser for Seniors

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

  • 1
    Prevents varicose veins.
  • 2
    The pedal exerciser exercises the 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
    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 exerciser, will reduce these symptoms of edema.
  • 5
    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
    Strengthens and tones the arms by exercising the biceps, triceps, shoulders and forearms.

Other Pedal Exercisers

Other Similar Exercisers

How Good is the Nordic Diet

How Good is the Nordic Diet

The Nordic diet is based on locally sourced foods eaten in the Nordic countries of Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Greenland, and Iceland. The philosophy of the diet is to eat locally grown, sourced, or available wholesome foods. As a result, the Nordic diet can be adapted to foods locally grown, sourced, or available wherever you live.

Nordic Diet

Emphasis of the Nordic Diet

Especially relevant, the Nordic diet contains less sugar and fat but twice the fiber and seafood, especially when compared to a typical Western diet. Furthermore, the Nordic diet’s emphasis is on the following:

  • 1
    Focus on eating fruits, vegetables, seafood, and whole grains
  • 2
    Eat less frequently game meat, eggs, cheese, and yogurt
  • 3
    Hardly ever eat red meats and animal fats
  • 4
    Never eat added sugars, processed meats, food additives, refined fast foods, and beverages with sugar

Nordic Diet Guidelines

The Nordic diet is based on the guidelines described here.

Eat Fruits and Vegetables

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    First of all, eat berries frequently. In fact, berries contain antioxidants called anthocyanins, which help keep your veins and arteries healthy and flexible. As a result, anthocyanins help lower your blood pressure.
  • 2
    Also eat peas and beans often. In fact, peas and beans are a major source of fiber and complex carbs. Also, peas and beans are a good source of proteins. In addition, they provide vitamins like riboflavin and B6. Finally, they provide minerals like zinc, calcium, and iron.
  • 3
    Next, eat legumes, vegetables such as cabbage, root vegetables such as carrots, parsnips, beets, and tubers like potatoes. Most of all, they are a source of fiber that takes a long time to digest and helps keep your blood sugar stable. In addition, they help protect your cells, lower your cholesterol and fight infection.

Eat Whole Grains

Whole grains such as oats and barley are an important part of meals. Another example is dark, dense sourdough rye bread from Denmark. In addition, eat snacks such as whole-grain crackers from Sweden. Most of all, they provide high-quality “complex’ carbohydrates that are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to protect your cells.

Eat Fish

Fish from the ocean, seas, and lakes provide many healthy benefits. In fact, fish containing omega-3 fatty acids help you by:

  • 1
    Reduce your chances of heart rhythm problems
  • 2
    Cause less plaque buildup in the arteries, and
  • 3
    Cut down on triglycerides in blood

And, examples of these fish include:

  • 1
    Fatty fish such as salmon, herring, mackerel, sardines, and albacore tuna
  • 2
    Lean fish such as cod, haddock and halibut

Eat Meat

High-quality meat should be eaten in small amounts.

Eat Less of

Processed foods as well as less sugary foods.

Eat Home Cooked Meals

Home cooked meals using canola oil or rapeseed oil provide many benefits. Canola oil is low in saturated fat, high in healthy monounsaturated fat, and alpha-linolenic acid. In fact, alpha-linolenic acid is an omega-3 that helps protect your brain from such things as strokes.

Eat Foods from the Wild

Seek out more foods from the wild. For example, nuts and seeds are a good source of complex carbs and fiber. Also, they are rich in zinc, copper, potassium, vitamin E, niacin, antioxidants, and mono-unsaturated fats and poly-unsaturated fats.

Eat Organic Foods

Whenever possible, use organic produce.

Avoid Food Additives

Instead, use herbs and spices.

Eat Seasonal Produce

Seasonal produce provides an opportunity to eat foods that are only available for short periods of time.

Reduce Waste

Minimize waste by eating more foods that comes with little throw away packaging.

Composing your Meals

Most of all, the Nordic diet doesn’t count calories, instead you calculate the meal’s carbs to protein ratio. Indeed, the ideal Nordic diet meal has a 2:1 ratio of carbs grams to protein grams.

Furthermore, the carbs to protein ratio is based on a combination of Low-Glycemic Index (low-GI) foods and moderately high-protein foods. Most noteworthy, high-protein foods include low fat dairy products.

First, low-GI foods cause a slower and lower elevation in blood sugars compared to high-GI foods. In addition, protein-rich foods make you feel less hungry. Therefore, by properly balancing nutritionally dense foods, you can:

  • 1
    Avoid weight gain
  • 2
    Reduce inflammation, and
  • 3
    Lower your risk of diseases like diabetes

Carbohydrates

Select carbs using the guidelines below.

  • 1
    Use low-GI foods such as fruits and vegetables other than potatoes.
  • 2
    Use low-GI carbs such as grains, bread, pasta, beans and legumes. In fact, rye is a whole-grain staple in the Nordic diet. Also, pumpernickel and sourdough bread are low-GI carbs while softer fluffy white breads aren’t. In addition, steel-cut oats have a lower GI than instant oatmeal.
  • 3
    Low fat dairy products

Proteins

Select proteins using the guidelines below.

  • 1
    Fish such as shellfish or white fatty fishes like salmon, mackerel, and sardines provide healthy omega-3 fatty acids
  • 2
    Lean cuts of pork
  • 3
    Veal and beef
  • 4
    Skinless poultry
  • 5
    Tofu and legumes such as lentils or beans

Fiber

Vegetables and whole grains provide fiber. And, for extra fiber add chia seeds to your meals.

Sample Meals

Above all, a one half of a typical meal would include vegetables, fruits and berries. Next, one quarter contains low-GI carbs. Finally, one quarter contains protein rich foods.

In fact, proteins should be included in every meal. Also, starches like rice and pasta are fine but in smaller amounts than plant foods, lean meats and fish.

Typical Nordic Diet Meal Plans

Breakfast

Breakfast would contain dry fruits, grains, berries, or porridge with oats.

Lunch

For lunch, eat rye bread, salads, pickles, herrings, eggs, mushrooms, asparagus, green peas, rhubarb, wild herbs and fruits.

Dinner

For dinner, eat fish, meat from animals hunted in the wild, and vegetables.

Midmorning or Afternoon Snacks based on Nordic Diet

These snacks can be low-GI toast, fresh fruits or nuts.

How to User Nordic Diet when Eating Outside

When eating outside the home, eat fresh vegetables (instead of potatoes) and pasta salads. Also, eat lean protein and low-GI sides like chickpeas. Finally, drink water with every meal.

Benefits of the Nordic Diet

Most of all, the Nordic diet:

  • 1
    Helps you lose weight, especially belly fat
  • 2
    According to scientist, helps heart health because the diet lowers unhealthy cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose, and insulin levels.
  • 3
    Helps lower LDL (the “bad”) cholesterol
  • 4
    Reduces risk of Type 2 diabetes
  • 5
    Helps cut back on inflammation. In fact, inflammation is linked to diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.

Physiological Effect of the Nordic Diet

The Nordic diet can help you lose weight, reduce blood pressure, and inflammation.

Weight Loss From Nordic Diet

A 2016 study, with 145 participants, in the Journal of Proteome Research compared the Nordic diet to a Danish diet. Most noteworthy, the Danish diet is almost like an American diet. Also, the Danish diet, with more fat and less fiber, consisted of more meat, processed foods, and fewer plant foods. And, the study reported that after 26 weeks, Nordic diet participants were more likely to lose weight.

Another 2014 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition looked at the effectiveness of the Nordic diet. Also, this study, which lasted six months, had 147 obese participants. And, the study reported that obese participants on the Nordic diet lost 10.4 pounds. While others on an average Danish diet lost 3.3 pounds.

Finally, a 2011 6-week study in the Journal of Internal Medicine reported the weight-reducing effects of the Nordic diet. And, the study reported that Nordic diet participants lost 4 percent more body weight than the standard diet participants.

Blood Pressure Benefits of Nordic Diet

The 2014 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study, described previously, also looked at how Nordic diet affects blood pressure. And, the study found that Nordic diet participants saw greater decrease in blood pressure than the Danish diet participants.

Yet another 2014 study, in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition had 37 metabolic syndrome participants lasting 12 weeks. And, the study reported significant ambulatory diastolic blood pressure reduction among Nordic diet participants compared to control diet participants.

Other Effects of the Nordic Diet

Next, a 2013 study in the Journal of Internal Medicine looked at insulin sensitivity and blood pressure. Moreover, the 24 week study involved 166 participants either on a Nordic diet or a control diet. And, the study reported no significant changes in insulin sensitivity or blood pressure between control and Nordic diet participants. However, the Nordic diet participants saw improved lipid profile and beneficial effects on low-grade inflammation.

Finally, a 2015 Journal of Clinical Nutrition study looked at effects of Nordic diet on individuals with metabolic syndrome. And, the study reported reduced inflammatory gene expressions in abdominal subcutaneous adipose (fat) tissue compared to control diet participants.

Downsides of the Nordic Diet

Some of the negatives with the Nordic diet are listed below.

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    Preparing meals takes up too much time.
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    Consistently preparing homemade meals would be a strain for most people.
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    Finding locally grown vegetables or fruits throughout the year may not be possible, especially during the non-summer months.
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    Fresh vegetables or fruits are not always available in all grocery stores.
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    Difficulty trying to follow the diet when eating out
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    Difficulty finding foods meeting glycemic index
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    Need to consciously manage portion sizes to avoid putting on weight.

Popularity of the Nordic Diet

According to U.S. News and World Report the Nordic diet, in 2019, is ranked:

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    #3 in “Best Plant-Based Diets”
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    #6 in “Best Diets for Healthy Eating”
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    #9 in the category “Best Diets Overall”
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    #13 in “Best Heart Healthy Diets”
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    #15 in “Best Diabetes Diets”
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    #19 in “Easiest Diets to Follow”
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    #26 in “Best Weight-Loss Diets”
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    #33 in “Best Fast Weight-Loss Diets”

How Aerobics for Seniors Helps to Be Healthy Strong

How Aerobics for Seniors Helps to Be Healthy Strong

Most noteworthy, people 60 and over start to show signs of physiological aging. For example, their gait isn’t as long or as quick as it was when they were younger. Or they get tired sooner. In fact, physiological aging is characterized by a decline in the maximal aerobic capacity of their lungs, and, a decline in their skeletal muscle strength. Consequently, aerobics for seniors helps ward off these declines and helps seniors become and stay healthy.

Aerobics for Seniors

Maximal Aerobic Capacity

First of all, maximal aerobic capacity is defined as the maximum rate of oxygen consumption during incrementally increasing exercise intensity. In fact, maximal aerobic capacity is an indicator or cardiorespiratory fitness.  Furthermore, the lung’s maximal aerobic capacity determines the intensity and duration of aerobics seniors can tolerate and do.

In addition, the greater the lung’s maximal aerobic capacity, the more intense aerobics seniors can do and do them for longer periods of time. Most of all, outward signs of reduced maximal aerobic capacity appear during aerobics for seniors, when seniors engage in aerobic physical activities. During these aerobic activities, seniors may start running out of breath earlier than when they were younger, or, do the aerobics with lower intensity. Finally, lower maximal aerobic capacity limits senior to functionally perform some physical activities.

Why Maximal Aerobic Capacity is Important for Seniors

Sedentary lifestyles cause the maximal aerobic capacity to decrease nearly 44 percent in males and 34 percent in females from the age of 20 to the age of 60. Seniors whose maximal aerobic capacity has dropped significantly become very challenged to autonomously complete activities of daily living. Consequently, it is important for seniors to work at increasing their maximal aerobic capacity.

And one of the most important ways to do that is with aerobics. Aerobics for seniors have been known to increase maximal aerobic capacity by nearly 13 percent in an eight to ten weeks senior aerobic training programs. Senior aerobic training programs of twelve to eighteen weeks have resulted in nearly 14 percent improvement, while 24 to 52 weeks of senior aerobic training has resulted in a nearly 17 percent improvement. Participating in aerobic training program or even doing aerobics independently potentially delays loss of independence. Finally, higher intensity aerobics leads to even greater improvements in maximal aerobic capacity. In fact, an increase of 25 percent is like getting back an estimated 12 years of vigor.

Cardio for Seniors

Cardio or aerobic workouts force the heart and lungs to pump more blood and oxygen to the muscles, brain, and the body. Consequently, cardio for seniors are hugely helpful for their health. In fact, regular cardio workouts cause the entire pulmonary system to increase the lung’s maximum oxygen capacity.

Aerobics for Seniors - Guidelines

Especially relevant, the latest senior aerobic guidelines recommend seniors get 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic workout each week. However, if chronic conditions limit seniors to less than 150 minutes, seniors should be as physically active as possible.

In addition, when doing aerobics seniors should raise their heart rate for stretches of 10 minutes.  And in that time, seniors should do either moderately intense or vigorously intense aerobics.

Furthermore, the minimum time for moderately intense cardio is 30 minutes on each of the five days of the week. Moreover, seniors will get even more benefits if they exercise for 60 minutes on each of the five days.

On the other hand, seniors don’t have to do it all in one stretch. Indeed, seniors can break up the 30 minutes into shorter aerobic workouts of at least 10 minutes each. Most of all, only the total time spent on aerobic workouts should be at least 150 minutes per week.

Finally, for less fit adults,  recommendations also encourage the accumulation of relatively hard physical activity in intermittent periods of exercise and physical activity lasting 10 minutes or longer throughout the course of the day.

Aerobics for Seniors – Unstructured Activities

Lastly the 2007 ACSM/AHA guidelines seniors include unstructured approaches to increasing physical movement. These unstructured activities include:

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    Going for a walk after dinner
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    Frequently taking the dog for a walk
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    Walking briskly when doing errands
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    Parking the car as far away from the entrance as possible
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    Taking walking breaks instead of coffee breaks
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    Doing more energetic housework (for example, vacuuming)
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    Using stairs in place of elevators
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    Doing more mall walking
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    Lastly, while watching TV or reading a book, using pedals to exercise arms and legs

Subjective Measures of Intensity

As a rule, aerobics for seniors is done at a moderate intensity when the seniors breathing and heart rates are noticeably higher. However, seniors can still carry on a full conversation, except that their breathing may be heavier and or they may be sweating. In addition, on a 10-point scale, with zero being a state of rest, moderate intensity workouts would be a 5 or 6 on the 10-point scale.

As another way to get a grasp of moderate intensity, walking a distance of two miles in 30 to 40 minutes (or a walking speed of 3 to 4 miles per hour) would meet the definition of moderate physical activity.

Aerobics for Seniors

Seniors need just as much exercise as those under age 65. Furthermore, seniors can choose from a wide variety of available workouts. In fact, their choices include, swimming, walking, jogging, water aerobics, ballroom dancing, rowing, bicycling, to name just a few. And if you prefer going to the gym or sports clubs, you have your choice of treadmills, several kinds of elliptical machines, stair climbers, several kinds of cycles, and even rowing machines. Treadmills are great for walking because they provide a cushion for your feet. Elliptical machines, on the other hand, keep your feet grounded to the pedals. As a result, they are good for you back, hips, and knees. Finally, you can use spin cycles, upright bikes, or even recumbent bikes that provide back support.

Not into Aerobics - Seniors Can Still Get Brain Benefits

The Western University in Ontario, Canada reported in a 2019 study  that even with short burst of reasonably low intense aerobics, seniors can improve their brain health. Researchers found that even only 10 minutes of senior aerobic activity, like walking, on a treadmill improves cognitive functions (such as memory and attention) of seniors. Moreover, these benefits are achievable even by seniors who hadn’t exercised for a long time. The study of 17 seniors, with an average age of 73, found that boost in executive functions, such as planning and organizing, was achievable with aerobic exercise intensities ranging from moderate, heavy, and vigorous levels.

And these benefits are not limited to seniors with high levels of cardiorespiratory fitness. In fact, these benefits are achieved by seniors across a spectrum of senior aerobic intensities as well as across a spectrum of fitness levels. Meanwhile, seniors realize the cognitive benefits almost immediately.

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