Comparison of Vibration Platform Machines

Comparison of Vibration Platform Machines

Comparison Tables

Comparison of vibration platform machines with handrails, reviewed here, are shown in the table below. In fact, the table compares unique features characteric of these vibration platform machines. For example, features characteristic of vibration platform machines with handrails include their weight, their speed, acceleration, amplitude of vibrations, warranty, and other unique features.

However, similar features found in each of the machines, reviewed here, are excluded from the comparison table.

Vibration Machine
Table Containing Comparison of Vibration Platform Machines with Handrails

Machine

Weight

Speed

Acceleration

Amplitude

Unique

Warranty

A/A+ Feedback

1-5 Rating

1. Confidence Fitness

300

50

5 G

10 mm

Cell

1-year

85%

4.9

2. LifePro Rhythm

330

99

1.2 G

17 mm

Remote Controller

Lifetime

93%

5.0

3. Pinty

330

180

Cell

+5,-5 mm

MP3 player

None

83%

4.8

4. Axis

265

99

Cell
Cell

 

None

88%

4.7

5. Murtisol

265

15

Cell
Cell

 

Buy

85%

4.5

Comparison of vibration platform machines without handrails, reviewed elsewhere, are shown in the table below. In fact, the table compares unique features characteric of these vibration platform machines. For example, features characteristic of vibration platform machines without handrails include their weight, their speed, acceleration, amplitude of vibrations, warranty, and motors/movements.

However, similar features found in each of the machines, reviewed here, are excluded from the comparison table.

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Table Containing Comparison of Vibration Platform Machines without Handrails

Machine

Weight

Motors / Movements

Speed / Hz

Acceleration

Amplitude

Warranty

A/A+ Feedback

1-5 Rating

1. LifePro Waver

330

1 / 1

99 / 4-12

Cell

10 mm

Lifetime

95%

4.7

2. LifePro Rumblex

330

3 / 7

30 / 4-40

2 G

1-12 mm, 1.5 mm, 8 mm

Lifetime

96%

5.0

3. iDeer

330

1 / 1

120 / 9

Cell
Cell

None

86%

4.4

4. Hurtle Fitness

265

1 / 1

20 / 5-13

Cell
Cell

1-year

85%

4.5

5. VT VT003F

264

1 / 1

 / 15-40

5.82 G

3 mm

2-years

95%

4.6

6. LifePro Turbo

330

2 / 3

99 / 4-15

1 G

10 mm

Lifetime

95%

4.9

Buyer's Guide for Vibration Platform Machines

This section describes key features of a vibration machine, reviewed here, that should be looked into.

Handrails or Column

First, there are two types of vibration platform machines: one with handrails or column and the other without.  Now, machines with handrails have a raised console. Also, the handrails help older adults, the elderly and others with balance issues, to maintain balance. In addition, the raised console enables the user to easily see the display and

  1. 1
    First, start or stop the machine.
  2. 2
    Also, change the speed.
  3. 3
    In addition, change the workout program.
  4. 4
    Finally, view the heart rate, speed, and time spent on the machine.

Next, machines with handrails allow you to do workouts such as squats and many others where holding the handrails help you maintain balance. Also, majority of the more expensive machines come with handrails. However, those with handrails are, generally, placed in a fixed location for use.

Meanwhile, those vibration platform machines without handrails are easy to move around and store. In addition, since they are open, you are able to do exercises that you couldn’t on machines with handrails. However, it may be hard to see the display when you are standing. Moreover, those with balance issues can position these machines next to a table, chair or some other fixed support to help you with balance.

Motor Capacity

Next, a motor with higher horsepower or watts means it can handle heavier users. Also, it can deliver power to vibrate a plate with greater amplitude, more Gs, and higher frequencies.

In addition, a high capacity motor is also quieter than a smaller one because it doesn’t have to work so hard to deliver power.  By the way, motors used in whole body vibration machines usually range from 120 to 900 watts (0.4 to 3 HP).

Also, some machines have more than one motor. Consequently, the vibration machine can provide multiple types of movements.  For example, it can provide both pivotal or side to side oscillations as well as lineal or up/down vibrations. As a result, you get the benefits of both types of vibrations.

Vibrations

Next, vibration platform machines can deliver several types of vibrations, including pivotal and lineal.

Now, pivotal platforms pivot around a central point, which closely mimics a walking motion: with one foot rising and the other falling.  Moreover, the body moves side to side. Meanwhile, pivotal oscillations are characterized by their frequency, amplitude, and somewhat by acceleration.

Next, lineal platforms make the plate vibrate vertically.  Moreover, lineal machines have a higher impact because both sides of your body go up and down simultaneously. Meanwhile, lineal vibrations are characterized by their frequency, amplitude, and acceleration.

Acceleration

Most of all, lineal vibrations are heavily impacted by acceleration.  Now, acceleration is measured in units of gravity.  And, the greater the acceleration, the more gravity becomes a factor in causing your body to work harder. 

Most noteworthy, it is medically documented that extremely high G-Forces are not good for the body. In fact, there is plenty of evidence that relatively high peak G-Force levels can be severely damaging if they are at the resonant frequency of your organs and connective tissues. Moreover, these high G-Forces can lead to irreversible damage to soft tissue, possibly harm kidneys, damage joints, cause brain injury, and detach retinas. Lastly, there is even a chance of fatality.

Therefore, it is important to use a vibration machine capable of delivering only between 2 to 4 G. By the way, most average people may find 5 G challenging.

Frequency

Next, frequency or vibration, is the rate at which the plates move side to side or up and down. Now, frequency is measured in Hertz. So, a 60 hertz plate will move side to side or up and down 60 times in one second. By and large, a platform typically vibrates at a frequency of 15 to 70 hertz.

Now, lineal platforms typically move up and down at frequencies in the 30 – 70 hertz range. While pivotal platforms typically move side to side at frequencies in the 5 to 30 hertz range.
Speed

Now, the speed determines the intensity of your workout. By the way, the higher the speed setting, the less you benefit from it.  So, if you are a beginner or if you want a massage, the speed settings should be in the higher ranges.  Meanwhile, if you are an intermediate user, the speed setting should be in the middle range. Lastly, if you are an advanced user, the speed setting should be in the lower ranges. Indeed, the lower speed setting works the muscles and the body.

By the way, frequencies less than ten are best for lymphatic drainage.

Amplitude

Next, amplitude is the distance the plate travels from the lowest position to the highest position.  Also, amplitude is measured in millimeters. And, typically, amplitude ranges from one to ten millimeters.  For example, an amplitude of 3 millimeters means the plate moves 3 millimeters from one position to the other.  Moreover, the higher the amplitude the more intense the workout.

Furthermore, on a side to side oscillating platform, there is one way to adjust the amplitude. And, that is to move your feet closer to or further away from the center or fulcrum of the platform. Indeed, the further away your feet are from the center, the higher the amplitude and stronger the impact.

Programs

By and large, vibration platform machines usually come with their own workout programs.  Moreover, these are specifically designed workouts that control the machine and automatically alter the settings. Consequently, they save you the effort of having to press buttons.

Plate Size

Next, a large vibrating plate provides added space which allows for a greater range of exercises to be performed.  But a large platform also negatively effects the acceleration and frequency.  Finally, a large plate requires a larger motor to operate properly.

Weight Capacity

Most of all, it’s important to select vibration platform machines that can support your weight. If they can’t the motor gets overloaded. Consequently, it may fail sooner than designed.

Display

Next, a LED display allows you to track your workout time, vibration speed, heart rate, and calories expended.

Remote Control

Now, a remote control offers a convenient way to adjust vibration parameters like speed, amplitude, workout time, and preset programs. While, a remote control is not needed for vibration machines with handrails, they are necessary for vibration machines without handrails.

Accessories

Next, vibration machines with resistance bands or straps allow you to get an upper body workout.  Also, some machines have the option of adding mats on top of the plate to reduce the intensity of a workout.  By the way, these may be useful for beginners. 

Noise

Also, look for a whole body vibration machine that runs quietly. Noisy machines can not only make your experience suffer, but also disturb others around you.

Warranty

Finally, low end vibration platform machines may not come with any warranty.  While, some may come with a one-year warranty.  And, others, may even come with a lifetime warranty.

Best Under Desk Pedals And Mini Exercise Bikes for Sitters to be Healthy

Best Under Desk Pedals And Mini Exercise Bikes for Sitters to be Healthy in 2020

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, cycles, mini exercise bikes, pedal exerciser, cycle 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.

Why Some of these Pedals May be Used Under a Desk

First and foremost, some of the pedals, reviewed here, can be used while sitting or working at a desk. Now, a typical desk has a depth of at least 21 inches. And, the compact pedals, reviewed below, have length ranging from 15.5 to 20 inches. So they fit under the typical desk. On the other hand, the longer pedals have length ranging from 22 to 24 inches. So they will fit if the desk has that depth or if the desk is open in the back.

Meanwhile, some of the best elliptical trainers, used while sitting, have lengths that are greater than 18 inches and could be as long as 32 inches.

Quick Answer: Best Desk Pedal and Exercise Bikes For 2020

Exercise Bikes and Desk Pedals Reviewed

Table of Contents

4 Best Desk Cycle (For Legs) Reviews

Editor's Choice

Exercising Legs: 2. DeskCycle 2

Comparison of 4 Best Under Desk Pedals for Legs

Click here, to see a table comparing best under desk pedals for legs that may help you choose the right machine. Meanwhile, below is a list of these under desk pedals for legs listed in decreasing rating order.

  1. 1
    DeskCycle-2
  2. 2
    DeskCycle
  3. 3
    FitDesk
  4. 4
    Cycli

1. DeskCycle

DeskCycle Under Desk Cycle - Pedal Exerciser - Stationary Mini Exercise Bike

under desk cycle

The most popular DeskCycle exercise bike has features described below.

Assembly

First and foremost, the delivered DeskCycle pedal exerciser comes almost fully assembled. However, the delivery also includes a combination screwdriver and wrench to complete assembly in short order.

Dimensions

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

Display

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

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

Exercise

Meanwhile, the mini pedal exerciser only exercises your legs.

Pedals

In addition, this mini pedal exerciser 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 pedals 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, this flywheel results in smooth pedal rotations. Furthermore, the DeskCycle has 7 sealed hardened-steel bearings for years of maintenance free operation. Incidentally, 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 pedal exerciser comes with a full 1-year warranty on parts, labor, and shipping.

Weight

Finally, it weighs 23 pounds.

PROS

  1. 1
    First and foremost, display can be relocated to the desk top.
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    Next, it comes with a full 1-year warranty on parts, labor, and shipping.
  3. 3
    Also, DeskCycle has a low height of 10 inches.

2. DeskCycle 2

DeskCycle 2 Under Desk Cycle - Pedal Exerciser - Stationary Mini Exercise Bike

Next, the DeskCycle-2 has the following 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. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use.

PROS

  1. 1
    First, all the Pros for DeskCycle also apply to DeskCycle-2.
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    In addition, with a height of 9 inches, it is very likely to fit under most desks.

3. FitDesk

FitDesk Under Desk Cycle and Exercise Bike Peddler

under desk cycle

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 chassis.

Dimensions

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

Display

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

Exercise

Most noteworthy, this under desk cycle only exercises your legs.

Pedals

In addition, the 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 under disk cycle's pedals 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 under desk cycle 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 mini pedal exerciser comes with a 3-year parts replacement guarantee for all moving parts. Meanwhile, pedals are covered for 30 days.

Weight

Next, this under desk cycle weighs 24 pounds.

Weight Limit

Finally, the mini pedal exerciser, has no constraints on a user's weight to use the cycle.

PROS

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    First, under desk cycle's display can be moved to the desk top.
  2. 2
    Also, it can be used under a desk as low as 26 inches.
  3. 3
    Next, the under desk cycle's resistance can be changed by your feet - no need to bend down.
  4. 4
    Finally, it comes with a 3-year parts replacement guarantee for all moving parts. However, the pedals covered for only 30 days.

4. Cycli

FlintFit Cycli: Bluetooth Portable Stationary Cycle - Under Desk Cycle

mini pedal exerciser

The Cycli under desk cycle has the following features.

Assembly

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

Construction

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

Dimensions

In addition, the under desk cycle's lowest pedal height is four inches above the floor, while the highest pedal height is 11 inches above the floor. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use.

Display

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

Exercise

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

Pedal Movement

Next, it uses magnetic resistance, which results in smooth and quiet operation. In fact, 8 levels of adjustable resistance available.

Warranty

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

PROS

  1. 1
    Above all, the under desk cycle is bluetooth enabled which makes the workout data available on a cell phone.

6 Best Mini Exercise Bike (For Legs and Arms) Reviews

Editor's Choice

Exercising Legs and Arms: 8. YOSUDA Under Desk Bike

Comparison of 6 Best Mini Exercise Bikes for Legs and Arms

Click here, to see a table comparing best mini exercise bikes, for legs and arms, that may help you choose the right machine. Meanwhile, below is a list of these mini exercise bikes listed in decreasing rating order.

  1. 1
    YOSUDA Under Desk Bike
  2. 2
    Sunny SF-B0418
  3. 3
    MagneTrainer-ER
  4. 4
    Sunny Mini Bike
  5. 5
    BOOKCYCLE Pedal Exerciser
  6. 6
    Himaly

5. Sunny SF-B0418

Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B0418 Magnetic Mini Exercise Bike

mini pedal exerciser

The very popular Sunny SF-B0418 magnetic mini exercise bike has features described below.

Assembly

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

Dimensions

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

Display

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

Exercise

Most of all, the bike exercises your arm and leg.

Handles

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

Pedals

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

Pedal Movement

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

Tension

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

Warranty

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

Weight

Next, it weighs only 21 pounds.

Weight Limit

Finally, the bike is limited to anyone weighing less than 220 pounds.

PROS

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    First, with the help of the bike's handle it is easy to move.
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    Next, magnetic resistance results in a quiet workout.
  3. 3
    Also, it comes with a 1-year frame and 90-days parts warranty.

CONS

  1. 1
    However, pedals only move in forward direction. So, to go in reverse, manually turn the bike around.

6. Sunny Mini Bike

Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B0891 Desk Bike - Under Desk Bike Pedal Exerciser

under desk cycle

Benefits

First, the Sunny SF-B0891 mini cycle can be used to exercise your legs or your arms. Also, the bike is easy on your knee and ankle joints when exercising your legs. Meanwhile, it is easy on your hands, elbows, and shoulders when exercising your arms.

Assembly

By the way, the only assembly required is to attach the two pedals, the front and back stabilizers.

Dimensions

Next, the Sunny pedal exerciser is 16.5 inches wide, 20.5 inches deep, and 10.5 inches high. Also, the pedals reach a peak height of 10 inches and a low height of 3 inches above the floor. Consequently, the stride is 7 inches. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use.

Display

Also, the mini cycle's LCD screen displays speed, time, distance, and calories. Meanwhile, the scan button on the console sequentially displays this data continuously.

Exercise

Meanwhile, the bike can be used to exercise your arm and leg.

Handles

Now, the built-in handle makes it easy to lift and move this pedal exerciser.

Pedals

Also, the mini bike has non-slip pedals with adjustable straps to help keep your feet in place as you peddle.

Pedal Movement

In addition, the pedals rotate in only the forward direction. Consequently, if you want to pedal in reverse, turn the bike around. Furthermore, the pedals work with a smooth belt drive rotating a 3.52 pound flywheel.

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to easily adjust your workout intensity. Also, the eight magnetic resistance settings help you keep track of your workout intensities. Moreover, magnetic resistance results in quiet pedal rotation.

Warranty

Meanwhile, the bike comes with a 1-year manufacturer warranty.

Weight

Finally, it weighs 19 pounds.

PROS

  1. 1
    First, the handle makes it is easy to move the mini bike.
  2. 2
    Second, magnetic resistance results in a quiet workout.
  3. 3
    Finally, it comes with a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty.

CONS

  1. 1
    However, pedals only move in forward direction. So, to go in reverse, manually turn the bike around.

7. MagneTrainer-ER

MagneTrainer-ER Mini Exercise Bike Arm and Leg Exerciser

ER exercise bike

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

Assembly

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

Construction

Most noteworthy, it has a sturdy steel frame.

Dimensions

In addition, the MagneTrainer-ER is 15.5 to 20 inches long, 15 inches wide and 18 inches high. However, the highest point of the pedal is 15 inches above the floor. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use. Also, the wide footprint provides excellent stability. In fact, both legs are over 15 inches wide which helps prevent the bike from wobbling.

Display

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

Exercise

Also, the MagneTrainer-ER exercises legs and arms.

Pedals

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

Pedal Movement

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

Tension

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

Use

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

Warranty

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

Weight

Finally, it weighs 23 pounds.

PROS

  1. 1
    First, MagneTrainer-ER is used in hospitals, physical therapy offices, nursing homes, assisted living facilities.
  2. 2
    Also, it comes with a full 1-year warranty and a 30-days money back guarantee.

8. YOSUDA Under Desk Bike

YOSUDA Pedal Exerciser - Magnetic Mini Exercise Bike - Desk Pedal Bike

mini exercise bike

First and foremost, this under desk cycle can be used at the office, by the elderly, those injured, those with reduced mobility, and those needing physical therapy to relieve their pain and restore/maintain their motor functions.

Benefits

Above all, this under desk cycle improves blood circulation in the legs and in the arms when hands are used. Also, this low impact mini exercise bike is good for the joints.

Assembly

First, the delivered mini cycle can be assembled within 10 minutes.

Construction

Second, the under desk cycle has a sturdy ABS and steel frame. As a result, it doesn’t wobble back and forth when you use it.

Dimensions

Now, the mini exercise bike is 12.28 inches wide, 21.6 inches deep and 10.95 inches high. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use.

Display

Next, the mini cycle's big easy to read LCD monitor displays time, distance, revolutions per minute, and calories. Meanwhile, the scan button sequentially displays all these measurements.

Exercise

The mini cycle gives your legs and arms a workout while you are sitting at work or at home.

Handles

Also, the mini cycle has a built-in handle that makes it easy to lift, store, and move the bike.

Pedals

In addition, the under desk cycle has pedals with adjustable straps to help keep your feet in place as you peddle. Furthermore, you can adjust the straps, to fit your foot, by using nuts. Also, the anti-slip pedals drive a high inertia flywheel which makes your pedal rotations smooth.

Pedal Movement

Next, the under desk cycle’s high-quality samarium cobalt magnet results in smooth and quiet pedaling. In fact, the exerciser generates less than 20 decibels. Furthermore, the pedals rotate in both forward or reverse direction.

Sliding

Meanwhile, the mini exercise bike has four anti-slip rubber pads and two wide base tubes to ensures it stays in place on hard floors, carpets, and table top.

Tension or Resistance

Next, the under desk cycle comes with 8 adjustable levels of magnetic resistance to control the intensity of your workouts. In addition, the tension knob, used to adjust resistance, has 8 settings while rotating clockwise or counter-clockwise.

Warranty

By the way, the mini cycle comes with a 1-year warranty.

Weight

Finally, this mini cycle weighs 22 pounds.

PROS

  1. 1
    First, at 20 decibels, you get a quiet workout.
  2. 2
    Also, its 22 pound weight and non-slip rubber pads, gives you a sturdy platform for pedaling.

9. Himaly

Himaly Mini Exercise Bike - Portable Home Pedal Exerciser - Gym Fitness Leg Arm Cardio Training

mini exercise bike

The Himaly mini cycle has the following features.

Construction

First and foremost, it has a heavy duty plastic frame.

Dimensions

In addition, the Himaly mini cycle is 15.98 inches long, 13.81 inches wide and 12.6 inches high. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use.

Display

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

Exercise

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

Use

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

Pedals

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

Pedal Movement

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

Sliding

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

Tension

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

Warranty

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

Weight

Finally, it weighs only 8.8 pounds.

PROS

  1. 1
    Most noteworthy, mini cycle is used for rehab by seniors.

CONS

  1. 1
    Regrettably, pedal motion is not as smooth as other machines.

10. BOOKCYCLE Pedal Exerciser

BOOKCYCLE Mini Exercise Bike - Pedal Exerciser

pedal exerciser

Benefits

Above all, the Bookcycle pedal exerciser is perfect for recovery after surgery or injury of the knees and shoulders. Also, this mini cycle helps the elderly, who may not be able to go the gym, exercise their legs and arms.

In addition, this mini cycle can be used to improve blood circulation in the legs and in the arms. Furthermore, it helps relieve tension. Finally, it can relieve stiff legs and arms.

Assembly

First, the only assembly required is to attach pedals, straps, and the two leg stabilizers.

Construction

Second, the mini cycle uses an enforced steel frame.

Dimensions

Third, the Bookcycle is 13.8 inches wide, 16 inches deep, and 12.6 inches high. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use.

Display

Also, the mini cycle's LCD monitor displays exercise time, distance, revolutions, total revolutions, and calories. Meanwhile, the scan button sequentially displays all these measurements.

Exercise

Most of all, the mini cyle exercises legs and arms.

Pedals

Next, the non-slip pedals have adjustable straps that grip the feet to the pedals. Also, the pedals have a non-slip surface with molded finger grips. Consequently, the pedals can be gripped by hands to exercise arms.

Pedal Movement

Meanwhile, the pedals can rotate in both the forward and reverse direction. Also, the pedals drive a 5-pound iron flywheel to give a quiet and smooth workout.

Sliding

Next, the mini exercise bike has four rubber feet beneath the front and rear stabilizers. Consequently, it won’t scratch the floor. So, it can be used on floor for leg exercise or on desk for arm exercise.

Tension or Resistance

The tension knob allows you to adjust resistance.

Warranty

None described.

Weight

The Bookcycle mini cyle weighs 13 pounds.

CONS

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    Regrettably, there is no mention of a warranty for this mini cycle.

Buyer's Guide for Under Desk Pedals and Mini Exercise Bikes

Use the factors described below to evaluate these pedal exercisers and mini exercise bikes.

Assembly

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

Construction

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

Display

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

Exercise

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

Feet

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

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

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

Footprint

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

Handle

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

Height for use Under a Desk

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. So, to use the exerciser below a desk, the sum of these two numbers needs to be less than the distance between the underside of the table or desk top and the floor. By the way , the typical knee space under a desk is 20 to 26 inches. However, some desks or tables could be higher.

Noise

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

Pedals

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

Tension

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

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

Transportation

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

Use

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

Warranty

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

Weight

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

Conclusion

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ

Q: What are Mini Exercise Bikes Used for?

Under desk pedals and mini exercise bikes are used to get some exercise to stay healthy. Moreover, they are used to tone leg and arm muscles and get some cardiovascular workout. And, they are mostly used while sitting.

Hours Spent Sitting

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

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

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

Consequences of Too Much Sitting

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

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    First, metabolic syndrome
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    Next, poor blood circulation
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    Also, obesity
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    Moreover, poor posture
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    In addition, develop diseases
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    For example, cancer
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    And, mental health issues
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    In addition, longevity
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    Finally, mortality

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

Effect of Sitting on Arm Muscles

The major muscle groups in the arms are:

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

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

Effect of Sitting on Lower Body Muscles

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

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

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

Q: How do Under Desk Pedals Help?

By providing some cardio workout, these machines help mitigate some of the negative effects of prolonged sitting.

First and foremost, a study was published in the March 21 2019 edition of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. In fact, the study looked at 14 years of activity and inactivity data of 92,500 people. Meanwhile, one study group consisted of participants who were least active with less than 17 minutes a day of moderate to vigorous physical activity. And, the study found that if these participants replaced just 30 minutes of sitting with light activity, their risk of premature death falls by 14 percent. On the other hand, if these participants replaced 30 minutes of sitting with moderate to vigorous physical activity, their risk of premature death fell by an even larger 45 percent.

Q: Is there Proof that Mini Exercise Bikes Really Help?

Studies show that physical inactivity and sedentary work environments increases insulin resistance. Moreover, this increase leads to higher risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. However, a recent study showed that exercising, while sitting, improves the body's insulin response and thereby reduce these risks.

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

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

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

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

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

Q: What Muscles do Under Desk Pedals Exercise?

First and foremost, these machines exercise leg muscles. Also, some exercise arm muscles.

Exercising Leg Muscles

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

Exercising Arm Muscles

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

Q: What are the Benefits of Mini Exercise Bikes?

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

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

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

Q: How are Under Desk Pedals Used?

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

The Correct Way

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

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

Lower Body Workout

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

Arm Exercises

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

Stretch Arm Muscles

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

Strengthen Upper Body Muscles

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

Knee Injury

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

Stretching Injured Knee

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

Q: How do Mini Exercise Bikes Compare with Other Desk Exercise Machines?

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

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

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

Q: What should I be Looking at in Under Desk Pedals or Mini Exercise Bikes?

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

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

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

Other Under Desk Exercisers

Best Under Desk Stepper When You Have to Sit, Moves Feet, Blood Flow

Best Under Desk Stepper When You Have to Sit, Moves Feet, Blood Flow in 2020

An under desk stepper, also known as a desk stepper, sitting stepper machine, or a mini stepper, is similar to a stair stepper found among exercise equipment in many gyms, but much smaller. Also, an under desk stepper when used while sitting helps your body when you have to sit for long periods. In fact, these machines exercise you feet, calves, thighs and glutes. Also, they help blood circulation in the legs. And, because of the nature of effort needed, they may be more effective that other under desk machines. Finally, when needed, you can also use them while standing.

Why These Steppers are Suited for Use Under a Desk

First and foremost, the steppers, reviewed here, can indeed be used while sitting or working at a desk. Now, a typical desk has a depth of at least 21 inches. And, the steppers reviewed here have a depth ranging from 15 to 17 inches, which is less than 21 inches. Meanwhile, some of the best elliptical trainers, used while sitting, have lengths that are greater than 18 inches and could be as long as 32 inches. Also, the sturdy and stable pedal exercisers have lengths ranging from 22 to 24 inches.

Next, many steppers, such as those reviewed below, allow you to reduce the vertical movement of the footplates which helps their use under a typical desk. On the other hand, typical pedal exercisers have a high vertical profile making them difficult to use under a desk. However, pedal exercisers with a reduced pedaling circle are more likely to work under a desk.

Quick Answer: 5 Best Sitting Steppers For 2020

Table of Contents

5 Best Desk Stepper Reviews

Editor's Choice

2. Sunny NO. 045

Comparison of 5 Best Desk Steppers

Click here to see a table comparing under desk steppers, reviewed below, to help you make a buy decision. Meanwhile, below is a list of these under desk steppers listed in decreasing rating order.

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    Sunny NO. 045
  2. 2
    Sunny NO. 012-s
  3. 3
    BEOUZO Mini Stepper
  4. 4
    EFITMENT
  5. 5
    FootFit

1. BEOUZO Mini Stepper

BEOUZO Fitness Stair Stepper - Cardio Exercise Trainer - Stepper Twisting Machine - Stepper Exercise Equipment

sitting stepper machine

Benefits

First and foremost, this stepper moves up and down and side to side in a low impact twisting motion that works your calves, thighs, and glutes. Also, the stepper comes with two removable high resistance bands: one for balance and one for versatile use. As a result, you can use this stepper while sitting at a desk, or, standing and/or using the removable resistance bands to tone your chest, shoulder, and arm muscles. By the way, the resistance band’s handles are made of easy to grip foam.

Construction

Now, the body of the stepper is made of high-quality steel.

Dimensions

Next, the stepper is 15.75 inches long, 15.75 inches wide, and 9.45 inches high. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use.

By the way, using the stepper's knob you can increase or decrease the angle and height of the footplate from 5.5 inches to 13.8 inches. For example, loosening the knob decreases the angle and height the foot plate can move. As a result, you may be able to use the stepper under a desk. In addition, the stepper may be pulled out a bit from the desk to make it easier to use the stepper while working at a desk.

Display

In the meantime, the LCD monitor displays exercise time, step count, total step count, and calories. Furthermore, the scan function sequentially displays all of these measurements.

Footplates

Meanwhile, the stepper's footplates are 14.2 inches long and 5.9 inches wide. Consequently, the footplates will accommodate a broad range of feet and shoes. Also, these non-slip, non-slide textured footplates are made of PVC.

Sliding

In addition, the stepper has skid-resistance floor protectors. Furthermore, it comes with a mat to prevent sliding and scratching the floor.

Tension

Next, the tension knob makes it easy to adjust your workout from easy to hard. For example, tightening the knob increases the angle and height of footplate motion, which, in turn increases tension. While, loosening the knob decreases the angle and height of footplate motion, which, in turn, decreases tension. By the way, the hydraulic pistons provide a smooth, cushioning, and quiet workout. So, it’s good for your joints.

Warranty

Meanwhile, this fitness stair stepper comes with a 1-year warranty on the frame and a 90-day warranty on parts.

Weight

In addition, the stepper weighs 20.3 pounds, making it possible to lift and move the stepper to storage or other locations.

Weight Limit

Finally, this stepper can be used, in standing mode, by anyone weighing less than 220 pounds.

PROS

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    First, the stepper's height can be adjusted below 9.45 inches.
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    Also, the stepper comes with a 1-year  warranty on the frame and 90 days for parts.

2. Sunny NO. 045

Sunny Health & Fitness Twist Stepper - NO. 045

sitting stepper machine

Benefits

The Sunny twist stepper causes your heels to move up and down and side to side in a low impact twisting motion. Meanwhile, the front of your feet do the same motions but to a much lesser degree. Also, the stepper's hydraulic resistance provides a smooth and quiet workout.

Construction

First, the body of the stepper is made out of heavy duty steel.

Dimensions

Next, the stepper is 17 inches long and 19 inches wide. Also, the highest point of a footplate is 14 inches above the floor. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use.

However, the stepper's height adjustment lever can be used to reduce the vertical movement of the pedals. As a result, you may be able to use the stepper under a desk. In addition, the stepper may be pulled out a bit from the desk to make it easier to use the stepper while working at a desk.

Display

Next, the stepper's LCD monitor displays exercise duration, step count, total step count, and calories burned.

Footplates

Also, the oversized, slip-resistant foot plates keep you firmly planted during use.

Adjustable Resistance

In addition, the stepper's hydraulic resistance provides a smooth and quiet workout. Furthermore, using the stepper's height adjustment knob to change stepper height also changes its hydraulic resistance.

Warranty

Meanwhile, the stepper comes with a 1 year warranty on the frame and 180 days for parts.

Weight

In addition, the stepper weighs 20 pounds.

Weight Limit

Finally, the weight limit of the stepper is 250 pounds when standing. However, this is not an issue when using it while seated.

PROS

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    First, the pedal's height can be lowered so that the stepper can be used under a table or desk.
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    Second, the bands give you an upper body workout when you use it while standing.
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    Meanwhile, the stepper comes with a 1-year warranty on the frame and 180-days on parts.

CONS

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    However, the pedals move side to side. This may be disconcerting to some who only want an up-down movement.

3. Sunny NO. 012-s

Sunny Health & Fitness Mini Stepper - NO. 012-s

under desk stepper, sitting machine

Benefits

Most of all, when used in the standing mode with the resistance bands, the Sunny stepper tightens over 20 different core muscles including your chest, back, shoulders, inner and outer thighs, abs, and obliques. While, simply removing the resistance bands makes the Sunny stepper a desk stepper.

Construction

First, for lasting durability, the body of the Sunny stepper is made out of industrial strength steel.

Dimensions

Next, the stepper is 16 inches long, 12.5 inches wide, and 13.5 inches high.  So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use.

However, the stepper's height adjustment lever can be used to reduce the vertical movement of the pedals. As a result, you may be able to use the stepper under a desk. In addition, the stepper may be pulled out a bit from the desk to make it easier to use the stepper while working at a desk.

Display

Also, the LCD monitor of the stepper displays exercise duration, total step count, steps per minute, and calories. Meanwhile, the scan sequentially displays these exercise measures continuously.

Footplates

Most noteworthy, the stepper has footplates that are wide, textured and have non-slip features. In addition, the stepper's footplates twist side to side.

Pedal Height

Especially relevant, the height adjustment knob adjusts step motion height to give you either short or long steps. Therefore, if you want to use the stepper under a table, use the adjustment knob to lower pedal height.

Adjustable Resistance

Next, the hydraulic resistance of the stepper provides a smooth and quiet workout. Furthermore, using the stepper's height adjustment knob to change pedal height also changes the hydraulic resistance.

Warranty

Meanwhile, the stepper comes with a 1 year warranty on the frame and 180 days for parts.

Weight

In addition, the stepper weighs 14.5 pounds, making it easy to lift and move to storage or anywhere else.

Weight Limit

Finally, the weight limit of the stepper is 220 pounds when standing. Indeed, anyone heavier may exceed the design limits of the stepper and potentially cause it to break.

PROS

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    First, the pedal's height can be lowered so that the stepper can be used under a table or desk.
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    Second, the bands give you an upper body workout when you use it while standing.
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    Also, the stepper comes with a 1-year warranty on the frame and 180-days on parts.

CONS

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    However, the pedals move side to side. This may be disconcerting to some who only want an up-down movement.

4. FootFit

FootFit Sitting Stepper - Seated Leg Exerciser - Calf Exercise Equipment

sitting stepper machine
sitting stepper machine

Benefits

First and foremost, the FootFit sitting stepper is used for improving blood circulation and moving your legs while sitting at a desk, watching TV, or reading a book. Also, it is also good for the elderly with weak joints.

Dimensions

Meanwhile the machine is 15" deep, 11.4" wide, 5.5" high. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use.

Warranty

Also, the stepper comes with a one year warranty. In fact, the manufacturer will replace a defective unit with a new one.

Weight

Finally, the stepper weighs 2 pounds.

PROS

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    Most of all, the stepper comes with a one-year warranty. In fact, the seller will replace a defective unit with a new one.

5. EFITMENT

EFITMENT Fitness Stepper Step Machine - S021

under desk stepper

Benefits

The EFITMENT stepper's up and down movement tightens and tones calves, gluteal muscles, and hip flexors. Meanwhile, other features of this stepper are described below.

Dimensions

First, the stepper is 17 inches long, 12.5 inches wide, and 7.5 inches high.  So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use.

However, the stepper's height adjustment lever can be used to reduce the vertical movement of the pedals. As a result, you may be able to use the stepper under a desk. In addition, the stepper may be pulled out a bit from the desk to make it easier to use the stepper while working at a desk.

Display

Next, the LCD monitor displays exercise duration, step count, steps per minute, and calories. Meanwhile, the stepper's scan function sequentially rotates and displays these values continuously.

Footplates

Most noteworthy, the stepper's footplates are wide, textured, and non-slip. Consequently, the footplates will accommodate a broad range of feet and shoes.

Pedal Height

Especially relevant, the stepper's pedal height is adjustable. Therefore, adjusting the pedal height, limits vertical pedal movement, which helps you to use the stepper under a table.

Adjustable Resistance

Also, the stepper's hydraulic power provides a smooth and quiet workout. However, the hydraulic resistance is not adjustable.

Warranty

Meanwhile, the EFITMENT fitness stepper comes with a 1 year warranty on the frame and 90 days for parts.

Weight

In addition, the stepper weighs 15 pounds, making it easy to lift and move the stepper to storage or other locations.

Weight Limit

Finally, the weight limit of the stepper is 220 pounds when standing. Indeed, anyone heavier may exceed the design limits of the stepper and potentially cause it to break.

PROS

  1. 1
    First, the stepper's height is 7.5 inches.
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    Also, the stepper comes with a 1-year warranty on the frame and 90 days for parts.

Buyer's Guide for Under Desk Steppers

The desk stepper or sitting step machine is evaluated using the factors described in the following sections.

Construction

First of all, a sitting step machine may be made of heavy-duty alloy or steel. At least the frame should be metal. And, since you are going to push them hard, the footplates should be made from heavy duty plastic or better.

Display

Displays help you keep track of step counts, speed in steps per minute, exercise time, and calories.

Height for use Under a Desk

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. So, to use the exerciser below a desk, the sum of these two numbers needs to be less than the distance between the underside of the table or desk top and the floor. By the way , the typical knee space under a desk is 20 to 26 inches. However, some desks or tables could be higher.

Pedals or Footplates

Footplates should have a non-slip surface to keep your feet secure and stable. In addition, footplates should be large enough to support your entire foot.

Adjustable Resistance

For the most part, hydraulic cylinders with a piston provide the resistance. Incidentally, a heavy-duty hydraulic cylinder will not overheat after only 10 to 20 minutes of use and will let you exercise for at least 30 minutes or more before it starts to heat up.

Furthermore, you may want to be able to adjust the intensity of your workouts. Indeed, this is likely true when you are using the seated stepper machine for aerobic workouts while standing.

On the other hand, when your predominant need is simply to get your legs moving while sitting, the need to adjust workout intensity is likely not there. As a result, the need to be able to adjust resistance settings or even have the ability to do so, is a decision you may have to make. But it’s an important decision because seated stepper machine either have the capability to adjust resistance or they do not.

Sound

Because a sitting step machine is likely to be used in office environments, it needs to run as quietly as possible.

Sitting Step Machine Size

Meanwhile, the American College of Sports Medicine points out that many sitting step machine users feel uncomfortably restricted by the small size of the sitting step machine. Consequently, the seated stepper machine may not give you the workout you want. But if you like the way the sitting step machine feels or you get used to its compact size, the sitting step machine provides some cardio workout.

Warranty

The longer the warranty period the better you are protected against loss from 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.

Weight Limit

The weight limit is relevant only if you are going to use the mini step machine in the standing position.

What to Look Out for

Most of all the weakest links in the seated stepper machine are the pedals and the hydraulic piston. Obviously misuse can easily damage these components. However, if you only intend to use the seated stepper machine while sitting at home or in the office, they will last a long time. In any case, it’s always a good idea, especially if you later decide to use the sitting step machine for aerobic workouts, to get a good quality sitting step machine.

Conclusion

In conclusion, you are looking for essentially an sitting step machine that:

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    First, allows you to use the seated stepper machine located below the desk or table.
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    Next, is reasonably solid.
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    Also, is quiet.
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    Next, offers adjustable resistance, if you need to.
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    Furthermore, displays exercise time, step count, steps per minute, and calories.
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    Lastly, has at least a 90 day warranty.

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ

Q: What is a Sitting Stepping Machine?

The desk or sitting step machine is comprised of two independent footplates (also known as pedals) that move up and down. And you use it by stepping or pushing down on the footplates with your feet while sitting down on a chair or couch.

Moreover, some versions of the sitting step machine have handles which help you maintain your balance when you are standing on it. Because the handles are generally not easily removable, a desk stepper with handles can’t be used under a desk. And, even if used while sitting on a couch, the handles become a distraction. Therefore its best to get a desk stepper without the handle if you intend to use it while sitting.

Q: When do You Use a Sitting Stepper?

The best desk steppers, described here, can be used while sitting. And because they are compact, they can be used at work if you have a job that requires a lot of sitting. Furthermore, you can use it at home while you are sitting on a couch watching TV.

Most of all, these steppers do not come with handles. While they could be used standing, it is recommended you do not use them standing if you have problems maintaining your balance.

Q: What's the Difference between Desk and Standing Steppers?

Most of all, to use the standing stepper you use your body weight and push down on the footplates. So, to increase the stepping rate and get a better aerobic exercise you quickly alternate from one footplate to the other. However, avoid bouncing or jumping on the footplates.

On the other hand, with a desk stepper, you have to push down on the footplates with your legs. As a consequence, the pushing action exercises your feet, calves, thighs, and glutes. However, the stepping rate is not as high as with the standing stepper. As a result you burn less calories when you use the desk stepper.

Meanwhile, the desk stepper, frees you to do other work such as reading a book, using your computer or cell phone, making phone calls, watching TV, and listening to music or other audio. On the other hand, other than watching TV, listening to music or other audio, the standing stepper prevents those other activities from being done concurrently.

Also, desk steppers are used to get your legs moving when you have to sit for a long time. Consequently, their use is not the same as when you stand on the steppers to get a cardio workout. Finally, standing on mini steppers without handles require you to be able to balance yourself. This may be a problem for some seniors and the elderly.

Q: What are Sitting Step Machines Used for?

Most of all, a sitting step machine helps mitigate the severe health consequences of regularly sitting for long periods of time.

Hours Spent Sitting

According to the 2017 American time use survey by Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American over the age of 15 spent on average 8.78 hours each day sitting doing activities like, eating, drinking, working, attending classes, doing homework, watching television, socializing, being on the phone, going through mail and emails. 

Consequence of Too Much Sitting

In any case, sitting too much is really bad for your health. In fact, prolonged sitting on a regular basis results in health problems such as:

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    Metabolic syndrome
  2. 2
    Poor blood circulation
  3. 3
    Obesity
  4. 4
    Muscles and Posture
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    Develop diseases
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    Cancer
  7. 7
    Mental Health
  8. 8
    Longevity
  9. 9
    Mortality

Q: How does the Sitting Step Machine Help?

By providing some cardio workout, a sitting step machine, also known as the seated stair stepper, helps mitigate some of the negative effects of prolonged sitting.

In fact, the repetitive stepping motion of the seated stair stepper mimics climbing. As a result, your heart and lungs work harder thereby providing an aerobic workout for improved cardiovascular health and increased endurance. Also, because the stepper is smaller it is affordable. In addition, the stepper can be easily moved around and stored away when not being used. In fact, the  stepper can be used either at home or in the office.

Q: Is there Proof that a Sitting Stepping Machine Really Helps?

Studies show that physical inactivity and sedentary work environments increases insulin resistance. Moreover, this increase leads to higher risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. However, a recent study showed that exercising, while sitting, improves the body's insulin response and thereby reduce these risks.

In fact, University of Massachusetts researchers published the study in October 2018 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. And, the study reported that pedaling while working improves the body’s insulin response. While this study used pedals, a seated stair stepper is simply another way to get an equivalent exercise as the pedals. Consequently, the results of this study also apply to a seated stair stepper.

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

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

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

Finally, a seated stair stepper is better than treadmill or standing desk because long periods of standing lowers productivity besides being tiring.

Q: What Muscles does the Sitting Stepper Exercise?

Most noteworthy, exercise machines, in general, move your body forward. A seated stair stepper, on the other hand, requires that you move vertically with an up and down motion of the legs. In fact, a stepper works your lower body, toning your legs and hips.

Because your range of motion is limited on the seated stair stepper, your muscles will get some exercise. In fact, the stepper uses the same muscles as you would when you walk or climb stairs. Indeed, the muscles that get exercised include the hip muscles, hamstrings, quadriceps and calf muscles.  And, the more you use the stepper the stronger the muscles become. As a result, with time your leg’s muscular endurance increases. Lastly, to prevent injury or get sore muscles, it’s important to stretch before and after using the stepper.

Q: What are the Benefits of a Sitting Stepper?

The seated stair stepper also helps you in the following ways.

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    First of all, standing for long periods creates excessive pressure on the legs, which can lead to varicose veins. While using the sitting stair  stepper helps prevent varicose veins.
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    Next, using the seated stair stepper exercises the calf muscles which increases circulation to your feet and ankles and stops blood from pooling. As a result, there is reduced risk of deep vein thrombosis or blood clots.
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    Also, reduces numbness in feet and ankles
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    Next, prevents swelling of feet, ankles, and legs from water retention due to edema. Indeed, regular use of the seated stair stepper, will reduce these symptoms of edema.
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    Furthermore, reduces damage to the knees. In fact, the low impact sitting step machine does not cause body joints to get jerked or suddenly shocked. However, while the sitting step machine does not harm the knees, people with sustained injuries or weak knees should consult a doctor before using the seated stepper machine.

Q: Does the Sitting Step Machine Help Reduce Weight?

Above all, the seated stepper machine helps you lose weight by burning calories. In fact, according to Dr. James Levine of the Mayo Clinic, using the sitting step machine while at work or at home watching TV can help you burn about 100 calories in one hour of use.

Lean Person

Especially noteworthy, a lean person, using the seated stepper machine at a leisurely pace of 13 steps a minute or one step every 4.6 seconds, burns about 100 calories in an hour. On the other hand, if your other concurrent activities don’t need as much of your attention, you could speed up the pace to say 26 steps a minute or one step every 2.3 seconds. This pace would double the calories expended to 200 in one hour.

Obese Person

While an obese person using the seated stepper machine at a leisurely pace of 10 steps a minute or one step every 6 seconds, burns about 108 calories in an hour. Similar to the discussion in the previous paragraph, you could double the calories expended to 216 calories in one hour by picking up the pace to a step every 3 seconds.

Effort to Lose One Pound

Therefore, you can use the seated stepper machine to lose weight. In fact to lose one pound you have to burn 3,500 calories. Therefore, if you burn 300 calories daily you could lose one pound in 12 days assuming you ate the same calories as you normally do. However, to burn 300 calories in a day, you would have to use the seated stepper machine for 3 hours each day. Something that’s possible if you sit a lot at work or at home.

Finally, regular seated stepper machine use, also increases your resting metabolic rate.

Q: How Much Weight do You Lose with a Standing Stepper?

A 2007 study reported that everything else being equal, using a standing stepper for 2 hours a day can result in a weight loss of 44 pounds in one year.

Study Relating Stepping Rate to Calories

First and foremost, lean adults stepping at 39 steps per minute burn on average 312 calories per hour or 0.13 calories per step. In fact, the 313 calories was an average for all the lean adults ranging from a minimum of 221 calories to a maximum of 403 calories.

Meanwhile, obese adults stepping at 40 steps per minute burn on average 433 calories per hour or 0.18 calories per step. In fact, the 433 calories was an average for all the obese adults ranging from a minimum of 324 calories to a maximum of 542 calories.

Next, in order to measure the effectiveness of a standing stepper, a study was done by the British Journal of Sports Medicine in 2007. Meanwhile, the study included lean adults with an average BMI of 25 and obese adults with an average BMI of 29. Especially relevant, the study used a standing stepper. Lastly, the study reported that everything else being equal, using the standing stepper for 2 hours a day can result in a weight loss of 44 pounds in a year.

Study Relating Exercise Duration to Calories

As another data point, Harvard Health published the following.

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    First, a 125 pound person using a standing stepper for one hour uses up 360 calories
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    Next, a 155 pound person uses up 446 calories in one hour, and
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    Finally, a 185 pound person uses up 532 calories in one hour

Furthermore, adjusting the resistance of the standing stepper allows you to burn even more calories. For example, a 175 pound person using the standing stepper for 60 minutes could burn 556 calories as opposed to 504 calories with very low resistance.

Q: What are the Steps for Using a Sitting Stepper?

Most of all, to use the seated stair stepper, you simply step on the footplates and push down with each foot. Next you move your feet in a stepping or climbing motion. Meanwhile, the adjustable hydraulics  provide resistance as you push down on the footplates.

Warm up

Warm up is pretty straightforward. In fact, start using the seated stair stepper at a slow stepping pace. And keep this up for five minutes or so.

Keep Those Legs Moving

Once you have warmed up, increase the stepping rate to what is possible in your environment. For example, if you happen to be at work and the phone starts ringing, slowing down the stepping rate is natural. On the other hand, if you are surfing the web or doing activities that don’t need your intense concentration, then, yes, speed up your stepping rate to whatever you are comfortable with.

Cool Down

Cooling down shouldn’t interfere with whatever you happen to be doing. For example, if you have to get up and leave the desk or the couch, then go. On the other hand, if you know you have to come to a stop, then slow down your stepping rate for the last five minutes.

Using the Seated Stair Stepper

To use the seated stair stepper, sit up straight close to the edge of the seat. Next position the stepper so that back of the stepper is directly under your knees. In fact, in this position, your shins are nearly vertical to the floor as you push down on the footplates. Lastly, as you use the stepper, your posture should be such that you are not straining your back or knees.

Q: How Long do You Need to Use a Sitting Stepper?

Most of all, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone do at least 150 minutes of moderately intense aerobic workouts weekly. Therefore, daily use of a under desk stepper for 30 minutes allows you to meet that target in five days.

In addition, according to the Mayo Clinic, to get the most out of the seated stair stepper, you need to use the stepper for at least 10 minutes. Consequently, three 10 minute sessions throughout the day helps you get the recommended 30 minutes of aerobic workout in a day.

Q: How do Sitting Steppers Compare with Other Desk Exercise Machines?

Most noteworthy, some mini steppers may have resistance cords for an upper body workout. Also, some steppers can be used while sitting or standing. Because the stepping action requires pushing down on the pedals against hydraulic resistance, there is greater stress on the knees. But there is a better muscle workout, especially of the glutes, quads, hamstrings, and calves.

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

Finally, desk pedal exercisers have a greater circular motion of the lower legs and hence more circular movement of the knees than the desk steppers described here.

Other Under Desk Exercisers

Best Medical Pedal Exerciser for Rehab and Recovery to be Strong

4 Best Medical Pedal Exerciser for Rehab and Recovery to be Strong in 2020

Medical pedal exerciser, medical exercise bike or peddler are used for physical therapy or recovery following an injury, medical intervention, or an operation. For example, it is used to recover after a knee replacement surgery. Also, it is used to help those with Parkinson's, Cystic Fibrosis, and other similar ailments.

Quick Answer: 4 Best Medical Pedal Exercisers for 2020

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4 Best Medical Pedal Reviews

Especially noteworthy, tube framed medical peddlers offer light resistance, while the cased body medical peddlers offer higher resistance.

Editor's Choice

2. Vaunn Medical

Comparison of 4 Best Medical Pedals

Click here to see a table with side-by-side comparison of medical pedals reviewed below to help you decide. Meanwhile, below is a list of these medical pedals listed in decreasing rating order.

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    Vaunn Medical
  2. 2
    MOMODA
  3. 3
    Vaunn Basic
  4. 4
    Sanxia

1. Sanxia

Portable Exercise Bike Pedals - Floor Foot Pedal – Leg and Arm Exerciser

medical pedal exerciser

Most of all, the Sanxia medical exercise peddler gives you a gentle low-impact exercise for arm and leg muscles. In addition, it helps stimulate and improve blood circulation which is great for legs and arms to recover. And, it is especially suitable for the rehabilitation of the elderly.

Assembly

First and foremost, the delivered peddler can be easily put together in ten to fifteen minutes.  In fact, the only assembly required is to attach the floor strips, screw on pedals, and attach straps to the pedals.

Dimensions

In addition, the peddler, is 16 inches long, 13.3 inches wide, and 12.1 inches high. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use. In any case, the peddler can be easily tucked away under a desk.

Display

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

Exercise

Most of all, the peddler can be used to rehab legs and arms.

Pedals

Next, the medical peddler has pedals with adjustable straps that hold the feet to the pedals.

Pedal Movement

Also, the medical peddler has pedals that rotate in both clockwise or counterclockwise direction. In addition, the pedal movement is quiet. Furthermore, the pedals drive a heavy duty flywheel that improves stability.

Sliding

Meanwhile, the sturdy peddler has non-slip strips attached to the base.

Tension

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

Warranty

Especially relevant, the peddler comes with a 1-year warranty.

Weight

Finally, weighing less than 8 pounds it is very light.

PROS

  1. 1
    Most of all, this peddler comes with a 1-year warranty.

2. Vaunn Medical

Vaunn Medical Folding Pedal Exerciser

Vaunn folding exerciser for medical treatment

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

Assembly

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

Dimensions

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

Display

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

Exercise

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

Foldability

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

Pedals

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

Pedal Movement

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

Sliding

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

Tension

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

Use

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

Warranty

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

Weight

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

PROS

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    First, peddler folds instantly.
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    Also, it comes with a 1-year manufacturer's warranty.

3. Vaunn Basic

Vaunn Medical Basic Pedal Exerciser - Exercise Peddler

physical therapy

Most of all, the Vaunn medical basic exercise pedal has the following features.

Construction

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

Dimensions

In addition, the peddler is 22 inches long and 15.5 inches wide, Also, the pedals reach as high as 13 inches above the floor.  So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use.

Exercise

Most of all, this peddler exercises both legs and arms.

Foldability

Next, this peddler is not foldable. However, it is easy to disassemble for travelling.

Pedals

In addition, this peddler has four inch wide pedals with adjustable straps that hold the feet to the pedals.

Pedal Movement

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

Sliding

Furthermore, this peddler 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, this peddler is designed for physical therapy providing gentle low impact exercise and not for strenuous workouts.

Warranty

Especially relevant, this peddler comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

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

PROS

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    Most of all, the lifetime durability guarantees the peddler to stay rust-free.

CONS

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    Regrettably, this peddler has no display to show workout progress.
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    And, it cannot be folded.

4. MOMODA

MOMODA Medical Exercise Bike Foot Peddler for Leg and Arm Recovery

recovery of knees & shoulders

Most of all, the Momoda medical exercise bike has the following features.

Construction

Most noteworthy, the Momoda medical exercise bike has a reinforced steel pipes and ABS plastic frame.

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

Display

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

Exercise

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

Foldability

Next, the folded size of the bike is 12.6 inches long, 14.2 inches wide, and 6.7 inches high.

Pedals

In addition, the 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 pedals rotate in both the forward and backwards direction. Also, the pedal motion is smooth and quiet.

Sliding

Furthermore, the large anti-slip rubber feet prevent the bike from sliding on smooth floors. However, it does slide on carpets. Therefore, a strap is provided to tie the 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 bike is meant to provide exercise for medical reasons and not so much to get a heavy workout..

Use

Most noteworthy, the bike is designed for recovery of the knees and shoulders.

Warranty

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

Weight

Finally, weighing only 7 pounds, it is very light.

PROS

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    First, strap can be used to tie the exerciser to a chair so that it doesn't slide away during use.
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    Also, pedal cranks are insulated to prevent the user from coming in contact with the hot pedal cranks.

Buyer's Guide for Medical Pedal Exercisers

Use the factors described below to evaluate these pedals.

Desk Use

Most noteworthy, many people would prefer to use the medical exercise pedals under a desk or table while they work. In fact, several of the medical exercise pedals 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 or table.

Display

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

Exercise

Most of all, medical exercise pedals exercising both legs and arms gives you more options.

Feet

Most of all, the feet are generally made from heavy duty rubber or other similar material to protect the floor and/or the table from scratches and marks. Also, the feet help prevent the medical exercise bike from sliding as you pedal. Indeed, nearly all medical exercise pedals are lightweight weighing less than 13 pounds. In addition, most people try to use the pedals as they would a recumbent bike – namely by pushing the pedals away from you. This pushing action is a consequence of the chair being behind the peddler – as with a recumbent bike. Moreover, this pushing action pushes the peddler away from you. So instead of pushing on the pedals, push the pedals down towards the floor. Consequently, the peddler may stay in place as you peddle.

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

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    First, put the chair and the peddler on a rubber matting
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    Next, tether the peddler to the chair using a rope or solid rubber strap with hooks on either end 

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 medical exercise pedals that don’t.

Height for use Under a Desk

If the medical exercise pedal is going to be used under a desk, you need to measure the distance between the top of your knee, when sitting on a chair, and the floor with your shoes on. Next you need to measure the highest point the top of the pedal reaches above the floor. So, to use the medical exercise pedal below a desk, the sum of these two numbers needs to be less than the distance between the underside of the table or desk top and the floor. By the way , the typical knee space under a desk is 20 to 26 inches. However, some desks or tables could be higher.

Noise

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

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 exercise pedals are designed for rehab and physical therapy. Consequently, they provide much lower resistance to pedaling than other medical exercise bikes.

Skidding

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

Tension

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

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

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 medical exercise peddler is better built to last a longer time.

Weight

Finally, medical exercise peddlers that weigh less are easier to carry around. On the other hand, heavier peddlers offer more stability.

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ

Q: What are Medical Pedal Exercisers?

Above all, the medical pedal is used for physical therapy of the arms, elbows, shoulders, legs, knees following surgery or injury. In fact, medical pedals provide a gentle low impact exercise for toning muscles during physiotherapy.

Most noteworthy, these pedals are not designed for regular or heavy workouts. Consequently, medical pedals have the following design features:

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    First, the exerciser provides low resistance
  2. 2
    Also, the exerciser is lightweight
  3. 3
    Moreover, the pedals move forward and backwards
  4. 4
    In addition, the exerciser exercises both legs and arms
  5. 5
    Finally, they are easy to move

Q: Why are Medical Pedals Helpful?

Most of all, the medical exercise pedals help you in the following ways.

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    First and foremost, the medical exercise pedal improves mobility
  2. 2
    Next, it improves blood circulation
  3. 3
    Also, it strengthens legs and arms. For example, by exercising hips flexors, glutes, calves, hamstrings and quadriceps. Also, exercising biceps, triceps, and forearms.
  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 exercise pedal 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 exercise pedal provides gentle low impact exercise for muscle toning during physiotherapy

Q: How are Medical Pedals Used?

The Wrong Way

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

The Correct Way

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

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

Lower Body Workout

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

Arm Exercises

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

Stretch Arm Muscles

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

Strengthen Upper Body Muscles

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

Knee Injury

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

Stretching Injured Knee

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

Q: How do Medical Pedals Compare with Other Desk Exercise Machines?

First and foremost, medical exercise pedal provide a circular motion to the lower legs and hence more circular movement to the knees. In addition, medical exercise pedal exercises glutes, quads, hamstrings, and to a lesser extent the calves.

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

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

Other Under Desk Exercisers

Best Folding Pedal Exerciser Get Your Arms, Legs Moving to be Healthy

5 Best Folding Pedal Exerciser Get Your Arms and Legs Moving to be Healthy in 2020

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, folding exercise peddler, or foldable pedal exerciser may help lessen some of the bad consequences. Most noteworthy, these exercise peddlers can be used to exercise both legs and arms.

Quick Answer: 5 Best Folding Pedal Exercisers for 2020

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5 Best Folding Pedal Exerciser Reviews

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

Editor’s Choice

1. Platinum Fit Sit

Comparison of 5 Best Folding Pedal Exercisers

Click here to see a table comparing the folding pedal exercisers, reviewed below, to help you decide. Meanwhile, below is a list of these folding pedals listed in decreasing rating order.

  1. 1
    Platinum Fit Sit
  2. 2
    MOMODA
  3. 3
    BodyHealt
  4. 4
    Carex
  5. 5
    Stamina 15-0125

1. Platinum Fit Sit

Platinum Fitness Fit Sit Deluxe Folding Pedal Exerciser Leg Machine

folding exercise peddler

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

Assembly

First and foremost, the delivered Fit Sit exerciser is almost fully assembled. In fact, the only assembly required is to attach the dial.

Construction

Most noteworthy, the folding peddler has an easy to clean powder coated finish.

Dimensions

In addition, the Fit Sit is 17.75 inches long and 15.25 inches wide. Also, at it's highest point the pedal is 12 inches above the floor. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use.

Display

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

Exercise

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

Foldability

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

Pedals

In addition, the folding pedal exerciser has 4 inch wide pedals with non-adjustable straps that hold the feet to the pedals.

Pedal Movement

Next, the pedals rotate in both the forward and backwards direction. Also pedal movements are quiet. In addition, it's cool rev technology prevents dangerous overheating,

Sliding

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

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to adjust resistance. 

Warranty

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

Weight

Finally, the folding exercise peddler weighs only 5 pounds.

PROS

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    First, Fit Sit can be quicky folded.
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    Second, anchor straps tied to chair prevent it from sliding away from chair.
  3. 3
    Third, cool rev technology prevents dangerous overheating.

CONS

  1. 1
    Regrettably, foot straps cannot be adjusted.

2. Stamina 15-0125

Stamina 15-0125 InStride Folding Cycle

foldable pedal exerciser

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

Assembly

First and foremost, the delivered folding cycle is fully assembled and ready for use.

Construction

Most noteworthy, it has a durable steel tubular frame.

Dimensions

In addition, the folding cycle is 19 inches long and 15.25 inches wide. Also, at it's highest point the pedal is 12.25 inches above the floor. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use.

Display

Especially relevant, the LCD displays workout time.

Exercise

Most of all, the folding cycle exercises both legs and arms.

Foldability

Next, it is foldable for easy storage. In fact, simply unscrew the tension knob and fold the Instride folding cycle.

Pedals

In addition, the textured pedals have foot straps holding feet firmly to the pedals. Also, the textured pedals help prevent feet from slipping on the pedals.

Pedal Movement

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

Sliding

Furthermore, the folding pedal exerciser 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 Instride folding cycle comes with a 90-day warranty.

Weight

Finally, the folding exercise peddler weighs only 6.2 pounds.

PROS

  1. 1
    First, textured pedals help prevent feet from slipping.

CONS

  1. 1
    Regrettably, LCD only displays workout time.
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    And, it only has a 90-day warranty.

3. BodyHealt

BodyHealt Pedal Exerciser - Portable Legs & Arms Workout Pedal Exerciser

foldable exercise peddler

The BodyHealt pedal exerciser has the following features.

Assembly

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

Construction

Most noteworthy, it has a durable metal frame.

Dimensions

In addition, the BodyHealt exerciser is 19 inches long, 14.5 inches wide, and 9 inches high. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use.

Display

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

Exercise

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

Foldability

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

Pedals

In addition, folding 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, it 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 exerciser comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Finally, the folding exercise peddler weighs less than 6 pounds.

PROS

  1. 1
    First, metal frame is durable.
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    Next, pedals have grooves to prevent feet from slipping.
  3. 3
    Also, 4 anti-slip rubber pads help prevent slipping.

4. Carex

Carex Foldable Under Desk Exercise Bike - Desk Bike for Arms and Legs, Elderly, Seniors, Disabled

folding exercise peddler

The Carex foldable exercise bike has the following features.

Assembly

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

Construction

Most noteworthy, it has a metal frame.

Dimensions

In addition, the foldable pedal exerciser is 18.5 inches long, 14.5 inches wide, and 9.5 inches high. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use.

Display

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

Exercise

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

Foldability

Next, it folds for easy storage.

Pedals

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

Sliding

Furthermore, it 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 the foldable pedal exerciser's resistance.

Warranty

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

Weight

Finally, the folding exercise peddler weighs only 5.5 pounds.

PROS

  1. 1
    Most of all, pedals move quietly.

CONS

  1. 1
    However, requires some minor assembly.

5. MOMODA

MOMODA Pedal Exerciser Leg and Arm Desk Bike

foldable pedal exerciser

The MOMODA foldable 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 folding pedal exerciser is fully assembled and ready for use.

Construction

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

Dimensions

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

Display

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

Exercise

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

Foldability

Next, when folded, it is 12.6 inches long, 14.2 inches wide, and 6.7 inches high.

Pedals

In addition, it 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, it 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 foldable pedal exerciser comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Finally, the folding exercise peddler weighs only 4.6 pounds.

PROS

  1. 1
    First, the foldable pedal exerciser comes fully assembled.
  2. 2
    Also, pedal cranks wrapped in heat-insulating foam to prevent heat burns.
  3. 3
    In addition, pedals have grooves to prevent foot from slipping.

Buyer's Guide for Folding Pedal Exercisers

Use the factors described below to evaluate these folding exercise peddlers.

Assembly

First, assembling the exercise peddler should be easy. In fact, the less assembly required, the better.

Construction

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

Display

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

Exercise

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

Feet

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

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

Foldable

Next, a folding exercise peddler makes it easier to store it in small spaces. In addition, a folding exercise peddler is 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.

Height for use Under a Desk

If the folding exercise peddler is going to be used under a desk, you need to measure the distance between the top of your knee, when sitting on a chair, and the floor with your shoes on. Next you need to measure the highest point the top of the pedal reaches above the floor. So, to use the folding exercise peddler below a desk, the sum of these two numbers needs to be less than the distance between the underside of the table or desk top and the floor. By the way , the typical knee space under a desk is 20 to 26 inches. However, some desks or tables could be higher.

Noise

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

Pedals

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

Storage

Also, folding pedal exerciser takes up less space in storage.

Tension

Tension is sometimes referred to as resistance. And, nearly all folding pedal exercisers provide the capability to adjust tension so that you can change your workout intensity. However, not all exercise peddlers 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. Exercise peddlers that offer protection from contact with the heated parts are better than those which don’t. Furthermore, depending on the pedal speed, and the length of time pedaling, heating could start to be felt as soon as 15 minutes after starting. However, if you are pedaling slowly, heat from friction likely won’t be an issue. Be that as it may, you can reduce the build up of heat by lubricating. In fact, to lubricate, take the tension knob out and put graphite powder in the tension knob’s hole. And then screw back the tension knob.

Transportation

Because the folding pedal exerciser is 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 exercise peddlers for different use. So you want to look at exercise peddlers targeted to your need. For example, some exercise peddlers are designed for the handicapped, some for beginners. While others are designed for strengthening your legs and arms or used under a desk, while in the office or at home.

Warranty

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

Weight

Finally, a foldable pedal exerciser that weighs less is easier to carry around. On the other hand, an heavier exercise peddler offer more stability.

Conclusion

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ

Q: Why Use Folding Pedals?

First of all, exercise peddlers can be easily folded. And being light weight, it can be easily put away, moved from room to room or lifted on to a table to exercise your arms.

However, the foldable pedal exerciser is not suited for use under a desk. On the other hand, it allows both forward and backward pedaling. Finally, it is a great low cost option for exercising your legs and arms.

Q: What are Folding Pedals Used for?

Folding pedals are used to get some exercise to stay healthy. They are used to tone leg and arm muscles and get some cardiovascular workout while reading, listening to music, watching TV, talking on the phone, etc.

Hours Spent Sitting

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

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

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

Consequence of Too Much Sitting

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

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

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

Effect of Sitting on Arm Muscles

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

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

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

Effect of Sitting on Lower Body Muscles

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

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

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

Q: How Does Folding Peddler Help?

By providing some cardio workout, the folding pedal exerciser helps mitigate some of the negative effects of prolonged sitting. In addition, it helps tone leg and arm muscles.

Moreover, a study was published in the March 21 2019 edition of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. In fact, the study looked at 14 years of activity and inactivity data of 92,500 people. Meanwhile, one study group consisted of participants who were least active with less than 17 minutes a day of moderate to vigorous physical activity. And, the study found that if these participants replaced just 30 minutes of sitting with light activity, their risk of premature death falls by 14 percent. On the other hand, if these participants replaced 30 minutes of sitting with moderate to vigorous physical activity, their risk of premature death fell by an even larger 45 percent.

Q: Is there Proof that Folding Peddler Really Helps?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Q: What Muscles does the Folding Peddler Help?

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

Exercising Arm Muscles

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

Exercising Leg Muscles

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

Q: What are Benefits of Folding Peddler?

Above all, the exercise peddler helps you in the following ways.

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    First for foremost, the exercise peddler prevents varicose veins.
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    Next, the exercise peddler 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.
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    Also, the exercise peddler reduces numbness in feet and ankles
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    In addition, the exercise peddler 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.
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    Furthermore, the exercise peddler reduces damage to the knees. In fact, the smooth moving exercise peddler does not cause body joints to get jerked or suddenly shocked. However, while the exercise peddler does not harm the knees, people with sustained injuries or weak knees should consult a doctor before using the exercise peddler.
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    Next, the exercise peddler strengthens and tones the arms by exercising the biceps, triceps, shoulders and forearms.
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    Also, the exercise peddler helps you lose weight
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    Lastly, the exercise peddler gives you some aerobic exercise

Q: How do You Use the Folding Peddler?

The Wrong Way

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

The Correct Way

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

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

Lower Body Workout

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

Arm Exercises

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

Stretch Arm Muscles

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

Strengthen Upper Body Muscles

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

Knee Injury

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

Stretching Injured Knee

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

Q: How do Folding Peddlers Compare with Other Desk Exercise Machines?

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

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

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

Q: What Should I Be Looking for in a Foldable Pedal Exerciser?

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

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    First, how much physical space is there for the folding exercising peddler?
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    Next, does the folding exercising peddler need to keep track of workouts?
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    Also, is the exercising peddler going to be used for exercising your legs and arms?
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    Finally, how much use is the folding exercising peddler going to get every day?

Indeed, answers to these questions and others will help guide you to the folding exercising peddler that's best for you.

Other Under Desk Exercisers

Best Motorized Pedal Exerciser, Passive Leg Workout for Recovery, Elders

5 Best Motorized Pedal Exerciser, Passive Leg Workout for Recovery and Elders in 2020

Motorized pedal exerciser, mini motorized exercise bike, electric mini exercise bike, and electric pedal exerciser are a subset of pedal machines that use a motor to drive pedals. Consequently, these exercisers are useful for anyone who has difficulty moving their legs and arms. So, they benefit from the assistance provided by the exerciser. For example, motorized pedals help those with Parkinson's. Moreover, for those who want even lesser leg movement, there are passive leg exercisers. Meanwhile, chi machines are also passive leg exercisers. 

Quick Answer: 5 Best Motorized Pedal Exercisers For 2020

Table of Contents

5 Best Motor Driven Pedal Reviews

Editor’s Choice

2. Confidence Fitness

Comparison of 5 Best Motor Driven Pedals

Click here to see a side-by-side comparison of motor driven pedals, reviewed below, to help you decide. Meanwhile, below is a list of these motor driven pedals listed in decreasing rating order.

  1. 1
    Confidence Fitness
  2. 2
    Exerpeutic 7101
  3. 3
    Sunny EZ SF-E3626
  4. 4
    ANCHEER Under Desk Cycle
  5. 5
    Fast88 Elliptical Trainer

1. Exerpeutic 7101

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

mini motorized exercise bike

The Exerpeutic exerciser has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, no assembly is required. In fact, the Exerpeutic is ready to be used upon delivery.

Construction

Next, the Exerpeutic has a durable steel frame.

Controller

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

Dimensions

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

Exercise

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

Handles

Next, the built-in handle of this mini motorized exercise bike makes it easy to lift and move from one place to another.

Manual Operation

While, it is possible to turn off the Exerpeutic's motor, and use it manually to get a resistance workout, it is recommended to not do so.

Motor

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

Noise

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

Pedals

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

Pedal Movement

While the pedals of this mini motorized exercise bike, 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 this mini motorized exercise bike from skidding on smooth floors.

Warranty

Most of all, the Exerpeutic mini motorized exercise bike comes with a 1-year limited warranty. Also, it comes with a 60-day hassle-free guarantee.

Weight

Also, this mini motorized exercise bike weighs 12.5 pounds, making it convenient to move around.

Weight Limit

Finally, the Exerpeutic supports a lower leg load of up to 140 pounds.

PROS

  1. 1
    First, active cycle's speed is adjustable by cable connected hand held controller.
  2. 2
    Also, the handle helps to move this mini motorized exercise bike.
  3. 3
    Next, there is a 1-year limited warranty. Also, it comes with a 60-day hassle-free guarantee.

CONS

  1. 1
    However, Exerpeutic 7101 rotates only in forward direction. For backward motion physically turn the machine around.
  2. 2
    Finally, while it may be possible to use the machine manually with the power off, it is not recommended.

2. Confidence Fitness

Confidence Fitness Motorized Electric Mini Exercise Bike - Pedal Exerciser

mini motorized exercise bike

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

Assembly

First and foremost, some assembly of the electric mini exercise bike is required. Indeed, the pedals and the feet have to be screwed on the body.

Controller

Most noteworthy, a cable connects the hand-held controller to the motorized pedal exerciser. Furthermore, the hand-held controller adjusts the pedal's speed, exercise duration, pedal direction, and workout programs.

Dimensions

In addition, the electric mini exercise bike is 18.5 inches long, 11.5 inches wide, and 11 inches high. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use.  Moreover, it's compact size makes it easy to carry out and store.

Display

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

Exercise

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

Manual Operation

Now, for manual use, turn off the electric mini exercise bike's motor before pedaling.

Motor

Next, the motor's has 12 adjustable speeds. 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

Most of all, the Confidence Fitness electric mini exercise bike 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 Confidence Fitness electric mini exercise bike can rotate 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, this motorized pedal exerciser comes with 5 built-in automatic programs and 1 manual program. Most noteworthy, the mini exercise bike 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 exercise bike steady, otherwise it could wobble..

Warranty

Especially relevant, the Confidence fitness exercise bike comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

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

Weight Limit

Finally, the weight limit of the mini exercise bike is 264 pounds.

PROS

  1. 1
    First and foremost, Confidence fitness exercise bike has 5 built in programs and 1 manual program.
  2. 2
    Next, it has 12 speeds.
  3. 3
    Also, cabled connected hand held controller used for adjusting programs and speed.
  4. 4
    Finally, pedals move forward and backwards.

CONS

  1. 1
    However, Confidence fitness exercise bike has no handles to help move the pedal exerciser.
  2. 2
    Also, feet and legs used to keep the mini exercise bike steady during use – otherwise it may wobble.

3. Sunny EZ SF-E3626

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

electric mini exercise bike

The Sunny EZ stride motorized elliptical peddler has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, no assembly is required. The Sunny peddler is ready to be used upon delivery.

Controller

Most noteworthy, 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 values: low, middle, and high. While, in manual mode the controller lets you set 3 levels of resistance: low, medium, high. Finally, the Sunny peddler is automatically shut off when machine has been idle over 30 minutes.

Dimensions

In addition, the Sunny peddler is 20 inches long, 15 inches wide, and 10.5 inches high. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use. Moreover, because the Sunny peddler takes up more area, the peddler provides more stability.

Display

Especially relevant, the digital LED, of this motorized exercise bike, displays step counts.

Exercise

Most of all, the Sunny peddler exercises only the legs. In addition, the low impact workout is easy on the joints.

Handles

Next, the peddler 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 Sunny peddler's motor before pedaling.

Motor

The motor operates on a standard 120 volt power supply.

Pedals

Most of all, the Sunny peddler has large textured anti-slip foot pedals and no straps are needed.

Pedal Movement

Meanwhile, the peddler's motor 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 peddler comes with a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Weight

Also, it weighs 16.5 pounds.

Weight Limit

Finally, the weight limit of the peddler is 220 pounds.

PROS

  1. 1
    First and foremost, Sunny peddler has 3 speeds in auto mode.
  2. 2
    Next, it has 3 resistance settings in manual mode.
  3. 3
    Finally, pedals move forward and backwards.

CONS

  1. 1
    However, Sunny peddler exercises only the legs.
  2. 2
    Also, it only displays step counts.
  3. 3
    Lastly, there is no remote controller.

4. ANCHEER Under Desk Cycle

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

electric mini exercise bike

Benefits

First and foremost, this electric machine trainer improves blood circulation to the legs. Also, the elliptical motion makes it easier on your lower leg joints.

Assembly

No assembly required.

Controller

First, the wireless remote is easy to operate and can be used to power up, start, and stop the electric machine trainer. Also, the remote can be used to set one of three motor speeds and one of five speeds for manual use. In addition, it lets you change direction of pedal motion.

Dimensions

Next, the elliptical machine is 14.5 inches wide, 17.7 inches deep, and 9.8 inches high.

Display

Also, the built-in LCD displays workout time, distance, speed and calories. In addition, the scan function sequentially displays these measurements continuously.

Handles

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

Motor

Next, the motor plugs into a standard 120-volt electric outlet. Moreover, you can use it manually without the unit plugged into an electric outlet.

Pedals

Also, the large textured anti-slip pedals are 14 inches long and 6 inches wide.

Pedal Movement

Meanwhile, the pedals move in either forward or reverse direction. Also, the pedal movements are quiet.

Tension

Though the tension is not adjustable, you can move your feet faster to increase workout intensity.

Use

This elliptical machine can be used to provide motor assisted workout or a manually driven workout. Also, it can be used at home or at work.

Warranty

In addition, it comes with a 1-year quality assurance on material.

Weight

Also, the motorized elliptical weighs less than 17 pounds.

PROS

  1. 1
    First, it has 3 speed settings for motorized use and 5 speed settings for manual use.
  2. 2
    Second, the remote controller is wireless.
  3. 3
    Finally, pedals move forward and backwards.

5. Fast88 Elliptical Trainer

Fast88 Electric Elliptical Machine Trainer - Desk Elliptical

Electric elliptical machine trainer

Benefits

First and foremost, this elliptical machine trainer provides the following benefits to your legs:

  • First, better blood circulation
  • Second, improved flexibility
  • Third, stronger muscles
  • Also, improved cardiovascular functions
  • Lastly, better coordination

Most of all, this elliptical trainer provides a low impact exercise for the elderly and those needing rehabilitation following surgery or injury.

Assembly

First, no assembly required.

Construction

Second, it is made of heavy-duty plastic.

Controller

Third, it comes with a wireless remote controller that is easy to operate and can be used to power up, start, and stop the elliptical trainer. Also, the remote controller can be used to set one of three motor speeds and one of five speeds for manual use. In addition, it lets you switch between forward and reverse motion.

Dimensions

Next, the desk elliptical is 14.6 inches wide, 17.7 inches deep, and 9.8 inches high.

Display

Also, the built-in LCD monitor displays workout time, distance, speed in strides per minute, total strides, and calories. In addition, the scan function continuously displays these measurements in sequence.

Furthermore, the display console can be used to

  1. 1
    Set motorized or manual mode
  2. 2
    Turn the electric elliptical machine trainer on or off.
  3. 3
    Set speed in strides per minute
  4. 4
    Change from forward to reverse motion
  5. 5
    Display workout data

Handles

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

Motor

Next, the motor plugs into a standard 110-volt electrical outlet. However, you can also use it manually without the unit plugged into an electrical outlet.

Pedals

Also, the large textured anti-slip pedals are 13.4 inches long and 5.1 inches wide.

Pedal Movement

In addition, the pedals move in either forward or reverse direction. Furthermore, these pedal movements are whisper quiet.

Use

Most of all, this elliptical trainer can be used to get a motor assisted workout or a manual workout. Also, it can be used at home or at work.

Warranty

Regrettably, there is no mention of a warranty.

Weight

Finally, this desk elliptical weighs less than 17 pounds.

PROS

  1. 1
    First, it has 3 speed settings for motorized use and 5 speed settings for manual use.
  2. 2
    Second, it has a wireless remote controller.
  3. 3
    Finally, pedals move in either forward and reverse direction.

CONS

  1. 1
    However, there is no mention of any warranty.

Buyer's Guide for Motorized Desk Pedal Exercisers

Use the factors described below to evaluate these motorized pedal exercisers.

Desk Use

Some people may prefer to use the motor driven pedal exercisers under a desk or table while they work. Several of the motor driven 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 or table.

Display

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

Exercise

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

Height for use Under a Desk

If the motorized 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. So, to use the exerciser below a desk, the sum of these two numbers needs to be less than the distance between the underside of the table or desk top and the floor. By the way , the typical knee space under a desk is 20 to 26 inches. However, some desks or tables could be higher.

Motor

Especially relevant, the motor is used to drive the pedals. Consequently, a motor with adjustable speed gives you different workout intensities. Meanwhile, in the United States, the motor should operate on a standard 120 volt power supply.

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

Epecially relevant, motor driven pedals are designed for the incapacitated. Consequently, many provide very little resistance to pedaling than other pedal exercisers. However, motor driven pedals 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.

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ

Q: What are Motor Driven Desk Pedals?

Motor driven pedals provide a gentle low impact exercise for toning arm and leg muscles. These motorized pedal exercisers are used by the incapacitated. who cannot or have difficulty moving their arms or legs.

Consequently, motorized pedal exercisers have the following features:

  1. 1
    First, many of the motor driven pedals provide little resistance
  2. 2
    Most of all, an electric motor drives the pedals
  3. 3
    Also, in general, the pedals move forward and backwards
  4. 4
    Next, in general, both legs and arms get a workout with this machine
  5. 5
    Finally, many of the motorized pedals have handles to make them easy to move

Q: Who would Benefit from Motorized Desk Pedals?

  1. 1
    First, people with difficulty moving their legs or arms. The motor driven pedal helps them move their legs and arms. With motor assisted movement, their leg or arm movement will be easy and smooth.
  2. 2
    Next, people with polio, paraplegics, lymphedema in the legs, etc.
  3. 3
    Also, people needing rehab or are paralyzed.
  4. 4
    In addition, mature or elderly people.
  5. 5
    Also, people living with mobility or injury issues.
  6. 6
    And, people who had a stroke, or have fibromyalgia, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, heart attack, Parkinson's.
  7. 7
    Finally, those who spend hours sitting while working in the office. Specifically, the pedals are useful for people who need to concentrate on the work and don't want to focus on the pedaling. Indeed, the motor does the work of moving their feet.

Q: Why are Motorized Desk Pedals Helpful?

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

  1. 1
    First and foremost, these pedals improve blood circulation in legs and arms.
  2. 2
    Second, they improve muscle movement.
  3. 3
    Third, they help maintain joint flexibility of shoulders, elbows, and wrists.
  4. 4
    Fourth, they help with balance.
  5. 5
    Next, they strengthen muscles in your legs and arms. For example, by exercising hips flexors, glutes, calves, hamstrings and quadriceps in the lower body. Also, by exercising biceps, triceps, and forearm.
  6. 6
    Furthermore, they provide physical therapy of legs, arms, knees, and shoulders.
  7. 7
    Also, they prevent muscle rigidity.
  8. 8
    In addition, they provide body rehabilitation – activating stiff legs and arms.
  9. 9
    Next, they provide gentle low impact exercise for muscle toning.
  10. 10
    In addition, these exercises help enable anyone to exercise in the comfort of their home while watching television or reading.
  11. 11
    Finally, passive exercises are a cost-effective way of maintaining ongoing rehabilitation without costly medical bills.

Q: How are Motorized Desk Pedals Helpful?

Motorized pedal exercisers improve motor skills as well as motor functions in arms and legs. 

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 pedal exercisers 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 motor driven pedal.

Takeaways from Studies on Passive Exercise

First and foremost, a 2015 study compared the effectiveness of passive and active motion exercise among elderly nursing home residents. Indeed, the study found both passive and active exercise are similarly effective in improving functional fitness of these residents.

Meanwhile, another study found that passive leg movements have the capacity to induce muscular activity in the lower limbs. Incidentally, this electrical activity was measured using electromyographic techniques. In addition, the study found passive leg movements enhances oxygen metabolism in the lower limb muscles.

Furthermore, 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 motor driven pedal 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 pedal exercisers, 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, using 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, motor driven pedals, with their ability to move legs and arms passively, is a treatment option..

Q: How do Motorized Desk Pedals Compare with Other Desk Exercise Machines?

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

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

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

Other Under Desk Exercisers

Best Pedal Exerciser for Elderly to Move their Legs and be Healthy

6 Best Pedal Exerciser for Elderly to Move their Legs and be Healthy in 2020

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

Quick Answer: 6 Best Pedals For The Elderly In 2020

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6 Best Elderly Pedal Reviews

Editor’s Choice

4. Cozylifeunion

Comparison of 6 Best Elderly Pedals

Click here to see a table comparing pedals for the elderly, reviewed below, to help you make a decision. Meanwhile, below is a list of these elderly pedals listed in decreasing rating order.

  1. 1
    Cozylifeunion
  2. 2
    B BAIJIAWEI
  3. 3
    Carex
  4. 4
    Vive
  5. 5
    CNTLIFE Pedal Exerciser
  6. 6
    XWELL

1. Vive

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

pedal machine, exercise peddler for elderly

The most popular Vive desk cycle for seniors has the features described below.

Assembly

First and foremost, the delivered foot pedal exerciser comes almost fully assembled. In fact, the only assembly required is to screw in the tension knob.

Dimensions

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

Display

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

Exercise

Most of all, the desk cycle exercises both legs and arms.

Foldability

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

Pedals

In addition, the four inch wide pedals with a non-slip surface and adjustable toe loops helps keep your feet in place as you peddle.

Sliding

Furthermore, the 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 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 foot pedal exerciser comes with a one year manufacturer's guarantee.

Weight

Finally, it weighs only 5.15 pounds.

PROS

  1. 1
    Most of all, this exercise peddler for elderly has a 1-year manufacturer's guarantee.

2. B BAIJIAWEI

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 Seniors

The very popular B BAIJIAWEI pedal exerciser for elderly has features described below.

Assembly

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

Construction

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

Dimensions

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

Display

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

Exercise

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

Foldability

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

Pedals

In addition, the 4 inch wide pedals with adjustable toe loops helps keep your feet in place as you peddle.

Sliding

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

Tension

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

Warranty

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

Weight

Finally, it weighs only 6.6 pounds.

PROS

  1. 1
    First, this exercise peddler for elderly comes with a 1-year manufacturer's warranty.
  2. 2
    Also, the fixing strap ties peddler to chair - as a result, it doesn't slide away during use.

3. Carex

Carex Foldable Under Desk Exercise Bike for Elderly, Seniors, Disabled - Desk Bike with Digital Display for Arms and Legs

pedal machine for elderly

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

Construction

Most noteworthy, the foldable exercise bike has an all metal frame.

Dimensions

In addition, the foldable exercise bike is 18.5 inches long, 14.5 inches wide and 9.5 inches high. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use.

Display

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

Exercise

Most of all, the foldable exercise bike exercises both legs and arms.

Foldability

Next, this exercise peddler for elderly is easily folded for storage. As a result, itdoesn't take up floor space when not in use.

Pedals

In addition, the foldable exercise bike has 4 inch wide, 2 inch deep pedals. Also, it has pedals with adjustable Velcro straps. Consequently, these straps help keep your feet in place as you exercise.

Tension

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

Warranty

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

Weight

Finally, it weighs only 5.5 pounds.

PROS

  1. 1
    Most of all, the Carex comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

4. Cozylifeunion

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

Pedal exerciser, exercise peddler for elderly

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

Assembly

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

Construction

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

Dimensions

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

Display

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

Exercise

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

Foldability

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

Pedals

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

Skidding

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

Tension

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

Warranty

Especially relevant, the peddling machine comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Finally, it weighs only 6.6 pounds.

PROS

  1. 1
    First, the machine comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.
  2. 2
    Also, the insulated pedal crank-arm prevents contact with hot surface from friction resistance.

5. XWELL

XWELL Folding Pedal Exerciser - Pedal Machine Under Desk Fitness Rehab Equipment for Seniors and Elderly - Folding Mini Stationary Bike Peddler

exercise peddler, pedal machine for elderly

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

Dimensions

First, this exercise peddler for elderly is 19.5 inches long and 9.3 inches wide. Also, it is 14.5 inches from the floor to the top of the frame housing the pedals. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use.

Display

Next, an easy to read LCD screen displays revolutions per minute, time, speed, distance, and calories. Meanwhile, the scan button sequentially displays the workout data continuously.

Exercise

Also, this pedal machine for elderly exercises both legs and arms.

Foldability

In addition, this exercise peddler for elderly is easily folded for storage.

Pedals

Furthermore, the oversized textured non-slip foot/hand pedals come with adjustable toe loops to help keep your feet in place as you peddle.

Sliding

Next, the four anti-slip, anti-scuff rubber pads protect the surface and ensures it stays in place. However, it works better on a carpeted floor.

Tension

Finally, the tension knob makes it easy to adjust the intensity of your workout. By the way, the intensity is created by friction resistance.

CONS

  1. 1
    First, there is no mention of a  warranty for this pedal machine for elderly.
  2. 2
    Also, it works better on a carpet. However, on a hardwood floor, you may need to use a mat.

6. CNTLIFE Pedal Exerciser

Folding Pedal Exerciser, CNTLIFE Stationary Mini Exercise Bike

exercise peddler for elderly

Benefits

First and foremost, this exercise peddler for elderly helps improve circulation in legs and arms. Also, it helps you maintain flexibility without putting stress on your joints. In addition, it can be used for physical therapy.

Assembly

First, no assembly is required.

Construction

Second, the pedal exerciser has a durable steel tubular frame.

Dimensions

Third, the foot pedal exerciser is 16.1 inches wide and 18.9 inches deep. Also, at its highest point the pedal is 10.6 inches above the floor. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use.

Display

Next, the easy to read LCD screen displays exercise time, revolutions, revolutions per minute, and calories. Meanwhile, the scan button sequentially displays the workout data continuously.

Exercise

Also, the mini exercise bike exercises your arm, shoulder, back, and leg muscles.

Foldability

In addition, the cycle can be easily folded for storage. As a result, it doesn't take up floor space when not in use. In fact, when folded, the exerciser is 12.6 inches wide, 14.2 inches deep, and 4.7 inches high.

Pedals

Next, the pedals have a non-slip surface and fixed straps to help keep your feet in place as you peddle.

Sliding

Also, this exercise peddler for elderly has four non-skid ribbed rubber feet that provide traction and stability on any floor or table. As a result, this exercise peddler for elderly doesn’t slide during use. Also, it protects the floor or table-top.

Tension or Resistance

In addition, turning the tension knob allows you to increase or decrease resistance, thereby making it easy to adjust your workout intensity.

Warranty

Not available

Weight

Finally, this exercise peddler for elderly weighs only 5 pounds.

CONS

  1. 1
    First, no warranty is mentioned for this exercise peddler for elderly.
  2. 2
    Also, foot straps are not adjustable.

Buyer's Guide - Pedal Exercisers for Elderly

Most of all, exercise pedals for the elderly are evaluated using the criteria described in the following sections.

Assembly

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

Construction

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

Display

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

Exercise

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

Feet

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

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

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

Foldable

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

Footprint

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

Handle

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

Height for use Under a Desk

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. So, to use the exerciser below a desk, the sum of these two numbers needs to be less than the distance between the underside of the table or desk top and the floor. By the way , the typical knee space under a desk is 20 to 26 inches. However, some desks or tables could be higher.

Noise

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

Pedals

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

Storage

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

Tension

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

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

Transportation

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

Use

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

Warranty

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

Weight

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

Conclusion

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

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

What should I be Looking at?

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

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ

Q: What is a Pedal Exerciser for the Elderly?

A senior or elderly pedal exerciser is a tube framed machine with pedals that move just like those on a bicycle. However, unlike a bicycle, these pedals are rotated by legs while sitting in a chair or couch.

And, because they are designed for elders and seniors they are not meant for a heavy duty workout. So, instead of using them to lose weight, they are used to tone legs and arms. Most of all, tube framed pedals offer light resistance, while the cased body pedals offer higher resistance.

Q: What are Elderly Pedal Exercisers Used for?

Exercise pedals for elderly and seniors are used to get some exercise to stay healthy. They are used to tone leg and arm muscles and get some cardiovascular workout.

Hours Spent Sitting

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

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

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

Consequence of Too Much Sitting

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

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

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

Effect of Sitting on Arm Muscles

The major muscle groups in the arms are:

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

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

Effect of Sitting on Lower Body Muscles

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

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

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

Q: How does the Elderly Pedal Exerciser Help?

By providing some cardio workout, the elderly pedal exerciser helps mitigate some of the negative effects of prolonged sitting. In addition, it helps tone their leg and arm muscles.

Moreover, a study was published in the March 21 2019 edition of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. In fact, the study looked at 14 years of activity and inactivity data of 92,500 people. Meanwhile, one study group consisted of participants who were least active with less than 17 minutes a day of moderate to vigorous physical activity. And, the study found that if these participants replaced just 30 minutes of sitting with light activity, their risk of premature death falls by 14 percent.

Q: Is there Proof that Elderly Pedal Exerciser Really Helps?

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

Incidentally, University of Massachusetts researchers published a study in October 2018 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. Indeed, the study reported that pedaling while working improves the body’s insulin response. Most noteworthy, the pedaling was done on a machine similar to the elderly pedal exerciser.

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

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

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

Q: What Muscles does Foot Pedal Exerciser Exercise?

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

Pedal Exercisers
Pedals Exercises Arms

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

Pedals Exercises Legs

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

Q: What are the Benefits of Elderly Pedal Exercisers?

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

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

Q: How do You Use a Pedal Exerciser for the Elderly?

The Wrong Way

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

The Correct Way

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

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

Lower Body Workout

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

Arm Exercises

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

Stretch Arm Muscles

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

Strengthen Upper Body Muscles

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

Knee Injury

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

Stretching Injured Knee

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

Q: How do Elderly Pedal Exercisers Compare with Other Desk Exercise Machines?

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

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

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

Other Under Desk Exercisers

Best Under Desk Elliptical, Sitting Workout, Desk Exercise at Home, Office

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

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

Quick Answer: Best Under Desk Elliptical Machines For 2020

Under Desk Elliptical Machines Reviewed

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7 Best Under Desk Elliptical Machine Reviews

Editor’s Choice

Elliptical Machines: Cubii Pro

Comparison of 7 Best Under Desk Elliptical Machines

Click here to see a table comparing side-by-side under desk elliptical machines, reviewed below, to help you decide. Meanwhile, below is a list of these under desk elliptical machines listed in decreasing rating order.

  1. 1
    Cubii Pro
  2. 2
    Cubii Jr
  3. 3
    ANCHEER
  4. 4
    FitDesk Bike
  5. 5
    FitDesk Trainer
  6. 6
    Stamina E1000
  7. 7
    Stamina Strider

1. Stamina E1000

Stamina In-Motion E1000 Compact Strider

mini elliptical machine

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

Assembly

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

Construction

Next, it has a sturdy steel frame.

Dimensions

In addition, the mini elliptical machine is 24.5 inches long, 17 inches wide, and 11.38 inches high. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use.

Display

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

Exercise

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

Noise

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

Pedals

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

Pedal Movement

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

Sliding

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

Tension

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

Use

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

Warranty

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

Weight

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

Weight Limit

Finally, this mini elliptical machine is limited to anyone weighing less than 250 pounds.

PROS

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

2. Cubii Jr.

Cubii Jr. - Seated Under-Desk Elliptical

desk mini elliptical machine

The Cubii Jr desk elliptical has the following features.

Assembly

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

Construction

Next, it is built to last.

Dimensions

Next, it is 23 inches long, 17.5 inches wide, and 10 inches high. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use.

Display

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

Exercise

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

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

Moreover, it also helps your posture.

Handles

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

Noise

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

Pedal Movement

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

Sliding

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

Tension

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

Use

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

Warranty

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

Weight

Next, this mini elliptical machine weighs about 27 pounds.

Weight Limit

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

PROS

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

3. Cubii Pro

Cubii Pro - Seated Under-Desk Elliptical

mini elliptical machine

The Cubii Pro under desk elliptical has the following features.

Assembly

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

Construction

Next, it is built to last.

Dimensions

Next it is 23 inches long, 17.6 inches wide, and 9 inches high. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use.

Display

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

Exercise

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

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

Moreover, it also helps your posture.

Handles

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

Noise

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

Pedal Movement

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

Sliding

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

Tension

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

Use

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

Warranty

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

Weight

Next, this mini elliptical machine weighs about 27 pounds.

Weight Limit

Finally, there is no limitations on user weight.

PROS

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

4. ANCHEER

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

mini elliptical machine

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

Assembly

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

Construction

Next, it is sturdy.

Dimensions

Next, it is 18 inches long, 14 inches wide, and 10 inches high. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use.

Display

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

Exercise

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

Handles

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

Motor

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

Noise

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

Pedals

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

Pedal Movement

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

Sliding

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

Tension

Next, the speed controls workout intensity.

Use

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

Warranty

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

Weight

Next, this mini elliptical machine weighs about 15 pounds.

Weight Limit

Finally, there is no limitations on user weight.

PROS

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

5. FitDesk Bike

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

mini elliptical machine

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

Assembly

First the delivered mini elliptical machine trainer requires some assembly.

Dimensions

In addition, it is 30 inches long, 20 inches wide, and 10 inches high. However, the pedals reach a high of only 8 inches above the floor. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use.

Display

Especially relevant, the built-in LED monitor displays exercise time, distance, total distance, speed, and calories. Meanwhile, the scan function sequentially displays the workout data continuously.

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

Pedals

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

Pedal Movement

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

Sliding

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

Tension

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

Use

However, this mini elliptical machine can only be used while sitting.

Warranty

Especially relevant, it comes with six-month warranty.

Weight

Finally, this mini elliptical machine weighs 31 pounds.

PROS

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

CONS

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    However, there is only a six-month warranty.

6. FitDesk Trainer

FitDesk Under Desk Elliptical Trainer

mini elliptical machine

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

Assembly

First, the delivered mini elliptical machine requires some assembly.

Construction

Next, it has a sturdy steel frame.

Dimensions

Next, it is 32 inches long, 20 inches wide, and 12 inches high. However, the pedals reach a high of only 8 inches above the floor. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use.

Display

Especially relevant, the built-in LED monitor displays exercise time, distance, total distance, speed, and calories. Meanwhile, the scan function sequentially displays the workout data continuously. Especially relevant, you can switch between displaying miles and kilometers.

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

Handles

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

Pedals

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

Pedal Movement

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

Sliding

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

Tension

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

Use

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

Warranty

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

Weight

Finally, this mini elliptical machine weighs 31 pounds.

PROS

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

CONS

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    However, there is only a six-month warranty.

7. Stamina Strider

Stamina Inmotion Compact Strider

mini elliptical machine

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

Assembly

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

Dimensions

In addition, it is 24 inches long, 18 inches wide, and 12 inches high. However, the pedals reach a high of only 10 inches above the floor. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use.

Display

Especially relevant, the built-in LED fitness monitor displays distance in miles, workout time, stride count, and calories. Meanwhile, the scan function sequentially displays the workout data continuously.

Exercise

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

Handles

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

Pedals

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

Pedal Movement

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

Sliding

Furthermore, it does not slide on carpets or mats.

Tension

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

Warranty

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

Weight

Next, this mini elliptical machine weighs 24 pounds.

Weight Limit

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

PROS

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

2 Best Mini Elliptical Stepper Reviews

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Comparison of 2 Best Mini Elliptical Steppers

Click here to see a table comparing side-by-side mini elliptical steppers, reviewed below, to help you decide. Meanwhile, below is a list of these mini elliptical steppers listed in decreasing rating order.

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    jfit
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    Bionic Body

8. jfit

jfit Under Desk & Stand Up Mini Elliptical/Stepper

under desk mini elliptical machine

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

Assembly

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

Dimensions

Next, it is 27 inches long, 20 inches wide, and 11 inches high to the top of the handle. However, the pedals reach a high of 12 inches above the floor. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use.

Display

Especially relevant, the Series 1050 monitor records your time, speed, distance in kilometers and calories.

Handles

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

Noise

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

Pedals

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

Pedal Movement

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

Sliding

Furthermore, it does not slide on carpets or mats.

Tension

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

Use

Most of all, this mini elliptical machine can be used while sitting or standing.

Warranty

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

Weight

Next, this mini elliptical machine weighs 26.5 pounds.

Weight Limit

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

PROS

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

9. Bionic Body

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

mini elliptical machine

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

Assembly

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

Construction

Most noteworthy, it has a sturdy steel frame.

Dimensions

Also, it is 25 inches long, 21 inches wide, and 12 inches high to the top of the handle. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use.

Display

Especially relevant, the LCD computer screen displays strides per minute, total strides, exercise time, and calories. Meanwhile, the scan function sequentially displays workout data continuously.

Exercise

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

Handles

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

Pedals

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

Pedal Movement

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

Sliding

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

Tension

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

Use

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

Warranty

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

Weight

Next, this mini elliptical machine weighs 37 pounds.

Weight Limit

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

PROS

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

CONS

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    However, a mat is needed to prevent sliding.

Buyer's Guide for Desk Elliptical Exercisers

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

Assembly

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

Construction

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

Dimensions

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

Display

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

Exercise

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

Handles

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

Height for use Under a Desk

If the sitting elliptical is going to be used under a desk, you need to measure the distance between the top of your knee, when sitting on a chair, and the floor with your shoes on. Next you need to measure the highest point the top of the pedal reaches above the floor. So, to use the elliptical below a desk, the sum of these two numbers needs to be less than the distance between the underside of the table or desk top and the floor. By the way , the typical knee space under a desk is 20 to 26 inches. However, some desks or tables could be higher.

Noise

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

Pedals

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

Pedal Movement

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

Sliding

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

Tension

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

Transportation

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

Use

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

Warranty

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

Weight

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

Weight Capacity

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

Conclusion

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ

Q: What are Desk Elliptical Machines Used for?

Most of all, sitting elliptical machines are used to get some exercise to stay healthy. Moreover, they are used to tone leg muscles and get some cardiovascular workout. And, they are mostly used while sitting.

Hours Spent Sitting

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

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    First, 1.11 hours on eating and drinking
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    Next, 4.14 hours working
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    Also, 0.52 hours on socializing
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    In addition, 2.5 hours watching TV
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    Finally, 0.16 hours on the telephone, going to mail, and email

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

Consequences of Too Much Sitting

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

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

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

Effect of Sitting on Lower Body Muscles

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

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

Q: How do Desk Elliptical Machines Help?

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

First and foremost, a study was published in the March 21 2019 edition of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. In fact, the study looked at 14 years of activity and inactivity data of 92,500 people. Meanwhile, one study group consisted of participants who were least active with less than 17 minutes a day of moderate to vigorous physical activity. And, the study found that if these participants replaced just 30 minutes of sitting with light activity, their risk of premature death falls by 14 percent. On the other hand, if these participants replaced 30 minutes of sitting with moderate to vigorous physical activity, their risk of premature death fell by an even larger 45 percent.

Q: Is there Proof that Using Sitting Elliptical Machines Help?

First and foremost, many studies show that physical inactivity and sedentary work environments increases insulin resistance. Moreover, this increase in insulin resistance leads to higher risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. However, a recent study showed that exercising, while sitting, improves the body's insulin response and thereby reduce these risks.

In fact, University of Massachusetts researchers published a study in October 2018 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. Indeed, the study reported that pedaling while working improves the body’s insulin response. While this study used pedals, sitting elliptical machines are simply another way to get an equivalent exercise as the pedals. Consequently, the results of this study apply to sitting elliptical machines also.

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

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

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

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

Q: What Muscles do Desk Elliptical Machines Exercise?

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

Q: What are the Benefits of Desk Elliptical Exercisers?

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

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

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

Overall Average Calories Expended

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

Calories Expended by Men

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

Calories Expended by Women

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

Q: Are there Guidelines on How to Use Desk Elliptical Exercisers?

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

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

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

Use for Rehab or Injuries

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

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

Q: How Long should You Use Desk Elliptical Exercisers?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Q: What should I be Looking at in Desk Elliptical Machines?

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