Therapeutic Pillows Buyers Guide

Therapeutic pillows

Therapeutic Pillows Buyers Guide

Therapeutic pillows buyers guide give insight into therapeutic pillows that are reviewed elsewhere on this site. Also, use the therapeutic pillows buyers guide along with therapeutic pillows frequently asked questions to find the best pillow for your needs.

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

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

Back Sleepers

Above all, back sleepers do best with thinner neck pillows and those that have extra padding in the bottom to support the neck. Consequently, visco-elastic polyurethane foam neck pillows are best because the memory foam molds to your neck. Also, if you sleep on your back, your neck pillow should completely fill the space between your neck and the mattress. The Purple Pillow is also an ultimate choice for the back sleepers.

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

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

buyers guide for therapeutic pillows

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

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

Stomach Sleepers

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

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

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

Side Sleepers

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

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

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

Knee Pillows

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

Body Pillows

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

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

Cervical pillows

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

Hip Pain

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

Under Desk Elliptical Buyers Guide

Under Desk Elliptical Buyers Guide

Contains under desk elliptical buyers guide that is used to understand features of under desk elliptical machines, reviewed elsewhere on this site. Also, this under desk elliptical buyers guide is used with under desk elliptical FAQ to find the best.

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:

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.

Second, is reasonably solid.

Third, is quiet.

Fourth, offers adjustable tension.

Also, displays exercise time, strides per minute, count of strides, and calories.

Finally, has at least a 90-day warranty.

Pedal Exerciser Buyers Guide for Home or Office

Pedal Exerciser Buyers Guide

Pedal exerciser buyers guide gives insight into all types of pedal exercisers, reviewed elsewhere on this site. Also, use this pedal exerciser buyers guide with pedal exerciser frequently asked questions for more insight into these exercisers.

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.

Controller

Most noteworthy, a cabled or remote controller allows you to adjust speed of a motorized pedal exerciser. Consequently, you don't need to bend down to the exerciser to adjust the speed or start and stop the motor.

Dimensions or Footprint

Most of all, the dimensions or 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.

Display

Displays help you keep track of your workouts. Example of workout measurements include revolutions, time, 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 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.

First, put the chair and the pedal exerciser on a rubber matting.

Next, tether the pedal exerciser to the chair using a rope or solid rubber strap with hooks on either end.

Foldability

Next, foldability refers to the ability of the pedal exerciser to be folded so that it's footprint is reduced. Consequently, the pedal exercisers are easier to move and store.

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.

Motor

Especially relevant, if present, 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.

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.

Sliding

Next, it's important that the pedal exerciser does not move on the floor as you use the exerciser. In fact, pedal exercisers are used on carpets, mats, solid and smooth floors. Some of the ways, sliding is minimized include feet design, pedal exerciser weight, and straps holding the pedal exerciser to the chair.

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

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

Weight Capacity

Finally, the weight capacity refers to the maximum weight of the person for which the pedal exerciser is designed.

Conclusion

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

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.

Next, is reasonably solid.

Also, is quiet.

In addition, offers adjustable tension.

Furthermore, displays exercise time, count of revolutions, revolutions per minute, and calories.

Medical Pedal Buyers Guide for Rehab and Recovery

Medical Pedal Buyers Guide

Medical pedal buyers guide gives insight into medical pedal exercisers, reviewed elsewhere on this site. Also, use this medical pedal buyers guide with medical pedal frequently asked questions to find the best.

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.

First, put the chair and the peddler on a rubber matting

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.

Folding Pedals Buyers Guide

Folding Pedals Buyers Guide

Folding pedals buyers guide gives insight into folding pedal exercisers reviewed elsewhere on this site. Also, use the folding pedals buyers guide along with folding pedals frequently asked questions to find the best one.

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 folding pedal exerciser that:

First of all, will allow you to use the pedal exerciser on the floor or on a table.

Next, is reasonably solid.

Also, is quiet.

Furthermore, offers adjustable tension.

Next, displays exercise time, count of revolutions, revolutions per minute, and calories burned.

Finally, has at least a 90-day warranty.

Mini Bike Buyers Guide also for Under Desk Pedals

Mini Bike Buyers Guide also for Under Desk Pedals

Mini bike buyers guide gives insight into these mini exercise bikes, also known as under desk pedals. reviewed elsewhere on this site. Incidentally, use this mini bike buyers guide along with mini exercise bike's frequently asked questions to find the best one for your needs.

Assembly

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

Construction

Second, 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

Third, displays help you keep track of your workouts. By the way, 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

Fourth, a pedal exerciser exercising both legs and arms gives you more options.

Feet

Fifth, 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.

First, put the chair and the pedal exerciser on a rubber matting.

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

Footprint

Next, 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

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

Height for use Under a Desk

Now, 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 may likely 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

Next, to drive the pedals with your feet, the pedals need to be non-slip or else your feet will not grip the pedals. Also, pedal straps help grab your feet to the pedal. In addition, 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

Incidentally, 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 a pedal exerciser that:

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.

Next, is reasonably solid.

Also, is quiet.

In addition, offers adjustable tension.

Furthermore, displays exercise time, count of revolutions, revolutions per minute, and calories.

Finally, has at least a 90-day warranty.

Deep Tissue Massagers Buyers Guide

Deep Tissue Massagers Buyers Guide

Deep tissue massagers buyers guide is used to evaluate features of deep tissue massagers, reviewed elsewhere on this site. Also look into deep tissue massagers FAQ to find the best.

Deep Tissue Massager Features and Components

To find the best deep tissue massager, evaluate the deep tissue massager's features and components. These features and components are described below.

Attachments or Massage Heads

First and foremost, attachments or massage heads required depend on the part of the body to be massaged. For example, if you'll only use it on just your large muscles, such as your back and legs, you probably don't need many attachments. But if you intend to use it on specific areas, such as the arch of your foot, you'd benefit from attachments intended for those specific areas.

Meanwhile, massagers usually come with four types of heads:

First, a fork head that is used for the neck, shoulders, spine, and sensitive muscles or soft tissues

Second, a flat head that is used on the back and legs. This head creates a massage that is soothing and relaxing.

Third, a bullet head that is used on joints, trigger points, deep tissues and small muscle areas like the wrist and feet. The bullet head reaches deep into the muscles and give a better massage.

Lastly, a round head that is used for big muscles like the quads and gluteus

In addition to the above, the more the number of tips available for generalized or more specific application, the more versatile the massager is.

Battery

Next, the battery allows you to use the massager more freely as compared to one connected to a power supply. Also, if you plan to use it often, you want the battery to run for a long time before recharging. In addition, if you are a frequent user, you want the battery to recharge quickly.

Intensity

Meanwhile, the intensity of a massager is controlled by its speed. For example, lower speeds are good for a relaxing massage. And as the speed increases you get a harder massage to relieve the more intense pain. However, very fast speeds can be uncomfortable for some people.

Motor

Next, the motor is the primary source of noise. And, it is also the source of speeds that a massager provides. So, if you work out a lot and often experience muscle soreness or pain, look for at least two speed and power settings. Incidentally, one of these settings being less intense so you can use the gun on very sore muscles.

Noise

Because you may use the massager on your neck, upper back and arms it comes close to your ears. Consequently, it needs to be relative quiet. Besides, a noisy massager is definitely not relaxing.

Portability

Next, if you're going to be traveling with your massager, you'll want one that can easily fit into a bag or suitcase. Incidentally, most are indeed handheld massagers, but some units are rather bulky.

Pressure

Also, pressure plays a key role in the effectiveness of the massager. And, the pressure is controlled by your hand. However, it may be difficult to apply pressure in hard to reach places of the body. In which case, its best to get someone to help.

Type of Motion

Meanwhile, some deep tissue massagers use vibration, vibration plus thumping, vibration plus a circular motion, or some other motion to deliver the therapy. So, select the massager than delivers the therapy you need.

Warranty

Next, the warranty and return policy is an indicator of the massager’s reliability.

Weight

Meanwhile, the weight of the massager determines if its going to be easy or hard to massage difficult to access areas of your body.