Foot Peddlers A Sedentary Solution for All
- There are a lot of health issues that can be caused by insufficient physical activity, stemming from sedentary lifestyles perpetuated by American work life and day-to-day activities. These issues include -
• Cardiovascular disease
• Cancer (breast and colon most commonly)
• High blood pressure
• Lipid disorders
• Skin problems and hair loss
• Osteoporosis (more common in elderly)
• Spinal disc herniation
With 9-5 jobs turning into 8-6 ones, and American culture coming in behind Japan for worst work-life balance, companies are competing to provide workplace initiatives to address employee health. But there are also things an individual can do to be active at work, or even at home while watching tv! One of the easiest solutions is a basic foot peddler.
Foot peddlers are handy devices that an individual can get exercise in place at a desk, or anywhere they can sit down. Peddlers are not just great for work places but have been found to also be excellent sources of exercise for the elderly, a concentration aid for school children, and a helpful tool for those in physical rehab.
Foot Peddlers for the Work Place
A foot peddler can have many positive effects on someone in the workplace. For one, it will help with multi-tasking and concentration by reducing the monotony
of tasks during the work day. Women may like this next perk - it can keep the body warm in a cold office. The continuous movement gets the blood flow going, and burning calories warms up the body as well.
As trendy as standing desks are, being on your feet all day can also be unhealthy. A foot peddler is a good happy medium to the sedentary lifestyle of the American work place. If you struggle with restless leg syndrome, a foot peddler is also a good option because of the similar usage of your legs. Pedal exercisers in the work place can be a great option for an individual effort of counter-acting the sedentary lifestyle in the office.
Foot Peddlers for the Elderly
Most elderly fear hurting themselves or becoming injured from falling, and because of this choose to bow out of exercising. A foot peddler is an easy and safe way for the elderly to continue living an active lifestyle, without risking major injury.
Regular exercise is widely known for being a good mood booster, something people of all ages - but especially the elderly can benefit from. It also helps to lower and maintain blood pressure while keeping joints healthy, reducing the risks of arthritis. If you are struggling to get an elder you know to exercise, try getting them a peddler. It's a low-cost and low-risk option for improving their life and yours.
Foot Peddlers and School Children
Some school districts are adopting the practice of having pedal exercisers in place for their students. With recess time decreasing, kids need an outlet for their physical energy while being forced to sit down and learn all day. The peddlers do not interrupt class time, and can be used while doing almost any school activity. Kids love to move - stimulating the brain through exercise allows them to learn better.
In this video, it shows how a school in Suffolk used their PE budget to invest in foot peddlers for their students. Not only did the kids like the addition, there were noticeable differences in their learning and concentration.
Foot Peddlers for Rehab
If you were recently injured, or coming out of a surgery, exercise peddlers can be used to strengthen your legs (and even your arms!). They are great for
physical therapy because they can just sit on the floor and be used in progression with adjusting the tension. Physical therapy exercise peddlers can help to regain muscle and strength in the home or at a facility. If you are trying to build up your leg muscles after a surgery, this is a great stepping stone to get on track.
Exercise Peddler FAQ
What muscles are used with a peddler?
There are many muscles engaged with the pedal motion, including the hip flexors, glutes, calves, hamstrings and quadriceps.
How much is an exercise peddler?
Foot peddlers range in price depending on who sells them. There are options of models that you can assemble yourself that go around $20, or you can get higher end fully assembled model like the DeskCycle for $160, or the Cubii Jr. for $250.
How many calories can you burn with a peddler?
This answer varies. Depending on your weight and resistance on your peddler, you will burn a different amount of calories than someone with a different weight and resistance. To give an idea, a person who weighs 155 lbs. pedaling at a moderate rate will burn around 260 calories in half an hour.
Are there different types of foot peddlers?
Yes. There are foot peddlers that come assembled and some that you have to assemble yourself. Some models even track the calories you burn, and have digitized resistance. Models like the Cubii Pro are more of a under the desk elliptical, and have models that will sync with an app via Bluetooth.
Where can I get a foot peddler?
Anywhere! We have two options at Rent a Knee Walker, and also have them available for Prime members. No matter what the reason, whether you are looking to rehab an injury or just make a lifestyle change to be more active, get a peddler today to achieve your next goal!
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