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Peddle Your Way to Healthy!

by Ed Dunning

Did you make an announcement that your New Year’s Resolution was to exercise more, but you just can’t get motivated in the summer heat? Not to mention our busy schedules, who has time to go to the gym? Have you considered buying a pedal exerciser ? They can give you a full-body workout and help improve your health in a number of ways.

The first question that comes to most minds is do pedal exercisers really work? Can they really help burn calories and whip your flabby body into shape? Well like any piece of exercise equipment, it will only work if you use it.  Seriously though, if you don't have the time or place to go for bike rides or your budget or storage space doesn't have room for a standard bicycle a pedal exerciser is a good stand-in. Regardless of whether you are exercising for upper body or lower body improvement, a pedal exerciser will give you all the exercise with a giant helping of convenience and versatility.

Cycling is advantageous for your heart and cardiovascular system and helps lower your cholesterol levels as well as your blood pressure. Not only will pedaling strengthen your arms, legs, neck and shoulder muscles, it improves the circulation in your legs and arms too. For Diabetics or those who have had the career of being Couch Potato this is a great, easy-to-do exercise.

There are varieties of brands and models on the market, but make certain to choose one where you can adjust the tension. If you haven't exercised for awhile, you will want to start out at a low tension and increase the tension as you get more toned and in shape. This allows you to get your work-out suited to your level and ability as your muscle tone improves.

For the person with very little storage room, the Carex LS785 is compact, portable and stores conveniently under a chair, bed or in the closet when you're not using it. Use this pedal exerciser to get circulation in your arms with use on the table top or in your legs by using it on the floor. Strengthen and tone your muscles and coordination in both the arms and legs. A broad range of pedal resistance is easy to adjust with the convenient tension control knob giving you a progressive exercise program.  The hook-and-loop straps hold your feet firmly and comfortably to the pedals for safe peddling.

For the exerciser that wants to monitor their progress, choose the Carex Pedal Exerciser LS652 that comes with a digital display. This unit will display the time, reps and calories burned.  This unit comes with a resistance knob that allows you to increase the difficulty as your arms and legs build up strength and endurance. A fun and easy way to exercise your legs or arms!

So whether you use the exerciser for upper body or lower body, pedal exercisers are a great solution. Increase your circulation, coordination, range of motion and muscle strength all in the comfort of your home. For those who already have an exercise routine, add this equipment to your regular exercise routine. Additionally, a pedal exerciser is great for rehabilitation from an injury too!

This article was published on Wednesday 27 July, 2011.
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