Best Cardio Equipment For Limited Mobility

Regular exercise is one of the keys to maintaining good health, strength and mobility as you age. In addition, it is an essential tool for treating Osteoarthritis and other causes of knee pain. Resting and limiting movement may help you avoid pain, but it can also stiffen the joint and slow recovery. Exercise is very important, but you also want to make sure you find something comfortable that will not strain your injury. 


Recumbent Bike

A recumbent bike allows you to exercise your thighs, calves, and glute muscles with less strain. It has a wider and lower seat than other exercise bikes. Additionally, recumbent bikes put less strain on your joints, which is ideal for those with arthritis and injuries of all kind. Recumbent bikes are much easier to balance on and sit comfortably, which makes them a good option for seniors. Lastly,  a recumbent bike has a back support. This is one of the only cardio machines that will provide a back support such as this.

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The Inspire Strider provides an effective cardiovascular workout by combining upper and lower body flexibility and coordination into one impact-free motion and is easier on your joints. The recumbent position on a cardio strider is similar to that of a recumbent bike, offering a back support and reclined seated position. One feature the strider offers that a bike doesn't are the moving arms, similar to what you would find on an elliptical. Users like this option, because it involves your upper body in the workout as well. There's even a spot to rest your feet and only work your upper body. The foot pedals are large and do not have any straps, which makes it particularly easy to get in and out of. The motion on this machine is slightly more upright than a recumbent bike, so if you have knee or hip injuries it's important to try both and see what feels more natural.

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A recumbent bike or a cardio strider are some cardio options that will put the least strain on your joints. If your injuries, or limitations are not too severe you can look into other options, such as:

  • Ellipticals
  • Rowers
  • Upright bikes
  • Walking on a treadmill

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