There are special considerations when choosing a pedaller for an older person.
For many seniors pedalling is a healthy activity so choosing the right equipment is important. There are several types of pedallers that are good quality and effective, but not all will suit the needs of the individual senior.
Below there is a chart with the various combinations of attributes to compare. In detail they are based on these needs:
1. Will the pedaller be used for both the arms and legs?
2. Can the senior individual lift 25 lbs?
3. Is the individual in a wheelchair?
Is the individual senior affected by muscular issues?
Versatile Pedallers and Total Body Pedallers used for both arms and legs
If the answer is yes then you need to ensure you choose a pedaller you can lift to a table top or choose a pedaller that can comes with, or can be attached to a frame.
Another consideration is the height of the table top. If you want to use the pedaller for shoulder and arm exercise the height of the pedals need to be ergonomic with the person.
You may choose to look at pedallers with adjustable height or adjust the height of the table or stool.
Different weight class of mini therapy pedallers
Portable pedallers come in different sizes. The more robust magnetic resistance pedallers weight around 25lbs. There are some that come with wheels so you can move them about like a suitcase.
If you want to use them for arm exercise as well then you will need to be able to lift them to a table top or use a frame that will allow you to slide the pedaller up and down.
Alternatively there are lighter pedallers that weight about 6 lbs that can be easily lifted from the floor to the table top.
Pedal Exercisers that are accessible for wheelchair
Living with mobility issues and finding adaptable exercise equipment can be challenging. There are special pedallers made that are Total Body Exercise Pedaller and mount in a supporting frame.
One type can be used with or without the frame and another is used in the frame only. These pedallers on stands are mobile with small wheels for portability but usually once they have found a place in the room they will remain.
The width of the frame support accommodates most wheelchairs. Just roll into place and raise or lower the pedaller to the desired height.
The right pedallers for neuromuscular issues
If the senior who will be using the pedal exerciser has a degenerative condition such as Huntington’s disease, ALS, or has had a stroke, there may be a need for adaptive accessories for their pedaller.
Not all exercise pedallers for seniors have the ability to add accessories to make them more user-friendly for a person with reduced control over their leg or arm muscles. Choosing a pedal exerciser with interchangeable parts is important in this instance.