The Best Pedal Exercisers For Seniors


seniors balancing on exercise balls

Getting older is a blessing. Life experiences have given older adults wisdom and knowledge that can be passed on to future generations. But the downside of aging is evident when joint stiffness and pain causes seniors to be less mobile.  

One way to combat joint stiffness is through regular exercise.  A pedal exerciser provides a great way for seniors to get their legs and knee joints moving.

Benefits of Regular Exercise

The pain and stiffness of arthritis are not the only reason elderly seniors experience limited mobility. A lack of exercise or lack of any form of physical activity is another reason aging adults experience mobility limitations. Many elderly people spend most of their time sitting, which leads to muscle stiffness, poor circulation, and obesity. To avoid these problems, it’s very important to stay active. Countless studies have shown that exercise and regular physical activity:

  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Improves circulation and blood flow to the brain
  • Lowers the risk of developing heart disease
  • Helps to maintain healthy blood glucose levels for people with diabetes
  • Assist with improving your balance to help prevent falls

Staying physically active is not always an option for seniors recovering from hip or knee replacement surgery, living with obesity, and experiencing balancing problems. A great way for these seniors to increase their physical activity is with the use of a pedal exerciser.

What is a pedal exerciser?


A pedal exerciser is a small, portable device with pedals. The compact design allows users to place it on a table, desk, or floor. Most people refer to it as a desk cycle or desk bike because it’s used either on top of the desk or underneath the desk. It’s an all-time favorite for occupational and physical therapists. Pedal exercisers are included in many of their treatment plans to help with their patient’s recovery. 

Types of Portable Pedal Exercisers

There are two types of portable pedal exercisers: folding pedal exercisers and battery-powered mini exerciser bikes. Both can be used from a seated position to improve upper and lower body strengths, calorie-burning, and weight loss. Other features include: 

  • velcro straps on the bike pedals to keep your arms or feet safely in place
  • resistance settings for strengthening
  • a digital display/ LCD screen for reading speed time and speed distance


Teal-Folding-Pedal-ExerciserThe Folding Pedal Exerciser is easy to use.  Place it on a desktop or tabletop to work your arms, or place it under a desk or table to work your legs. Turn the knob to increase or reduce resistance. It is made of durable, heavy-duty steel tubing, and it features:

  • slip-resistant triangular tips
  • Two-line display
  • Displays calories burned, RPM, time, and speed
  • Press and hold the red square key for 4 seconds to start and toggle between display values
  • Available in vein teal and vein silver

Work up a sweat and maximize your calories burned while watching TV, eating dinner, or working at the office.

mini-exerciser-bikeThe Battery Powered Mini Exercise Bike comes with a slip-resistant floor mat measuring 19 inches by 14.5 inches. It’s compact, easy to store when not in use, and operates with one AAA battery. It’s the perfect pedal exerciser for elderly seniors or anyone with limited mobility. Enjoy this low-impact bicycle pedaling exerciser while sitting in a chair, on a couch, or at the kitchen table.  Exercise your arms or legs while watching your favorite television show or closing a sales deal at the office. This Battery Powered Mini Exercise Bike is also a great low-impact exerciser to use during physical therapy for those recovering from a stroke, hip or knee replacement surgery, living with obesity, or wheelchair users. Customize your workout using the adjustable tension knob and the digital monitor LCD. Program it to:

  • Show the number of revolutions in a workout
  • Set resistance levels for a more impactful workout
  • Estimated calories burned
  • Displace the elapsed time from the easy to read LCD

The Battery Powered Mini Exercise Bike with Slip-Resistant Floor Mat provides an exerciser for the elderly and disabled to improve their circulation, stamina, range of motion while strengthening and toning muscles. See the video below showing how easy it is to assemble the Battery Powered Mini Exercise Bike:

Exercise is always good for you, but it’s not always easy for those with mobility limitations. A pedal exerciser can help when outdoor walking or running is not an option. 

For more information about these pedal exercisers for seniors and other unique exercise equipment, visit TheElderExpo.com or call 1.877.728.9507. Our customer service team is happy to help!