What Makes The Recumbent Stepper Ideal for Exercising with Limited Mobility?

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What is a Recumbent Stepper?

Recumbent steppers provide a great full-body cardiovascular workout and are specifically designed for injury, disability, chronic health conditions, obesity or age-related frailty. They keep you in a comfortable seated, horizontal position and allow you to push the petals in a more linear motion, as opposed to the circular motion of a bike which is often tough on the knees, back, and hips. They are a great way to include upper body as well as lower body exercise into your daily routine, and include arm handles, which allow you to isolate your upper and lower body exercises. Simply remove your legs from the pedals to focus more on upper body, core, and arm strength. You can also remove your arms from the handles for a more lower body focused workout.

Benefits of a Recumbent Stepper for Limited Mobility

Exercising using a recumbent stepper can be a great method of staying in shape without putting excessive stress on your body. It helps the user to feel more stable and secure, reducing potential stress or anxiety related to exercise. Recumbent steppers often include different features to make your experience as easy and comfortable as possible, such as swivel seats, adjustable handles and seats, and technologies such as heart rate sensors, pre-programmed workouts, digital displays, and bluetooth connection. Many recumbent steppers also allow wheelchair access for a safe and seamless transition. Accessories such as leg stabilizers and handle grips are also available on most machines for those who may require them to ensure correct positioning. 

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Medical Conditions Ideal for the Use of a  Recumbent Stepper

Recumbent steppers are ideal for anyone who may struggle using traditional exercise machines such as bikes, ellipticals, and treadmills. These types of machines may cause stress and pain for those with limited mobility. Some common conditions of people who may benefit from using a recumbent stepper are:

Knee and Hip Replacements

High impact exercises can often be painful and dangerous after a knee or hip replacement, but they shouldn’t be. Recumbent steppers help build muscle without compromising the integrity of your joints by optimizing the lower body’s range of motion more comfortably.


Exercising with arthritis can be extremely painful, but limited exercising with limited joint movement is possible. The circular motions in hips, knees, elbows, and shoulders is limited while using a recumbent stepper, which makes getting a full-body workout more enjoyable.

Cardiac Events 

Recumbent Steppers make a high impact exercise the safest it could possibly be. They allow you to be in a seated and reclined body position, making balance and coordination more possible than other equipment such as bikes, treadmills, and ellipticals. 

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At US MedRehab, we believe that everyone should be able to access a safe and effective way of exercise, ensuring the best quality of life possible. Recumbent steppers offer the best and safest method of full body exercise for those with limited mobility. Finally, it is possible to get back in shape.