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Fantastic exercise machine!

PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2016 11:32 am
Hi all

I have had mobility issues for the past 3 years (I need to use two crutches to walk, and can't walk any great distance). I have been trying various types of exercise since my mobility failed, and I think I have found something that will really help me.

My main problem is weakness in the hips. After my initial relapse, my physio set me some Pilates-type exercises, and I also used a static bike at the hospital which I found to be beneficial. I had thought I would get an exercise bike to use at home, but, having tried a few at the local gym, I realised that not all bikes are the same! Some worked my legs in a different way, and some I struggled to climb on to at all.

After trawling the internet, I found this mini-stepper: ... ni+stepper

I have been using it for about a week now, and am already feeling the benefit. Usually I struggle to stand upright without my crutches, but the handle on this stepper means that I can stand upright, and keep my legs in a 'normal' alignment whilst exercising. It's also small enough to have in my flat, and relatively easy to move. Also, not a bad price! I can really recommend it for anyone looking to strengthen their leg muscles who has issues with mobility.

I am already noticing that I am walking in a more upright fashion, even when I am indoors on just the one crutch.

Hope someone else may find this useful.


Re: Fantastic exercise machine!

PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2016 3:18 pm
by veg
Really pleased to read this.
I've found the biggest gain with exercising is not that you do the odd long go but that you do it very regularly, I try to use my treadmill every day and am slowly building the length of time up.
Hope you continue to find strength increases as you carry on using it.

Re: Fantastic exercise machine!

PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2016 4:14 pm
I have put the machine in my living room, so I can easily hop on it if I am watching something on the TV - no excuse not to do it!

Re: Fantastic exercise machine!

PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2016 7:45 am
by Tran
Wow wonderfull Rachel, i would call this empowerment !

Re: Fantastic exercise machine!

PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2016 11:30 am
by Kate22
HI For 8 years whenever i have to have a stress-test for my heart---I use a stationary bicycle. It makes the rehaB personel and my cardiologist really strained but-i don't care...I fly on a bicycle ( My legs literally melt and i fall off a walking treadmill)
.I am going to check up your link for this standard bike. I like that it is petite, Mine is as big as a spaceship -i keep it outside in the summer till it snows.
I am currently do exercises to strengthen my core muscles---it is the key to a lot.

Re: Fantastic exercise machine!

PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2016 11:36 am
Hi Ziva - mine is not a bike; it's a stepper. I find it as easy as the bike though.

Re: Fantastic exercise machine!

PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2016 4:18 am
by Kate22
Yes ....I saw the stepper--its looks good......I am able to do exercises with Jessica Smith trainer on You Tube. It gets the job done...4 days a week and i stretch all the time.....But the best ever to make me feel like a million is diving into water all summer long.