The Two Best Arm & Leg Exercise Bikes
For those with disabilities exercise becomes almost a necessity to keep your body conditioned and healthy. Wheelchair users traditionally have not had many options when it’s come to recreational exercise. Things changed with products such as the Berkelbike and the Youbike.
These products are known as arm and leg bikes, or hand bikes because of the way they are used exclusively by your hands and arms while moving your legs with the motion.
Both are excellent wheelchair sitting exercise bikes attached to good names, but which one is right for you?
When looking at the right arm and leg exercise bike, you need to keep in mind the following:
⇒ Compact ⇒ Easy to assemble ⇒ Easy to use ⇒ Well made ⇒ Price
Let’s take a look at each bike individually.
The Youbike is a cardiovascular wheelchair sitting exercise bike designed to give those confined to a wheelchair or with another disability an easy way to exercise without leaving the house.
The YouBike looks similar to a pedal machine or a stationary bike
It’s very similar to a stationary bike in the way it works. You move your arms and hands to pedal the bike while your legs move with your arms. Similar to how a regular bike moves with the addition of a your arms.
The defining feature of the Youbike is it’s compact and easy to use design. It doesn’t take up much space in your home. You can conveniently use it whenever you want. And it’s designed with an ergonomic eye to those with a disability. What’s also nice is that it can be used from a wheelchair or the side of a bed.
Of the two exercise products, the YouBike is more affordable one. This may be a consideration for you when making a final decision.
The BerkelBike is another disabled-friendly piece of exercise equipment used from eithe the bike or sitting in your wheelchair. It’s similar to the YouBike in that it works out both the upper body and the lower body with only the movement of upper body.
What sets the BerkelBike apart is that it’s actually a full grown bike meant to be rode outdoors. It’s not just a stationary piece of exercise equipment, but a way to get out and about.
This could be a nice change of pace for you both physically and mentally to ride outdoors.
This is also a “con” however, as this means your riding and exercise is dependent on the weather conditions. It’s also going to be harder to store if you have limited space.
The price is also higher on the BerkelBike, but you have a greater range of freedom on a quality bike product.