This machine is great for anyone to use to build upper body strength, but it’s particularly useful for individuals who can’t use a regular bicycle or other cardio equipment requiring leg power because of a disability. Instead of sitting down and pedalling with your legs and feet, you use your arms and hands. It’s an all-round good mode of excercise that provides a low-impact workout for your arms, shoulders, chest, back, and abdominals.
Sit up straight on the seat (some models don’t have a seat, which better accommodates wheelchair users) and place your feet on the foot rests. The display lets you choose the resistance you prefer and keeps track of your speed, heart rate and other variables, depending on the model.
You can do interval training, pedal with one hand or two, simulate rowing motion and more on the handcycle machine.
Consult your doctor before beginning a new exercise program, especially if you have a chronic medical condition, are 40 years old or older, or have been leading a
sedentary lifestyle. Then start slowly and progress as you feel stronger, varying speed, resistance, and pedaling direction.