Adequate amounts of specific exercise are one of the best ways of combating and avoiding backache. One piece of equipment that permits such specific movement sequences is the stepper bike. It looks like a bike but has no saddle, so that the user stands to cycle. In contrast to the normal bike, the stepper bike is not driven by turning the pedals but with the up-and-down movements of conventional steppers.
The upper part of the body remains upright while cycling and moves constantly to keep balance. This trains the deep muscles around the spinal column that are so important for a healthy, pain-free back. Cycling with the stepper bike also strengthens many other groups of muscles in the body. It therefore also offers good endurance and strength training for the whole body. Similarly, it trains and improves the user's coordination skills and sense of balance. This helps to prevent falls and tumbles during everyday activities.
Although stepper bikes are designed for all those who enjoy exercising, they also offer special advantages to people with health problems. Those who experience pain when running or cycling will benefit from the therapeutic effects, because stepper bikes offer very gentle, specific training for the muscles.
Needless to say that all requirements must be fulfilled for safe training without the risk of injuries. Stepper bikes therefore need anti-slip protection on the paddles to make them safe for use. The frame also has to be ergonomically designed, and it must be possible to adjust the height of the handlebars. A suspension form is also a useful option. The brake system should be state of the art, with mechanical V-brakes or hydraulic disk brakes.
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