Which should i buy 'stepper or pedaler' arthritis 63 and weak legs

I used to be toned, but now 63 and weakened legs from arthritis, I need something to regenerate my leg muscles? step or cycle?

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  • I'd start with a treadmill that can be set to low speeds. My knee cannot handle high speeds.

    If you are very overweight then you need a commercial treadmill that has the torque to handle your weight at walking speeds.

    I have a Landice L7 treadmill with the commercial power supply (not the home use power supply): I have had this for over 20 years, and all I have every had to do was lubricate the belt every couple of years. Note that I weighed well over 250 Lb when I got that treadmill (although I was not at my peak of 300+); I'm now a bit above 200 lb (ideal weight is likely about 180 lb).

    I'm not a fan of cheap exercise equipment. I broke all kinds of cheap equipment multiple times before I wised up and purchased solid built equipment intended to last a lifetime. But, for just starting out it may be worth buying a cheap model as many people never use their exercise equipment for more than a week or two. Cheap works just fine then.

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    • Wow, that's quite a weight loss journey! Good job losing almost 100 pounds =)

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      • Thanks. It was actually over 100 lb based on where I was 1 1/2 years ago.

        I've had some health issues this summer so I regained some weight. Those recently cleared up and I've restarted my exercise program.

        I should be below 200 again by mid winter.

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  • I wouldn't buy anything without consulting my doctor. Do you have osteoarthritis or rheumatoid? And the state of advancement in each of your joints would have to be considered.

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  • Ellipticals put less strain the knees and ankles than a treadmill or stair stepper

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  • Recumbent cycle/exerciser more comfortable to use and sit on, very low impact. Start out slowly for short periods.

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  • Cycle 100%-its low impact, but yeah speak to a doctor.

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  • I'm intrigued so I did a rudimentary google search for you.

    Eleptical or biking, least 150 moderate intensity minutes a week, but can be broken into 10 minute periods if you are feeling like you knees are about to snap.

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  • Maybe a walker. Muahah

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