As noted in the Fitness category, staying in good physical condition can help reduce the pain and stem the progress of peripheral neuropathy.
Aerobic exercise is the most important type of exercise in order to control blood glucose levels.
The best types of stationary exercise machines to get your heart pumping are machines like treadmills, elliptical, rowing machines, stair machines.
I have provided some featured products at the end of this page but there are many more to chose from under the Shop>Devices & Equipment menu.
Treadmills: Using a treadmill for walking or running is an excellent way to exercise. You can start off at a low level just walking for the first few times and then building up your speed and resistance level from there. Make sure that the treadmill you purchase has a lot of flexibility in order to absorb the leg motion impact. If the treadmill is too stiff it will end up harming your knees. You will be able to tell whether the device you buy will work within the first few weeks. You should have options for adjusting the incline of the treadmill along with the speed. Most treadmills have pre programmed courses built in like “hill” training where you have to climb a series of hills.
I will be expanding on the features that you should look for in a treadmill over the next few months.
Elliptical Machines: These are my favorite machines because they are very low impact on the knees and still provide a very vigorous workout due to both your arms and your legs being in constant motion. Some elliptical machines come with the heart rate detection system provided on separate handle bars while others provide it right in the moving handles, which is superior to the first type. These machines are much more quiet than treadmills when used on the 2nd floor of your house or on levels above the1st floor in condos and apartment buildings. This is due to the circular bicycle type motion of the feet.
Rowing Machines: Not being able to go out on the water to row rings true for most people on earth. The fact that you can row in the comfort of your own home can make a big difference. Rowing is an excellent aerobic exercise which over time will also build out your trapazoid muscles and will increase the width of your shoulders and upper back.
More information to follow in the next few months.
Stair Stepper Machines: Although a stair machine provides an excellent aerobic workout, it also has a very high impact on the knees. I you already have knees that hurt when you are climbing a set of stairs then you should avoid these machines. They do however really give you the greatest calorie burn in the least amount of time. They should also be used cautiously by starting out a low and easy levels as they really do get the heart pumping very fast within minutes. Putting your heart under too much stress should never be your objective. Rather bring your heart rate into the level that is best for your age and weight and hold it there for at least 20 min during each exercise session.Stationary Bikes: Probably the best non evasive type of exercise. Cycling is easy on the knees yet gets the heart pumping as it should. It is easily adjustable to apply the type of workout you are looking for. Amazingly aerobic. My grandfather was still riding a bike in Europe at the age of 90, so I know this type of activity is good for many people.
Schwinn 830 Treadmill
Extra-large high-resolution blue backlit LCD monitor
Charging USB port and data export to schwinnconnect.com or myfitnesspal.com
Everything to meet your fitness goals: 0 to 12 MPH, 0 to 12% incline, 2.75 CHP motor, 20-Inch x 55-Inch belt, 22 programs, 2 user profiles and more
ProForm Pro 2000 Treadmill
3.5 CHP Mach Z Commercial Pro Motor, 7" Oversized Backlit Display, iFit Compatible, Compatible Music Port for iPod
12 MPH QuickSpeed Control, -3% Quick Decline Control, 15% Quick Incline Control, 32 Workout Apps, 20" x 60" 1-Ply Commercial Tread Belt
ProShox Cushioning, SpaceSaver Design with EasyLift Assist, 2.5" Precision Machined and Balanced Non-Flex Rear Roller, CoolAire Workout Fan
Sole Fitness E25 Elliptical Machine
Elliptical machine provides challenging cardio workout, supported by blue, backlit LDC display that helps you track essential training data
Power adjustable stride with 20-to-22-inch maximum stride length; six standard programs, two custom programs, and two heart rate programs
Pulse grip and chest strap heart rate monitoring and includes heart rate chest strap; LCD console with 6.5-inch display; ECB resistance, built-in fan, and 15-inch pedals; includes sound system and water bottle holder
Horizon Fitness EX-57 Elliptical Trainer
Elliptical trainer with 8 electronic resistance levels and heavy-duty 14.3-pound flywheel
9 goal-based program options; extra-low 9.1-inch step-on height
Non-backlit LCD display; 18-inch stride length; 275-pound capacity
Best Choice Products Rowing Machine Fitness Space Saving Pulley Row Low Impact Cario Workout Gym
Roller-mounted padded seat
Multi-function LCD display
Soozier Adjustable Fitness Home Workout Rower Glider Machine
Heavy duty steel frame
Full body workout, works back, arms, legs and core
Change resistance of hydraulic cylinder arms with the tension knob
Giantex Air Stair Climber Stepper Exercise Machine Aerobic Fitness Step Equipment Bands (Black)
Load Capacity: 220 LBS
Material: Steel Tube And ABS Pedal
FDW New Portable Electric Mini Stair Stepper Machine Fitness Equipment
Electronic stair stepper that takes up a less than 3 square feet of space
Small enough to fit in a corner, in front of the TV, or in a travel bag
2 hydraulic cylinders create stepping motion to boost cardio
Kettler Home Exercise/Fitness Equipment: Montana Stair Stepper
Stair stepper with independent hydraulic pistons for easy resistance adjustments
Lets you adjust speed and intensity from 1 to 12 to accommodate weight or fitness level
Informative LCD training computer tracks time, step rate, height climbed, pulse, and more
Schwinn 130 Upright Bike
Dual track two LCD window system allows you to monitor up to 13 different display feedbacks
Schwinn Connect goal tracking and data export keep you up to date on reaching your fitness goals
22 programs, 2 user settings and goal tracking are all there to keep you motivated and challenged
Sunny Health & Fitness Belt Drive Indoor Cycling Bike, Grey
Fully adjustable seat and handlebar
Heavy duty steel frame with a 49lbs flywheel
Belt drive mechanism for smooth and quiet workouts