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    Elevation of heart rate

    I understand it is now estimated that one out of eight baby boomers (I'm one) will eventually come down with Alzheimer's.

    There seems to be good evidence that cardiovascular exercise -- aerobic elevation of one's heart rate for 20-30 minutes at least three or four times per week -- can prevent the onset of the disease.

    Use of the hand peddle cycle is the only cardio option I'm aware of for people with SCI. Since I have a slight amount of scoliosis (curvature of the spine), I have difficulty maintaining my torso in an erect position while pedaling.

    Is this form of exercise capable of elevating one's heart rate by a measurable amount? Is there another way to obtain the same aerobic benefit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don D. 73
    Is this form of exercise capable of elevating one's heart rate by a measurable amount? Is there another way to obtain the same aerobic benefit?
    I have never been able to elevate my heart rate using the hand cycle on its own. I have however had success with activities that require the use of more muscle groups (i.e. "body parts"). Swimming has worked extremely well for me. Using a VitaGlide and really working my trunk muscles into the movement has worked well too.

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    Ever try a Nustep? - you can use your arms to manipulate legs.
    I can walk with a cane - not very far - I use this at the gym at least 3 times per week. Get my heart rate up to @ 110/min.

    http://www.nustep.com/

    Hope this is helpful.

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    The Nustep is a great machine but cost's !!!!! like over 3 grand

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