Exercise Equipment Utilization
Why is this important?
- Aerobic exercise equipment can facilitate weight loss and improve cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength and flexibility.
- Proper use of exercise equipment can improve the efficiency of an exercise program.
- Computerized exercise equipment may have multiple display options including: work level, estimated energy expenditure (calories), preset workouts and time.
- A pre-physical activity program screening and examination is recommended prior to beginning an exercise program if you have not exercised within the last 12 months.
- All exercise machines and equipment should have instructions clearly labeled. on how to use; please read before starting with each machine.
- Make sure there is adequate cross-ventilation (use fan or similar source of ventilation) when using stationary aerobic exercise equipment, to prevent overheating.
- Water bottles should be readily available because sweat loss can be substantial. Most equipment will provide holders for water bottles.
- The path around all exercise equipment should be free of loose power cords and other tripping hazards.
- Do not use defective or broken exercise equipment.
- Consult your health care provider and/or certified exercise specialist regarding use of heart rate monitor or range. Remember, your patient’s perceived effort may be more important than heart rate.
- Most computerized exercise machines have the following displays:
- Work level (speed and % grade, RPM, or relative work level)
- Estimated energy expenditure in Calories
- User-specified preset workouts (4-10 presets)
- Elapsed time in minutes and seconds
- Heart rate (optional on some models)
- Caloric expenditure is an estimation based on workload but is usually within 90% of actual energy expended for that amount of time.
- Start with a manual preset workout to control duration and exercise intensity level, especially for first-time users.
- Higher-intensity preset workouts (hills and/or intervals) are contraindicated for most patients with diabetes or CVD, at least during early stages of the patientÕs training program.
- See Exercise Modes Instructions [PDF - 79KB] for information on specific exercise equipment.