Donation benefits Fort cardiopulmonary rehab

NuStep TRS 4000 very beneficial to patients

(Published Dec. 5, 2006, 10:38 a.m.)

The generosity of two Whitewater area businessmen who wish to remain anonymous has resulted in the purchase of two NuStep TRS 4000 recumbent cross trainers for the Fort Health Care cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program, (920) 568-5472. The equipment is a welcome addition to the newly remodeled treatment area.

The recumbent cross trainer is ergonomically designed to accommodate persons of varying body sizes and abilities. The equipment allows the patient to simultaneously exercise both the upper and lower body to condition muscles and improve the cardiovascular system while seated. Most importantly, the equipment does not put stress on the joints of the hips, knees and shoulders. There are 10 different workloads for a choice of intensities and the equipment has a large, easy-to-read display that shows heart rate, total steps, calories burned and more.

"The reason these pieces of equipment are so popular and beneficial is their versatility," said Lisa Michaels-Bilgrien, cardiopulmonary rehab program coordinator in a news release. "A NuStep can work both the upper and lower body without putting strain on the knee and hip joints."

The equipment is also beneficial for those with health problems other than cardiopulmonary disease.
"It is not only people who have heart and lung conditions that benefit, but people who have joint discomfort as well," she said. "The recumbent design of the NuStep allows people who have back problems to get an aerobic workout without putting strain on their back."

Cardiopulmonary rehab patient Doris Nowakowski has benefited directly from the new equipment. After two heart attacks in November 2005, Nowakowski is motivated in her exercise program and the NuStep helps her stay energized.

"I like that you can exercise while sitting down and still get a good workout. They are smooth and easy to use," she said. "The new machines are just wonderful."

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