Recumbent exercise bikes are the answer to stressed knees and lower backs. Because of the reclining position on the recumbent bikes, as opposed to the upright models, the impact on joints is reduced. The lower body gets a great workout including gluteals, inner thighs, and calves.They are also great for a cardio workout. What could be more appealing than exercising while reclining, all seems so relaxed. Recumbent bikes are quiet and extremely comfortable, and for this reason, you can multi-task, such as talk, watch a movie, or read, all while you are getting a great workout for your lower body.
Cardiovascular, or aerobic, exercises use large muscle groups such as the quadriceps and hamstring muscles of the thighs and the gluteal muscles of the buttocks. Recumbent cycling is a form of cardiovascular exercise and might help to strengthen your heart and lungs and improve your body’s ability to use oxygen. Regular cardiovascular exercise can help decrease your heart rate and blood pressure and make breathing easier, according to WebMD. Speak to your doctor before starting any cardiovascular exercise program, including recumbent cycling.
Increased Strength and Weight Management
Cycling utilizes the large muscles in your legs, thighs, and buttocks to build more lean body mass. Recumbent cycling also builds strength in the lower extremities and, according to an article published in 2007 in “Clinical Biomechanics,” can be used for strength and rehabilitation exercises to help elderly people recover sit-to-stand and step-up movements. Cycling also burns calories, making it easier to lose and maintain weight.
Safety and Comfort
Recumbent cycling is safer than upright cycling due to a larger seat, back support and lower height. According to the article in “Clinical Biomechanics,” the use of a recumbent bicycle provides advantages for muscle and cardiovascular training in patient groups with impaired mobility. The larger seat, backrest, and semi-reclining position are more comfortable than a traditional small bicycle seat with an upright posture.
Less Stress on Knee and Hip
Recumbent cycling puts less stress on the knee and hip, so it may be beneficial for people with arthritis. According to an article on WebMD, recumbent bikes extend the angle of the knee joint so that the knee and hip aren’t flexing so much with each rotation. This means that a recumbent bicycle might cause less hip and knee pain than a traditional bicycle.