My Recumbent Exercise Bike
With joint pains and a bad back, it's a challenge to find exercise methods that are effective yet not overwhelming. I've done a Bollywood dance class for a semester (great for the first 40 minutes, but too much after that), and looked into joining a gym. Truth is, I would find too many reasons not to go to a gym (including the insane fees they charge). So after some research, I chose a recumbent bicycle.
A recumbent bike has many advantages over other pieces of exercise equipment.
- A recumbent exercise bike offers great support for the lower back and lumbar region.
- The seat is more comfortable than a regular bike seat, and even though you're sitting back on your tushy, that's one of the areas being targeted.
- It's gentler on your knees.
- Most come with preprogrammed ride programs and options to tailor it to your size and age.
Having it in the house (set up so that I can watch dvds as I push through the 30 minute workout) has been great. It works me hard enough for a "good sweat", but not so hard that I dread doing it again. So far, I've used it every other day for the past month, and I still really like it (though I would prefer if we could lose weight by eating cheesies and sitting on the couch). The best part is it doesn't make my energy level bottom out or cause a total crash the next day. So all my fibro friends out there, this might be something for you to look into.