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What is a Recumbent Bike?
A recumbent bike is a bicycle on which you sit in a reclined position with your back supported and your feet out in front. It can be an indoor, stationary-type or a moving, outdoor-style bike. It works the buttocks and hamstrings more than upright bicycles, and unlike uprights, supports the back.
A one-hour workout on a stationary recumbent exercise bike could burn as much as 1000 calories! Sure it depends on the intensity of the routine, but slower not faster yields more fat burning benefit. So how intense is that? If you could get some terrific exercise that included cardiovascular benefits plus burning up some serious fat cells, that alone might not be enough to excite you. If you knew that perspiration might be the only discomfort you would endure, that might get your attention…right?
Recumbent Bike vs the Upright Exercise Bike
Which is the best exercise bike--a recumbent bike or upright? The recumbent bike offers more back support and may be a little more comfortable to those people with lower back pain or just would rather lean back to do their exercise. A recumbent exercise bike offers great support for lower back and lumbar region.
For those exercisers who are
overweight, the recumbent bike offers bucket seats which can be more
comfortable than traditional uprights. A recumbent exercise bike is more
ergonomically correct than a traditional upright exercise bike and
provides an effective way to improve aerobic capacity, as well as burn
Recumbent Bike Benefits
Recumbent bikes are great for cardiovascular fitness and toning/building your thighs. The recumbent bikes are especially good for toning your butt. Exercise bikes also give your knees a break and you can enjoy your favorite magazine or TV program while working out.
For those exercisers who are overweight, the recumbent bike offers bucket seats which can be more comfortable than traditional uprights. A recumbent exercise bike is more ergonomically correct than a traditional upright exercise bike and it’s an effective way to improve aerobic capacity, as well as burn fat.
Recumbent exercise bikes also stress the gluteal muscles more so than with traditional upright bikes. For those of you who want to really develop your butt, a recumbent exercise bike may be of interest. Although, an upright exercise bike simulates the ride of an actual bike ride.
The recumbent bike is also a great leg builder. Simply add more resistance to stimulate more muscle growth. It is also good to use the exercise bike before a heavy leg session because it warms up the legs, especially the knee area quite nicely.
If I had to pick my favorite cardio machine, it would have to be the exercise bike. Exercise bikes allow me to go for a nice bike ride without having to worry about sleet, rain, cars, or crazy dogs.
Here are just some of the benefits you can expect to receive while regularly exercising on an exercise bike:
- You’ll develop and strengthen the quadriceps muscles, the gluteal muscles, and the hamstring muscles
- There is virtually no impact from your upper weight so it’s easy on your knees and joints
- It provides a great cardio workout
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