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Old Tue, Jun-26-18, 11:03
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Default Anyone Using a Recumbent Bike ?

I have COPD (recently diagnosed) and use an oxygen concentrator 24/7. I have a small machine I take when I go away from home. I need to exercise, but walking with this concentrator is not easy, so I am looking for either a treadmill or recumbent bicycle. I am leaning toward the recumbent bike since I have bad knees and this would not be weight bearing.

Is anyone out there using a recumbent bike? Do you like it?
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Old Tue, Jun-26-18, 15:53
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I had a recombanant exercise bike for about 10 years and really liked it. My wife, who uses a wheelchair, also could use it. My only issue was that I had a tendency to take it easy, probably because of the riding position, but that was really my flaw, not the bikes. I exchanged it for an upright bike, with a desk, so I can use my laptop while riding. I probably spend less time on the upright bike, but I think I ride harder for that shorter period. I have also had a treadmill, and even though I do like to walk, I prefer the bike to the treadmill.
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Old Wed, Jan-23-19, 15:13
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I've had knee issues since I was 30, and was told that recumbent-bike was my best bet for exercise, as it puts NO stress on my knee.

While it's been years since I've had a gym membership, when I DID have one, I used the recumbent.

Let me tell you -- it did WONDERS for that knee!

At other times, I had one of those little portable pedal-thingies that you can pick up and move out of the way (it's just the pedal part -- you sit on your couch/at your desk, etc). Since my purpose at the time was physical therapy more than weight-loss, I made a bargain with myself: I could watch as much TV as I liked, as long as I kept pedalling.

It worked. I had greatly reduced knee pain. (BTW, if you DO opt for one of those little portable units, I recommend you do NOT buy a cheap folding one.

You want one that looks like this: That solid body houses a flywheel, which means smoother movement, less noise, and generally better construction.











One like this: will usually be less well-built and will not have as smooth a motion.

But if you want a full-on recumbent, I can give you an enthusiastic endorsement. They don't make my knee pain worse. In fact, using it consistently improved knee pain. And because it doesn't aggravate my knee, I'm able to get a good workout. It's maybe more dependent on your mental-state than a treadmill or (heaven help my knees) a stair-stepper, but you can definitely get your heart-rate up if you stay focused. (For me, hard-rock played loudly helps. I don't listen to loud rock most of the time, but I do for working out.)

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Old Sat, Jan-26-19, 16:20
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Thanks ......I am either going to get a Schwinn recumbent bike or this new machine I saw.....the Teeter Freestep. the Freestep is supposed to be good for not aggravating knees and hips but still give you a good workout. My husband also needs to exercise and has similar problems to me, so this would help us both if we will use it.

I do have one of those peddler machines that will sit in front of a chair and let you peddle, and I can use it without knee pain. It is one of those folding types, but I bought it several years ago for a trial basis before I bought something more expensive.

Anyway, wish me luck! I will post what I end up with.
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Old Sun, Jan-27-19, 07:30
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For the record, went to the gym Friday night, and got my heart-rate up to 170 (and held it there) on the recumbent bike. Had my earphones playing some good-paced rock music. Worked until my out-of-shape leg muscles gave out. So very much able to get a "good" workout in.

And also able to work out so calmly that I can read a book. (Sometimes, with knee issues, that's really all you need -- movement, not vigorous movement.)

I love the versatility. I love the zero impact. (That workout I just did? I haven't set foot in a gym since 2012, and my knee has been aching, lately. I walked in cold, was able to get up to that heart rate, and maintain, with zero knee pain. A treadmill or elliptical would have crippled me if I'd tired that.)

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LiterateGr I was glad to see a positive update. I developed asthma a few years and just joined a gym. Good and bad asthma days, but it makes me feel healthier to move and hopefully strengthen my cardiovascular.

I plan to split my time between treadmill and bike. I like the treadmill as I call it a 2fer and use the incline to tighten my backside, then use the bike to strengthen my quads. My knees are getting old so I'm glad it's good for that use too.

I tried the upright bike, oh my god the seat was pure torture, I made it about 5 min.

Best wishes LBangle - I admire your grit!
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Old Fri, Feb-15-19, 03:29
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You know, a good bike workout is great for your glutes! :P (Mine usually kill me for the first couple days after I start biking.)

Been hitting the gym pretty regularly, for the past week-and-a-half, I'd say.

Two weeks ago, I could not do the butterfly stretch. My knee wouldn't bend that far.

Saturday, I was able to do it. (It looked like a long tall diamond, knees bend less than 90 degrees, but I did it.)

Yesterday, I sat down and did one that looked "like a normal person" instead of someone with bad knees. My feet were probably 12-18" from my body... Not bad. (I do the stretch for my hips, not my knees, so that's just where it came naturally.)

Most of that progress is due to the recumbent bike.
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Old Fri, Feb-15-19, 11:14
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That's awesome LiterateGr! You are an inspiration to me.
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