I love my recumbent bike! I was sporadically using it from January thru the summer last year. But in August I got serious. My middle son had moved into his first apartment, and had just finished school to be a personal trainer, so he was on me about exercise for therapy. So, I brought the bike up form the basement, and made his empty bedroom into my home gym. I started with 1-2 miles a day for a few weeks, then every 2 weeks I added 1 mile- with my goal to be at 10 miles a day by Christmas Day. I set my schedule for the same time every day, when a favorite tv show was on, and determined not to let ANYTHING interrupt that time-including the phone. I reached my goal on Christmas Day! I've been continuing every day, and I can finally feel the muscles, even as I'm walking through the house and doing every day chores. It's so encouraging to feel my body responding. For anyone who does not yet have a bike, I've used both kinds, and the upright with the smaller seat was somewhat harder, and would sometimes cause tingling in the hip joints. With the recumbent bike, it has a seat more like an office chair, so it's more comfortable, and you're more likely to stick with it then. I highly recommend going to the store and really try out a few models for 5-10 minutes each model. We went to an actual fitness equipment store, and the staff knew how to fit you for each piece of equipment. I had had a hip replacement, and had nerve damage, so my range of motion was very limited, and found only one bike that I could actually get on and off without injuring myself. I did spend about $800 on it ,but it was an investment in my recovery, and lifelong health. It does have a computer screen which shows rpm, miles biked, pulse , heart rate, calories burned, and time it took from start to finish. It also figures your BMI. Even if this is out of your price range, buy the best you can afford, use what is available, but set your schedule, and love yourself enough to stick with it.!
- 3/27/2008 2:15:22 PM