The Benefits Of A Recumbent Bike

The benefits of a recumbent bike are many. Of all the different types of stationary bicycles on the market, fitness equipment researchers recommend the recumbent exercise bike more than any of the others.

Even you will agree with the researchers, once you have learned the reasons for their conclusions. Medical professionals and fitness experts also agree on the benefits of a recumbent bike as opposed to upright bikes!

The Benefits Of A Recumbent Bikebenefits of a recumbent bike

The first thing you might notice is that recumbent bikes have very comfortable seats.

People of all shapes and sizes will find the seat easy to adjust and comfortable to sit in.

This fact alone helps to get the motivation to exercise, as there is nothing worse than being uncomfortable when you exercise.

There are different types of workout programs for you on most recumbent bikes so that every single part of your body is worked. Having programs also helps to alleviate boredom in your training.

Here is a bike that you may enjoy that won’t break the bank.

Marcy Recumbent Exercise Bike with Resistance ME-709

  • STEP-THROUGH DESIGN – Featuring heavy-duty construction 14-gauge steel tubing with a powder coated finish, the step-through design allows maximum mobility during training for quick mounting and dismounting that is easier for the knees and back.
  • EIGHT RESISTANCE LEVELS – This stationary bike uses a magnetic resistance mechanism with 8 levels of resistance. The tension knobs control the difficulty to simulate riding on different terrains and customize your workout according to fitness level!
  • EASY-TO-READ COMPUTER SCREEN – The ultra-functional LCD computer screen acts as an odometer and has a sharp panel display that shows time, speed, distance, and calories burned in extra-large numbers for great readability.
  • COMFORTABLE PADDED SEAT – The equipment has an ergonomically designed saddle furnished with comfortable high-density foam.
  • Contoured foam-covered handles for extra support of the back and arms to help maintain proper form when exercising.
  • COUNTERBALANCED PEDALS – Weighted pedals designed to provide maximal foot support while offering ultimate control. This bike is equipped with adjustable foot straps to create the perfect fit for your feet.

Another of those benefits of a recumbent bike is its user-flexibility.

Any person, from a small child to an elderly person can use the recumbent bicycle without any difficulty. Beginners and advanced users can use it as easily as it can be adjusted for all fitness levels.

Obese people will find the recumbent bike a far more comfortable option with less risk of injury through use.

The recumbent bikes can be used by professional sports people or athletes as well, and athletes can use this bike as part of their daily training regimen.

When starting out, increase the resistance of the pedals slowly as you get stronger. Overcoming resistance is considered a sign of high efficiency, and athletes compete against each other in this aspect.

This bike below is a little more expensive than the one above.

Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike

  • Goal Track capability enables users to set individual exercise goals.
  • 22 programs: 9 profile, 8 heart rate control, 2 custom, 2 fitness test & 1 quick start.
  • 20 levels of resistance for a wide range of workout intensity options.
  • DualTrack LCD displays.
  • In-console speakers with an MP3 input port.

You can use the recumbent bike to emulate cycling on flat ground or up a hill. This is a welcome feature for runners as part of their training.

There are normally several programs of practical training for professional bike racers for racing on hilly courses. The recumbent bike not only allows you to exercise the lower parts of the body but also to strengthens the top. You can do a little ‘weightlifting from the seat of the bike in order to achieve this.

So set your level of comfort, and on the days you are feeling energetic, push yourself a little harder. If you are feeling a bit drained, then set the resistance lower, but still, try to get your exercise in.

Another one of the benefits of a recumbent bike is the fact that you can put it where you want it – in front of the TV or in front of a window looking out on your beautiful garden, so you can exercise in the comfort of your own home come rain or shine.

If you want to get out on the road for some adventure, why not try this Mobo Triton Pro Recumbent Trike. Adult Beach Cruiser Tricycle for Women & Men. Petal 3-Wheel Bike

12 Replies to “The Benefits Of A Recumbent Bike”

  1. Thanks for this informative post.  A couple of friends of mine bought a pair and use them to go cruising through the quieter parts of the island where we live.  They look really cool and I am pleased to learn a bit more about them and the benefits for using them.  

    I like watching my friends riding the things because the bikes make the riders look like they are just out for a stroll or something rather than all set to conquer a mountain or zoom past all the rest of the riders.  I liked the feeling of it when I tried one out.  Very lah-di-dah. 

    I wasn’t aware that there were exercise machines that were recumbent bikes too. 

    1. Funnily enough the exercise versions of recumbent bikes are more popular than the road version. I personally would be afraid to ride in the road with a recumbent as I would be afraid the cars wouldn’t see me, but I agree with you that they do look like a lot of fun.

  2. These recumbent bikes look really comfortable to use!

    I personally don’t prefer sit-down exercise equipment, but for many people this is the only form of exercise that is possible, when certain health needs are present. My wife has had some soccer injuries and these may be perfect for her.

    Do you know of some good gyms that have these available with a membership?

    1. I am not sure on the area that you live in, but all the gyms that I have been to have at least one recumbent bike, as they have to cater for all their customers needs. 

      Recumbent Bikes are perfect for people with injuries and other physical limitations.

  3. I checked prices and was surprised how friendly they are. Maybe it is time to replace mine.

    I have another question. I have a Hammer Crosstech XTR Programmable Cross Trainer. It starts to creak more and more. I’ve tried to lubricate it in many ways, but sooner or later it starts to annoy again. Everything other is working just fine. 

    Can you advise me something? 

    Thanks in advance.

    1. If Q10 doesn’t work, I would try taking it to a bike repair shop or asking their assistance with the problem as I am sure they would know what to do. Maybe you won’t need to replace yours afterall.

  4. You mention some great options out there. Most of the time, I would say that it is best to go to the gym instead of buying this stuff for at home. But I know that some people just can’t get to the gym or they don’t need a full gym membership and only need to be using a bike.

    So I think this can be very useful if you don’t or can’t go outside and have to work on your body.

    1. A recumbent bike is a great option for those who don’t belong to a gym or for rainy days.  People with disabilities will also benefit greatly. 

      Still if you are fit and healthy get outdoors too. Nothing as invigorating  as  a good walk.

  5. Ever since my severe back injury several years ago, I have been sidelined from running and biking.  I have found that using a recumbent bike works well because of the lower back stabilization.  Your comprehensive review of the different types of recumbent bikes shows just how many options there are for people like me.  

    Thank you for your very helpful website.  I know there are others out there just like me who really need this information!   Clay 

  6. I definitely know exactly what you are talking about when it comes to the comfortable seat on the recumbent bike. I have never come across one in where the seat was not comfortable.

    The second bike recommendation looks really nice and has a lot of features. Amazing how far recumbent bikes have come over the years. I can see it even has a place for your mp3 player and speakers. It is also looks pretty easy to store and move.

    Do you know what type of warranty the Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike has?

    Appreciate the information and going to read the Bike Gear Worthy Of The Tour De France article now.

    – Jay S.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Jay. I don’t have this particular recumbent bike, but when you purchase it you click on a link to request your warranty.  I know the one I purchased had a five year warranty.

      Hope this helps.

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