To give this a little perspective - I know knee and hip pain. I have arthritis and I also am dealing with bursitis in both my hips.
I started with the recumbent bike in physical therapy. This is the bike where you are more seated that on top of it. A more traditional style bike causes me pain.
I still use the recumbent at the gym and yes, I use it as part of my cardio workout. For cardio I also walk on the treadmill (at least 3mph - 20 minute miles) - I cannot take the impact of running. And I use the arc trainer.
I love the arc trainer. The motion of ellipticals actually put too much strain on my knees and hips and I would feel more pain. The arc trainer is a slightly different motion that doesn't bother me at all. Plus it's a lot of bang for the buck in terms of workout - it's tough and you burn a ton of calories.
If you have access to a gym and arc trainers I would highly recommend them. I go to a planet fitness - it's only $10 a month.
I'm in my early 30s and have knees that give me trouble. I had three knee surgeries in my early 20s.
Running and sometimes even lots of walking aggravates my knees. However, I use an elliptical regularly with no problems.
Since your foot stays in the same position, there's no pounding of the joints on the elliptical that you get when you run or walk. If you go to a gym, I would recommend you try that. I'm doing 45-60+ minutes at a time five days a week and have had no knee issues.
the recumbent bike is great cardio...when I first started out at the gym I went to the bike first because I felt more comfortable and there was nothing to riding it...you can read a book or watch tv while doing it and not even realize how long you are working on it. I felt it was more of a work out than the treadmill. Now that I have been at the gym for 7 weeks, I use the arc trainer and put it on the cardio option which will bring me through peeks and valleys and that is a huge cardio workout. It doesn't even hurt my knees at all and I have bad arthritis in them. Sandi
Would using a recumbent bike be considered cardio? I really need to add cardio to my week to help lose the weight. I unfortunately do not have access to a pool. Any suggestions for things I can do at home?
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I am trying hard to get back on track. I have been keeping a food journal (not always posting to the spark page but keeping track all the same), but I cannot seem to loose any weight. I only want to loose about 20 pounds.
The problem as I see it is that I hardly exercise due to my knees creak and groan and hurt with many exercises and I am only 33 ! I would love to exercise but get bored with walking.
Any other suggestions? Any one else out there have a limitation while exercising? What do you do? Please help!!!
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