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.
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