A recumbent bike is a bike that has a back rest and the pedals are in front of you so you extend your legs in front of you rather than down. I had knee surgery last year and the physical therapist highly recommended walking and biking to strengthen leg muscles, especially quads, the large muscle group on the front of your thighs. Biking, walking and leg-strengthening exercises are important to help the knees function better, plus I learned that building up quads helps to take compression of the knee joints. That should help make walking easier down the road, as muscles get stronger.
I do a mix of walking (outside and on treadmill) and biking. After reading the article, I want to focus my attention on walking intensity.
- 3/26/2009 9:54:18 AM