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An Introduction to Stationary Bikes

Discover This Fun and Easy Way to Exercise

By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer         
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Piece of cake
There are many ways to include a stationary bike as part of your usual workout routine. Start off at a low level of resistance and speed, no matter your fitness level. You need to warm-up before pushing your muscles too far. As you progress, you can increase the resistance from the bike, depending on what type of workout you want from it. Again, a lower level can be used as a warm-up. A mid-level of resistance provides aerobic training and will build your endurance. And, a high level of resistance is considered power training and will build strength. Look for a balance in your workouts to obtain the full benefits of a stationary bike.

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Liz is a journalist who often writes about health and fitness topics.

Member Comments

  • I used to go to the gym several times a week but it has closed and the new one is not affordable. Meanwhile, my physical therapist recommended a stationary bike. I have hip and spine arthritis and I am concerned about which would be better: upright or recumbent? I know there are some opinions out there, don't be afraid to share them :). Thanks :) - 11/8/2014 11:07:18 AM
  • My physician recommended a bike for my arthritis, so I got a recumbent one. But I just hate it! It is so boring and I can barely stay on for five minutes without going stir crazy. I would much rather walk five or six miles on the treadmill than sit on that thing for five minutes. - 5/6/2013 8:26:20 AM
  • My stationary is the go-to basis for everything else I do. Bad hip, I can't walk a mile but I can bike 50. - 5/1/2013 5:58:46 PM
  • I do love my bike, especially in the winter time. - 5/1/2013 3:53:33 PM
  • I ride the bike st the gym everyday for 30 minutes and I really enjoy it. - 5/1/2013 8:20:15 AM
  • I am looking at a elleptical recumbent bike combo..The exercise bike I have finally gave up the ghost.. I'm hoping when I go look at the combo it will work for me..Like the idea of 2 pcs of exercise equipment in one..not only to save money but I don't have a lot of space to fit it in.. thanks for all the input I have read here.. - 9/1/2012 10:50:21 AM
  • The Expresso bikes have a video game that allows you to pedal through a virtual landscape avoiding obstacles and collecting prizes. There are hills so you are doing an interval training routine, and getting a higher score motivates you to go as fast as you can. We no longer have our gym membership, but the Expresso bikes are probably what I miss most. (They were often out of order, so I might be missing them even if we had kept our membership!) - 10/13/2011 8:47:29 AM
    I have had recent left knee surgery and right knee surgery in 2009 and I love the recumbent bike. I enjoy reading while on the bike. I do not use any added resistance - it is easier on my knees to just pedal and i love it. I used to have one at home but i wore the belt off it; so i am back at using one at the gym!! - 9/28/2011 5:49:12 PM
  • The recumbent bike is a wonderful invention! With both back and knee issues, I find it is kind to my limitations. Also, the biking does help to strengthen my knees, so it's "free" physical therapy! - 9/28/2011 4:45:22 PM
  • Sometimes I use the stationary bike as an alternative to interval training on the treadmill. So it's really helpful if you use the heart rate monitor (if there is one or get a HR watch). I use the noexcusesworkouts program and work on reaching the HR goals. Wow, it can be an intense workout. I tend to use the recumbent bike as the other ones at the gym tend to lose the seat height and it hurts to be bumped down. - 9/28/2011 2:06:55 PM
  • I'd used a stationary bike for a long time but had felt that I got a better workout on the treadmill. Now, however, I may have to go back to the bike for a while to cut back on impact. It will be interesting to see how I respond to it after more than a year away from it....

    I do like the fact that I can read while riding - it helps me keep up with my professional journals, which I really can't do on the treadmill! - 9/28/2011 1:48:20 PM
  • I enjoy the Expresso bikes. They have a computer screen where you can watch yourself complete one of their many courses--mountain
    s, seaside, you name it. If you don't want to do that, you can tune in the TV instead. - 9/28/2011 9:38:52 AM
  • My husband bought my Proform recumbent bike from an ad in the paper. The woman said she bought it from Sears for $300 and my husband offered her $80 just to take it off her hands. I am thankful for my husband and his support. He even rides the bike when the weather is bad and he is unable to run outside. I ride my bike at least three to four times a week and average 15 miles a week. It has IFit capabilities and four different coaching programs. I really get a great workout without straining my knees or my back! - 9/28/2011 8:23:23 AM
    I love a good Spinning class, but they fill up so fast and it sucks when you get there early just to find out that there's no more room. So my dear hubby bought me my own spin bike last Christmas. LOVE IT! - 9/28/2011 7:41:18 AM
  • Well my hubbie finally brought my new recumbent bike made by golds gym. you can program it for harder workout but I am a beginner with just yet. The seat is not as bad as my older stationary bike that thing was EXTREMELY uncomfortable. But the padding is some what better that the older bike. I love it! got all the bells and whistles on it. WINNER! - 8/22/2011 11:04:22 PM

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