Hello, what are the benefits of recumbent bikes? I'm a 15 year old,
5'3" girl who is still chubby around the tummy. My parents just say it's
baby fat and my mom calls me "her little pear" because of this and I'm sick of
it. I like to exercise, am pretty active and have no excuses but during
the fall and winter when the weather is terrible I don't usually exercise.
My parents have an exercise bike that I can use but I just don't see the
benefits of recumbent bikes. Please answer my question. Should I use
their recumbent bike? Will it help me lose this pooch? Thanks
Lessen the risk of posture problems (as opposed to upright bicycles)
Cumulative Effects (along with a balanced diet & exercise program)
Lose stomach fat
Increase full body muscle tone
If any of the benefits of recumbent bikes on the list above surprised you it is
important to realize that any cardiovascular exercise has common benefits of
maintaining and increasing cardiovascular performance. The job of
recumbent bikes, elliptical machines or Stairmasters is to have you move your
large muscle groups which pump blood and in turn cause your heart and lungs to
work which require large amounts of calories.
Burning calories is what will eventually help you lose your stomach fat and
get in the shape you want to be in and your parents' recumbent bike can help
you. Recumbent bikes get a bad reputation because some people who use them
tend to not work out very hard, or slump over simply because they're attracted
to the rear back rest and are not really trying.
Take your Exercise Seriously!
You will not take advantage of the benefits of recumbent bikes if you don't
take your exercise seriously. The pace and intensity which you exercise at
is determined by you so regardless of which cardio machine you use or if you
exercise outside, you must push yourself physically and mentally if you want to
achieve your fitness goals.
To get the full benefits of recumbent bikes make sure you keep track of your
performance. Use one of the programs built in the recumbent bike and use a
level you can accomplish. If you finish the program easily, for example a
"hill profile" for 30 minutes on level 5, next time you exercise on the
recumbent bike use a "hill profile" on level 6 and so on. Once you find a
level that is difficult to finish, try it a few more times until you finish it
easily then you can move on. Try to use their recumbent bike at least 3-4
times per week for around 30-45 minutes continuously for the best results.
For 99% of people, a recumbent bike can be just as good as any bigger, more
expensive and fancy piece of cardio equipment. Regardless of the type of
exercise you do, it is mostly up to you to move your muscles and maintain the
movement for longer periods of time at greater difficulty levels progressively
to get the full benefits of any cardio machines, recumbent bikes included.