A recumbent exercise bike has pedals at about seat height, so the person's legs are stretched out in front rather than underneath. These bikes have comfortable large bucket seats, and riders sit back as they pedal. Recumbent exercise bikes are easy enough for people who haven't been exercising, and also are beneficial for anyone at a higher level of fitness who enjoys bicycling. They come in outdoor bicycle versions as well as stationary indoor versions, and provide many benefits.
Recumbent bikes generally offer more comfort than upright bicycles. If a rider has back or joint pain, a recumbent bike is usually a better choice.
Upright bikes also can cause back pain if the rider has to hunch over the handlebars. People riding on recumbent bikes automatically must maintain good posture.
Another benefit of recumbent bikes is they do not put as much pressure on the knees or ankles, and the rider cannot stand up to pedal.
Indoor recumbent bicycles offer different levels of aerobic cardiovascular workouts, as the rider can simulate terrain that is hilly or level.
Indoor recumbent bikes also allow a person to sit back and hold a book or magazine rather than holding onto the handlebars.
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