When deciding on the right stationary bike for your workout, you will find that there are two main categories of bikes to choose from: upright bikes and recumbent bikes. While both styles can help you lose weight and improve cardio, there are a few benefits that recumbent bikes have to offer that make them the better choice for many people. Here is a look at biggest benefits of using a recumbent bike instead of an upright bike.
Benefit #1: Targeting More Muscles
Whether you are using an upright bike or a recumbent bike, cycling helps you build muscles in your thighs, lower legs and buttocks. Cycling also helps you build more lean body mass. Since the recumbent bike places your legs in a different position than with an upright bike, however, they target these muscles in a slightly different way. Therefore, the recumbent bicycle allows you to target different muscles and, according to some research, more muscles than an upright bike. Using a stationary recumbent bike in combination with an upright bike when pedaling outdoors is a great way to ensure you are targeting all of the muscles in your legs.
Benefit #2: Staying Safe
Recumbent bikes are considered to be a far safer option than upright bikes. For this reason, recumbent bikes are typically used in rehab facilities. This is because recumbent bikes offer back support as well as a larger seat. Recumbent bikes are also lower to the ground, making it easier for rehab patients and the elderly to get on and off.
Benefit #3: Enjoying More Comfort
The back rest, larger seat and semi-reclining position of the recumbent bike also makes it a more comfortable option than the upright bike. Some people experience pain in the buttocks due to the smaller seats that are found on upright bikes. Similarly, their backs may become strained or tired due to the lack of back support. The recumbent bike eliminates these issues. Some research has also found that the recumbent bike places less strain on the hip and knees than the upright bike, making it a better option for those with arthritis or other similar problems.
Benefit #4: Extending Your Workout
Since the recumbent bike is more comfortable and generally easier to use than the upright bike, you are more likely to stick to your workout routine when you use a recumbent bike. You are also more likely to workout for a longer period of time. After all, if you are experiencing pain in your back and butt, you are not likely to continue pedaling. You are also less likely to jump on the bike again the next day or later in the week. By keeping your body comfortable and pain-free, you are far more likely to push yourself and to stick with your new exercise routine.