We all know the importance of regular exercise to help manage weight, keep your immune system in tip top shape and reduce your risks of developing disease. For adults, it is recommended that 150 minutes of moderate to intense cardio exercise is completed every week. This goal can be easily achieved on a recumbent bike no matter what level of fitness you are at. At a beginner’s level, starting with moderate activity is recommended with intensity slowly increased each week.
Recumbent bikes are great to way to get the calorie burn. When we burn more calories, it provides us with an easier time when managing weight. Start at a moderate pace for around 30 minutes. If you are starting with a higher fitness level, make sure you work at a higher intensity.
Many types of aerobic activity, such as jogging or team sports, can be hard on your joints because of the impact involved. A stationary cycle gets your heart pumping without putting undue stress on your joints and a recumbent goes one step further and minimises the impact on your back. The bike is especially good for people who may be carrying some extra weight because it reduces mechanical stress on the back, hips, knees and ankles -- even when compared to walking. You can indulge in daily exercise with a lower risk of injury.
Riding a stationary bicycle counts as cardiovascular exercise. Regular cardio exercise helps lower high blood pressure, regulates blood sugar and may prevent heart attacks, especially if you've already suffered from one. In fact, regularly riding a stationary bike can help the heart become more efficient at pumping blood. It also increases the amount of good cholesterol while lowering the amount of bad cholesterol in your system to result in less plaque build-up in your arteries. For a total body workout, the recumbent is perfect as it uses more muscles than traditional cycling and frees up your arms to use hand weights for a total body overhaul.
Gradually work up to longer rides if 150 minutes per week is too much to start with. Although riding a recumbent bicycle is an effective cardiovascular activity, consider another activity to vary your workout and help you burn more calories and improve heart health.
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