What Is A Recumbent Bike?
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Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike – A Recumbent Bike is a stationary bike that is usually used indoors but can be used outside. The recumbent bike seat is in a reclined position. This position will take much of your body’s weight off your spine, hips, knees, and ankles. Thus, making this “Low Impact”.
This makes it possible to concentrate your workout on your legs in a more comfortable and safer way. The biggest plus for many of us is its ideal if you have any type of back problems. The recumbent reclined position makes exercise possible for those of us who have back, hip, knee and ankle issues.
When you compare the Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike to other exercise equipment, it has one of the most ergonomic and low-impact architectures you will find. When using a recumbent bike, you avoid leaning-over which happens on a regular upright exercise bike or indoor cycle, which can often lead to back pain over time or add to current back problems.
Because of my back situation, I can not use the upright exercise bike or indoor cycle. I can’t even sit up straight in a regular chair without having to shift my weight in the matter of a minute or two. If you can relate you will know what I am talking about.
A treadmill puts hard-hitting action on your knees, hips, back and other parts of your body. That does not happen with a recumbent bike. A recumbent bike provides a familiar and straight-forward leg cycling motion with a natural back twisting motion.
How Do Recumbent Bikes Work?
The Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike works just like an upright stationary bike, however, when seated, you pedal with your legs in front of you, rather than down below. The resistance used is often magnetic and it is applied to a flywheel just like an indoor cycle.
The flywheel creates momentum that replicates the feel of cycling down a road. When you pedal faster or slower, you will work all of your lower body like your calves, thighs, glutes, and lower back. You will even work your abdominal muscles from the twisting action. The amount of a workout will vary the resistance you set or if you use one of the preprogrammed workouts that are often included with some recumbent bikes.
A recumbent bike like the Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike is different from other forms of exercise because you are not putting heavy stress on your hips, knees, ankles, back, and so on. If you are like me and suffer from back pain? You know exercising or any physical movement can seem like it’s more trouble than it’s worth. But you know you have to stay mobile or it will just make things worse than doing nothing.
My Recumbent Bike Story
Speaking for myself, having chronic back pain would only get worse if I just sat on my butt all day. There are different forms of exercise you can do but when it comes to someone with back problems the exercise needs to be low impact.
I walked many miles over the years for my back and it worked well for a long time. I have lived in several locations so depending on where I was living my walking habits would change. In the winter months I would move to using a treadmill because I can not stand sweating when it’s only 20 degrees out. Then freezing because of the sweat.
Actually, walking on a treadmill is better for you anyways because the impact is less. As compared to walking on a road or track. Most treadmills will have good flexibility to them and that helps to absorb the impact. For this reason, I eventually would only walk on a treadmill. As time passed, even that was too much for my back. See, I did not want to just casually walk, I wanted a good cardio workout.
Regardless, if you have current back, knee or hip problems? You could develop problems with them later on in your life. Simple walking around in our everyday lives over time will do it. Why? 99.9% of the surfaces we all walk on are all rock hard solid.
Depending on your age, you might not feel the effects now, but over time that may be a different story. That’s even if you are an avid runner and run 5 miles every day. That constant pounding with every step will most likely eventually take its toll. Do not get me wrong, I am not saying running is bad for you. Running does have many great health benefits with cardio being one.
Everyone is different and certain things affect us all in different ways. But if you are like me and are at the point where I am at right now? The recumbent bike is very much a welcome sight.
Not everyone likes to exercise and I understand that. I happen to be one of those people who do. Regardless, if you have back problems or not, we all must continue to be mobile to stay in good health.
I love the recumbent bike because I am not putting all my weight on my spine. I am able to exercise without all that pressure and weight pushing down on my spine. When you sit down to use a recumbent bike you are in a reclining position. This not only reduces the impact on your spine but your hips, knees, and ankles.
Just because you are in a reclining position does not mean that you won’t get an awesome workout. You will be able to make the same cycling motions as you would if you were riding an actual bicycle. There are also options to make your ride as intense and challenging as you want. You can hold weights in my hands to work your upper body more.
The recumbent bike is great for toning your legs and butt. As I alluded to before, the cardio can be as intense as you want. You will get an excellent cardio workout every time.
There is undeniable evidence that consistent physical activity adds to the prevention of many chronic diseases and is also correlated with a reduced risk of premature death.
When it comes to helping your back, the movement your body will do from using a bike like the Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike, will help keep your back more limber. More importantly, you will be strengthening the muscles in your back. This can reduce your back pain and sometimes completely alleviate it altogether.
Depending on what fitness level you are at and your weight, you have the ability to burn many calories on a Schwinn 270 recumbent bike. It is really up to you how much of a workout you want. You will have total control over the resistance levels. Some recumbent bikes will come with pre-programmed workouts if you are looking for some guidance or an added challenge with your workout.
Keep in mind, the more you use the recumbent bike you will be toning muscle and increasing your overall metabolism. When you are done with your workout, you will continue to burn calories.
Exercise and Time
The days of thinking exercise is only effective if you do a minimum of 20 to 45 minutes in one continuous session, is not true. There are several studies that show that exercise accrued in multiple short workouts has the same effects as one continuous workout. This is in regards to aerobic fitness and weight loss.
As an example, if you were to use the Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike for 5 minutes multiple times through a day? That will have the same benefits as one long session. There are times where I do just that and need to break up my workout spreading it throughout the day.
Not only will using a recumbent bike help you to burn calories, lose weight, tone and strengthen your muscles, but there are also many other health benefits. It will make your heart stronger so it will not have to work as hard to pump blood. In addition, it helps to reduce bad cholesterol levels, lowers high cholesterol, diabetes, depression, anxiety, bone density and more.
Having a recumbent bike in your home is a big money saver. No more gym memberships to pay for, time spent driving to and from, and gas money. I know having my recumbent in my home is not just a money saver but it saves a lot of time. Being able to use it at a moment’s notice is a big deal to me.
Hi, I’m Drew. If you are suffering from back pain be it chronic or intermittent. I would love to hear your story?