On a recumbent bicycle, you sit in a full seat which supports both your upper and lower back. Although there are some models that have been designed for outdoor use, the stationary, indoor exercise recumbent bicycles are more common.
Since the full seat provides total back support, the recumbent bicycle is perfect for people with back problems.
Lower Resistance Levels
While the resistance level on most recumbent bikes is adjustable, in comparison to upright bikes, the easiest level on a recumbent bike is much lower. This makes it a good choice for people with knee injuries or people who are de-conditioned.
Recumbent Bikes and Blood Pressure
On a recumbent bike, your feet are more parallel to your heart. This reduces exercise blood pressure, which makes it a good alternative for people with high blood pressure.
Recumbent Bicycles and Hamstrings
Because of the position of the foot pedals, the recumbent bicycle makes extra use of the hamstrings. Since the hamstrings are usually significantly weaker than the quadriceps, the recumbent bike can be beneficial for balancing the muscle groups.
Anatomically Correct Position of the Upper Body
An upright bike uses a hunched over position of the upper back, which leads to neck strain. The recumbent bicycle uses a more natural position.
Article Written By Lisa Mercer
In 1999, Lisa Mercer’s fitness, travel and skiing expertise inspired a writing career. Her books include "Open Your Heart with Winter Fitness" and "101 Women's Fitness Tips." Her articles have appeared in "Aspen Magazine," "HerSports," "32 Degrees," "Pregnancy Magazine" and "Wired." Mercer has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the City College of New York.