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Doctor insights on: Recumbent Exercise Bikes For Obese People

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How helpful is recumbent bike in helping with weight loss? Any suggestions on what to aim for (duration/intensity)? Am 35, morbidly obese.

How helpful is recumbent bike in helping with weight loss? Any suggestions on what to aim for (duration/intensity)? Am 35, morbidly obese.

I think any: Excercise is a great start. I would also watch what gets put into your mouth. The good think about the bike is if you are very heavy it doesn't put that mu ch stress on your knees. I would advise you to visit your doc for a good physical prior to any new onset workout. Meaning if you weren't working out before. Let them know...to make sure you can handle.... ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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What are some dangers of recumbent exercise bikes?

What are some dangers of recumbent exercise bikes?

Dangers?: Our physical therapists use recumbent bikes for patients with a history of back problems
it gives them more lumbar support
we really haven't had any problems as long as used correctly. ...Read more

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I'm getting a recumbent exercise bike today for safe, no impact exercise at 6mos pregnant. Is there a max of ride time I should limit to for safety?

I'm getting a recumbent exercise bike today for safe, no impact exercise at 6mos pregnant. Is there a max of ride time I should limit to for safety?

30 to 45 minutes: The maximum recommended time for
aerobic exercise is between 30 to 45 minutes of exercise three to 4 times a week. Also,
try to keep your maximum heart rate below
135 to 140 beats per minute. ...Read more

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Costochondritis, sedentary, exercised 2 days in row, 2nd day stretched upper body 1st. Recumbent bike. No shortnss breath. How long might this last?

Costochondritis, sedentary, exercised 2 days in row, 2nd day stretched upper body 1st. Recumbent bike. No shortnss breath. How long might this last?

Give it a couple day: Lay off the offending exercise, take a day of rest between workouts. Sounds like U just jumped in & gave it all U had. Not the way 2 start. Ease into a program than fits Ur goals & abilities. If serious about an exercise program join a health club & get program from an AT-C, 1 on 1, then join a semi private group, & B consistent, meet new friends & because U R paying 4 it, , U R motivated 2 con't. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between stationary and recumbent exercise bikes?

I want to know what is the difference between stationary and recumbent exercise bikes?

Similar: They are very similar. Stationary bikes are more similar to a typical bicycle while a recumbent bike allows you to sit down in a chair with a back. Some patients find sitting in a "chair" is more comfortable to exercise in. Test out each to find what works for you! ...Read more

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Can I exercise on recumbent bike with Achilles tendonitis?

Can I exercise on recumbent bike with Achilles tendonitis?

Achilles tendonitis: Yes biking is acceptable exercise. Eccentric contraction or elongation of the gastrocnemius muscle that your achilles' tendon attaches to can help and if done on a bike is typically safe. Be sure to stretch out the calf both the gastrocnemius and soleus and ice along with nsaids can help. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use the recumbent exercise bike with an inguinal hernia?

Is it ok to use the recumbent exercise bike with an inguinal hernia?

Depends: As long as you're not increasing your abdominal pressure during the exercise to the point of worsening your pain. ...Read more

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Will exercising laid down on a recumbent bike for 30-45mins at 140-160bpm Age 23, male. 4-6 times per week get my endurance up? I want to be VERY fit.

Keep up the regular: Exercise but you may want to vary the type of exercise and intensity while incorporating not only cardiovascular workouts of various types with periods of increased intensity during each workout but also include some weight training and flexibility while avoiding overuse injury by being very repetitive or rapidly getting onto an exercise routine without proper planning. Speak to your physician. ...Read more

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Hip pain increase with recumbent bike with clicking?

Hip pain increase with recumbent bike with clicking?

Varies: There are several possibilities, I would not hesitate to be seen. There is a condition known as snapping hip syndrome and is often caused by a " tight" psoas or ileotibial band and can often respond to stretching/ physical therapy. ...Read more

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How effective is riding a recumbent bike for weight loss? I also walk but I like to watch a movie while I ride the bike in the evenings.

Good: Riding a static bike is fine. The more important thing with exercise is consistency. If you prefer exercising using a static bike it is perfectly alright. ...Read more

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63 yr old male with CAD and heart disease. Can't get heart rate out of 80's on treadmill or recumbent bike. Do not take any blood pressure drugs.

63 yr old male with CAD and heart disease. Can't get heart rate out of 80's on treadmill or recumbent bike. Do not take any blood pressure drugs.

CAD: As long as you don't have any symptoms like dizziness, loss of consciousness, you don't have to worry about the heart rate. Resting heart rate more than 50 is acceptable. Some athletic persons has slower heartrate. If this low heart rate is something new, you should see your doc asap. ...Read more

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How do I know if its my bad anxiety or something else. I find it hard to breath walking. I tend to also hold my breath, and breath from upper chest. Yet I can do recumbent bike fine for 25 minutes.

How do I know if its my bad anxiety or something else. I find it hard to breath walking. I tend to also hold my breath, and breath from upper chest. Yet I can do recumbent bike fine for 25 minutes.

Belly breathing!: Relaxing breathing is with the belly - breath in/belly out - breath out/belly in; like you do when on the bike. Breathing with the chest causes poor oxygenation and can lead to hi anxiety and panics. ...Read more

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Had knee surgery to repair torn meniscus. It was recommended to ride stationary bike as part of recovery. Is an upright or recumbent bike better?

Had knee surgery to repair torn meniscus. It was recommended to ride stationary bike as part of recovery. Is an upright or recumbent bike better?

Start recumbent: Using an upright bike will put more pressure on your knee while it is healing and is not recommended, while a recumbent bike has less pressure and helps to keep range of motion of joint and maintain muscle tone. So, start with recumbent bike after surgery. When the knee is feeling better and stronger, then you can shift to an upright bike. ...Read more

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What are the best exercises 16 months post spinal cord stimulator implant surgery? Besides a recumbent bike, is Pilates an option? Weak core.

What are the best exercises 16 months post spinal cord stimulator implant surgery? Besides a recumbent bike, is Pilates an option? Weak core.

An approach: I prefer starting with a physical therapist working in a warm water pool, and doing gentle exercises initially. Later, one could start some core exercises working on back and abdominal musculature. At some point, an experienced personal trainer should get involved. The equipment is not the key ingredient, instead, the human support and interactional education. ...Read more

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Hip pain and clicking on walking, running and cycling on recumbent bike? MRI is free reviewed by 2 radiologist and 1 orthopaedic surgeon.... What?

May not be your hip: Snapping hip syndrome may be due to an external cause (eg., snapping of the iliotibial band or gluteus maximus over the greater trochanter) or an internal cause (eg., snapping of the iliopsoas tendon over the iliopectineal eminence, acetabular labral tear, intra-articular loose body). Sometimes ultrasound performed during maneuvers that replicate the click can be helpful to discriminate. ...Read more

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Need expert opinions about skin preparation on dorsal recumbent position?

Need expert opinions about skin preparation on dorsal recumbent position?

Not clear: You need to word your question in a way that makes it easier to understand. ...Read more

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Which is the best exercise for obese person to start with?

Which is the best exercise for obese person to start with?

Daily activities: Make your daily activities more difficult - take the stairs, park further away, bike/ walk to work/ store, sit on a swiss ball/ at your desk and stand up every time you answer the phone, or lunge/ hop/ jump from place to place in your house. Things like these may seem small and silly, but the increased calorie burn can add up over time. Don't forget a healthy diet! ...Read more

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Which is the most effective and easiest exercise for obesity at home?

Which is the most effective and easiest exercise for obesity at home?

Aerobic.: Obesity implies that you have too much fat on your body; this can be reduced with cardiovascular exercise, such as treadmill, elliptical, stationary bicycle or aerobics classes you might be able to find on television or on DVD. Weight training can help too; you can buy some light free weights to keep at home. ...Read more

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Obesity (Definition)

Having too much body fat. It is different from being overweight, which means weighing too much. The weight may come from muscle, bone, fat, and/or body water. Both terms mean that a person's weight is greater than what's considered healthy for ...Read more