Stationary bikes or exercise bikes let you strengthen your legs and core without stressing your knees and hips. They offer a low-impact option if you have osteoarthritis, but can be adjusted for more resistance. A 155-pound person can burn about 260 calories during a moderate, 30-minute workout on an exercise bike. Going longer or faster will burn even more calories.
- Puts less stress on joints
- Requires little coordination
- Spin classes offer options for group participation
- Don’t burn as many calories
- Can be painful to sit on
While any of these exercise machines are good options, your age and physical condition may influence the type that’s right for you. If you have questions, find someone like Welker who can help you develop a personalized exercise program that aligns with your fitness and health needs.
“Usually for older people, we see recumbent bikes or SCIFIT steppers to be a better fit. They take away the stress on your hips and knees since you’re sitting down while exercising,” he says. “That means you can get through a longer cardio exercise with less impact on the hips and knees.”